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Shroud explains why Black Ops Cold War looks “significantly better” than MW

Published: 23/Sep/2020 19:36

by Albert Petrosyan


After getting a chance to watch some alpha gameplay of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, renowned FPS guru Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek contends that it looks a lot better than the series’ 2019 entry – Modern Warfare.

It’s well documented that Call of Duty is one of the few major gaming franchises that release a new title every year but with a different developer – featuring a rotation of devs that include Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Sledgehammer Games.

Inevitably, this leads to each year’s game being looking and functioning differently from the previous one. Case in point, the upcoming Black Ops Cold War was developed by Treyarch and it’s a completely different game than 2019’s Modern Warfare, which was from Infinity Ward.

In fact, shroud believes that it looks “significantly better.” The star Twitch streamer explained his opinion after watching some gameplay from the recent PS4-exclusive alpha period.

TreyarchSo far, shroud’s liking what he’s seeing from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

“Cool, it actually looks good, Cold War looks good!” he said. “Looks simple. That looks significantly better than Modern Warfare, in my opinion. Just because there’s less bulls**t and more ‘arcade-y’ kind of fun. The colors are nice and vibrant, no one’s blending in, no dark corners, from what I’ve seen.”

Shroud especially took a liking to several of the game’s mechanics, such as sniping, reloading, and sliding, and was also very fond of how simple everything looks.

“Sniping looks cool, this looks good, I like this! This looks so simple man, I like it, very simple. Reloads are so simple. Holy s**t you can slide! He was side-sliding, that’s cool – he was sliding in one direction while looking at another. The sliding is f***ing sick! The sliding is good! I like that.”

Obviously shroud’s opinions so far are based on what he’s seen; since the game won’t be available on PC until the Open Beta on October 15, we’ll have to wait to get his official verdict once he gets to try it out.

When Modern Warfare first released in 2019, shroud played it a good amount over the first few weeks, dropping nukes left and right and dominating yet another FPS – but what else is new?

Hopefully fans could see him do that same on Black Ops Cold War when it hits shelves on November 13, especially since it’s expected to also introduce major changes to the Warzone battle royale.

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Modern Warfare glitch reveals unreleased Makarov pistol

Published: 28/Oct/2020 1:35

by Brad Norton


Infinity Ward adds weapons to Modern Warfare with each new season, though it appears even more have been in the works behind the scenes as a secret pistol was accidentally handed out due to a confusing glitch.

Problematic bugs have been on the rise once again throughout Modern Warfare’s sixth and final season. Warzone players have had their runs ended by broken Loadout Drops while others have literally been left in the dark as a result of a game-breaking issue. Despite these problems, every now and then, glitches can actually be a pleasant surprise.

This was the case on October 27 as a player shockingly stumbled upon a new weapon. While playing offline, they noticed something suspicious. One of the AI-controlled enemies was wielding a unique pistol.

After taking them down and picking up the gun, the Makarov was revealed in all its glory. Fit with custom animations, an unfinished model, but all the firepower you’d expect from the classic secondary.

Found a makarov when I was playing offline from modernwarfare

The Makarov pistol first appeared in 2010’s Black Ops and soon featured in the game’s sequel before disappearing. It was usable across the campaign and multiplayer in the first game, though only appeared in the story for the follow-up.

Evidently, it’s an extremely rare weapon compared to some iconic guns in the Call of Duty franchise. Having only appeared in Treyarch releases, it’s a surprise to see the pistol up and running in Modern Warfare.

It appeared as a Renetti on the ground and the icon matched up as well. Though it’s very clear a good amount of work has been put into the gun. From unique reload and inspect animations to its own balancing, it may have been in the plans for a previous seasonal update.

Given the unfinished model of the weapon, however, there’s a good chance we don’t see it properly anytime soon. Infinity Ward could have been testing it months ago before scrapping the gun. Perhaps it’s simply in the game’s files as a placeholder. There’s really no telling at this point in time.

Black Ops 2 Makarov gameplay
The Makarov pistol has only been usable in Black Ops 1 and 2.

It popped up during an offline session against bots, so don’t expect to see this random bug in an online match either. It would be surprising to see the weapon appear in an Infinity Ward title for the first time after such a long gap, though anything is possible.

With Treyarch taking over Warzone with the transition to Black Ops Cold War, however, it would make more sense to see the Makarov in 2021.