Another classic map has made its grand return in Black Ops Cold War. Express is a well-balanced map with narrow openings and long-range spots. We have our top five tips to help you not miss a trick or train.
Express has always been one of THOSE iconic maps in Call of Duty’s sacred lineage. Maps in the series usually do well when they take a simple concept such as an airport or a train station and mold it into something memorable.
So it’s great to welcome back an old friend, and let’s celebrate their return by offering 5 free tips on what to look out for in Express.
Best tips to dominate Express in BOCW
1. Watch out for the train!
This may seem like common sense, but it’s far too easy in Express, or any CoD map for that matter, to become distracted.
If you’re near the tracks, then watch out for the large barriers coming down. If you’re still on the track when the big speedy, metal demon is heading straight for you, then you can probably chalk up one more for the death column. Additionally, if you’re quick enough, you can use the lack of barrier to your advantage and make vital ground on the map as a shortcut.
2. Walkways are dangerous
The two walkways do offer a superb vantage point of multiple entry and exit spots in Express, but the problem is that your spot also has its own set of openings for enemies to jump you.
Between each end of the walkways and the two adjacent windows, there are four possible opportunities for enemies to come out of nowhere and send you packing. Be vigilant and mindful of how long you spend on one of these.
3. The Middle Office is great
This is most likely the quintessential spot on the map. Its coverage is truly excellent as you can see lots of the two corridors leading to spawn areas, and there’s always an easy kill or two waiting to be had.
Again, as long as you don’t get greedy and have the wherewithal to dart back and forth between the two windows, then you have a chance to earn many points. Do not forget about the ladder that leads up to the room either as a well-placed Proximity Mine will deter any intruders. You should also be on the listen out for a Grenade or Semtex waiting to ruin your killstreak.
4. Stay mobile
Express is a weird one in terms of its size and scope. It’s basically a medium-sized map, but the claustrophobic surroundings, at times, give off a vibe akin to Rust. So the key to success is mainly to keep mobile and never stop.
It’s easy for the spawns to swap on Express and it has plenty of nooks and crannies for you to work your way through. The stationary train carriages are ideal for negotiating from one side of the map to the other and, on occasion, hopping on top of a carriage for a brief aerial barrage.
5. Waiting Area
The most spacious area in Express is undoubtedly the classic waiting room packed with time boards and seating. But it also has a couple of nifty little tricks for you to make the most of. The stairs leading down from the ticket booth have a little platform in the middle that you can hop into, and this can take players off guard.
There’s the lift on the far side of the room with a Resupply Crate in which is always a great hiding spot to get the jump on someone. Finally, always try and take dead aim at one of the curved entry points, on each side, as the frenetic nature of the map means someone is always coming down one after spawning.
These were our best tips to conquer and dominate Black Ops Cold War’s faithful recreation of the original Black Ops 2 map.
May they serve you well and punch your ticket to success.
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How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War
The Scythe is a melee weapon coming to Black Ops Cold War. Here’s everything you need to know about unlocking the Scythe.
A brand-new melee weapon is coming to Black Ops Cold War and here’s everything you need to know about the Scythe, including how to unlock it.
It can be fun to rack up kills from a distance with an Assault Rifle after hopping into a game of Black Ops Cold War, and sometimes it’s more exciting to use a melee weapon to battle your enemies up close.
Treyarch accidentally released the Scythe melee weapon in Black Ops Cold War in a surprise update on June 6, giving players a sneak peek at the weapon. Now there is an official release date for the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s how you can unlock it.
How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War
The Scythe will be released for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on August 12, 2022.
Here’s how to unlock the Scythe in both Multiplayer and Zombies:
- Multiplayer – Using a Melee weapon, get 2 kills while Ninja or Dead Silence are active in 15 different completed matches.
- Zombies – Using a primary Melee weapon, kill 200 enemies while Insta-Kill is active.
Completing 15 multiplayer matches will take some time, so you might be faster jumping into a game of Zombies.
The in-game description says that the Scythe is a “quick swinging” two-handed melee weapon that allows you to “reap a bountiful harvest by cutting down all who stand in your path.”
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Best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War
The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s our best compelte with Attachments, Perks, and Equipment.
The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, and players can’t wait to try it out in multiplayer matches. Here’s our breakdown of the best UGR loadout to run in BOCW.
Even though CoD Vanguard is now in its third season, and Modern Warfare 2 is arriving this year, support for Black Ops Cold War is still going strong. After a huge Zombies patch on April 25, Treyarch have now added a remastered version of the Jungle map, as well as a new weapon.
