Call of Duty

CouRage explains why Black Ops III was “the best CoD ever”

Published: 15/Jun/2020 10:03

by Joe Craven


As the anticipation for next year’s Treyarch Call of Duty title grows, YouTube streamer and ex-Call of Duty caster Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop has listed everything that made Black Ops III the “best CoD game ever”. 

The ‘jet-pack’ phase of Call of Duty is generally looked back on negatively by the game’s community. Advanced Warfare was considered too frenetic, while Infinite Warfare’s space setting was too futuristic for many players.

One game, however, stands out – Black Ops III. Treyarch’s 2015 title was praised for its fast pace and refinement of the advanced movement system from Advanced Warfare. Furthermore, its multiplayer was pretty enjoyable, and zombies brought plenty of different content for players to delve into.

BO3 introduced specialists to CoD for the first time.

On June 14, as part of a discussion with OpTic Gaming LA pro Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell, CouRage explained every reason for Black Ops III being his favorite CoD game ever.

“Black Ops 3 was the best CoD game ever,” he said. “Incredible to watch, fun/flashy plays, so many new talented players began to rise up, had fantastic Zombies, super fun multiplayer/pub lobbies, cool weapon camos/skins, theater mode, uplink, SnD was so fun.”

Despite transcending the series and becoming known for other games, like Fortnite, the ex-caster’s YouTube and Twitch following grew massively on Black Ops III. His stream highlights and Bot World League series, among others, were wildly popular.

A lot of players found it hard to disagree with CouRage’s points. While some argued they made the game unbalanced, many found specialists to be an extra layer of fun, allowing for some seriously awesome plays.

Furthermore, the game was the first CoD to introduce an ‘ultimate’ skin, in the form of the Dark Matter Camo. Unique skins for each CWL team were also added late into the game’s life cycle.

Where does Black Ops III rank on your CoD list?

While many details remain up in the air about Call of Duty 2020, David Vonderhaar has already confirmed there will be no advanced movement in the game, believed to be set in the Cold War era. 

Regardless, it’s clear that CouRage is hoping to see many of Black Ops III’s most popular features replicated in CoD 2020. Only time will tell.

Call of Duty

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.