[Update] COD Warzone MG 82 broken, loadout reportedly throwing Dev error 5573 following Season 4 update

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PiunikaWeb 25 June, 2021 - 01:18pm 19 views

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Raven Software released the latest season 4 update for its popular free-to-play battle royal game Call of Duty: Warzone a couple of days ago.

The new season update bought new weapons, new multiplayer maps, the ground fall event, and much more. But with all the new good stuff, the new seasonal update bought some bugs and issues with it too.

Players are reporting that they facing frequent crashes and getting Dev error 5573 with it. Apparently, they are only getting this error when they set a loadout as favorite with the new MG 82 gun.

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Why does this keep happening it’s only with the MG82 I get booted from Warzone on plunder and get hit with a Dev Error 5573. All I do is hit the LB on my Xbox controller and boots me every time!!! Pouting facePouting facePouting facePouting face (Source)

Here are some fixes for Dev error 5573 that we have covered before.

Meanwhile, players who are able to use the new MG82 LMG are reporting that the gun is too powerful and has no recoil whatsoever, letting them kill the opponents in a flash.

Raven has figured this out and the MG 82 is already set for a nerf, Raven has said that the gun is too powerful and they will make adjustments to it soon.

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Warzone’s season 4 isn’t going particularly well with users reporting lags, freezes and many bugs that came with the seasonal update.

Raven was forced to remove the new armoured Big Bertha vehicle from the game on the same day when it rolled it out with the season update due to the invincibility glitch.

We are hopeful that Raven will soon fix all the bugs and issues in Warzone so that players can enjoy the season. In the meantime, we will keep following Warzone’s season 4 and keep you updated.

For those encountering the problem, here’s how you can fix the glitch triggered due to MG 82:

I built a MG82 class like all the cool kids, and favorited it. For the next hour I kept getting the same dev errors over and over, and couldn’t access the warzone main menu screen at all. Finally after finding this thread. I tried logging into MW multiplayer. Then into warzone. That allowed me to access the Warzone menu. From there I removed the MG82 as the favorite and have had no issues since. There is a weird combo in between a favorite loadout plus the MG82 that is causing a bug.

Going by the information shared by one of our readers (Leonardo Vasconcelos, in the comments section of this article), changing the operator does the trick, as the new one after the update is causing the issue.

All you have to do is to change the OPERATOR since the new one is the one that causes that bug when using MG 82. I changed to the previous operator of Season 3 and voilá. no more Dev Error and I’ve been playing a lot. In fact I maxed the MG 82 to lvl 55.

The latest Warzone update brings no fix for the dev error 5573 when players have the MG 82 in the loadout. However, the team has tweaked certain aspects of the weapon to nerf it slightly.

Going by what has been shared by a Redditor, they were able to resolve the MG 82 triggered dev error 5573 by moving the game from HDD to SDD. So you can try this workaround and see if it resolves the issue for you as well.

Managed to fix my brother’s Dev Error by moving Warzone to my HDD from SSD, launched the game and then had enough time to change favourite.

If you stuck with the crash loop at the lobby, use a PC/Console with a traditional HDD. Otherwise you could use an external but if you upgraded on Series S/X / PS5 you might not be able to without full redownload. Either way it’s probably quicker than waiting for Activision to fix it for you.

Looks like the QBZ issue (which was fixed by the game developers in a recent update) and the MG 82 bug are somehow related, as going by what a user has shared when they got in touch with support for the MG82 triggered dev error, they were redirected to the QBZ bug.

Additionally, the latest update fixed the Finn LMG Adverse barrels, but say they missed out to add that bit in the release notes. Here’s what Raven Software said regarding this while responding to a query:

We also fixed that in this update but missed adding it to the patch notes!

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Call of Duty: Warzone Patch Stops Killer Door in Its Tracks

PlayStation LifeStyle 26 June, 2021 - 01:39pm

Call of Duty: Warzone players recently found an interesting bug. A locked door in the salt mine had gone on a rampage, callously killing any unsuspecting player that went near it. Raven Software has now released a patch that’s stopped that door in its tracks. Some of the other fixes the patch makes includes nerfs for the overpowered MG 82.

While players had worked out the killer door was a bug, theories abounded as to why it was misbehaving in the first place. Some believed it to be a part of the mysterious red doors that had appeared at the start of Season 4. The doors that can spawn anywhere on the map allow players to fast travel to different locations, although their unpredictable nature meant players never knew where they’d end up. It seems like this isn’t the case, though; now the door can just be a normal part of the scenery.

The developer also made the decision to nerf the MG 82 as it was not filling the role of a short to mid-range Light Machine Gun as intended. The changes should now make it feel less like a powerful LMG and more the weapon it should be. All of those nerfs and the rest of the changes can be seen in the patch notes below.

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Best Grau 5.56 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 4

CharlieINTEL.com 25 June, 2021 - 09:19am

Here are the attachments and perks you should use to make the best Warzone Grau loadout in Season 4 of the Call of Duty battle royale.

Season 4 of Call of Duty: Warzone is well underway, and there are a plethora of changes to explore, including some major weapon buffs and nerfs, and new weapons like the MG 82 LMG and C58 Assault Rifle.

The Grau Assault Rifle is still a high-performing pick for players, and is in our list of the top 10 most popular Warzone weapons. You can make the best Warzone Grau loadout for your future battles in Season 4 with the right attachments.

This weapon’s main strengths are its damage, accuracy and range. Our loadout will focus on improving the firepower and minimizing recoil. These attachments will ensure that you have the best Warzone Grau loadout at your disposal.

We’ll start off with the Monolithic Suppressor, as its silencer properties will allow you to stealthily slip past your enemies, and get a jump on unexpecting opponents. It will be hard for your foes to locate you on the map.

However, this will come with a range drop-off, so we’ll counteract that with the Tempus 26.4″ Archangel barrel. This also has the added benefit of improving the weapon’s already impressive firepower.

The Tac Laser is necessary for improved ADS speed, as victory often belongs to the player who is able to look down at his aim quicker. This applies to combat at all distances, so it’s worth getting this laser.

Your aim can be messed up by the weapon’s recoil and kickback, so we’ll fix that with the Commando Foregrip. Finally, the 60 Round Mags provide a nice buffer if you get into a heated confrontation with multiples hostiles.

The first perk we recommend equipping is Cold-Blooded, which will help you stay hidden from enemies. The popular Ghost perk is another great pick for stealthy players who don’t want the enemy to see them coming.

Whereas Perk 3 bottles down to whether or not you’re playing with buddies. Tune Up is the only one you’ll really need, and it will get you revived a bit quicker. In contrast, Tracker is more of a solo project that will let you find enemies faster.

Unlocking the Grau 5.56 is easy enough, as, in Modern Warfare or Warzone, you just need to “Get 5 kills in a minute when using an Assault Rifle 25 times.”

Doing this on Modern Warfare is the recommended option. If not, land into a populated area in Warzone and get your best killing shoes on!

For similar weapons to the best Warzone Grau loadout, it’s also worth trying out the Fara 83 or Krig 6 Assault Rifles, as they also provide laser-like shooting with almost no recoil like the Grau.

The Fara 83 has emerged as one of the most powerful weapons in Warzone Season 4, which led to NICKMERCS to reveal his Season 4 loadout for the weapon.

The Fara 83 Assault Rifle was on the receiving end of these buffs, as one of its barrels got major boosts in recoil control that have turned this weapon into a laser beam that can take down enemies at any range.

Utilizing the power of this newly improved Assualt Rifle, popular Twitch streamer and YouTuber NICKMERCS recently showed off his Fara 83 loadout that he believes has taken over the meta.

In his video, the content creator explains how most professional players have moved to use this Assault Rifle following the nerf of the MG 82 LMG, which had taken over Verdansk upon its arrival in Season 4.

NICKMERCS explains how he enjoys using this weapon thanks to its low recoil and powerful headshot damage that allows you to take down enemies without much trouble.

