Sometimes, the real world can be too much to take. Escaping into the world of video games can offer a sense of solace, and if you are particularly interested in blowing the heads of zombies and saving humanity, you are definitely in luck. Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be making its Zombies mode free as a standalone version for a week, starting this Thursday.
That is right, you do not have to own the full game to mow down some undead. The standalone version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies will be available on the Battle.net launcher. This is all part of the Zombies Free Access Week, which will run from January 14 to January 21.
Players jumping in will be able to experience two different modes on the Die Maschine map. You can go the classic round-based route or the new Cranked version. The latter puts a timer in place the moment you off the first zombie. The more undead you kill, the longer you survive.
However, as the game progresses, the timer gets shorter and shorter. Run out of time, and your Operator explodes into a million pieces.
Going back to the roots
As for the map itself, it should be familiar to veterans of the mode. It pays homage to the original Call of Duty: World at War Zombies map that started it all. The underground lab and the Dark Aether dimension awaits those brave enough to venture here.
Unfortunately for PC players, we will not have access to the PlayStation exclusive Onslaught mode. At least there are no cheaters to ruin your Zombies experience.
Nevertheless, there is still great fun to be had for the coming week from January 14 to 21. More importantly, should your brief experience with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies convince you to shell out for the full game, your progress will carry over.