Call of Duty

Everyone’s upset about Modern Warfare’s “buggy” and “disappointing” Spec Ops

Published: 1/Nov/2019 9:43 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 10:09

by Connor Bennett


A number of Call of Duty fans have hit out against Modern Warfare’s Spec Ops mode, claiming that it is suffering from not only errors, but huge waiting times to even get into a game.

The highly-anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare finally released on October 25, with players trying out the entertaining yet intense campaign mode and the new multiplayer game types. 

While there have been problems in Multiplayer, including competitive players airing frustrations on everything from grenade usage to map size, Spec Ops has gone under the radar. However, some fans have outlined a number of issues with the mode and it might make for grim reading for anyone who hasn’t dived in just yet.

Activision - Call of Duty: Modern WarfareSome Call of Duty fans aren’t happy with how challenging and problematic Spec Ops has been so far.

In a post to the Modern Warfare subreddit, user Wayyzzz asked as to why nobody was talking about Spec Ops amid complaints about the game’s other modes. The Redditor labeled it as “damn awful,” and “that it is almost impossible to beat.”

They also criticized the fact that when you do manage to beat the missions, you are hit with a ‘rewards will be distributed in November’ message, meaning you don’t immediately receive any amount of gratification for your hard work. 

Wayyzzz also commented that they appreciate the attempt of a new take on the mode, but that it needed fixing – a sentiment shared by fellow posters.

The ”spec ops” is the worst and most dissapointing part about Modern Warfare. Its buggy, not finished and not at all what we were promised. from r/modernwarfare

One user, Utdfanabroad, explained that it was the mode they were looking forward to but have been left “disappointed with the way it has turned out. Another, christophe-a, added that bugs are preventing players from completing the missions, explaining that they were crashed out on back-to-back games.

One of the more damning posts came from LumpyWumpus, who said: “Perhaps the worst part is that it simply isn’t fun.” They added that the “operations are impossibly hard and far too long,” and that changes need to be made.

The Infinity Ward team have been regular contributors to the game’s subreddit, chiming in on posts when players criticized the beta or their rumored approach to microtransactions. 

They have noted that changes will be made to the game’s multiplayer, but whether or not Spec Ops will receive some tweaks, remains to be seen. For now, though, many players aren’t pleased at all.

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.