You can find the NICKMERCS Fara 83 loadout below:

There is no doubt that you will likely see plenty of players using the NICKMERCS Fara 83 loadout for the remainder of Warzone Season 4 unless some major nerfs are applied to his weapon setup.

It is the build that allows players to maximize the potential of this Assault Rifle following its buff at the beginning of this season.

The Twitch personality was able to show just how strong the NICKMERCS Fara 83 loadout is by collecting 19 kills in a winning effort thanks to this weapon’s serious damage output and very manageable recoil that will make it a favorite among players for the foreseeable future.

For more Warzone, check out the latest leaks for the reported Call of Duty: Vanguard Warzone map, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Here are the best attachments and perks to make the best Warzone AS VAL loadout for Season 4 and maximize its dominating potential.

There are plenty of viable weapons in Warzone, especially with the major weapon buffs and nerfs that Raven Software brought for Season 4. The AS VAL is a surprising pick but can be extremely effective in the right situations.

This weapon is built to dominate at close-medium range. Its small magazine means you won’t be taking out multiple enemies at long range, but its fast fire rate makes it one of the strongest at close-medium. Here is the best AS VAL loadout for Warzone Season 4.

The VLK 200mm Osa barrel comes with an internal Monolithic Suppressor, vastly increasing its range and bullet velocity. You can control the weapon’s recoil by equipping the VLK Strelok Stock and Merc Foregrip in your best Warzone AS VAL loadout.

The Stippled Grip Tape provides you with increased ADS speed and sprint-to-fire at the cost of some aiming stability. However, the reduced recoil means that you won’t have to worry too much about that.

With this weapon’s incredibly fast fire rate, the 30 Round Mags are necessary. You’ll find yourself only being able to down one opponent before reloading, so this weapon is especially effective in BR Solos.

To get the most out of the best Warzone AS VAL loadout, you need to have the best perks to match. These perks set you up for the match ahead, helping you survive in almost any Warzone situation.

As the AS VAL is best suited for close range, you’ll need E.O.D to survive explosives while getting in enemies’ faces. Overkill will allow you to carry two primary weapons, and Amped will let you switch between the two rapidly.

The AS VAL was included in Modern Warfare Season 6’s Battle Pass, so you’ll now need to complete a challenge to unlock it in Warzone Season 3 to make the best Warzone AS VAL loadout.

This requires you to get 2 headshots using Assault Rifles in 5 different matches. This should be simple to do in both Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and Warzone, take an Assault Rifle into matches and aim for the head.

As the AS VAL is best suited for close-range in Warzone Solos, there are plenty of other weapons you could take instead. The Streetsweeper has dominated indoor fights, and the LC10 is a versatile SMG well worth your time.

The FFAR is an Assault Rifle with an incredible fire rate, so here’s the attachments and perks to make the best Warzone FFAR loadout in Season 4.

Although an Assault Rifle, the FFAR is one of the strongest close-range weapons in Warzone, thanks to its excellent fire and manageable recoil rate.

It also acts similarly to Modern Warfare’s RAM-7, a popular choice in previous seasons. It can melt armor and health at close range, thanks to its exceptional damage profile.

Here are the attachments and perks to make the best Warzone FFAR loadout for Verdansk ’84 and Rebirth Island.

We’ve built the best FFAR Warzone loadout to dominate at medium range and close range, as this gun is still one of the go-to weapons for close-quarters combat in Warzone Season 4.

For attachments, we’re starting with Raider Stock. Slap this beast of an attachment on for increased strafe speed and aim-down-sight speed for medium and close-range engagements. The 21.2″ Ranger Barrell has the best bullet velocity for the FFAR, making medium-range and even some longer-range engagements a breeze.

Thanks to the fix for Cold War suppressors, the Agency Suppressor is now a must-have, making sure you stay off enemy maps. The STANAG 50 Rnd Mag will give you much more bullets to take down multiple enemies without a big hit to your ADS speed.

The best Warzone FFAR loadout dominates up close, so you’ll be most likely have a ton of explosives coming your way. To combat this, E.O.D will allow you to tank plenty of explosives and stay in the fight.

Overkill will allow you to have a more suitable weapon for longer ranges, such as the Kar98k or HDR.

Ghost is always useful to stay hidden from enemy UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors.

Getting caught switching your weapons can mean certain death in the Call of Duty battle royale, so having Amped will increase your weapon swap speed and help you avoid being caught in between switching weapons.

Thankfully, there are no challenges to unlock the FFAR for Warzone Season 4, but you will need to reach level 40 in either Warzone or Black Ops Cold War for the Assault Rifle to become available.

The good news is that progression carries over between Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, so no matter which game you’re playing, you’re always gaining XP that can go towards getting the FFAR.

The best Warzone FFAR loadout is extremely powerful up close, but if you’re finding it difficult to control, the MAC-10 or MP5 are strong SMGs that would make excellent substitutes.

If you’re finding that the FFAR is tough to get kills with at long range, then the Fara 83 is the go-to long-range Assault Rifle in Season 4, and running these together with Overkill makes for one of the strongest Warzone classes.

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How to get free Warzone & Cold War Season 4 Combat Pack

CharlieINTEL.com 23 June, 2021 - 01:27pm

Players can now acquire everything the Warzone & Black Ops Cold War Season 4 Combat Pack has to offer, so here is you can get your hands on these items.

The launch of a new season is always an exciting time for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players. Activision has helped celebrate the launch of previous seasons by releasing a free Combat Pack that contains various items for players to enjoy.

This is no different for Season 4 of Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, as players can now get their hands on the Season 4 Combat pack and everything it has to offer.

This pack is only available for Playstation 5 and Playstation 4 players who are Playstation Plus members.

Here’s how you can get it:

You can find everything included in the Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 4 Combat Pack below:

A trailer for the pack has also been released, which shows some of the items above in action, which you can find below:

Players will be able to get this Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Combat Pack until the end of Season 4, so the community has plenty of time to add these items to their inventories.

For more Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, check out what nerf the Warzone developers are teasing for the Nail Gun or the secret ability of the new Cold War Hand Cannon Scorestreak.

The Black Ops Cold War’ Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle is fast and powerful in Season 4, so here is how to make the best loadout for this weapon.

Call of Duty has some great Sniper Rifles in Season 4, and the Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle has arguably become the go-to choice for most in the game.

The Swiss K31 is designed to be fast. It has a rapid ADS time, quick bolt time, and plenty of bullets in the mag to boot. Not only that, but slap some handy hardware onto the gun, and the Swiss become a sharp and swift kill machine.

We’ve put together the best attachments and perks to run with the Swiss K31, which will make it perfect for quickscoping and sniping in general.

The best Cold War Swiss K31 loadout is built for quickscoping on Cold War’s smaller maps, but it also packs enough punch to hit some nice longshots.

To start the best Cold War Swiss K31 loadout, the 24.9″ Tiger Team barrel completely transforms the Swiss K31. It deals much more damage, so you’ll be able to kill full-health players in only one shot to the chest. To spot enemies at further ranges and dark corners, the Tiger Team Spotlight will increase your Reveal Distance.

To vastly speed up your sprint to fire time and ADS speed, you should run the Raider Stock and Airborne Elastic Wrap. You’ll be able to scope in before the enemies can react, allowing for rapid quickscope kills.

And to give you a few more shots, you should run the 8 Rnd Mag. However, the Tiger Team barrel will reduce this mag size to six, which is still the perfect amount.

We recommend running the Perk Greed Wildcard with the best Cold War Swiss K31 loadout, as you’ll get to equip two perks in each slot.

Lethal and Tactical Equipment will often be the death of you in Cold War lobbies, so Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you alive no matter what the enemy throws at you.

There’s nothing worse than running out of ammo when you’re on a sniping hot streak, so Scavenger will allow you to resupply ammo from dead bodies. And then, you can use the Assassin perk for some extra points and a bigger score when killing enemies on Scorestreaks.

And finally, Gung-Ho will increase your mobility further, letting you reload on the fly, as well as swap weapons faster. To pull off effective flanks, Ghost will keep you hidden from UAVs too.

