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Loot boxes make a return to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Published: 19/Feb/2019 13:40

by Matt Cotton

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Operation Grand Heist was revealed yesterday as part of the new content update and you’ll be able to download it later today on PS4. Along with this update is the return of loot boxes to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

These will be known as cases in Black Ops 4 and you’ll be able to earn them by playing Blackout or multiplayer. You’ll also be able to purchase these on the Black Market as per a Treyarch blog. These cases in Black Ops 4 have previously been known as supply drops in other CoD’s.

You’ll also be able to play Operation Grand Heist on other platforms next week. The timing of the releases of these cases/supply drops has varied in each Call of Duty. In Black Ops 3, supply drops contained a whole host of new weapons and not just cosmetic items. 

Cases make a return as part of Operation Grand Heist.

The content of these boxes will only be cosmetic for the time being. The new update also sees the return of Blackjack’s shop along with his Reserves. The cases content will be from Blackjack’s Reserves. 

Players that have purchased the $50 season pass will be rewarded with the introduction of these new cases. A season pass is essentially a battle pass and you’ll be able get these new cases from the Black Market.

These cases may not always only contain cosmetic items. As we’ve seen with Black Ops 3 and Advanced Warfare, weapons have been included down the line with different stats.

Will you be downloading Operation Grand Heist later today on PS4? Have Treyarch finally taken a step in the right direction? Get in touch with us via twitter @DexertoIntel and let us know your thoughts.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.