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Syndicate invited to “secret” game company in LA, hinting at MW4 reveal date

Published: 14/May/2019 20:38 Updated: 14/May/2019 21:38

by Alan Bernal

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Call of Duty fans have been feeling the collective anticipation for the announcement of the next mainline entry to the legendary franchise, and YouTuber Tom ‘Syndicate’ Cassell’s mysterious arrival in Los Angeles is heating up the discussions.

Activision is known for its full on media blitz when it comes to announcing and hyping up their next iterations of Call of Duty. With the next title strongly being rumored to be Modern Warfare 4, fans have been eyeing CoD content creators who’ve been flocking to Los Angeles for a secret preview for a game.

Syndicate is prominently known in the Call of Duty community, and his classified trip to Southern California comes at a peculiar time seeing as fans have been expecting Activision to pull back the curtain for their next CoD very soon.

Fan anticipation for Modern Warfare 4 couldn’t be higher, so hopefully that’s where all the rumors are leading.

As some might remember, Black Ops 4 started to get teased to the public back in March 2018 with a full reveal soon following it up in May.

The title before that helmed by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: WWII, was fully revealed at the tail end of April 2017. Making some in the community to think it’s no coincidence for Syndicate to be heading where both Activision HQ and Infinity Ward are located.

“Now I’m not allowed to say yet until Thursday who’s flown me out here,” Syndicate said. “…I’m just out here to check something out. I’ve just been invited to see something. No work, no nothing like that. Just, come on out.”

Similarly, Italian YouTuber and former CoD pro Leonardo ‘VeloX’ Nioi said he was going to LA responding to speculation on his trip saying: “Exactly I couldn’t tell you but I was invited as a fan!

(Timestamp at 17:17 for mobile viewers)

Everything we know about Modern Warfare 4

While it’s not confirmed that Activision’s next game will be Modern Warfare 4, there have been damning rumors and comments popping up that strongly suggest a sequel to Modern Warfare 3 is on the way.

From NFL players straight up name-dropping the popular line of CoD titles after previewing the game, to former Call of Duty devs dropping small hints.

Infinity WardThe recent Call of Duty titles have been great, but nothing would compare with getting a fresh Modern Warfare.

Regardless, we already know the deadline for when the major Call of Duty announcement has to come out, much to the relief of the community.

Syndicate said that come Thursday, May 16 he’ll be able to reveal a bit more details on his trip to Los Angeles, which could be the rallying call for anyone eager to find out more about the next Call of Duty.

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5 best XM4 loadouts in Black Ops Cold War for all play-styles

Published: 20/Jan/2021 4:10 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 4:20

by Brad Norton

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The very first Assault Rifle unlocked in Black Ops Cold War also happens to be one of the strongest if you follow our rundown on the best possible XM4 loadouts.

While you might think to overlook the base weapons unlocked from the very beginning in any Call of Duty title, the starters in Black Ops Cold War are among the best guns in the game. From the MP5 SMG to the Pelington sniper, the first weapons in most categories can dominate in the right hands and ARs are no different.

The XM4 is unlocked as soon as you start in multiplayer and it’s a rather well-rounded pick. It doesn’t boast the highest damage output or the fastest fire rate. However, it’s arguably the most reliable pick all around.

If you stick with it from the jump and level it through to 55, you’ll have access to a consistent AR whenever the situation calls for it. Here’s an overview of the best possible loadouts for all play-styles to get the most out of the XM4 in Black Ops Cold War.

Most accurate XM4 loadout

Black Ops Cold War XM4 gameplay
Activision
This loadout will keep your shot on point with the XM4.

Attachments

  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 13.5 Reinforced Heavy
  • Body: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

Secondary 

  • 1911

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Gearhead
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Wildcard – Gunfighter

While other Wildcards can be solid to get you more perks or more equipment, Gunfighter is essential to help the XM4 reach its full potential. Dropping in with eight unique attachments will make you a real threat on the map.

You can pick and choose whichever Optic you’d like. Though with most ARs, you never want to limit your overall vision. Selecting a smaller sight can help keep you aware of everything nearby, rather than scoping in and having tunnel vision ruin your streak.

Since the XM4 is an all-around solid weapon, there’s no need to deviate from its general strength. Attachments like the Field Agent Grip, SOCOM Eliminator, and even the Laser Sight will help keep your shots accurate.

Whether you’re up close or chipping away from across the map, this loadout will ensure every gunfight is winnable.

Long-range XM4 loadout

Black Ops Gunsmith
Activision
If you’re looking to play at a distance, this is the XM4 loadout for you.