Players can unlock this Sniper Rifle in two different ways that consist of completing unlock challenges in either Black Ops Cold War or Warzone. You can find the unlock challenges for this weapon below:

It’s also a completely free tier too. So play games of either multiplayer, Zombies, or Warzone, and follow our guide on ranking up the pass quickly.

The Swiss K31 excels at quickscoping at close-medium range. If you haven’t unlocked it yet, Cold War provides some other Sniper Rifles that will be well worth running in Season 3.

The ZRG 20mm is the polar opposite, being slow but dealing an incredible amount of damage. And for something in the middle ground, you can never go wrong with the LW3 Tundra.

If battle royale is more your cup of tea, you can check out the best Swiss K31 loadout for Warzone.

If you’re looking for your next favorite Black Ops Cold War weapon, no matter the class, you can check out our full tier list of every Cold War gun.

Treyarch’s latest CoD has many maps to battle on in Season 4, so we have placed them all in tiers and ranked them from worst to best.

Despite initially only launching with eight normal maps (discounting Fireteam maps), Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War now contains 19 exciting 6v6 options to house skirmishes.

Each map generally has something that makes it unique, for better or for worse, and we’ve done our best to break each one down and rank them in ascending order and tier them too.

Be sure to check out our complete Black Ops Cold War map guides with must-have tips for the maps in the game.

We’re going to take a moment to assign each of Cold War’s maps an official tier before we place them in order. There’s plenty to chew on here, but which are the cream of the crop?

Here is our official tier list of all of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s maps:

Miami actually has some decent spots on it, but its lack of visibility is something that simply cannot be overlooked.

It’s also extremely open and very large with unused space and lots of locations that kind of just hit a weird dead-end.

Cartel, with or without its giant bushes, is really missing something. Most games take place in a big ring around the middle of the map, and it does sadly contain the hellish eye-sores that plague most games.

For that reason, it has to remain low on the list, even with its Season 2 makeover.

The idea of Armada is probably a little better than its actual execution. It definitely has plenty of fun moments (especially skirmishes under the ship), but it’s too easy for people in the middle section to trap the other team in their spawn.

We think having three mini-ships side-by-side that all connect to each other could’ve made for some incredible sniping battles and great maneuverability.

There’s something about Satellite we can’t quite put our finger on that stops it from being better. Like Armada, it suffers from “middle domination.”

If you have the middle, it’s fantastic, if you don’t, you’re in trouble. However, Satellite is a cunning little web of intertwining mini-channels that does provide you with options and has an interesting side channel in the dessert.

The latest addition to the Black Ops Cold War portfolio, Apocalypse joined during the big Season 2 update. Playing off the season’s narrative themes, Apocalypse is set somewhere in a jungle, and its design is deep into darkness and close-range fights.

It’s far too easy to be spawn-trapped with Apocalypse and there seem to be no mid-range fights. You either exit a doorway, turn a corner or stare down a channel, and that’s it. There was potential here.

After taking the criticism for Miami on board, Treyarch did try and rectify this by identifying its flaws and making a better version of the map.

It’s smaller, which allows for more frequent engagements, and its daytime aesthetic makes it a lot easier to see people. Its design choices perhaps hold it back as the action regularly just sticks to the outer parts of the map, and it feels just a bit too cluttered and clunky with the vehicles and obstacles everywhere.

A very Call of Duty-style map with a big warehouse featuring tanks everywhere.

All three channels are viable options with the whole map being used at all times. It’s not spectacular, but it’s not bad either – maybe a bit generic.

A fan-favorite going at least one more round in a Call of Duty game. Let’s be fair, it carries a lot of nostalgia given that it came from the terrific Black Ops II, but it’s not the most amazing map the franchise has produced.

The novelty of the occasional speeding train is always hilarious if it hits someone, but it just feels like a really enclosed map with no middle channel. Walkway fights are fun, as are battles in the waiting area, but Express isn’t as creative as later entries on this list.

Collateral is a mixture of vintage CoD and the ugly side of some of Modern Warfare 2019’s often-criticized map design.

The size feels spot-on for what it is, and there’s some great accessibility in and out of buildings making for fun standoffs. But there’s perhaps too much emphasis on buildings, making you feel quite exposed down the flanks, and utterly helpless in the middle of the map.

The large degree of buildings and openings, combined with the empty space in the middle of the map, makes for a lot of camping on both sides.

Again, it bears a striking resemblance to Garrison (maybe too much) in that you’re in a gigantic hangar. Only this time there’s a lengthy plane plonked right in the middle of it.

Action in the plane is generally 50/50, and it’s all-around the plane where the best action takes place with around its make or break choke points.

The big remake to kick-off Season 4, Hijacked is quite iconic, and it’s good to welcome it back. Each game takes place on a luxury yacht, and the setting is unmistakable and superb.

Cold War Season 4 doesn’t completely mesh with Hijacked though, as there seems to be more spawn-trapping than ever, particularly if you utilize the top of the middle section. If you can maintain your base and standing in the game, then the end-to-end action feels fun and more controlled than other smaller maps.

Wherever you spawn in Moscow, it always feels like there are umpteen ways to go. There are multiple hot areas for combat including the golden statue, the escalators, and outside with the opposing windows. It’s a great map that is equally liberating.

It also received a much-needed downsizing that has helped to tighten it up and improve the spawn locations.

What hasn’t been said about Nuketown already? It’s fast, it’s frantic, lesser-skilled players can achieve high kill counts, and it’s just fun chaos.

The broken spawns are always a sore point, but on a map this small and iconic, it’s easy to dismiss.

Another classic map, another great time to be had. The unusual, yet intriguing charm about Standoff is its zig-zagging lanes.

It’s got several interesting corners that make for some animated encounters with pro-like jumps around the corner needed. The tank make for a great obstacle and it has just the right amount of clutter.

Standoff still remains a Call of Duty great, and we’re more than happy to see it back in Black Ops Cold War.

Diesel manages to capture lots of the brilliance of Nuketown, makes the map a bit bigger, and closes off the spawn points a bit more – it works tremendously.

One of the two Season 3 launch maps, Diesel works around a simple theme of a gas station and manages to work enough routes into its limited space to be endlessly versatile. It doesn’t cordon off areas so viciously as Miami Strike does, for instance.

There doesn’t feel like any wasted space, and its uniqueness is highlighted by the fact you can effortless have 2v2 and 6v6 matches on it with no issue.

It might speak volumes to people that two of the top four are remakes, but what remakes they are!

Raid is aesthetically pleasing across the whole map, it’s extremely well-designed and it’s generally fair. You will rarely find someone dominate Raid as it’s rife with tight corners and many duels that can go either way.

It’s also hilarious that as one of CoD’s best-ever maps, it actually makes very little sense.

It goes to show that no matter how late into a game if the dev team puts enough hard work and creativity into a map, they can still create a work of art.

Firstly, Yamantau’s main middle room manages to be accessible from every single direction (upper and lower floor too) and still feel fair. This produces magic confrontations and keeps you on your toes. The cliffside channel is a lot of fun too with accidental deaths aplenty.

Yamantau already has the feel of a map that will feature in future CoD games.

Just missing out on victory is Crossroads. This map is simply fantastic and a delight that dominates nearly every map vote.

The cover feels perfect and the environment is highly volatile, making for fun, high-scoring games. The one drawback is how exposed the C Flag spawn is – people can spawn two or three times without getting a chance to blink.

One of the newest, original Call of Duty maps also happens to be the best that Black Ops Cold War has to offer. We can find no faults with this homage to a classic film. It’s just so well-balanced and interesting.

Whether you’re fighting through all the different shops and maintenance areas or engaging in some dangerous dining duels, The Pines is an intricately designed masterpiece.

That completes our list. These are the best maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ranked. Be sure to check out the best guns in Cold War too!

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Here are the perfect settings that you can use to get the best Black Ops Cold War system performance on your PC.

In first-person shooters like Call of Duty, maximizing your frames-per-second can give you a huge advantage over other players. Higher FPS means smoother gameplay, improving your reaction time and ability to track moving targets.

