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The most used guns in Black Ops Cold War revealed

Published: 23/Nov/2020 11:56

by James Busby


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is home to plenty of iconic guns, but some have proven more popular than others. Find out which weapons are the current fan favorites. 

Black Ops Cold War features a number of deadly guns that players can kit out with all kinds of attachments and camos. Of course, like every Call of Duty title before it, Black Ops Cold War’s playerbase often gravitates towards a few guns. The most popular weapons are picked due to their high damage output, incredible accuracy, clean optics, and general ease of use. 

With the help of the game’s internal Combat Record stats, we’ve gathered the most used guns in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer. Whether you’re looking to level up a new gun or just wanting to know which guns are currently dominating the game,  then be sure to check out our handy popularity guide below.


MP5 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
Despite receiving a hefty nerf, the MP5 still dominates the popularity rankings.

The MP5 taking the top spot really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. In fact, this deadly SMG proved so potent that Treyarch had to rush out a patch purely tailored around nerfing it. This once overpowered SMG dominated players across all levels of play thanks to early unlock, high rate of fire, and blisteringly fast kill time. 

After all, being able to drop multiple enemies with just a single clip has always been a notable strength in the game’s best guns. Despite receiving a significant damage and range nerf, the MP5 still claims the top spot for the most used gun in Black Ops Cold War — though that could change if the nerf affects players’ enjoyment too much.


XM4 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The XM4 is one of the most reliable assault rifles in the game.

The XM4 (Commando) was a popular pick in the original Black Ops and it looks like Woods’ favorite AR has topped the popularity polls. This full-auto assault rifle may be one of the first assault rifles unlocked, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in the damage department. Now that the likes of the M16 and FFAR have been nerfed, the XM4 is proving to be even more appealing. 

Packing a steady rate of fire and decent damage range, this reliable rifle is capable of taking down foes across all distances. Unlike the other ARs in the game, Black Ops Cold War’s XM4 is incredibly versatile. To make things even better, the XM4 isn’t greedy when it comes to attachments. Simply slap on a 40 RND Mag, pick a low magnification optic, and you’re good to go. 


AK-47 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The AK-47 is a staple pick for the majority of Black Ops Cold War’s playerbase.

Next up is the AK-47. The Russian assault rifle has been a fan-favorite since the first Modern Warfare game hit our screens back in 2007. Despite having incredibly high damage in Modern Warfare 2019, it’s high recoil and methodical fire rate kept it from taking a top spot. 

However, the classic Kalashnikov has returned in a dominant fashion. The AK-47 is one of the most popular assault rifles in the game and it#s certainly not hard to see why. Unlike Modern Warfare’s variant, Black Ops Cold War’s iteration features barely any recoil. When you combine this with the gun’s high damage output, you have a recipe for success. 


Krig 6
Activision / Treyarch
The KRIG 6 is quickly climbing the popularity ladder.

The recent post-launch balance patch that reduced the M16 and FFAR’s damage has led many players to seek out the next best AR. While the KRIG 6 proved to be a popular pick back in the beta, it has begun to skyrocket in popularity. Not only does this highly accurate assault rifle deliver incredible amounts of precision, but it also deals decent damage across mid to long ranges. 

While it may fall off in close-quarters firefights, you’ll be able to shred through your foes on the game’s bigger maps. If you’re after an assault rifle that is viable in the game’s larger-scale modes or one that could be a hot pick in Warzone, then you may want to start leveling the KRIG 6.


M16 loadout
Activision / Treyarch
The M16 continues to wreak havoc across every mode and map.

This iconic rifle has returned in dominant fashion in Black Ops Cold War and while it may have been nerfed, it’s still a great pick for those that want to rack up the kills. Despite it being a burst rifle, the M16 offers one of the quickest times to kill in the game. Its three-round burst offers reliable damage and accuracy across all engagement ranges, making it extremely versatile. 

Simply equip a red dot or pair it with a higher magnification optic to catch targets out at range. Due to its ease of use and high versatility, it’s unlikely that the M16 will be dropping in the popularity rankings anytime soon. 

So there you have it, five of the most popular guns in Black Ops Cold War. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.

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5 times that Black Ops Cold War butchered history

Published: 20/Jan/2021 13:16

by Lauren Bergin


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War certainly caused a stir. The Cold War setting was something that fans were hyped about, but does the game really capture the era? Well, not quite. Here’s five times that the newest CoD release butchered history.

