Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 review

Jari Välimäki

Black Ops 4

It’s that time of the year again when Call Of Duty releases and Christmas is closing in,
since the reveal for Black Ops 4 I’ve pretty much been like a kid in a candy store
waiting for it to be released and here’s why.

While some might be annoyed that the traditional single player / co-op campaign
is missing from this years installment, the campaign in Black Ops has never
been regarded as the strong suit of the series, but instead praised for it’s
Multiplayer, Treyarch delivering top notch action release after release.

This year is all about Multiplayer and Co-Op with the release, Black Ops 4 comes with not
one, two but three game modes for you to enjoy. The traditional Call Of Duty Multiplayer
that we all know and love, the madness of Zombies and for the first time Battle Royale!

So there is definitely something for everyone in terms of Multiplayer action in this package.

Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 also is a 4K and HDR title, for those with an Xbox One X,
Playstation Pro or high end PC and has some stunning visuals
to feast your eyes on. I have added some screenshots in a gallery above for you to view.

The traditional Call Of Duty Multiplayer this year comes with a few twists comparing to
previous titles, though the game itself is boots on the ground (as many have voiced
this is a must), Treyarch have managed to spice things up to make it interesting.
I’ll go into that bit in a while.

This years title launched with 14 maps and additional content coming as soon as November for free.
Out of the 14 maps, 5 maps are remakes of previous Black Ops titles and fan favorites.
They include the likes of Slums, Jungle, Summit, Firing Range (from Black Ops 1,2) and Nuketown.

And with the season pass there will be more DLC map packs coming across the year.

I was mentioning Treyarch spicing things up earlier, and this is what I really like about
Black Ops 4 multiplayer. Traditionally the healing process has been you take a breather and your
health regenrates automatically so you can continue the fight, not anymore: with the introduction
of a new manual healing system it makes the game more interesting to continue the fight or step back
for a while and heal up before charging back in, adding a level of tactics to keep in mind.

The weapon systems have been re-worked with how hitting other players work, and what I’ve
been playing for the whole weekend it is working properly, atleast I haven’t
been cursing as I might have in previous titles how did that not kill him?! not only that,
but the guns have a nice feel to them, and every single one feels unique be it
a heavy weapon or light weapon with it’s balancing.

Treyarch also has included a mode called Specialist HQ that involves challenges with varying
difficulty (from easy to hard) this mode gives you a tutorial to the characters you can play with
and more of a back-story to who they are.

I don’t want to spoil this too much for you as it’s more
fun for you to discover this yourself. It’s a nice addition with the lack of a Campaign, to get to
know your specialists which features right now a total of 10,
6 of which are returning from Black Ops 3 (Ruin, Prophet, Battery, Seraph, Nomad, Firebreak)
and 4 new specialists (Recon, Ajax, Torque, Crash).

If you are interested in the stories of the Specialists there is also a comic book for each and everyone.
Which you can read for free right here.

Black Ops 4 Blackout

We’ve all seen how popular Battle Royale has become within in a short time, and at first I was
skeptical would a Battle Royale mode actually work within a Call Of Duty title? and the short answer
after trying out the Beta earlier in the year is yes. And after playing it now for the whole
weekend ontop the answers is YES with capitol letters, it’s a ton of fun and you just want to
do one more drop every single time going for that win.

Blackout features the largest map ever created in
Call Of Duty, and pitches players against each other in either Solo fashion, Duo (partner up) or
Squad (team up) mode. So wheter you prefer to play alone against evereyone else, or have that trusty
team mate you have plenty of choices on how to play Blackout.

If you are not familiar how Battle Royale works, here’s the short cap. You drop out of the
airplane with all the other players within the time it takes for the plane to fly across the map,
landing with nothing but your clothes on, to start looting for gear (weapons, medikits, grenades, armor)
so you can start your journey to be the last alive. While you are busy looting, the game map gets smaller
over time forcing you to move into “safe zones” as walls move in. Failure to move within time into the safe
zones will eventually kill you as you loose health being on the wrong side of the barrier.

And for those of you who are familiar with how Battle Royale games work, besides the regular items Blackout
comes with twists to find across the battlefield, by twists I mean perks that you can enable on your operator
to gain a tactical advantage for a while, these include the likes of Dead Silence, Awareness etc perks you
would find in the regular Multiplayer of any Call Of Duty title which make the game more tactical.

Across the battlefield you will also come across operator weapon bundles that feature fully kitted out
weapons that pack a punch and more stability than the regular weapons. Blackout also features initially some
vehicles as quad bikes, trucks, and helicopters you can take advantage of if you need to quickly move across
the map towards that safe zone.

The Battle Royale mode is definitely something I will spend alot of hours in, and cannot wait to see what
the future holds for it. Will there be additional maps to it like other games within the genre have had?
will we see weather effects added onto it? only the future will tell what’s to come from Treyarch, but
the initial launch of Blackout has me hyped up for sure.

There’s only one thing I’m going to be a negative nelly about for this mode, and that is the sounds of the game.
Like with any new release there’s always some kinks that need to be worked on, and I have no doubt that
Treyarch is fully aware of it, and will work their best to iron it out. The problem is that foot steps
are really out of place sometimes, say you have a duo partner who is running behind you and it sounds like he is
right next to you on the right hand side.. It might confuse you alot in the beginning, and is sorta annoying.
This is not only to foot steps but also vehicles sound close even if hundreds of feet away from you.

But like I said, I’m sure there will be a fix to that coming soon.

Overall I’m happy with Blackout, and can see it quickly becoming my favorite mode.

Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Zombies

And the third and final mode is Zombies,

Zombies has a massive playerbase and is considered legendary by alot of players. And this year Zombie fans
are in for a real treat. This year the game features 2 different story lines with Voyage of Despair that
takes place on the HMS Titanic, and IX which takes place on an Ancient Roman arena,
Blood of the Dead is a remake of the Black Ops II map “Mob of the Dead” and
takes place once more in Alcatraz Prison. The former two maps form the new “Chaos” storyline.

If you are not familiar with the Zombies mode prior, I suggest you read up on the Treyarch Zombie wiki.

Final words

Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 is a very solid package with a bit of everything for the Multiplayer enthusiast.
I highly recommend it for your shooting fix, with even more content coming through the year to keep those
hours ticking in.

Review copy supplied by Activision.

Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 is out now on PC , Xbox One , Playstation 4.
Please check your local store or online store for pricing in your region.

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