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CoD 2019: Ex-Naughty Dog devs “helping a lot” with campaign for rumored MW4

Published: 12/May/2019 10:47 Updated: 12/May/2019 12:08

by Calum Patterson


A number of former Naughty Dog developers and designers moved to Infinity Ward to work on 2016’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and their story-telling expertise is once again being utilized for the next IW CoD game, believed to be Modern Warfare 4.

The next Call of Duty game hasn’t even been officially revealed yet, but fans are already hopping on the proverbial hype train – expecting Modern Warfare 4 – and they will be hoping for a return to form for the series once beloved single-player campaign.

Multiplayer is typically the main attraction for Call of Duty players, but with Black Ops 4 completely abandoning a campaign, the response showed that some still enjoy the single-player narrative experience.

ActivisionActivision made fans happy by confirming campaign mode would return for CoD 2019.

The campaign in Infinity Ward’s last game was very well received, considered to be among the very best CoD campaigns, and it was undoubtedly, in part, thanks to the recruitment of some of Naughty Dog’s best.

Naughty Dog are best known for games like The Last of Us and the Uncharted series, both titles praised for their great story and characters. The narrative director at Infinity Ward, who worked on Infinite Warfare too, Taylor Kurosaki, comes from Naughty Dog, as well as a handful of others. 

During a livestream on May 11, an Infinity Ward developer explained that the former Naughty Dog guys working with them are “helping a lot with story stuff.”

Although Infinite Warfare received mixed reviews for it’s multiplayer portion, the campaign mode was generally well liked, and with the track record of these former Naughty Dog developers, the return of a campaign mode in the next Call of Duty could be a return to form.

It’s expected that the fourth entry in the Modern Warfare series will be revealed in late May or early June, and Call of Duty is also confirmed to feature at E3.

Typically, campaign is revealed first, and multiplayer second, so it’s only a matter of weeks until fans get to see what the Infinity Ward team has been working on for the single-player mode.

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.