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Modern Warfare test proves just how overpowered the Riot Shield is

Published: 7/Jun/2020 16:45

by Andy Williams


Modern Warfare boasts a variety of weapons that can be classed as ‘overpowered,’ but perhaps none can counter the final boss that is the almighty Riot Shield!

First introduced into the Call of Duty universe in Modern Warfare 2, the Riot Shield is back with a vengeance for Infinity Ward’s reboot.

Now a staple of most Modern Warfare multiplayer matches, the pesky Riot Shield is a difficult weapon to counter — unless you have some form of explosive handy.

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The Riot Shield deflects bullets with ease.

But surely if a Riot Shielder is in a strong position, any lethal killstreak will pretty much do the job, right? Well, not necessarily, as one player discovered.

MuckinAround145’ set out to test just how overpowered the Riot Shield is by putting up against anything from a Cluster Strike to a Juggernaut — and the results are quite surprising.

While killstreaks took an early lead with a Care Package, Precision Airstrike and Cluster Strike all taking on the might of the Primary Weapon, the Riot Shield actually managed to deflect some heavy artillery (including a VTOL Jet, Gunship and the Juggernaut killstreak).

Riot Shield vs All Killstreaks (Made a video testing the riot shield against every lethal killstreak and thought you guys might enjoy. Let me know what you think.) from modernwarfare

In fact, out of 15 killstreaks, the Riot Shield took the win 9 – 6. Although, some results could be questioned. In reality, the IAV would run through a player in a similar fashion to the Wheelson.

Also, the Gunship would have an area of effect much larger than the outline of the shield, considering that both the 25mm rounds and 40mm cannons would spread on impact with the floor.

Regardless, the video underscores just how handy a Riot Shield can be in the right hands. Plus, to top things off, if you’re running around with Overkill, the Riot Shield will cover your back when not in use — perfect for deflecting bullets from lurking enemies.

But what about Warzone? Well, the Riot Shield is also ideal for closing down enemies in the open while preventing snipers from capitalizing on an otherwise easy kill.

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When is Black Ops Cold War Season 1? Nuketown, Warzone content, Roadmap

Published: 17/Nov/2020 23:50 Updated: 18/Nov/2020 0:02

by Albert Petrosyan


Black Ops Cold War is all the talk right now in the world of Call of Duty, but there’s a whole lot more content waiting in Season 1! Here’s everything you need to know, including the release date, info about Warzone integration, and more.

Black Ops Cold War comes jam-packed with a lot of content for Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, and a lot more is on its way once the game’s ‘preseason’ period wraps up.

After the first month is in the books, Treyarch will be rolling out a flurry of new experiences for CoD players to enjoy across all modes, including Warzone, which will finally debut its highly anticipated next chapter.

When does Black Ops Cold War Season 1 release?

Season 1 of BOCW, and everything that it’s set to include, is scheduled to launch worldwide on Thursday, December 10. It’ll likely come as part of a massive update that also makes changes to existing aspects of the game, such as the weapon balancing patch that’s already been teased.

When does Nuketown ’84 release in Black Ops Cold War?

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Nuketown ’84 is the fifth iteration of the iconic map in the Black Ops series.

It wouldn’t be a proper Black Ops game without Nuketown, so Treyarch will indeed be adding the fifth iteration of the iconic map to multiplayer. An added layer of good news is that Nuketown ’84 will be released before Season 1, on Tuesday, November 24, so the wait for it is not too long at all.

Currently, this map is the only piece of new content that has been announced for November 24, so don’t expect anything else to be added unless the devs have some surprises up their sleeves.

Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Roadmap & new content

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A lot of content is coming in the Black Ops Cold War Season 1 roadmap.

As mentioned above, there’s a lot of new goodies for players to keep busy with come December 10.

For multiplayer, there’s going to be new 6v6 maps and modes, new weapons, another Fireteam map, and the return of the 2v2 Gunfight mode that was first introduced in Modern Warfare and became quite a hit. It’s not yet confirmed whether or not the Gunfight maps will be brand new or remakes of the ones from MW.

With Zombies being a big focal point in BOCW, Treyarch’s got stuff coming for that as well. For now, that’s being described as “new Zombies modes,” so fans will have to wait a bit longer for more details.

Last but not least, there’s Warzone, but we’ll get into that in the following sections.

New Prestige levels, Prestige Master, & challenges

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Prestiging is about to get even crazier in Black Ops Cold War Season 1.

After a year’s absence, the Prestige ranking system is back in Call of Duty, but the BOCW version works a bit differently than in past titles. Following this ‘preseason’ period, in which players can Prestige up to three times, the launch of Season 1 will introduce a whole new depth to this system.

S1, and every season that follows, will have four additional Prestige ranks to achieve across the first 200 levels, with a new Weapon Blueprint that can be unlocked at level 50. Those who manage to hit level 200 and gain all four will also earn the rank of Prestige Master, which also unlocks Prestige icons from past CoD games.

It doesn’t end there, either; there’s actually going to be 1000 levels available in each season, so there’s going to be plenty to level up for even after you get Prestige Master.

Lastly, S1 will add in two sets of new challenges – 20 for multiplayer and 20 for Zombies – which will be unlocked a few at a time as you progress towards Level 200. If you manage to hit Level 200, unlock all the challenges, and complete them, you will earn an animated Season Master Calling Card as a reward.

BOCW x Warzone integration: weapons, progression, more

One of the more highly anticipated parts of Season 1 will be the integration of Black Ops Cold War in Warzone, which comes in two parts: weapon integration and unification of the progression systems.

Weapon integration

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Starting in Season 1, Warzone players can choose loadouts from both BOCW and MW.

Starting on December 10, every weapon that was in BOCW at launch or gets added in S1 will be made available in Warzone. Players will be able to choose between loadouts from BOCW and Modern Warfare, essentially doubling the battle royale’s weapon arsenal in a single update.

Progression unification

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Season 1 will unify the progression systems in Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone.

S1 will combine the progression of BOCW, Warzone, and Modern Warfare into a singular system, meaning your level in one game will be the same for all three and any XP gained will apply across the board.

While this won’t change much in Cold War specifically, Warzone and MW players will see their ranks reset and start fresh on December 10, in order to match up with BOCW. Don’t worry though, anything you’ve already unlocked or completed in those games will not be deleted.

The next chapter of Warzone…

On top of all those changes, Season 1 is expected to kickstart the next phase of the popular battle royale’s story, which the official Roadmap referred to as a “classified Warzone experience.”

Currently, there’s no information or any concrete leaks out there about what this will include, but a mention of “Rebirth Island” has been spotted in the artwork, sparking speculation that the Black Ops 1 location could be the next Warzone map.

Expect more details to be revealed in the coming weeks.

There you have it – everything there is to know about the upcoming Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War, which will be free on all platforms. Anything specific that you’re excited about? Let us know on Twitter, @Dexertointel!