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3 beginners tips to help you in the Black Ops Cold War Alpha

Published: 19/Sep/2020 0:19

by Tanner Pierce

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The Black Ops Cold War Alpha is officially here for PlayStation 4 players, and it very feels pretty different when compared to other Call of Duty games. Here’s some beginner’s tips to help you out the next time you jump into the pre-release version.

The Black Ops Cold War Alpha is finally here for everyone on PlayStation 4. After being available for press, media, and content creators a couple weeks back, Activision decided to make the pre-release version of the game available to all PlayStation 4 players, regardless of whether or not they pre-ordered the game.

If you jumped into it, however, you’ll notice that it’s very different to other Call of Duty games, especially when you compare it to something like Modern Warfare or Warzone, the most recent entries in the series. Because of this, we compiled some tips to help you out in this fresh landscape.

1. Throw out all your strategies and play-styles from Modern Warfare

For better or for worse, Black Ops Cold War is an entirely different beast when compared to Modern Warfare. Whether its the way guns behave, the felling of movement, etc., the game feels nothing like the 2019 title. Even features that carry over from that game, like the Gunsmith, feel relatively different overall.

Because of this, it’s a good idea if you just leave that all behind. Seriously, forget everything you learned while playing Modern Warfare, because it won’t help you with this one. Instead, it’s better if you just play a couple matches and get feel for the everything the game has to offer. You’ll be better off that way.

2. Don’t mess around with Create-A-Class right off the bat

This one is a bit strange, but it’ll help you get used to the way the game feels. When you jump into the title for the first time, don’t mess around with the Create-A-Class options. You won’t know how anything handles, and you’ll just generally not have a good time.

Instead, you should play a couple matches and get used to how the game controls and feels. Because its so different than last year’s title, players of those games might have a hard time deciding what they want to use, even if the Create-A-Class systems are extremely similar to one another.

3. Play your objectives if you have them

This might be obvious, but it’s vitally important in Black Ops Cold War. Playing your objectives in this game will not only help your team win the match, but it’s now crucial if you want to get your scorestreaks. While these rewards have always required more than their kill-based brethren, they now have insanely high requirements.

RC-XD’s require 600 points, Spy Plane’s require 800 points, and, worst of all, large-scale streak’s require a few thousand points. This means that, unless you really want to spend the time getting 6 kills to get your RC-XD, you’ll have to play your objectives.

All in all, these tips are only partially useful. Obviously, practice makes perfect when it comes to this kind of stuff, but it’ll allow you to not have as frustrating of a time when you jump into your first matches.

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Best CR-56 AMAX loadouts for Warzone and Modern Warfare

Published: 27/Oct/2020 15:40 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 15:50

by James Busby

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The CR-56 AMAX is a great gun choice to utilize in Modern Warfare for those who value mobility. Here, we break down two of the strongest CR-56 loadouts you should be using. 

While the Fennec SMG has proved popular amongst those who favor the run and gun playstyle, the CR-56 AMAX gives players more ranged precision and damage for sacrificing speed. The Galil, now known as the CR-56 AMAX, aims to shake up the current assault rifle meta, giving players another option outside of the incredibly popular Grau 5.56 and M4A1 loadouts

The Galil dominated foes in the multiplayer battlefields of Black Ops 1, allowing players to kill targets in just three shots. As a result, this deadly assault rifle became popular for those that wanted to wrack up high kill counts. While the CR-56 AMAX has lost its original name, it still packs a real punch in both Modern Warfare and Warzone. In order to help you get the most out of the CR-56 AMAX, we’ve put together two loadouts that you can use to gain a competitive edge. 

Best CR-56 AMAX loadout for Warzone

Infinity Ward/DexertoBoost your ranged damage with these CR-56 AMAX attachments.
  • Monolithic Suppressor 
  • XRK Zodiac S440
  • VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Commando Foregrip
  • 45 Round Mags

Unlike Modern Warfare’s standard multiplayer maps, the vast frozen landscapes of Verdansk require players to test their medium to long-range shooting. While the initial dash for loot results in plenty of close-quarters firefights, you’ll also need a weapon that can effectively deliver lethal rounds at a distance should you wish to keep your enemies at bay. 

As a result, this loadout is all about pushing the CR-56 AMAX to its ranged limits, while also keeping your ADS speed to a minimum. First up is the Monolithic Suppressor and XRK Zodiac S440. These two attachments drastically increase your effective damage range, reduce the CR-56 AMAX’s recoil, and speed up its bullet travel time. While these attachments may increase your ADS speed, we think this loss is worth it, especially when you need to land those all-important ranged head and body shots. 

The VLK 3.0x Optic is great for a higher zoom level, giving you a greater edge when attacking from a distance, at a slight sacrifice of ADS speed.

The Commando Foregrip keeps the gun stable when aiming down sights and firing, while the XRK CR-56 Stippled Wrap greatly decreases your overall ADS time and sprint to fire speed. Not only will these attachments help keep your shots on target, they will also give you the ADS speed needed to be competitive in close-quarter fights.  

Lastly, the 45 Round Mags supply players with more than enough bullets to shred through even the most well-armored of foes. Having the extra rounds will also keep you from needing to reload every second, so if you wish to avoid any frustrating deaths, then make sure you equip this attachment. 

Best CR-56 AMAX loadout for Modern Warfare multiplayer

Infinity Ward/DexertoUse this loadout when you want to rival Modern Warfare’s close-quarter SMGs.
  • Monolithic Suppressor 
  • XRK Zodiac S440
  • CR-56 EXO
  • Commando Foregrip
  • 45 Round Mags

Modern Warfare’s standard multiplayer favors close to medium range firefights, so this loadout is all about buffing the CR-56 AMAX’s ADS speed and lowering the gun’s recoil. 

The CR-56 EXO stock drastically lowers the CR-56 AMAX’s ADS speed while increasing your ADS strafe, allowing you to quickly deliver a highly accurate spray of bullets in just a blink of an eye. While this attachment won’t stop you from falling prey to the popular MP5 and Fennec loadouts, it will increase your odds of survival when encountering the SMGs. 

The XRK Zodiac S440, Commando Foregrip, and 45 Round Mags are the three most optimal attachments here, so make sure you build around these for a new loadout.


If you want to try out some different weapons in Warzone or even Multiplayer, check out our full list of best loadouts for every gun.