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CoD community unhappy with Ghost’s updated look in Modern Warfare

Published: 8/Feb/2020 23:39

by Alan Bernal


An early look at Ghost in Modern Warfare is splitting the Call of Duty community, due to the character’s updated design for season 2.

Arguably the most iconic piece of imagery from the CoD franchise is a simple skull imprinted on a balaclava, which British special forces operator Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley wears with dark-red sunglasses to conceal his identity.

However, it looks like there’s going to be a hefty change in his appearance when he makes his way into the new era of Modern Warfare when the Season 2 Battle Pass releases on February 11.

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The new design for Ghost will replace his makeshift balaclava for a more traditional mask.

Contents for the next major update leaked ahead of its official reveal, giving fans a glimpse of what’s to come after Infinity Ward’s huge Season 1 offering that gave players a ton of in-game items to collect.

While any incarnation of Ghost in Call of Duty is enough reason to turn heads, some feel that Infinity Ward should have just given him a straightforward remaster in Modern Warfare, rather than an entirely new design.

“Words cannot describe how much I dislike his new look,” user ‘Divulci’ wrote in a ModernWarfare subreddit post that has since been removed. “He looks like he carved the mask out of one of those cheap plastic Halloween skeletons you put in the yard.”

Comments from the since-removed thread in the Modern Warfare subreddit.

Even people who don’t outright dislike the design can see why this direction might not have been the play for the Season 2 headliner, whose firm roots in player nostalgia is bound to produce hype.

Reddit user ‘JediJulius’ said: “I think the look itself isn’t bad, but I feel like the skull mask, black eyeliner, and cape is a bit overdone, if that makes sense. In contrast, previous Ghost just wore a balaclava… I feel like the old look was a bit more practical in its simplicity.”

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Ghost will be looking pretty different in his Modern Warfare Season 2 premiere.

There are plenty of fans who like the updated design for Ghost, since Infinity Ward modernized him a bit to fit in with the new era of Modern Warfare, but Reddit user ‘Black_Hussar’ nailed it when they said he just, “looks… weird.”

It’ll be interesting if the pushback gets to a point where developers either retool his Battle Pass appearance or create a totally new skin for a more classic vibe throughout the second season for Modern Warfare.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby


Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
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Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
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You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.