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OpTic’s Crimsix explains why he’s not buying into the MW4 hype

Published: 28/Apr/2019 7:54 Updated: 28/Apr/2019 8:56

by Joe Craven


OpTic Gaming CoD pro Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has revealed why he is not getting “hyped” over the next Call of Duty game, despite all indications pointing to Modern Warfare 4.

Will the next Call of Duty game be Modern Warfare 4?

As is always the case with a future CoD game, rumours and speculation begin in the community just a few months into the previous game’s life cycle. Although nothing has been confirmed by Activision or Infinity Ward yet, all signs certainly seem to be pointed towards Modern Warfare 4.

From an ex-Infinity Ward developer confirming that the next title will be ‘Modern Warfare’, to NFL stars dropping hints about it, the community has grown in excitement recently as they look forward to a fourth installment in the incredibly popular Modern Warfare series. However, one prominent community member, two-time World Champion Crimsix, has stated that he “doesn’t understand” the hype.

MLGCrimsix (second from left) is the most winningest CoD professional of all time.

Crimsix ‘doesn’t understand’ MW4 hype

On April 27, Crimsix tweeted that he has “never understood” why COD fans care so much about game title. “Who cares if it’s called MW4 or not? Are you really gonna buy the new COD because of that or will you purchasing for sIcK nExT geN GRapHicS?!”

He went on to explain that the community shouldn’t be getting hyped over the next game’s title, as that is no guarantee it will be as popular or successful as the past Modern Warfare titles. The original Modern Warfare, released in 2007, is credited with creating much of the CoD ‘formula’, while 2009’s Modern Warfare 2 is generally considered one of the best ever CoD titles.

The examples he used to substantiate his argument were Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3, games he argued were both “incredible”, even though they were “vastly different”. Every Black Ops installment in the CoD series has been developed by Treyarch.

He concluded by saying that “the only correlation those two games [BO2 & BO3] had was simply the title”.

Black Ops 2 was set in the 1980s and 2025 with a non-linear campaign and multiple possible endings, as well as featuring typical ‘boots on the ground’ style movement. However, Black Ops 3 was set in 2065, featured advanced movement in the form of jet packs, and introduced unique specialist characters to Call of Duty.

Crimsix’ point is that the name of the game does not guarantee that the game will be as enjoyable or successful as previous games that share the same title.

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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.