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Best XM4 loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War alpha

Published: 18/Sep/2020 17:30 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:01

by James Busby


The XM4 is a deadly assault rifle that boasts excellent precision and deals decent range damage, making it one of the most versatile guns in Black Ops Cold War. Find out which attachments you should equip to enhance the XM4’s kill potential. 

While the XM4 was previously known as the Commando in the original Black Ops, its Cold War counterpart offers the same reliability. This rifle’s 30-round magazine and methodical fire rate make it incredibly easy to handle, allowing for perfectly placed head and bodyshots. It may not deal as much damage as the overpowered AK74u loadout, but it certainly gets the job done.

Treyarch will likely nerf the Soviet assault rifle before Black Ops Cold War’s official release, so the XM4 could end up taking the crown. In order to help you get the most out of the XM4, we’ve put together a loadout that you can use to gain a competitive edge.

Best XM4 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

XM4 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The XM4 is one of the most versatile assault rifles in the current game.

Here’s the best attachments you can use on your XM4 in Cold War:

  • Millistop Reflex
  • Agency Suppressor
  • 13.7″ Extended
  • Foregrip
  • Steady Aim Laser
  • Tactical Stock
  • 40 RD Speed Mag
  • Quick Draw Handle

By picking the Gunfighter perk, you can equip a total of eight attachments which makes this assault rifle an absolute beast. The Millistop Reflex provides the XM4 with a clean sight that doesn’t clutter the screen, allowing you to easily spot enemies at a distance. While the gun may not have particularly bad sights, we found the Millistop Reflex gave us the extra versatility needed for mid to long-range engagements. 

Next up is the Agency Suppressor. This muzzle decreases the XM4’s vertical recoil and stops you from appearing on the mini-map when firing, making it extremely useful when you’re trying to rack up those sneaky kills. 

The 13.7″ Extended barrel adds a whopping 50% increase to the weapon’s bullet velocity. Not only does this attachment make hitting targets at longer ranges easier, but you’ll also be able to snag more kills in a shorter space of time. While the XM4 will still be outclassed by most SMGs in close-quarter firefights, the 13.7″ Extended barrel will at least give you a fighting chance. 

Woods with XM4
Activision / Treyarch
The XM4 (Commando) has always been Woods’ weapon of choice.

While the recoil may be one of the easiest to control, it’s often best to attach a foregrip to help reduce any annoying horizontal kicks. The XM4 excels in mid to long-range firefights, so having an attachment that allows you to beam your enemies across these distances is vital. 

Meanwhile, the Steady Aim Laser is a fantastic option for those of you that want to have some semblance of accuracy without constantly aiming down your sights. It’s a pretty situational attachment and is only recommended when you’re playing on the game’s smaller maps. However, the Steady Aim Laser can get you out of some rather frustrating situations. 

Tactical Stocks have long been chosen in Call of Duty for their aiming movement speed. After all, being able to quickly sweep your surroundings, run to cover, and quickly rush a low health enemy is huge.  Speed is also key when you want to go for those aggressive flanks. 

The 40 RD Speed Mag adds an additional 10 rounds to the XM4 clip, giving you plenty of extra bullets to snag those all-important multi-kills. The added benefit of having a quicker reload is also fantastic, especially when you wish to minimize any frustrating mid-animation deaths. 

Lastly, the Quick Draw Handle bolsters the XM4’s ADS speed by 8%. The increase may seem rather incremental, but it does make for some rather quick target acquisition. Being able to instantly snap onto an enemy player and deliver highly accurate rounds to the head is always going to be useful. 

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4 features Warzone desperately needs in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 28/Oct/2020 13:00 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 13:31

by James Busby


With season 6 of Warzone out for fans to enjoy and Black Ops Cold War on the way, we’re still excited to see what content updates will drop in the future. Here are four things we want to see added to Call of Duty’s battle royale title.

Warzone’s blisteringly fast kill times, highly customizable loadout drops, satisfying killstreaks, and addictive gunplay makes it one of the most unique entries in the BR genre. Of course, like all good battle royale games, Warzone needs a constant stream of fresh content updates and unique modes to keep players invested. 