With Black Ops Cold War Season 4 in full swing and League Play rewards to start earning, you’ll want to be playing at your best.

The biggest crutch on your frame output will be your hardware. Here, we’ll be going over everything you need to get the optimal performance from your system when playing Black Ops Cold War on PC.

Before customizing your graphics settings, it’s worth taking a look at Treyarch’s System Requirements chart for Black Ops Cold War.

From looking at this chart, you’ll be able to tell what kind of performance to expect from your system. Our graphics settings assume you’ve met the minimum requirement, and will give you the optimum settings for visuals and performance, no matter your rig.

To get the optimal performance from your system and make Cold War run as smooth as possible, you need to make sure your graphics drivers are up-to-date.

Here’s how to update your graphics drivers.

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

NVIDIA’s DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology arrived in Warzone in Season 3, but Cold War players have been able to take advantage of it since the game’s launch. If you have an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, you can get much more bang for your buck.

Whether playing the campaign or the multiplayer in 4K, DLSS will allow you to have amazing visuals without lowering your framerate. It will set your game to a lower resolution but give the appearance of high resolution – the best of both worlds.

Turning on DLSS in Black Ops Cold War is simple, as it’s included in the Post Processing Effects tab in Settings. From here, you can set DLSS to Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality.

Ultra Performance will give you the most frames but won’t be as visually appealing, and Quality will retain the impressive picture.

If you’re playing Black Ops Cold War on NVIDIA’s 1000 series graphics card, your best bet is to put most of the settings on low. Although pretty visuals are great, you want BOCW to be running as smoothly as possible so you can be playing at your best.

Here are the settings you should be running if your system is a few years old.

When setting a custom framerate, you want to set the Gameplay Custom Framerate limit to match your monitor’s refresh rate, e.g 144 FPS on a 144hz monitor.

You should set the Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60, and the frame rate when Minimized to 30.

Shadows affect FPS the most. On a lower-end graphics card, shadows will be an unnecessary load for your system to run, so you’re better off setting everything to Low. However, you should set ‘Dynamic Shadows’ to All, as this will allow you to see enemies’ shadows.

Unfortunately, Ray Tracing is a new and graphically advanced rendering technique that older systems won’t be able to handle.

There’s no point in forking out over $1000 dollars for the best hardware if you’re not going to take advantage of it. Using the same graphics settings as a lower-end rig will grant you high FPS, but you’ll lose out on the high-quality visuals these expensive GPUs and CPUs can easily handle.

With high-end graphics cards such as the NVIDIA 2080 ti or the 3000 series, you’ll be able to have Cold War looking the best it possibly can, and still have competitive performance.

We’ve put together graphics settings that combine Black Ops Cold War’s high-quality visuals with a competitive performance.

When setting a custom framerate, you want to set the Gameplay Custom Framerate limit to match your monitor’s refresh rate, e.g 165 FPS on a 165hz monitor.

Even with high-end systems, you should set the Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60, and the Minimized frame rate to 30. There’s no need for high frames when in the menus or minimized.

Shadows affect FPS the most. When playing on a high-end graphics card such as the 3000 series, you’ll be able to run these at high without it massively affecting your performance.

For a balance between visuals and performance, you should use these settings.

If you have a 3000 series graphics card, you can take advantage of the new Ray Tracing technology. It will give an unnecessary hit to your performance in multiplayer, but it’s worth using when playing Cold War’s campaign.

Various Black Ops Cold War streamers and content creators often use NVIDIA filters to make their version of the game look much more polished and colorful.

These filters can increase the game’s brightness and color saturation, which looks pretty and gives you better visibility. We’d only recommend using these on a high-end system, as it will give a slight hit to your FPS.

Here’s how to apply NVIDIA filters to Black Ops Cold War.

Your game will now look even more bright and vibrant, making Black Ops Cold War even more pleasing to look at and play.

No matter your system, you can use these graphics settings to improve Black Ops Cold War’s performance and visuals on your system.

You can also check out our guide on getting high frames on Warzone, no matter your system.

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Warzone players call for “overpowered” suppressors to be nerfed

CharlieINTEL.com 23 June, 2021 - 12:48pm

Some Warzone players are calling for the developers to nerf suppressors in order to balance out the muzzel attachments in Season 4.

Warzone Season 4 introduced a variety of changes to weapon balancing and even attachments, like the Krig 6 getting a buff to one of its barrels.

Like every season, not every player is satisfied with the changes. Aside from bugs and glitches, some players also want further balancing to the suppressors in Warzone Season 4, especially the Monolithic and Agency ones.

Since the start of Warzone, suppressors have always been a handy attachment along with the perk Ghost. The ability to stay off the radar while firing and when the enemy has a UAV is essential in Warzone, as staying hidden is key to victory.

Like the Monolithic one from Modern Warfare and the Agency Suppressor from Black Ops Cold War, the best suppressors in Warzone will do more than keep you off the map but also boost your weapons stats, like damage range and bullet velocity.

One player shared their opinion on this over on Reddit, proposing a change for how suppressors operate.

Reddit user Fractales put up a post with the caption “What if Silencers were actually balanced?”

The post went into details about how players have to use silencers, not just because everyone else is using them and stying off the map, but also because of the stat boost they give you:

“There’s no reason to not run a silencer. Either mono or regular. Both give significant stat boosts as well as remove you from the mini-map when firing.”

Fractales proposed that Raven Software remove the stat boosts and just make suppressors take you off the mini-map when firing, so that players would have to decide between stealth or a weapon boost:

“But, what if we made removing you from the mini-map the ONLY benefit of the silencer? Then other muzzle attachments could fill the role of stat boosters. Suddenly, there’s a decision to be made between staying off the mini-map and getting stat boosts to your weapon.”

It seems other players also agreed in the comments, with one user stating that “they’re [suppressors] definitely done backwards. You get sooooo many bonuses for being suppressed. Suppression should be the bonus, you should get all the other extras if you run un-suppressed.”

It would be an interesting change, and perhaps the developers will want to stay true to what they have created rather than make such a drastic change in Season 4 of Warzone, as a change like this is likely to bring on its own set of complaints.

Raven Software hasn’t commented on the topic, unlike the Nail Gun situation, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated if anything changes.

The Fara 83 has emerged as one of the most powerful weapons in Warzone Season 4, which led to NICKMERCS to reveal his Season 4 loadout for the weapon.

The Fara 83 Assault Rifle was on the receiving end of these buffs, as one of its barrels got major boosts in recoil control that have turned this weapon into a laser beam that can take down enemies at any range.

Utilizing the power of this newly improved Assualt Rifle, popular Twitch streamer and YouTuber NICKMERCS recently showed off his Fara 83 loadout that he believes has taken over the meta.

In his video, the content creator explains how most professional players have moved to use this Assault Rifle following the nerf of the MG 82 LMG, which had taken over Verdansk upon its arrival in Season 4.

NICKMERCS explains how he enjoys using this weapon thanks to its low recoil and powerful headshot damage that allows you to take down enemies without much trouble.

You can find the NICKMERCS Fara 83 loadout below:

There is no doubt that you will likely see plenty of players using the NICKMERCS Fara 83 loadout for the remainder of Warzone Season 4 unless some major nerfs are applied to his weapon setup.

It is the build that allows players to maximize the potential of this Assault Rifle following its buff at the beginning of this season.

The Twitch personality was able to show just how strong the NICKMERCS Fara 83 loadout is by collecting 19 kills in a winning effort thanks to this weapon’s serious damage output and very manageable recoil that will make it a favorite among players for the foreseeable future.

For more Warzone, check out the latest leaks for the reported Call of Duty: Vanguard Warzone map, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Here are the best attachments and perks to make the best Warzone AS VAL loadout for Season 4 and maximize its dominating potential.

There are plenty of viable weapons in Warzone, especially with the major weapon buffs and nerfs that Raven Software brought for Season 4. The AS VAL is a surprising pick but can be extremely effective in the right situations.

