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Black Ops Cold War features new VIP mode: gameplay & details

Published: 9/Sep/2020 19:21

by Tanner Pierce

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During the Black Ops Cold War multiplayer reveal, fans got a look at a brand new mode coming to the franchise called VIP Escort, which is a version of classic escort gameplay. Here’s what you need to know.

Every Call of Duty game has its namestays when it comes to modes. When a new entry gets announced, you can pretty much expect that classic modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, Search and Destroy, and others will all make an appearance.

That being said, every COD game pretty tries something new when it comes to playlists, for better or for worse. Black Ops 4, for example, introduced Control, while Modern Warfare introduced new iterations on Ground War. Black Ops Cold War is no different in this regard.

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VIP Escort tasks one team with bringing a VIP to a special zone, while the other team is attempting to take them out.

One of the brand new modes debuting in Black Ops Cold War is called VIP Escort. The mode itself is pretty simple, however, despite that simplicity, it’s sure to intrigue fans when they get their hands on it.

The mode is a version of classic “escort” game modes with a bit of a twist. One team of attackers is tasked with escorting a VIP, which is a random player every round, to a zone, while the other team is tasked with taking out the VIP. If they do, the round will immediately end. The first team that clutches four rounds, wins the game.

If that all sounds a bit confusing, not to worry, as there’s gameplay from the mode in order to give players a good look at everything it has to offer.

As expected, teams will rotate between attackers and defenders, so the match isn’t one-sided. On top of that, scorestreaks will be completely disabled for normal team members, so won’t have to worry about large streaks ruining the experience.

In addition, when players get shot, they won’t immediately die. Instead, you’ll go “down” similarly to going knocked in Warzone. Players can then, of course, be revived by teammates.

Custom classes are allowed in this mode for normal players. If you’re the VIP, you won’t have such luxuries. Instead, you’ll be forced to use a pistol, smoke grenades, frags, and a Spy Plane, so you may want to brush up on your hangun skills if you want to play this mode.

All in all, it seems like a fun mode and it’ll be interesting to see how fans react to it.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale

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Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.