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Vikkstar explains why the Grau is still Warzone’s best gun

Published: 18/Jul/2020 14:54

by Joe Craven

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Sidemen YouTuber Vikram ‘Vikkstar’ Barn has explained why he still considers the Grau 5.56 to be the best gun in Call of Duty: Warzone – despite the modest nerf it received in Modern Warfare Season 4. 

The Grau in Warzone was, for the battle royale’s first few months, an obvious choice for anyone who wanted to use an AR. It’s minimal recoil and incredible damage made it dominant at nearly all ranges, with many calling for a nerf.

These wishes were granted on June 29, when the Grau’s damage and recoil stability were both nerfed. Since then, the Warzone meta has shifted towards the Kilo 141 and Bruen Mk9, but Vikkstar believes the Grau still trumps both of them.

The Grau with Damascus Camo in Warzone
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The Grau has dominated Warzone since its March release.

In a July 18 YouTube video entitled ‘I was wrong about the Bruen & Kilo in Warzone’, Vikkstar explains that he puts some of his recent struggles in Warzone competitions down to trying to use the Kilo/Bruen combination.

“I’m always open to constructive criticism,” he said. “I’m always happy to admit when I’m wrong, and after trying out switching back to the Grau yesterday, I think I might have been wrong… The Grau just suits my play-style a little better.”

He went on to explain that the gun’s lack of recoil and excellent iron sights are particular positives. Especially when compared to the Kilo and Bruen, which both require optics for him to use effectively, it means one attachment slot is freed up.

Not only does this allow an extra attachment for players using the Grau but, as Vikkstar explains, enables faster and easier aiming too.

“I have noticed that at long, long ranges it’s not the same gun it used to be,” he continued. “But with the Grau the iron sight is just perfect. It’s at that close range, snapping from target to target, that I’m able to do so easily with the Grau – to the point where for me, I think it is actually the best gun to be using.”

While the meta has certainly shifted, Vikk is returning to his old combination of the MP5 and Grau 5.56. Whether others will follow suit remains to be seen, but the discussion surrounding Warzone’s best gun is surely what Infinity Ward were hoping for when they nerfed the Grau.

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Black Ops Cold War preorder guide: Editions, bonuses, cross-gen, more

Published: 27/Oct/2020 5:49 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 6:11

by Brad Norton

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Black Ops Cold War is almost upon us and if you’re struggling to keep on top of the many different versions, early in-game bonuses, and even cross-gen features, we’ve got you covered.

Treyarch’s next mainline entry in the Call of Duty series is fast approaching. After a record-shattering Alpha, followed by an equally impressive Beta, it’s clear that we’re in store for one of the biggest releases in franchise history.

More players are eager to drop into the action than ever before, but preordering can be a bit confusing. There are multiple unique versions of the game that span across five platforms. For veterans and newcomers alike, it can be easy to lose track of what’s included with each edition.

If you’re wondering which to preorder, we’ve got you covered. Below is a complete rundown of every version of Black Ops Cold War.

When does Black Ops Cold War release?

Treyarch’s next big release is launching on Friday, November 13, 2020. Black Ops Cold War will be available across more platforms than many previous releases. Current-gen players can hop in on day one across the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Meanwhile, those with next-gen consoles from day one can access the game on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X + S. Of course, PC gamers will also be getting in on the fun as well.

Regardless of where you’re playing or where your friends are playing, everyone can still team up. Treyarch has confirmed that Black Ops Cold War will feature cross-platform and cross-generation play for all multiplayer modes as well as Zombies.

Digital Black Ops Cold War editions

It can be easy to lose track of what content and which features are included with the many different versions of Black Ops Cold War. Some come with weapon Blueprints while others come with the ability to play across multiple platforms.

To keep things simple, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are three main versions of the game. If you’re playing on PC, it couldn’t be simpler. Though if you’re a console gamer, things get a bit muddled due to the new generation of hardware.

Below is a full table of what you need to know. From preorder bonuses to the exact features and content provided with each version, use this as a guide before putting your money down.

PlayStation Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Cross-Gen Bundle Ultimate Edition
PS4 version of the game Included Included Included
PS5 version of the game PS4 version playable through backwards compatibility Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

Xbox Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Cross-Gen Bundle Ultimate Edition
Xbox One version of the game Included Included Included
Xbox Series X + S versions of the game Xbox One version playable through backwards compatibility Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

PC Digital Preorders

Standard Edition Ultimate Edition
PC version of the game Included Included
Woods Operator Pack (available now in Warzone and Modern Warfare) Included Included
Confrontation Weapons Pack Included Included
Land, Sea, and Air Pack Included
Battle Pass Bundle (1 Season Battle Pass + 20 Tier Skips) Included

Physical Black Ops Cold War editions

If you prefer to snag a physical copy of Black Ops Cold War, there are some unique details to keep in mind. With many digital versions of the game, cross-platform functionality is built-in. If you opt for a disc, however, an extra cost is associated with unlocking this cross-gen feature.

For example, if you buy a physical copy for the PS4 but want to play on PS5 in 2021, you’ll have to pay $10. It gets even more complicated if you purchase a physical copy for next-gen and want to revert back for whatever reason.

Below is a complete list of details to be wary of before buying a physical copy of Black Ops Cold War.

  • PS4 Standard Physical edition can upgrade to PS5 for $10.
  • PS5 Standard Physical edition only comes with the PS5 version. 
  • Xbox One Physical Standard edition cannot upgrade to Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series X Standard Physical edition includes Xbox One copy
Black Ops Cold War gameplay
Activision
Black Ops Cold War has three unique versions across five different platforms.

So there you have it, everything there is to know about the various editions of Black Ops Cold War. Options are almost always a good thing and there’s plenty to choose from to fit your ideal CoD experience.