This weapon is built to dominate at close-medium range. Its small magazine means you won’t be taking out multiple enemies at long range, but its fast fire rate makes it one of the strongest at close-medium. Here is the best AS VAL loadout for Warzone Season 4.

The VLK 200mm Osa barrel comes with an internal Monolithic Suppressor, vastly increasing its range and bullet velocity. You can control the weapon’s recoil by equipping the VLK Strelok Stock and Merc Foregrip in your best Warzone AS VAL loadout.

The Stippled Grip Tape provides you with increased ADS speed and sprint-to-fire at the cost of some aiming stability. However, the reduced recoil means that you won’t have to worry too much about that.

With this weapon’s incredibly fast fire rate, the 30 Round Mags are necessary. You’ll find yourself only being able to down one opponent before reloading, so this weapon is especially effective in BR Solos.

To get the most out of the best Warzone AS VAL loadout, you need to have the best perks to match. These perks set you up for the match ahead, helping you survive in almost any Warzone situation.

As the AS VAL is best suited for close range, you’ll need E.O.D to survive explosives while getting in enemies’ faces. Overkill will allow you to carry two primary weapons, and Amped will let you switch between the two rapidly.

The AS VAL was included in Modern Warfare Season 6’s Battle Pass, so you’ll now need to complete a challenge to unlock it in Warzone Season 3 to make the best Warzone AS VAL loadout.

This requires you to get 2 headshots using Assault Rifles in 5 different matches. This should be simple to do in both Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and Warzone, take an Assault Rifle into matches and aim for the head.

As the AS VAL is best suited for close-range in Warzone Solos, there are plenty of other weapons you could take instead. The Streetsweeper has dominated indoor fights, and the LC10 is a versatile SMG well worth your time.

The FFAR is an Assault Rifle with an incredible fire rate, so here’s the attachments and perks to make the best Warzone FFAR loadout in Season 4.

Although an Assault Rifle, the FFAR is one of the strongest close-range weapons in Warzone, thanks to its excellent fire and manageable recoil rate.

It also acts similarly to Modern Warfare’s RAM-7, a popular choice in previous seasons. It can melt armor and health at close range, thanks to its exceptional damage profile.

Here are the attachments and perks to make the best Warzone FFAR loadout for Verdansk ’84 and Rebirth Island.

We’ve built the best FFAR Warzone loadout to dominate at medium range and close range, as this gun is still one of the go-to weapons for close-quarters combat in Warzone Season 4.

For attachments, we’re starting with Raider Stock. Slap this beast of an attachment on for increased strafe speed and aim-down-sight speed for medium and close-range engagements. The 21.2″ Ranger Barrell has the best bullet velocity for the FFAR, making medium-range and even some longer-range engagements a breeze.

Thanks to the fix for Cold War suppressors, the Agency Suppressor is now a must-have, making sure you stay off enemy maps. The STANAG 50 Rnd Mag will give you much more bullets to take down multiple enemies without a big hit to your ADS speed.

The best Warzone FFAR loadout dominates up close, so you’ll be most likely have a ton of explosives coming your way. To combat this, E.O.D will allow you to tank plenty of explosives and stay in the fight.

Overkill will allow you to have a more suitable weapon for longer ranges, such as the Kar98k or HDR.

Ghost is always useful to stay hidden from enemy UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors.

Getting caught switching your weapons can mean certain death in the Call of Duty battle royale, so having Amped will increase your weapon swap speed and help you avoid being caught in between switching weapons.

Thankfully, there are no challenges to unlock the FFAR for Warzone Season 4, but you will need to reach level 40 in either Warzone or Black Ops Cold War for the Assault Rifle to become available.

The good news is that progression carries over between Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, so no matter which game you’re playing, you’re always gaining XP that can go towards getting the FFAR.

The best Warzone FFAR loadout is extremely powerful up close, but if you’re finding it difficult to control, the MAC-10 or MP5 are strong SMGs that would make excellent substitutes.

If you’re finding that the FFAR is tough to get kills with at long range, then the Fara 83 is the go-to long-range Assault Rifle in Season 4, and running these together with Overkill makes for one of the strongest Warzone classes.

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Warzone devs tease Nail Gun nerf in Season 4

CharlieINTEL.com 23 June, 2021 - 11:43am

Warzone devs Raven Software are aware that the Nail Gun is too powerful in Season 4, and are considering nerfing it soon.

Warzone Season 4 has given players the best line-up of new weapons since Warzone’s integration with Black Ops Cold War. The C58 is a powerful Assault Rifle that makes for extremely effective ground loot, the MG 82 was overpowered at first but provides a unqiue LMG experience, and the Nail Gun is simply fun to use.

However, alongside calling for the MG 82 to be nerfed, players feel that the Nail Gun is far too effective at close range. Drift0r even explained how it has the fastest TTK of any SMG. Warzone’s devs agree and have explained their thought process behind a potential nerf.

Alongside the MG 82’s nerf on June 22, Raven Software also teased that they’ll adjust perks to counter the powerful Dead Silence Field Upgrade. They also discussed balancing the Nail Gun, explaining why it will be a difficult process.

“We will be keeping a close eye on the Nail Gun,” announced Raven Software. “We feel it kills about a bullet faster than we would like.”

However, they explained the difficulties they’ll face in trying to balance it. “With extremely low rate of fire Weapons, they can be on a razor’s edge of balance wherein missing a single shot can turn an incredibly fast Time to Kill into one of the slowest in its class. This is not the case with the Nail Gun (BOCW) now, but if it required an additional bullet to kill and nothing else changed, it likely would be.”

“So, we may push and pull on some of its functionality,” they concluded. This will be “to ensure that it fulfills its role as a highly mobile, close range, full-auto dominator that can rival shotgun TTKs but rapidly wanes in efficacy the further enemies are from you. They are just nails after all.”

Raven Software appear very aware that the Nail Gun is outperforming in its class, but it may take some time for the devs to find the right change to make.

Want to see where the Nail Gun stacks up against Season 4’s other weapons? Check out our tier list of every Warzone primary weapon.

The Fara 83 has emerged as one of the most powerful weapons in Warzone Season 4, which led to NICKMERCS to reveal his Season 4 loadout for the weapon.

The Fara 83 Assault Rifle was on the receiving end of these buffs, as one of its barrels got major boosts in recoil control that have turned this weapon into a laser beam that can take down enemies at any range.

Utilizing the power of this newly improved Assualt Rifle, popular Twitch streamer and YouTuber NICKMERCS recently showed off his Fara 83 loadout that he believes has taken over the meta.

In his video, the content creator explains how most professional players have moved to use this Assault Rifle following the nerf of the MG 82 LMG, which had taken over Verdansk upon its arrival in Season 4.

NICKMERCS explains how he enjoys using this weapon thanks to its low recoil and powerful headshot damage that allows you to take down enemies without much trouble.

You can find the NICKMERCS Fara 83 loadout below:

There is no doubt that you will likely see plenty of players using the NICKMERCS Fara 83 loadout for the remainder of Warzone Season 4 unless some major nerfs are applied to his weapon setup.

It is the build that allows players to maximize the potential of this Assault Rifle following its buff at the beginning of this season.

The Twitch personality was able to show just how strong the NICKMERCS Fara 83 loadout is by collecting 19 kills in a winning effort thanks to this weapon’s serious damage output and very manageable recoil that will make it a favorite among players for the foreseeable future.

For more Warzone, check out the latest leaks for the reported Call of Duty: Vanguard Warzone map, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Here are the best attachments and perks to make the best Warzone AS VAL loadout for Season 4 and maximize its dominating potential.

There are plenty of viable weapons in Warzone, especially with the major weapon buffs and nerfs that Raven Software brought for Season 4. The AS VAL is a surprising pick but can be extremely effective in the right situations.

This weapon is built to dominate at close-medium range. Its small magazine means you won’t be taking out multiple enemies at long range, but its fast fire rate makes it one of the strongest at close-medium. Here is the best AS VAL loadout for Warzone Season 4.