The UGR SMG is an interesting close-range option, as it’s an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.” It doesn’t have the bullet velocity to take enemies out at distance, but it’s formidable in close-quarters combat.
If you’re looking to run it in multiplayer, you’ll need to know how to make the most of it. Check out our best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War.
- Best Cold War UGR loadout attachments
- Best Cold War UGR Perks & Equipment
- How to unlock UGR in Black Ops Cold War
- Best alternatives to Cold War’s UGR
Best Cold War UGR loadout attachments
- Barrel: 12.8″ VDV Reinforced
- Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
- Magazine: Explosive Flechettes
- Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
- Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
We kick things off with the 12.8″ VDV Reinforced Barrel to seriously boost the UGR’s bullet velocity and damage range. The UGR is severely lacking in both departments, but this attachment makes it far more competitive in longer-range battles.
Next up, we went for the Spetsnaz Grip to keep the recoil in check and make it far easier to control. Then we chose KGB Skeletal Stock and GRU Elastic Wrap for a decrease in sprint-to-fire time and ADS speed, allowing you to get shots earlier while rushing around the map.
Many were surprised to see that the UGR comes with explosive rounds, so we couldn’t resist equipping Explosive Flechettes to our loadout. Aside from the obvious boost in overall damage, they also increase ammo capacity which is vital in a fast-firing weapon.
Best Cold War UGR Perk & Equipment
- Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
- Perk 2: Scavenger & Assassin
- Perk 3: Ghost & Ninja
- Lethal Equipment: Semtex
- Tactical Equipment: Stimshot
We think the UGR is still effective with only five attachments, so we’re equipping Greed Wildcard to use extra Perks in each slot in BOCW multiplayer matches,
Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask are incredibly important in the first slot, as they’ll keep you protected from incoming explosives and Gas Mines, which can be frustrating when running and gunning.
Next, we picked Scavenger to make sure you never run out of ammo, as well as Assassin to keep the Scorestreaks rolling in. In the final slot, we recommend Ghost to stay invisible on enemy radars, as well as Ninja to help with flanking, which you’ll want to do a lot of with the UGR.
In terms of equipment, Semtex is an easy-to-use lethal, while Stimshot will give you a handy health boost when things get tough out there.
How to unlock UGR in Black Ops Cold War
To unlock the UGR SMG, players must kill an enemy revealed by their Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. If you’re not a big multiplayer fan, it can be earned in Zombies by eliminating 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.
You can also bypass the challenges altogether if you don’t mind spending 2,400 CoD Points on the new Lazar bundle.
Best alternatives to Cold War’s UGR
Black Ops Cold War has some powerful SMGs if the UGR isn’t working for you. The TEC-9 and LC10, in particular, remain incredibly strong in multiplayer matches and rank as two of the best weapons in the entire game.
For more, be sure to check out the best UGR loadout to use on Caldera in Warzone Pacific Season 3.
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How to unlock UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone
Here’s everything you need to know about the new UGR SMG including how to unlock the weapon in Cold War and Warzone.
Treyarch continue to release new weapons for Cold War and the latest is the UGR SMG based on the APS underwater rifle that will be making its way to both Cold War and Warzone. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.
Although Vanguard is now in Season 3 and 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 has been announced, Treyarch are still releasing content for 2020’s Black Ops Cold War. Alongside a ton of Zombies changes that arrived with the April 25 update, Treyarch confirmed the classic Jungle map and a brand-new weapon would arrive in the “coming weeks.”
On May 6, the new UGR SMG made its way to the game alongside a remastered version of the Jungle map. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.
UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone
Those who played Call of Duty: Ghosts may recognize Cold War’s new UGR SMG as it’s based on the APS underwater rifle that appeared in the campaign. The in-game description says it’s a “full-auto submachine gun” and an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.”
The weapon is projectile-based with quite a low bullet velocity, so you won’t be beaming enemies at range with ease. Players were also surprised to see that it comes with explosive bullets.
How to unlock UGR in Cold War & Warzone
Players can unlock the UGR by killing an enemy revealed by your Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. You can also unlock the UGR in Zombies if you eliminate 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.
The new UGR SMG has the same unlock challenge for both Cold War and Warzone, so it’ll be up to you to decide which game you’d like to complete it in. In addition, you can also receive the UGR straight away by purchasing the new Lazar bundle for 2,400 CoD Points.
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