Call of Duty Blackout's Hot Pursuit has changed and players can't understand why - Dexerto
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Call of Duty Blackout’s Hot Pursuit has changed and players can’t understand why

Published: 3/Jul/2019 10:49 Updated: 3/Jul/2019 12:29

by Paul Cot

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Call of Duty Blackout’ Hot Pursuit mode has been a fan favorite since day one but its popularity hasn’t stopped Treyarch from changing it, and not every player is too happy with the decision. 

Hot Pursuit’s success can be attributed to catering to those who felt the core Blackout mode can be a little slow at times, while still maintaining the core concept of battle royale, albeit loosely.

This balance kept regular intervals of players returning to action while keeping the play area not overcrowded. It was a balance that kept squads coming back for more in their search for their Blackout fix.

TreyarchOperation Grand Heist, along with Hot Pursuit, came to Call of Duty Black Ops 4 in February…

Unwanted changes

However, that’s the problem, it was balanced. Since the July 2 Black Ops 4 update the mode has changed and suffice to say players aren’t happy with the changes.

According to the Black Ops 4 July 2 patch notes the only change in Hot Pursuit is a fifth collapse being added. However, there are other changes and it’s not clear whether these are intentional or not.

Blackout players don’t like it when Hot Pursuit isn’t a playlist…

One of the most popular parts of Hot Pursuit is the intermittent redeploys which, of course, allows killed players to quickly get back in the game. The time between them varies, but invariably they are two or three minutes apart – until now.

There appears to be only two respawn windows, meaning players can only respawn a maximum of twice. In turn, this takes away arguably the biggest selling point the mode has to offer – the frequency you can respawn and get back into the action.

If you die at the wrong time, getting back in the game can take over five and a half minutes – a long time to rely on your teammates to stay alive!

Blackout players not happy

Redditor FinnMerkel shared this sentiment saying: “Why did you increase the redeploy times in hot pursuit? Nobody wants to stay in game and watch for 4 or 5 minutes before redeployment. Who thought players would enjoy that? Who thought that sounded fun? Ruined the best game mode you have.”

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Elsewhere, Coulson1990 was more blunt in their criticism: “The 5th collapse in hot pursuit is a terrible change”.

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Easelm noticed a bigger problem though, players actually dying upon respawning. “Hot Pursuit is completely ruined. Instead of 3 iterations, it’s a full 6 circle iterations & people die in end-game because redeploy is outside circle.”

The primary focus tended to be on the excessive redeploy times however, with one example being Twitter user Josh Ford complaining: “3-1/2 minutes for redeploy on hot pursuit?! Really treyarch?! Jesus.”

Hot Pursuit was added to Black Ops 4 as part of Operation Grand Heist, giving players a chance to experience a fast-paced version of the core Blackout game – introducing police cars with UAV and sports cars with the ability to find stashes and care packages. 

Since then, it has gone on to become arguably the most popular Blackout mode. It became so popular that it continued to feature in Blackout playlists long after Operation Grand Heist came its conclusion.

Hot Pursuit’s success can be attributed to catering to those who felt the core Blackout mode can be a little slow at times, while still maintaining the core concept of battle royale, albeit loosely.

Many fans will be hoping that Treyarch take this feedback on board and revert Hot Pursuit back to its original state, but whether or not that will actually happen remains to be seen. 

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Black Ops Cold War trophies & achievements confirmed: full list

Published: 26/Oct/2020 0:27

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to release in less than three weeks, and to add to the excitement, a comprehensive list of trophies and achievements has more or less been confirmed.

Call of Duty players love trophies and achievements, and they’ve been looking forward to taking them on once again in Black Ops Cold War. It adds an extra layer of accomplishment and progression to the game and rewards players for their dedication and efforts.

Many have been eagerly awaiting to hear more about the trophies and achievements in Black Ops Cold War. They’ve been left in the dark for weeks, twiddling their thumbs in anticipation. Now, luckily for them, their prayers have been answered.

COD Tracker has dished up an exclusive first-look at all the trophies and achievements in Black Ops Cold War. It’s an impressive list spanning 44 in total across all three modes; Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies.

Before reading on, be warned some achievements might be considered spoilers.

Black Ops Cold War Trophies Achievements
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has an impressive list of 44 trophies and achievements.

