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Black Ops Cold War age rating reveals more about Campaign & Zombies

Published: 5/Sep/2020 19:18 Updated: 5/Sep/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal


The official ESRB rating for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been revealed, and, while the ‘M’ for Mature grade was expected, the description for the game’s summary provided more information on the upcoming Campaign and Zombies modes.

The meat and bones for every Call of Duty title has historically been the deep-combat system of multiplayer mode, and more recently a battle royale component. However, the single-player campaign and Zombies are also parts of the game a lot of players look forward to as well.

According to the ESRB description for Cold War, the title will take players to “locations in Europe and Asia while engaging in combat/infiltration missions.” This would be par for the course in a story on America’s covert operatives during this time of political unrest.

The story mode is described as having “realistic gunfire, blood-splatter effects, and cries of pain,” something that plenty of trailers have clued us in on so far.

Black Ops Cold War Call of duty trailer
ESRB gave Black Ops Cold War an M rating, an expected mark for a Call of Duty title.

But there are gameplay bits that were noted that gives us more insight on what to expect from the campaign with the “ability to stab or pistol-whip enemies close-up, or use them as human shields.”

Call of Duty is known for intense sequences of combat, especially in cut-scenes that move the story along with tragic or impactful beats that result in casualties of war.

It’s unknown if ESRB was talking about the zombies or campaign mode when they detailed how some weapons make characters “explode into bloody chunks of flesh,” but it sounds like something Treyarch would include for their survival-horror game mode.

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War will continue the series’ covert ops missions.

But what’s more interesting is how the rating organization describes the game’s zombie mode, which will, of course, feature plenty of “decapitation and dismemberment” that fans come to expect.

“Players use bladed weapons and guns to kill hordes of undead soldiers/creatures.” This sounds like Zombies will have plenty of familiar elements that the CoD fanbase will be able to indulge in.

The full ESRB summary for Black Ops Cold War can be seen below, as players await the game’s release on November 13.

ESRB summary for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

This is a first-person shooter, set during the Cold War, in which players explore locations in Europe and Asia while engaging in combat/infiltration missions. Players use pistols, machine guns, assault rifles, and explosives to kill hostile forces in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, blood-splatter effects, and cries of pain. In addition to ranged combat, players have the ability to stab or pistol-whip enemies close-up, or use them as human shields. Some weapons cause characters to explode into bloody chunks of flesh. A zombie mode also depicts decapitation and dismemberment, as players use bladed weapons and guns to kill hordes of undead soldiers/creatures. In one setting, flyers with the words “peep show” and “XXX” can be seen alongside pictures of women in lingerie; a red-light-district storefront is depicted with a neon sign that reads “XXX.” During one mission, players infiltrate a drug cartel—drug packages and piles of white powder can be seen in a warehouse. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” appear in the dialogue.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

Cracked Creators Warzone
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.