Attachments

  • Optic:
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 13.5 Reinforced Heavy
  • Body:
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock:

Secondary 

  • LW3 – Tundra

Perks

  • Perk 1: Paranoia
  • Perk 2: Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Assault Pack

Wildcard – Law Breaker

If you’re looking for a long-distance variant with the XM4, we’ve got you covered. ARs can be surprisingly lethal from across the map and this setup proves just that. Thanks to a focus on accurate attachments, your shots will be landing no matter the range.

Take the 13.5 Reinforced Heavy Barrel, for instance. This comes with the perfect tradeoff to maximize both bullet velocity and overall range. Rather than hindering one or the other, it’s a solid middle ground so that you can get the best of both worlds. There’s no use having an extreme range attachment if you have to lead your shots by a huge amount.

Moreover, carrying a sniper with you as your secondary ensures you’ll never be out of the fight. After you’ve drained a mag from a distance, you can quickly swap over to a one-shot killing machine with the LW3.

Best competitive XM4 loadout

XM4 in the Black Ops Cold War Beta
Activision
This XM4 loadout is the best for all-around competition.

Attachments

  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Muzzle:
  • Barrel: 13.7 Extended / 13.7 Takedown
  • Body:
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine:
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

Secondary 

  • 1911

Perks

  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask & Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin & Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ninja & Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Assault Pack

Wildcard – Perk Greed

When it comes to competitive play, you want an XM4 loadout fit for any situation. While playing the AR role, you’ll be taking gunfights from mid to long-range more often than not, but you can often find yourself closer to your enemies as well.

With this setup, you’ll be ready to take anyone down. The Field Agent Grip is a staple for any AR class, according to CDL pro Octane. The same can be said for the Raider Pad and the Airborne Elastic Wrap. With these attachments, your version of the XM4 will be as well-rounded as possible.

Ultimately, buffing your Operator with a variety of perks is what’s going to set you apart here. Gunskill is one thing, but having a loadout prepared for everything will keep you winning map after map.

Fastest XM4 loadout

Black Ops Cold War Gunsmith
Activision
If you have a need for speed, this is the ultimate XM4 loadout for you.

Attachments

  • Optic:
  • Muzzle:
  • Barrel: 11.8 Ranger 
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser 
  • Underbarrel: Infiltrator Grip 
  • Magazine: SAS Mag Clamp
  • Handle:
  • Stock: Raider Pad

Secondary 

  • Knife

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Forward Intel
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Tracker
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho & Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Wildcard – Perk Greed

To be the fastest with an AR, you’re going to need a finely-tuned loadout. Thanks to these attachments and various perks, you’ll be zooming through the map with your XM4 in no time.

First up is the 11.8 Ranger Barrel. This is important as it’s the only attachment in its class that improves your bullet velocity without actually slowing you down. Others come with slightly improved buffs, but the negative effects are simply too much of a tradeoff.

Similar can be said for the Underbarrel. Infiltrator Grip will help your movement speed in all regards, not just one specific area. You’ll be able to sprint faster, aim quicker, strafe with more agility, and everything in between.

Everything in this loadout is intended to maximize speed. Hence why a Knife secondary can come in handy. Whenever you’re out of the fight, swapping over will improve your sprint speed.

Best objective-based XM4 loadout

Black Ops Cold War Gunsmith
Activision
Hopping on the objective has never been easier thanks to this XM4 loadout.

Attachments

  • Optic:
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 13.5” Reinforced Heavy
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel:
  • Magazine: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock:

Secondary 

  • Gallo SA12 

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask 
  • Perk 2: Tracker & Gearhead 
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Cold Blooded

Equipment

  • Lethal: Semtex 
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Wildcard – Perk Greed

If flooding the hill or capturing objectives is your primary goal in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll need the right class for the job. Objective players often go underappreciated but you’ll be able to make a huge impact in every game with this XM4 loadout.

Arguably the most important aspect of this class is the perks. You’ll need both Flak Jacket and Tac Mask to survive all incoming spam while you’re playing the objective. Keeping alive through this onslaught is vital if you’re aiming for wins over everything else.

The attachments here give you one of the most well-rounded XM4 setups possible. Gunfights from all ranges won’t be an issue and the 50 Rnd Fast Mag will keep you firing for longer than usual.


With 55 levels to get through, it’s one of the easier grinds in the game given just how versatile the XM4 is. Unlike other ARs that can be a nuisance early on without some powerful buffs from various attachments.

Once you’re all set with this particular loadout and looking for the next challenge, be sure to check our other Black Ops Cold War weapon guides to get the most out of every gun in the game.