While there’s always been a debate as to whether or not the setting of Call of Duty games is simply an accessory to the fast-paced FPS action, Black Ops Cold War changed the discussion. The historical plotline was among the many things that fans were excited about, reinforced when the game’s trailer dropped, showing off a perfect blend of original and in-game footage.

Being Black Ops, the game’s fantastical but insanely popular Zombies maps make an appearance yet again, with the newest location (Firebaze Z) spelling another chapter in the iconic game mode.

So while, at the end of the day, Cold War is just a game, it suffers from some pretty serious inaccuracies. As a War Studies graduate who has done far too much research into the Cold War, let’s look at five times Cold War messed up its history.

The Viet Cong

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Viet Cong Soldiers
One of Cold War’s biggest mistakes is it’s portrayal of the Viet Cong.

North Vietnam’s Viet Cong army were hardly anything to smirk about. A well-oiled machine, the efforts of the Communist faction are the reason that America left the Vietnam conflict with their tail between their legs.

Both in the trailer for Cold War, as well as in the virtual world itself, the Vietnamese are pictured with the stereotypical farming hats used to shield against the sun. To say this is a historical inaccuracy isn’t even half of the truth.

This depiction somewhat creates the sense that the United States were an all-powerful behemoth fighting an army of farmers. In reality, the Viet Cong were hardly running around in padi headgear just waiting to take a bullet to the brain.

Also, why was Perseus in Vietnam?

Black Ops Cold War Perseus
Realistically, Perseus had no reason to be in ‘nam.

While the character Perseus is based on the supposed contemporary spy of the same name, the fact he’s decided to take a trip to Vietnam isn’t exactly something a lot of Soviet spies would have had on their bucket list.

After all, despite common conceptions, the Vietnamese and the Soviets practiced two very different forms of politics. The main focal point of the Cold War era for the Russians was the rapid collapse of the Soviet Union, which was literally falling apart at the seams from the beginning.

China was the main power that propped up North Vietnam, alongside other Communist neighbors like Laos and Cambodia, the targets of the infamous Christmas Bombings of 1972. Presenting the Vietnamese and the Soviets as friends is pretty far from actuality.

The East German Stasi

Black Ops Cold War East Berlin

One of Cold War’s best missions (Brick in the Wall) takes place in East Berlin, where the player attempts to infiltrate the desolate city in order to kill or capture known Soviet terrorist and crime lord Anton Volkov.

As you weave through the murky streets, you encounter a fantastical amount of Stasi, the East German secret police service. And therein lies the issue. The Stasi’s reign of terror was born of their invisibility. No one knew if they were watching, or if a family member was an informant.

So while Cold War clearly wants to give players a shootout, murder lurked in the air of the former Soviet Republic. While of course, the game focuses on action, it doesn’t even touch the fear that accompanied real-life in East Berlin.

The Cold War was a war on many fronts

Lawerence Sims Call of Duty Cold War

Lawerence Sims is, from a historical standpoint, one of the game’s most perplexing characters. It’s important to remember that, throughout the early years of the Cold War and well into Vietnam, people of color were fighting for their rights.

With both Civil Rights leaders and anti-Vietnam protesters attacking army decisions to use people of color as cannon fodder during the Vietnam conflict, Sims was pretty lucky to score a Black Ops gig of this scale.

While Cold War’s inclusion of his character is the perfect nod to how far we’ve come, giving Sims a little more depth by recognizing the fight for freedom that his historical counterparts undertook would have taken the game’s historical content to the next level.

Mikhail Gorbachev was no tyrant

Gorbachev in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War
Cold War’s supposed tyrant was anything but.

During the Lubyanka Building mission, Belikov attends a meeting regarding a mole within the establishment (that is actually him, plot twist.) Said meeting is chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev, then-Secretary of the Soviet Central Committee, but later Soviet Premier.

The Gorbachev we see in-game though is hardly the Gorbachev of real life. By 1984, two years after Cold War is set, his influential principles of glasnost and perestroika brought a new wave of transparency to the formerly censored society.

It’s also important to note that his friendly relationship with the US, as well as the rest of Europe, is cited by many as the reason for the Soviet Union’s collapse. Gorbachev loved his country, yes, but his vision for its future was very different from that of the KGB’s.

Whether video games should be historically accurate is a debate I can have until the cows come home, but at the end of the day these are games. Just like with TV shows and books, content has to be appealing.

There’s a reason the Cold War is remembered, and it isn’t a good one. Games like CoD keep these conflicts alive, and that’s something historians will always be appreciative of. Just remember and take it all with a pinch of salt and try not to use it as a basis for answers in your history finals!