The VLK 200mm Osa barrel comes with an internal Monolithic Suppressor, vastly increasing its range and bullet velocity. You can control the weapon’s recoil by equipping the VLK Strelok Stock and Merc Foregrip in your best Warzone AS VAL loadout.

The Stippled Grip Tape provides you with increased ADS speed and sprint-to-fire at the cost of some aiming stability. However, the reduced recoil means that you won’t have to worry too much about that.

With this weapon’s incredibly fast fire rate, the 30 Round Mags are necessary. You’ll find yourself only being able to down one opponent before reloading, so this weapon is especially effective in BR Solos.

To get the most out of the best Warzone AS VAL loadout, you need to have the best perks to match. These perks set you up for the match ahead, helping you survive in almost any Warzone situation.

As the AS VAL is best suited for close range, you’ll need E.O.D to survive explosives while getting in enemies’ faces. Overkill will allow you to carry two primary weapons, and Amped will let you switch between the two rapidly.

The AS VAL was included in Modern Warfare Season 6’s Battle Pass, so you’ll now need to complete a challenge to unlock it in Warzone Season 3 to make the best Warzone AS VAL loadout.

This requires you to get 2 headshots using Assault Rifles in 5 different matches. This should be simple to do in both Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and Warzone, take an Assault Rifle into matches and aim for the head.

As the AS VAL is best suited for close-range in Warzone Solos, there are plenty of other weapons you could take instead. The Streetsweeper has dominated indoor fights, and the LC10 is a versatile SMG well worth your time.

The FFAR is an Assault Rifle with an incredible fire rate, so here’s the attachments and perks to make the best Warzone FFAR loadout in Season 4.

Although an Assault Rifle, the FFAR is one of the strongest close-range weapons in Warzone, thanks to its excellent fire and manageable recoil rate.

It also acts similarly to Modern Warfare’s RAM-7, a popular choice in previous seasons. It can melt armor and health at close range, thanks to its exceptional damage profile.

Here are the attachments and perks to make the best Warzone FFAR loadout for Verdansk ’84 and Rebirth Island.

We’ve built the best FFAR Warzone loadout to dominate at medium range and close range, as this gun is still one of the go-to weapons for close-quarters combat in Warzone Season 4.

For attachments, we’re starting with Raider Stock. Slap this beast of an attachment on for increased strafe speed and aim-down-sight speed for medium and close-range engagements. The 21.2″ Ranger Barrell has the best bullet velocity for the FFAR, making medium-range and even some longer-range engagements a breeze.

Thanks to the fix for Cold War suppressors, the Agency Suppressor is now a must-have, making sure you stay off enemy maps. The STANAG 50 Rnd Mag will give you much more bullets to take down multiple enemies without a big hit to your ADS speed.

The best Warzone FFAR loadout dominates up close, so you’ll be most likely have a ton of explosives coming your way. To combat this, E.O.D will allow you to tank plenty of explosives and stay in the fight.

Overkill will allow you to have a more suitable weapon for longer ranges, such as the Kar98k or HDR.

Ghost is always useful to stay hidden from enemy UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors.

Getting caught switching your weapons can mean certain death in the Call of Duty battle royale, so having Amped will increase your weapon swap speed and help you avoid being caught in between switching weapons.

Thankfully, there are no challenges to unlock the FFAR for Warzone Season 4, but you will need to reach level 40 in either Warzone or Black Ops Cold War for the Assault Rifle to become available.

The good news is that progression carries over between Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, so no matter which game you’re playing, you’re always gaining XP that can go towards getting the FFAR.

The best Warzone FFAR loadout is extremely powerful up close, but if you’re finding it difficult to control, the MAC-10 or MP5 are strong SMGs that would make excellent substitutes.

If you’re finding that the FFAR is tough to get kills with at long range, then the Fara 83 is the go-to long-range Assault Rifle in Season 4, and running these together with Overkill makes for one of the strongest Warzone classes.

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Warzone MG 82 LMG Nerfed in Latest Update

DBLTAP 23 June, 2021 - 11:37am

Raven Software didn't hold any punches either.

"We had envisioned the MG 82 (BOCW) as a short to mid-range Light Machine Gun given its relatively fast handling, mobility, and rate of fire. However, it also retained many powerful LMG traits like damage profile, bullet velocity, and magazine size all while having negligible recoil. These factors in combination created one of the most dominant weapons to land in Verdansk. Do not be deceived by the magnitude of these changes. The damage per magazine and rate of fire is still top tier so we expect the MG 82 to remain viable."

It seems the hope is to nerf it a bit without completely removing it from people's arsenal.

Call of Duty Fan Points Out Cool Detail About Black Ops Series

GameRant 23 June, 2021 - 10:48am

This detail is tied directly to the Call of Duty: Black Ops subseries, and it comes courtesy of TikTok user @hiddengamingdetails. Earlier this month, the same account posted about a secret regarding Reznov in the original game. This time around, though, they are showing a detail that can be found in every campaign of the subseries. Using four different monitors to show the secret, the brief video is fun and interesting.

Starting with the first Black Ops game, @hiddengamingdetails showcases the opening seconds where Frank Woods lights a cigarette. They then move on to 2012’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, with the sequel having a much more startling beginning. Opening with a man burning alive as Alex Mason fights through the Angolan Civil War, the moment has likely stuck with those that played the game. While these scenes may prove to be quite different, they share an important similarity: the use of fire.

While few fans will catch this clever touch on their own playthroughs, that does not make it any less interesting. With each fire bringing light to a black screen, all feel similar, even if they are as extreme as a man burning alive in a truck. Likewise, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War re-using the cigarette lighting is a good move, as the game is a direct sequel to the first Black Ops. Having the exact same intro keeps that deeper connection alive, and the first scene’s use of a bar only adds to the tribute. If Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 had a campaign, flames likely would have been seen in its first scene, too.

If more Black Ops games do come, it seems like fans can expect their story modes to have a fiery opening. While this detail has no impact on the narrative of these Call of Duty titles, it does link all of them together in a subtle way.

Source: TikTok

Warzone players frustrated as Cold War weapons “overshadow” Modern Warfare’s in Season 4

CharlieINTEL.com 23 June, 2021 - 05:49am

Warzone players feel that recent buffs to Cold War’s weapons have rendered Modern Warfare’s guns useless in Season 4.

When Black Ops Cold War and Warzone first integrated, weapon balance was in a weird place. This caused the start of the DMR 14 and MAC-10 meta, as they completely outshined every other weapon in the game. However, the rest of Cold War’s weapons were seriously lackluster compared to the Modern Warfare guns that players had been fighting with previously.

Raven Software have been working hard on honing in the weapon balance, and the majority of these changes have been buffs to Cold War’s weapons. Warzone Season 3 Reloaded gave a major buff to Cold War’s Sniper Rifles, and the Season 4 update has reduced almost all recoil from Assault Rifles and LMGs.

This has caused Cold War weapons to dominate the meta, and players are frustrated that their favorite Modern Warfare weapons are no longer viable.

When Warzone and Cold War integrated, there was supposed to be much more option in your loadout choice. However, players believe that the choice is still limited, as Cold War weapons dominate the meta.

Reddit user aliarrrr explained how Modern Warfare’s guns are “overshadowed” by their Cold War equivalents. They blame the attachments for this imbalance, saying that Cold War attachments are “busted and fail to offer any downside.”

Breaking down every attachment, they said that Cold War’s suppressors, barrels, magazines, stocks, and grips are much better than Modern Warfare’s. “It is the attachments that make CW guns better than MW ones, not the base weapons,” aliarrrr concluded.

Some players brought up Season 4’s Task Force barrel buff, which not only gives a massive boost to range, but it also almost completely eliminates recoil. Modern Warfare doesn’t have a barrel attachment that does this, and Reddit user pathmt displayed the massive disparity between the weapons.

