Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War has a very big problem with its reticules right now, and it causes a number of the options to blend in with the surroundings.
The game launched with a range of new and classic multiplayer modes, like VIP Escort, Team Deathmatch, Domination, Free-For-All, and the return of Control. There's also the Zombies mode, which trades the competition for cooperation where four players must fend off the waves of shambling corpses, and the Dead Ops Arcade spinoff which boasts thrilling new arenas, open world stretches, bonus areas, and randomly generated dungeons. Perhaps, the core of all of these multiplayer modes are the customisable loadouts, which let players fine-tune their approach to the fight for major gains.
A player's loadout is a precious thing, and Activision have even been toying with the idea of sharing loadouts through social media for the ultimate kudos in this game where you kill other players indiscriminately for points. Anyway. These customisation options include reticules, which range from dots, circles, chevrons, squares, and even a moustache. As reticules won't make a whole lot of difference to the power or weighting or reload speeds of the gun, this should be dependent on personal preference.
However, YouTuber JGod has discovered that you might want to avoid a number of these reticule options like the plague if you want to actually shoot accurately. In their video, they show how the reticules look different in use compared to their icon on the Gunsmith screen. Some are smaller or larger, some are darker or lighter, and some are much blurrier than they were before. "I've never ever ever ever had this issue in the other Call of Dutys," explained JGod.
Most concerningly, some reticules will totally disappear against certain surroundings, like light coloured earth, walls, wood, etcetera, and against blue skies. If you don't know where you are aiming, you could give away your hiding spot to the other team, or you could give an enemy the opportunity to dodge your fire and take you out. As a result, it's a very significant issue in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.
Accessibility settings like colourblind mode and high contrast modes don't affect reticules, so there's no easy fix to be had here. JGod suggests that Glare, Apex, Luminary, Pitboss, Intersect, and Teardrop are the best reticules of the bunch, because their colour stays visible. Treyarch is aware of the strange occurrence with reticules, thankfully, though there isn't a time frame for the patch in the game's Trello board. Fingers crossed that it's soon, because even reading about these is giving me a headache.
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