Achievements and Trophies in Black Ops Cold War

Combat Recruit

  • Complete the single player Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 30

Combat Hardened

  • Complete the single player Campaign on Veteran or Realism difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 100

Nowhere Left to Run

  • Complete Nowhere Left to Run in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Fracture Jaw

  • Complete Fracture Jaw in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Brick in the Wall

  • Complete Brick in the Wall in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Redlight, Greenlight

  • Complete Redlight, Greenlight in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Echoes of a Cold War

  • Complete Echoes of a Cold War in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Desperate Measures

  • Complete Desperate Measures in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

End of the Line

  • Complete End of the Line in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Break on Through

  • Complete Break on Through in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

The Final Countdown

  • Complete The Final Countdown in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Ashes to Ashes

  • Complete Ashes to Ashes in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Chaos

  • Complete Chaos Side Mission in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Red Circus

  • Complete Red Circus Side Mission in Campaign on any difficulty.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Firing Range

  • Shoot all of the targets on Main Street during Amerika.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Keep Your Friends Close

  • Perform Body Shield 5 Times.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Patriot Arrow

  • Kill an enemy with the secret weapon while ziplining during Yamantau.
  • Gamerscore: 30

Mind Trip

  • See all 7 memory endings and playthrough all 4 path ends in Prisoner.
  • Gamerscore: 30

Explosive Finish

  • Kill 12 enemies with explosive barrels while riding the server lift during Yamantau.
  • Gamerscore: 15

EVERYONNNNNEE!

  • Kill 25 enemies with the AC-130 during the rooftop defend.
  • Gamerscore: 15

The Red Door

  • Disobeyed Adler’s order to go through the door.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Jack of All Trades

  • Get 5 kills each with an LMG, SMG, AR, and a Shotgun.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Old Faithful

  • Killed 200 enemies with an AR.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Scorched Earth

  • Destroy all enemy vehicles and mortar teams while defending Firebase Ripcord.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Scorched Earth II

  • Blow up all trucks and guard towers on the approach to the monastery.
  • Gamerscore: 30

The Fixer

  • Get 200 Eliminations in Multiplayer.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Party Patrol

  • Get 10 squad wipe medals in Fireteam.
  • Gamerscore: 30

Mean Machine

  • Get 100 Kills as the driver, pilot, or passenger of a vehicle in Multiplayer.
  • Gamerscore: 90

Go the Distance

  • Win 50 matches of Multiplayer.
  • Gamerscore: 30

Calling It In

  • Get 50 kills with lethal Scorestreaks in Multiplayer.
  • Gamerscore: 30

Heavy Metal

  • In Die Maschine, forge the Pack-A-Punch machine.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Carpe D.I.E.M.

  • In Die Maschine, free the lost Decompressive Isotopic Estrangement Machine.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Seal the Deal

  • In Die Maschine, close the rift.
  • Gamerscore: 30

Two Birds, One Stone

  • In Die Maschine, kill the two split Megatons with one shot.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Socket-to-me

  • In Zombies, upgrade a skill
  • Gamerscore: 15

Six Pack

  • In Zombies, upgrade 6 Perk Skills to Tier III
  • Gamerscore: 15

Nightmare at 20 feet

  • In Die Maschine, kill 100 enemies without leaving the top of the crashed plane wing
  • Gamerscore: 30

Entamaphobia

  • In Die Maschine, stay in the Yard for 15 rounds
  • Gamerscore: 30

Craftwork

  • In Die Maschine, craft 14 different types of items in one match.
  • Gamerscore: 30

Fowl Five Piece

  • Get a chain of 5 chickens strung together in Dead Ops Arcade.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Survive the Wild

  • Escaped from the deep dark Wild.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Reunited with Fidolina

  • Defeated the Momaback and saved your dear friend.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Forever Fated

  • Found your destiny in the Room of Fate.
  • Gamerscore: 15

Dungeon Diver

  • Visit every corner of a Deadly Dungeon.
  • Gamerscore: 30
Black Ops Cold War Trophies Achievements
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been in Open Beta for almost a month now.

It’s an impressive list of achievements that is bound to keep players busy for quite some time. However, players will be particularly drawn to some of the more complex ones.

Scorched Earth I and II stand out the most. To finish them, players will need to wreak havoc on enemy guard towers, mortars, and vehicles.

The Mind Trip achievement also drops a hint that there will be four different paths in the campaign mode and seven endings in total. Not only does that mean the campaign mode has learned from single-player RPGs with multiple endings.

It also means that it will stay fresh for longer, and give players another achievement that requires a lot of time and commitment.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War officially releases on November 13, right around the time PS5 and Xbox Series X launch.