User Wastoncp1 believes that this is “the natural progression” of the game, and “we should all be expecting MW to be phased out.” However, Raven Software previously promised to buff “struggling” Modern Warfare weapons and began to deliver on this promise in Season 4 with a buff to the SCAR.

Raven have been on top of weapon balance so hopefully, now that Cold War weapons are in a good place, the focus will shift to buffing Modern Warfare’s weapons back to their former glory.

To see how Modern Warfare’s weapons stack up against Cold War’s, check out our tier list where we’ve ranked every Warzone primary weapon.

The Black Ops Cold War’ Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle is fast and powerful in Season 4, so here is how to make the best loadout for this weapon.

Call of Duty has some great Sniper Rifles in Season 4, and the Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle has arguably become the go-to choice for most in the game.

The Swiss K31 is designed to be fast. It has a rapid ADS time, quick bolt time, and plenty of bullets in the mag to boot. Not only that, but slap some handy hardware onto the gun, and the Swiss become a sharp and swift kill machine.

We’ve put together the best attachments and perks to run with the Swiss K31, which will make it perfect for quickscoping and sniping in general.

The best Cold War Swiss K31 loadout is built for quickscoping on Cold War’s smaller maps, but it also packs enough punch to hit some nice longshots.

To start the best Cold War Swiss K31 loadout, the 24.9″ Tiger Team barrel completely transforms the Swiss K31. It deals much more damage, so you’ll be able to kill full-health players in only one shot to the chest. To spot enemies at further ranges and dark corners, the Tiger Team Spotlight will increase your Reveal Distance.

To vastly speed up your sprint to fire time and ADS speed, you should run the Raider Stock and Airborne Elastic Wrap. You’ll be able to scope in before the enemies can react, allowing for rapid quickscope kills.

And to give you a few more shots, you should run the 8 Rnd Mag. However, the Tiger Team barrel will reduce this mag size to six, which is still the perfect amount.

We recommend running the Perk Greed Wildcard with the best Cold War Swiss K31 loadout, as you’ll get to equip two perks in each slot.

Lethal and Tactical Equipment will often be the death of you in Cold War lobbies, so Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you alive no matter what the enemy throws at you.

There’s nothing worse than running out of ammo when you’re on a sniping hot streak, so Scavenger will allow you to resupply ammo from dead bodies. And then, you can use the Assassin perk for some extra points and a bigger score when killing enemies on Scorestreaks.

And finally, Gung-Ho will increase your mobility further, letting you reload on the fly, as well as swap weapons faster. To pull off effective flanks, Ghost will keep you hidden from UAVs too.

Players can unlock this Sniper Rifle in two different ways that consist of completing unlock challenges in either Black Ops Cold War or Warzone. You can find the unlock challenges for this weapon below:

It’s also a completely free tier too. So play games of either multiplayer, Zombies, or Warzone, and follow our guide on ranking up the pass quickly.

The Swiss K31 excels at quickscoping at close-medium range. If you haven’t unlocked it yet, Cold War provides some other Sniper Rifles that will be well worth running in Season 3.

The ZRG 20mm is the polar opposite, being slow but dealing an incredible amount of damage. And for something in the middle ground, you can never go wrong with the LW3 Tundra.

If battle royale is more your cup of tea, you can check out the best Swiss K31 loadout for Warzone.

If you’re looking for your next favorite Black Ops Cold War weapon, no matter the class, you can check out our full tier list of every Cold War gun.

Treyarch’s latest CoD has many maps to battle on in Season 4, so we have placed them all in tiers and ranked them from worst to best.

Despite initially only launching with eight normal maps (discounting Fireteam maps), Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War now contains 19 exciting 6v6 options to house skirmishes.

Each map generally has something that makes it unique, for better or for worse, and we’ve done our best to break each one down and rank them in ascending order and tier them too.

Be sure to check out our complete Black Ops Cold War map guides with must-have tips for the maps in the game.

We’re going to take a moment to assign each of Cold War’s maps an official tier before we place them in order. There’s plenty to chew on here, but which are the cream of the crop?

Here is our official tier list of all of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s maps:

Miami actually has some decent spots on it, but its lack of visibility is something that simply cannot be overlooked.

It’s also extremely open and very large with unused space and lots of locations that kind of just hit a weird dead-end.

Cartel, with or without its giant bushes, is really missing something. Most games take place in a big ring around the middle of the map, and it does sadly contain the hellish eye-sores that plague most games.

For that reason, it has to remain low on the list, even with its Season 2 makeover.

The idea of Armada is probably a little better than its actual execution. It definitely has plenty of fun moments (especially skirmishes under the ship), but it’s too easy for people in the middle section to trap the other team in their spawn.

We think having three mini-ships side-by-side that all connect to each other could’ve made for some incredible sniping battles and great maneuverability.

There’s something about Satellite we can’t quite put our finger on that stops it from being better. Like Armada, it suffers from “middle domination.”

If you have the middle, it’s fantastic, if you don’t, you’re in trouble. However, Satellite is a cunning little web of intertwining mini-channels that does provide you with options and has an interesting side channel in the dessert.

The latest addition to the Black Ops Cold War portfolio, Apocalypse joined during the big Season 2 update. Playing off the season’s narrative themes, Apocalypse is set somewhere in a jungle, and its design is deep into darkness and close-range fights.

It’s far too easy to be spawn-trapped with Apocalypse and there seem to be no mid-range fights. You either exit a doorway, turn a corner or stare down a channel, and that’s it. There was potential here.

After taking the criticism for Miami on board, Treyarch did try and rectify this by identifying its flaws and making a better version of the map.

It’s smaller, which allows for more frequent engagements, and its daytime aesthetic makes it a lot easier to see people. Its design choices perhaps hold it back as the action regularly just sticks to the outer parts of the map, and it feels just a bit too cluttered and clunky with the vehicles and obstacles everywhere.

A very Call of Duty-style map with a big warehouse featuring tanks everywhere.

All three channels are viable options with the whole map being used at all times. It’s not spectacular, but it’s not bad either – maybe a bit generic.

A fan-favorite going at least one more round in a Call of Duty game. Let’s be fair, it carries a lot of nostalgia given that it came from the terrific Black Ops II, but it’s not the most amazing map the franchise has produced.

The novelty of the occasional speeding train is always hilarious if it hits someone, but it just feels like a really enclosed map with no middle channel. Walkway fights are fun, as are battles in the waiting area, but Express isn’t as creative as later entries on this list.

Collateral is a mixture of vintage CoD and the ugly side of some of Modern Warfare 2019’s often-criticized map design.

The size feels spot-on for what it is, and there’s some great accessibility in and out of buildings making for fun standoffs. But there’s perhaps too much emphasis on buildings, making you feel quite exposed down the flanks, and utterly helpless in the middle of the map.

The large degree of buildings and openings, combined with the empty space in the middle of the map, makes for a lot of camping on both sides.

Again, it bears a striking resemblance to Garrison (maybe too much) in that you’re in a gigantic hangar. Only this time there’s a lengthy plane plonked right in the middle of it.

Action in the plane is generally 50/50, and it’s all-around the plane where the best action takes place with around its make or break choke points.

The big remake to kick-off Season 4, Hijacked is quite iconic, and it’s good to welcome it back. Each game takes place on a luxury yacht, and the setting is unmistakable and superb.

Cold War Season 4 doesn’t completely mesh with Hijacked though, as there seems to be more spawn-trapping than ever, particularly if you utilize the top of the middle section. If you can maintain your base and standing in the game, then the end-to-end action feels fun and more controlled than other smaller maps.

Wherever you spawn in Moscow, it always feels like there are umpteen ways to go. There are multiple hot areas for combat including the golden statue, the escalators, and outside with the opposing windows. It’s a great map that is equally liberating.

It also received a much-needed downsizing that has helped to tighten it up and improve the spawn locations.

What hasn’t been said about Nuketown already? It’s fast, it’s frantic, lesser-skilled players can achieve high kill counts, and it’s just fun chaos.

The broken spawns are always a sore point, but on a map this small and iconic, it’s easy to dismiss.

