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Treyarch respond to Black Ops 4 ‘cosmetic’ which gives a big advantage

Published: 10/Jul/2019 13:42 Updated: 10/Jul/2019 14:18

by Paul Cot


Treyarch are under fire from the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 community following the release of a cosmetic item that actually provides an in-game benefit.

The cosmetic in question is Crash’s “The Snitch” outfit which causes an issue with the thermal scope. When the outfit is equipped, players aiming at you while using a thermal scope will only have your arms and head highlighted.


This may not be a game-breaking advantage but it certainly provides an in-game benefit. There will be scenarios where the inability to detect a player’s body on the thermal scope will prevent a kill or at the very least make it harder.

KnightRider121The head and arms are the only part of the body highlighted by a thermal scope when using Crash’s “The Snitch” outfit…

Black Ops 4 has previously come under fire for poor balancing as some guns, specialists and particular attachments provide a major advantage in comparison to others. This is not ideal as it makes some guns, specialists and attachments redundant, causing the meta to be predictable, essentially ruining the variation of the game.


Naturally cosmetic items are supposed to be just that, cosmetic. Therefore, when one does provide some form of benefit, players are more than justified to moan about it.

The outfit in question: Crash’s “The Snitch”…

It is very unlikely that this was intentional though and is likely nothing more than an oversight. Naturally anything that is added to the game will need to go through a testing procedure but it is understandable that a test team may have forgot to check the functionality of a thermal scope on a particular outfit.

A Communications Coordinator at Treyarch commented on the Reddit thread, saying: “Saw this thread and I’ve passed it along to our team.” Somebody else also commented claiming that the new “Vampire Hunter” outfit for Torque behaves in the same way.


Interestingly, a lot of comments highlighted the use of a thermal scope on the Titan. It appears more players were more disgusted by the thermal scope on such an unpopular gun than the broken cosmetic

It seems Treyarch will provide a fix in due course although there has been no reveal as to when this could take place. 

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Shroud explains why killstreaks “ruin gameplay” in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 16/Oct/2020 11:10

by Jacob Hale


After playing the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC beta on October 15, Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has revealed one of his main gripes with the game — and long-term Call of Duty fans might not be impressed.

After weekends for PS4 players to play both the alpha and beta builds of Cold War, Activision have opened the floor to fans on all platforms to give the game ago ahead of its November 13 release.


As such, we saw many pros and top streamers piling into the servers to try out the next installment in the CoD franchise, including Twitch and FPS extraordinaire shroud.

That said, it didn’t take long for shroud to find something really frustrating him about the game, and Call of Duty in general: killstreaks.

Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke
Streaks have been a staple of the Call of Duty franchise for well over a decade.

After the enemy team called in multiple Spy Planes, a Sentry Turret, and an Attack Helicopter, he finally had enough, and made a bold call, saying that “killstreaks have got to go.”

After getting a few kills of his own, shroud said: “Nobody gives a f**k about these killstreaks anymore. They only ruin the gameplay experience. There’s quite literally no positive besides a fake feeling of more content, progression”

That wasn’t all, though. He continued, completely condemning killstreaks as a whole: “That’s all it is. A waste of space. Waste of everything. Nobody cares.”


Killstreaks have been a point of contention for a while in the Call of Duty community. The switching between a traditional killstreak system, scorestreaks, and the new Cold War system that seems to be a combination of both, has left fans arguing over their favorite systems and what works best.

It goes without saying, though, that shroud falls into a slightly different category of players that believe killstreaks have no place in Call of Duty at all anymore — and it would be interesting to see how the game plays out without them.