Overwatch

Overwatch Zenyatta skin concept brings him into the real world

Published: 14/Jan/2021 13:44

by Lauren Bergin

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While Zenyatta is a pretty polarizing champion, a lot of Overwatch players have experimented with creating fun skin concepts for the omnic monk. This one brings him a little closer to the real world. 

It’s safe to say that if you like Zenyatta, you really like him, but if you dislike him you hate him. The Overwatch hero is a particularly divisive Support, as some players see him as more of a DPS due to his ability to one shot squishier champions.

Despite this, the omnic’s unique design has inspired many a skin concept. We’ve seen everything from Snow Day Zenyatta to the robotic hero transformed into a billiards pro.

This skin concept though brings Zenyatta into our modern day world yet again by putting him in a position we’re all in right now.

Zenyatta may be divisive, but this skin is pretty relatable!

Fan creates fun Lockdown Zenyatta concept

A skin concept created by Reddit user abtr0n brings Zenyatta into the modern world. Entitled “Experience Nothingness. Lockdown Zen skin,” the concept has over 16k upvotes at the time of writing.

This obviously refers to current travel restrictions, which have left many a person all across the globe sitting at home pondering what they should be doing.

Seen sporting a pair of pyjama style trousers and fuzzy slippers, Zenyatta is clearly practicing his buddhist-esque religion at home.

He’s accompanied by a cute little sleepy kitten that’s perched on his lap, as well as a whole host of household items floating around him, including a mobile phone, TV remote, console controller, various snacks and a book.

Experience Nothingness. Lockdown Zen skin. from r/Overwatch

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Fans are obsessed with this fun Zenyatta design because it’s relatable to so many of us.

One player writes that they “don’t usually pay money for skins but I would for this” because of how well designed and fun the idea is.

The top commenter has inspired a thread by asking players to “imagine this in game,” which has led to respondents picturing “Zen throwing slippers at enemies.”

A final hilarious comment made reference to the indestructibility of 90s and 2000s Nokia mobile phones, writing “if that phone was a Nokia, I’ll tell you from now zen is gonna be 1-shotting any tank.”

So sure the world might look a little claustrophobic at the moment, but Zenyatta’s feeling it too. It would be cool to see this skin in game, or even a line of skins which donate any funds raised to an associated charity. For now though, try and channel some Iris style inner peace: we can do it!

Call of Duty

3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce

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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

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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

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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

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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.