Get the advantage on your opponents with these tips from Matt Scronce, Lead Designer at Treyarch.
Plan your attack during infil wisely. Dirty Bombs around the perimeter of the map will be less chaotic, but you’ll need to scavenge more for Uranium and other items since there will be fewer enemies to eliminate and scavenge from.
Arming a Dirty Bomb for detonation only requires 1 teammate to plant the charge, but the time to arm the bomb will be reduced with each teammate that is nearby. Any player helping arm the bomb will see a progress bar on their Heads Up Display with a count of how many teammates are helping arm that bomb. Huddle up and protect the player arming the bomb to ensure your Fireteam gains the detonation score that you fought for.
Detonated Dirty Bombs will trigger expanding radiation zones. While these won’t immediately kill players, they will cause players to become radiation sick. Radiation Sickness has 3 levels:
Weakness which disables all of your Perks
Fatigue which will reduce the effectiveness of your health regeneration
Internal Bleeding that will cause damage over time eventually leading to your death
Throughout the match, there will be several sets of Dirty Bombs revealed. Once the first set of bombs have been detonated and taken offline, there will be a short period of time before a completely new set of bomb come online. Use the time between sets to pick your next target and scavenge for Uranium, Armor Plates, Scorestreaks and more.
Your Loadout is key to success. If you plan on playing the objective and being the one to arm the bombs, you’ll want to drop in with Perks like Flak Jacket or a Trophy System Field Upgrade to survive incoming explosives. More savvy teams will assign roles, with some teammates working on intelligence gathering with Cold War gadgetry like the Field Mic Field Upgrade to watch out for nearby enemies while other teammates may focus on taking out vehicles with Perks like Engineer and Cold-Blooded and Weapons like the Cigma 2 Launcher.
Keep reading for even more tips to take with you into Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer.
Let’s start off with adjusting your settings, as the slightest tweaks can really impact the way that you play the Cold War multiplayer .
At long last, a Field of View Slider has finally been introduced! This is the first time in Call of Duty history that players can adjust their Field of View on consoles. When adjusting the FOV slider, which you will find in the settings, keep in mind that the higher you set the bar, the more frames that you will lose. While it’s entirely personal preference, we found that setting the slider between 100 and 105 was a great balance.
Next, be sure to turn off Motion Blur as it makes both your environment and weapon kind of blurry. With the setting enabled, you’ll find it significantly more difficult to see what’s happening.
Being able to hear your opponents is crucial, so if you’re struggling to hear them, try turning your Audio Presets setting to High Boost. This will help make enemy footsteps even louder.
Enabling the Slowdown and Strafing Aim Assist setting can drastically help make you more accurate and ultimately land more kills.
Don’t be fooled though, the game will not automatically aim for you, as you’ll still need to do the majority of the aiming yourself.
Finally, you would be surprised at just how much of a difference that a small tweak can make to your gameplay experience. As mentioned above, these settings are all personal preference, however, most streamers and professional players will run their sensitivity somewhere between the range of 8 to 12.
Team Communication is Key
Communicating with your team is crucial in Call of Duty, especially as you face more challenging and experienced opponents. This is why the popular Ping system has made its debut in all of Cold War’s multiplayer modes.
The locational Ping system will allow you to ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies for your teammates.
By default, Ping is mapped to the Left D-Pad on controllers and Z on keyboards. To ping an enemy’s locations or trap, double-tap Ping to create a dedicated Danger Ping.
Before we delve any deeper, throw everything that you know about Modern Warfare and Warzone right out the window, as we cannot stress enough that Black Ops Cold War does not play like any of these two games.
Cold War instead rewards those that play slow and smart, as you will want players to come to you.
When it comes to traversing the maps, you will want to avoid traveling through highly populated areas. You will quickly notice that all of the maps encourage you to meet in the middle. Instead, outsmart your opponents by scouting along the outskirts, slowly picking them off as they cross your path while heading towards the middle.
Much like other Treyarch games, the Time to Kill is longer than usual. We’ve estimated that the TTK is approximately an extra shot longer when compared to the likes of Modern Warfare and Warzone. The new TTK will take a while to get used to, so in the meantime just remember to keep shooting until your enemies are actually dead.
Landing headshots has never been more important, so be sure to utilize them as much as possible as they will help lower your TTK significantly.
Scorestreaks have received an overhaul as they will no longer reset on death! Don’t be fooled though, as deaths will still play a significant part in being able to earn points towards purchasing scorestreaks.
While scorestreaks don’t reset on death, your score multiplier will. With scorestreaks carrying some hefty prices, earning them has become a little more challenging as you won’t start earning big points until you’ve reached at least a 4 killstreak.
Those with high KDR’s will benefit from the new system as they will earn scorestreaks significantly faster than those that die more often.
When traversing the maps of Miami, Armada, and Satellite be sure to keep an eye out for Snipers! You can usually spot a Sniper by looking for the shiny glints. This will indicate that they’re currently aiming down the scope – hopefully not at you.
Don’t be surprised to see more shotguns, as the changes to Create-A-Class has now placed them in the secondary weapon category. So keep your guard up and traverse those tight corridors of Moscow carefully.
Lasers will not give away your position in-game! So, don’t be afraid to attach them to your weapons.
While it may take a few minutes to become available, the Field Mic is arguably one of the most powerful Field Upgrades you can unlock. Acting essentially as a ground UAV, the Field Mic will highlight enemy sounds within a certain radius on your mini-map.
Movement has also received a massive update since the Alpha. With improved movement, Strafing has become even more effective. For those unaware, Strafing can be described as always being on the move when firing at enemies. Constantly moving side to side will throw off your enemies shot, making them much more likely to miss.
Remember to always use your equipment! Hoarding your Tactical, Lethal, and Field Upgrades while you wait for that perfect moment will provide no advantage. In most cases you’ll likely end up dying before you even get that chance, wasting a potential opportunity.
Cold War has no weapon flinch, so when an enemy starts firing at you, your weapon and aim will not move.
You can now reload while aiming down the sights, as the much-loved feature from Modern Warfare has made a return to the Black Ops series.
If you’re struggling to compete with your opponents during a match, you’ll be happy to know that you can now edit and completely customize your Loadouts on the go!
As annoying as the saying «Can anyone take out that Spy Plane» may be, you’ll want to be using your UAV scorestreaks at all times. As this is your first time playing the maps, the UAV can help you gain a better understanding of popular routes and player spawn locations.
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