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Barebones concept for Black Ops 4 would be the perfect throwback playlist

Published: 31/Oct/2018 17:57 Updated: 31/Oct/2018 18:02

by Calum Patterson


For old school Call of Duty players who prefer their gameplay to be more gunfights and less specialist abilities, a Barebones playlist in Black Ops 4 would resolve all your complaints.

Recent Call of Duty titles Black Ops III, Infinite Warfare and now Black Ops 4, have all featured some form of ‘specialists’, granting players powerful abilities and weapons, earned through simply playing.


They perform similarly to kill streaks, except they are not earned by successive kills without dying, which frustrates sections of the Call of Duty player base who feel specialist abilities/weapons are too easy to get and use.

However, there could be a simple alternative provided, if Treyarch took inspiration from their 2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops.


Fans of the original Black Ops may remember there was a unique playlist called ‘Barebones Pro’. It also featured in Modern Warfare 2, and removed all kill streaks from the mode. In Black Ops, Barebones Pro removed kill streaks, perks, camos, and attachments. 

Reddit user u/Logjamz suggested a reimagination of Barebones for Black Ops 4, removing specialists and scorestreaks, while also giving dedicated character models to each team, so that friendlies and enemies are easily discernible.


This playlist would reduce Black Ops to pure gun on gun action, although the concept doesn’t go as far as to remove perks, or gear items like Armor and Stim Shot.


Unlike older Call of Duty titles, Black Ops 4 uses the pick 10 class system (first introduced in Black Ops 2), meaning that removing perks/gear would give players too many class slots to use on attachments or equipment.

Regardless, it is an intriguing concept, and one that would certainly excite those who don’t enjoy the impact of specialists on the traditional gun-on-gun action of CoD. 

Treyarch has said that they have a lot of plans for new content coming post launch, and have already added a new game playlist, with fan favorite party mode ‘Gun Game’ added on October 30 – although only for a limited time.

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Warzone player discovers perfect way to counter Airport tower campers

Published: 19/Oct/2020 14:47

by Jacob Hale


A Warzone player has found the perfect way to counter campers in the Verdansk Airport tower, and it might be the best way to bait those annoying players out and get across the runway.

If you’ve played Warzone even once, you’ll know exactly which tower we mean: the one north of Airport that has only one way up, from which players can easily camp, scout out enemies and lay fire upon those trying to rotate to zone.


Even with the inclusion of external ziplines to many tall buildings in Verdansk, the tower still doesn’t have one, meaning that once players are up there, it’s incredibly difficult to get them down.

Typically, you’ll struggle in a straight gunfight against these players — so what you need to do is bait them out, instead, and capitalize when they’re distracted.

Warzone airport tower helicopter
Tower campers are among some of the most annoying players in Warzone.

As showcased below by NadxCH, a helicopter could be your key to infiltrating the tower — though not how you might think.

While many people will have tried to attack head-on while in a helicopter, the plan instantly falls flat if the tower campers have a rocket launcher or explosives of some sort, that will see you and your team come crashing down instantly.

Instead, you need to assign a teammate to fly past in the helicopter after landing up top, and strike while the iron is hot. While the designated driver flies the heli in one direction, you’ll need to jump off the top and plan your parachute perfectly to land in the control room while the opponents have their back turned and are distracted.


Obviously, this will often be easier said than done. Jumping off the top of the tower and timing everything right to land in the control room is a skill you’ll have to practice over and over again to get right, so you’ll have to be confident you can pull it off first.

Secondly, you’ll have to rely on the enemy team being distracted by the helicopter. They likely will be, and will want to take it down while it’s so close, which is why it’s the perfect opportunity to strike.

Otherwise, you might find yourself trapped while trying to traverse the map — and there are few worse types of players to die to than those in Airport tower.