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NFL star Marcus Mariota drops major hint after getting to try new CoD game

Published: 25/Apr/2019 22:23 Updated: 25/Apr/2019 22:25

by Albert Petrosyan


A major hint about the next installment of the Call of Duty series has been dropped by NFL player Marcus Mariota, after he claims to have had the chance to try out the new game. 

There has been a lot of buzz around the Call of Duty community over the past few days as more and more reports about the 2019 title have begun to surface.

While nothing can be considered 100% until an official announcement is made, all indications are that the next CoD game will be none other than Modern Warfare 4.

Marcus Mariota drops major hint

Appearing on a promotional Fortnite Battle Royale stream with Twitch star Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was asked about what his favorite CoD game of all time was.

He replied saying that he loves the original Modern Warfare, then added a comment that may have been a lot more revealing than he had intended.

“They just let me … we just played the new one,” he said. “Yeah, it’s pretty dope. It’s like the old Modern Warfare.”

While he stopped short of revealing that the next title was indeed going to be Modern Warfare 4, the fact that he revealed that the game he had gotten to try was “like the old Modern Warfare” could really only mean one thing. 

Football players try out 2019 CoD game

Mariota was not the only football player to try out the new CoD game; in the days leading up to the NFL Draft on April 25, several collegiate stars were also invited to test out this year’s title.

Several of the athletes posted about their experience on social media, but no one came close to dropping a hint as big as the one that Mariota spilled on the live-stream. 

Marcus Mariota - InstagramNFL star Marcus Mariota may have dropped a major hint about the next Call of Duty title.

Major signs pointing to Modern Warfare 4

Even before Mariota said what he said on the livestream, there was heavy speculation that the fourth installment of the Modern Warfare series would be releasing this Fall. 

On April 25, an ex-Infinity Ward developer confirmed that MW4 was the next game in development, which fell in line with all of the leaks and intel that had been surfacing over the past few weeks. 

Considering how overwhelming the indications have started to become, it’s looking like the announcement revealing the next CoD game will come sooner rather than later. 

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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


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.