Another classic map, another great time to be had. The unusual, yet intriguing charm about Standoff is its zig-zagging lanes.

It’s got several interesting corners that make for some animated encounters with pro-like jumps around the corner needed. The tank make for a great obstacle and it has just the right amount of clutter.

Standoff still remains a Call of Duty great, and we’re more than happy to see it back in Black Ops Cold War.

Diesel manages to capture lots of the brilliance of Nuketown, makes the map a bit bigger, and closes off the spawn points a bit more – it works tremendously.

One of the two Season 3 launch maps, Diesel works around a simple theme of a gas station and manages to work enough routes into its limited space to be endlessly versatile. It doesn’t cordon off areas so viciously as Miami Strike does, for instance.

There doesn’t feel like any wasted space, and its uniqueness is highlighted by the fact you can effortless have 2v2 and 6v6 matches on it with no issue.

It might speak volumes to people that two of the top four are remakes, but what remakes they are!

Raid is aesthetically pleasing across the whole map, it’s extremely well-designed and it’s generally fair. You will rarely find someone dominate Raid as it’s rife with tight corners and many duels that can go either way.

It’s also hilarious that as one of CoD’s best-ever maps, it actually makes very little sense.

It goes to show that no matter how late into a game if the dev team puts enough hard work and creativity into a map, they can still create a work of art.

Firstly, Yamantau’s main middle room manages to be accessible from every single direction (upper and lower floor too) and still feel fair. This produces magic confrontations and keeps you on your toes. The cliffside channel is a lot of fun too with accidental deaths aplenty.

Yamantau already has the feel of a map that will feature in future CoD games.

Just missing out on victory is Crossroads. This map is simply fantastic and a delight that dominates nearly every map vote.

The cover feels perfect and the environment is highly volatile, making for fun, high-scoring games. The one drawback is how exposed the C Flag spawn is – people can spawn two or three times without getting a chance to blink.

One of the newest, original Call of Duty maps also happens to be the best that Black Ops Cold War has to offer. We can find no faults with this homage to a classic film. It’s just so well-balanced and interesting.

Whether you’re fighting through all the different shops and maintenance areas or engaging in some dangerous dining duels, The Pines is an intricately designed masterpiece.

That completes our list. These are the best maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ranked. Be sure to check out the best guns in Cold War too!

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Here are the perfect settings that you can use to get the best Black Ops Cold War system performance on your PC.

In first-person shooters like Call of Duty, maximizing your frames-per-second can give you a huge advantage over other players. Higher FPS means smoother gameplay, improving your reaction time and ability to track moving targets.

With Black Ops Cold War Season 4 in full swing and League Play rewards to start earning, you’ll want to be playing at your best.

The biggest crutch on your frame output will be your hardware. Here, we’ll be going over everything you need to get the optimal performance from your system when playing Black Ops Cold War on PC.

Before customizing your graphics settings, it’s worth taking a look at Treyarch’s System Requirements chart for Black Ops Cold War.

From looking at this chart, you’ll be able to tell what kind of performance to expect from your system. Our graphics settings assume you’ve met the minimum requirement, and will give you the optimum settings for visuals and performance, no matter your rig.

To get the optimal performance from your system and make Cold War run as smooth as possible, you need to make sure your graphics drivers are up-to-date.

Here’s how to update your graphics drivers.

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

NVIDIA’s DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology arrived in Warzone in Season 3, but Cold War players have been able to take advantage of it since the game’s launch. If you have an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, you can get much more bang for your buck.

Whether playing the campaign or the multiplayer in 4K, DLSS will allow you to have amazing visuals without lowering your framerate. It will set your game to a lower resolution but give the appearance of high resolution – the best of both worlds.

Turning on DLSS in Black Ops Cold War is simple, as it’s included in the Post Processing Effects tab in Settings. From here, you can set DLSS to Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality.

Ultra Performance will give you the most frames but won’t be as visually appealing, and Quality will retain the impressive picture.

If you’re playing Black Ops Cold War on NVIDIA’s 1000 series graphics card, your best bet is to put most of the settings on low. Although pretty visuals are great, you want BOCW to be running as smoothly as possible so you can be playing at your best.

Here are the settings you should be running if your system is a few years old.

When setting a custom framerate, you want to set the Gameplay Custom Framerate limit to match your monitor’s refresh rate, e.g 144 FPS on a 144hz monitor.

You should set the Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60, and the frame rate when Minimized to 30.

Shadows affect FPS the most. On a lower-end graphics card, shadows will be an unnecessary load for your system to run, so you’re better off setting everything to Low. However, you should set ‘Dynamic Shadows’ to All, as this will allow you to see enemies’ shadows.

Unfortunately, Ray Tracing is a new and graphically advanced rendering technique that older systems won’t be able to handle.

There’s no point in forking out over $1000 dollars for the best hardware if you’re not going to take advantage of it. Using the same graphics settings as a lower-end rig will grant you high FPS, but you’ll lose out on the high-quality visuals these expensive GPUs and CPUs can easily handle.

With high-end graphics cards such as the NVIDIA 2080 ti or the 3000 series, you’ll be able to have Cold War looking the best it possibly can, and still have competitive performance.

We’ve put together graphics settings that combine Black Ops Cold War’s high-quality visuals with a competitive performance.

When setting a custom framerate, you want to set the Gameplay Custom Framerate limit to match your monitor’s refresh rate, e.g 165 FPS on a 165hz monitor.

Even with high-end systems, you should set the Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60, and the Minimized frame rate to 30. There’s no need for high frames when in the menus or minimized.

Shadows affect FPS the most. When playing on a high-end graphics card such as the 3000 series, you’ll be able to run these at high without it massively affecting your performance.

For a balance between visuals and performance, you should use these settings.

If you have a 3000 series graphics card, you can take advantage of the new Ray Tracing technology. It will give an unnecessary hit to your performance in multiplayer, but it’s worth using when playing Cold War’s campaign.

Various Black Ops Cold War streamers and content creators often use NVIDIA filters to make their version of the game look much more polished and colorful.

These filters can increase the game’s brightness and color saturation, which looks pretty and gives you better visibility. We’d only recommend using these on a high-end system, as it will give a slight hit to your FPS.

Here’s how to apply NVIDIA filters to Black Ops Cold War.

Your game will now look even more bright and vibrant, making Black Ops Cold War even more pleasing to look at and play.

No matter your system, you can use these graphics settings to improve Black Ops Cold War’s performance and visuals on your system.

You can also check out our guide on getting high frames on Warzone, no matter your system.

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Call Of Duty: Warzone's murder door has been fixed, sadly

Rock Paper Shotgun 23 June, 2021 - 05:41am

It was only a day or two ago that Call Of Duty: Warzone was home to a door with a vendetta. Anyone who touched it died instantly, such was its power. But now its heady days exacting pain on unsuspecting players is over, as the latest update has boarded it up for good. I'm a bit sad, actually.

Why am I sad? Because Warzone's murder door achieved celebrity status, even if it clearly hated it. Players would fly into Verdansk to pay it a visit, and by "visit", I mean run headfirst into it and get murdered.

But as one door closes in Warzone, another also closes, as they say. The recently added MG82 light machine gun was introduced at the start of Season 4 and it was ridiculously strong. I'm talking zero recoil, decent mobility, stopping power - everything. Well, this latest update has nerfed basically all of its stats.

Although having watched Warzone statistician JGOD's video, the MG82 still seems like the strongest mid to long range weapon in the game. Yes, it won't be quite as lethal, but clearly there's no better option. So I suppose, this door's actually still ajar.

Raven Software also said they're keeping a "close eye" on the Nail Gun, another new weapon introduced with Season 4. It's devastating at close range and it looks like the devs know that it's maybe a bit too strong right now. Expect some nerfs in the near future, basically.

For all the tweaks in the latest Warzone update, the patch notes have you covered. I for one think it's a crying shame we won't ever see tourist guides help players meet their doom anymore, as in the video below. Alright, I've said my piece.

Ed is fond of melt in the middle chocolate puddings and games.

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