Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War allows players to use enemy soldiers as human shields, according to the game’s recently revealed ESRB rating.
The Call of Duty franchise is no stranger to over-the-top violence, but Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War introduces a new level of brutality by allowing players to use enemy soldiers as human shields. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War already seems poised to court controversy, with early marketing material seeming to support conspiracy theories and send players to commit war crimes.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War features a wide array of fan-favorite characters returning from the original Black Ops titles. Alex Mason, Jason Hudson, and Frank Woods are the three most iconic characters making a return alongside other familiar faces. Additionally, players can look forward to a deep storyline on par with previous Call of Duty: Black Ops titles. There are also new additions to the series such as a story mode with alternate endings and a character creator, but that’s not all that is new to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
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According to the ERSB rating for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, players will be able to use enemies as human shields. A small excerpt from the ESRB rating reads “players have the ability to stab or pistol-whip enemies close-up, or use them as human shields.” This one line is the extent of what players know about the ability, but it is apparently a feature that stood out enough to include in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s final rating.
It seems as if the majority of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s rating is focused on the single-player campaign, which raises a few questions about the new ability. Mainly, will players be able to use bodies as human shields in modes outside of the campaign? It will also be important to see if the ability is limited to a specific portion of the campaign or if it’s a feature that can be used at any time, which could lead to the game taking on a very different tone.
It would be amusing if this new concept was integrated into all modes including Zombies and online multiplayer. Using the opponent’s teammate as a shield would be absolutely demoralizing in online play, and could make for some interesting highlight clips. Until Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War releases later this year (or at least until the beta starts), gamers will just have to ponder how the game’s brutal new feature will play out.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 13th, 2020.
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