Fans are now looking forward to Warzone in the upcoming Black Ops Cold War, releasing on November 13, 2020. We’ve seen some fantastic additions to Warzone already in Modern Warfare, but there are still some things that would be perfect to heighten the experience for players.

1. Return of classic guns

Black Ops Cold War Beta
Black Ops Cold War will also carry on the Warzone mode.

The Call of Duty franchise first graced our screens back in 2003 and since then, players have fought their way through the gritty battlefields of WWII, stopped a nuclear cold war, taken down terrorist regimes, and even ventured into the very depths of space.

Each Call of Duty game has introduced a wave of new weapons, attachments, cosmetics, and killstreaks that fans can equip themselves with when venturing into the highly competitive multiplayer arenas. 

As a result, there have been a vast number of historical, modern-day, and futuristic guns added to the franchise over the years. While Warzone’s current arsenal of deadly weaponry is nothing to frown at, we’d love to see some iconic Call of Duty guns return to the scene. 

Fortunately, our prayers have been answered with the release of the CR-56 AMAX (Galil), so there could be a very good chance that we see other fan favourites make their way over to Warzone. After all, we’d love to run around Verdansk with our trusty Thompson SMG at our side. 

2. Dynamic weather conditions

Summit from Call of Duty Black Ops 1.
New weather effects could further enhance the game’s action for players to enjoy.

Battle royale fans have wanted dynamic weather conditions for ages and while PUBG has toyed around with various climate conditions, we’ve yet to see other battle royale games take the same leap – after all, Modern Warfare’s multiplayer already has night variants of maps like Azhir Cave, Hackney Yard, Gun Runner, and Rammaza, and Verdansk with The Haunting of Verdansk Halloween event.

While these maps may not feature any new content, the added veil of darkness really helps bring a new dynamic to the overall gameplay. Having a nighttime mode for allows for some brilliantly chaotic moments, particularly when you never know who is lurking in the shadows.

Watching enemy tracer rounds light up the sky, hearing nearby footsteps, and jumping at shadowy silhouettes is exhilarating and terrifying. Further dynamic weather effects would only enhance these emotions.

For example, weather effects that reduce player visibility would call for the use of NVGs (Night Vision Goggles), laser pointers, thermal optics, and Flash Grenades. Having various weather effects would also force players to adapt their current playstyle, drastically switching up the current meta and creating new opportunities for different weapons/attachments to truly shine.

3. Continued Seasonal events

Haunting of Verdansk Roadmap
Full roadmap for the Haunting of Verdansk event in Warzone & Modern Warfare.

With Halloween’s ‘Haunting of Verdansk’ now live on Warzone, we’ve got a great taste of seasonal content that incentivizes players to play. We think it would be a fantastic opportunity to expand on these events with further seasonals, such as a Holiday event featuring holiday bonuses; a thick layer of snow or a blizzard draping the map, with special cosmetics focusing around the time of year across different cultures.

These weather changes to Verdansk will force players to restrategize and approach their matches differently, requiring them to rethink their weapon add-ons such as optics, and differing perks like Cold Blooded.

4. Further map updates 

ActivisionChanges to Warzone’s map could drastically impact the way we play.

Warzone players have been busy opening the various bunkers dotted around the map, collecting the rare loot inside, and scrutinizing details in order to uncover the game’s secrets.

The opening of a few bunkers may seem small, but it’s this kind of change that helps keep the map interesting for new and veteran players. Epic Games and Respawn are constantly adding, removing, and even destroying vast sections of their battle royale maps, so we’d love to see Verdansk receive the same treatment. 

For example, Warzone’s Gora Dam could begin to crack under the pressure as the frozen reservoir begins to thaw, leading to a catastrophic event that sees vast sections of the map partially destroyed or flooded. Not only would this make for an awesome in-game spectacle, it would also drastically alter the way players traverse their way around Verdansk.

We’ve seen cool additions to Verdansk’s map as of late with the Football stadium opening, and a new train traversing the map, both allowing players new POI experiences in-game, but constant graduating changes to the map will keep it fresh and appealing for returning players.

New aquatic vehicles could even be introduced to further supplement this change. The possibilities are seemingly endless and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Warzone when Black Ops Cold War releases.