Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Review

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Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Review
Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Review

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the sequel to 2015’s Black Ops III, was released for Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows and was the first main Call of Duty title to be completely multiplayer with no story mode. When Treyarch announced there wasn’t going to be a single-player campaign, the Call of Duty community was understandably torn. However, there was never going to be a campaign mode for Black Ops 4. Many believed Treyarch cut the campaign due to development time, but the single-player was never intended. Treyarch’s reasoning for leaving a single-player campaign out was they saw very few people playing the solo campaign in the previous Black Ops title.

Unfortunately, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 felt more like a Frankenstein ensemble of different first-person shooters. It’s almost if Treyarch didn’t want to put any effort into coming up with anything unique. Instead, they created a multiplayer title to emulate other titles on the market while slapping a “Call of Duty” aesthetic on top. What Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 got right was not trying anything too crazy. There were no space planes, there was good old-fashioned modern warfare without any science-fiction elements.

Blackout

Blackout was Treyarch’s attempt to get into the battle royale scene with Fortnite and PUBG taking everyone’s attention. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 didn’t do much with the battle royale formula. If you came from PUBG, you would feel like you were just playing PUBG with a Call of Duty skin on. You fly into an island full of guns and supplies while trying to survive against other players and an encroaching damage circle. Treyarch tried to differentiate itself from the other battle royale titles by adding some different items, but it’s nothing to write home about.

Official Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 – Launch Gameplay Trailer

Zombies

One aspect the Call of Duty franchise has done really well is their zombie mode. With every new Call of Duty title that includes zombies, the franchise gets better and better. Instead of confining players in small buildings kiting zombies around a room, there’s a lot more open space to run around. There are also more power-ups, some hidden objectives to do, and the closest thing to a traditional Call of Duty campaign that you’re going to get in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Every time a player starts by watching a small cinematic sequence that sets up the map’s backstory. If you are putting yourself in the mindset that the zombie story is Black Ops 4’s attempt at a replacement for the campaign mode, you’re going to be a bit underwhelmed with the zombie mode.

Zombies mode in Black Ops 4 also finally adds AI teammates. It was difficult to play alone in older Call of Duty titles. That’s why the addition of AI teammates is welcoming to so many players. Unfortunately, the AI teammates are not very useful as they won’t do anything but help you fight off zombies. They don’t do any of the objectives, and their pathing is a little off. However, it’s a step in the right direction for Treyarch. Hopefully, in the next Black Ops title, they’ll have smarter AI who aren’t just meat bags with guns. Treyarch clearly has improved from their previous zombie iterations, but there’s still room for improvement.

Multiplayer

Since there’s no single-player mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, we finally can take a look at the game’s multiplayer mode. Multiplayer mode in Black Ops 4 was overshadowed by Blackout because of how hot the battle royale genre was going at the time. Call of Duty 4’s multiplayer mode was hampered by some terrible launch maps. That situation didn’t help make it the overlooked middle child next to their Blackout mode.

A change made to the multiplayer system in Black Ops 4 was the health regeneration. There’s a healing syringe with a cooldown timer. Healing in Black Ops 4’s multiplayer is more strategic and influences a player’s approach to one-on-one fights. This might not be enough for those who complained that Treyarch didn’t make any notable changes to multiplayer. With smaller multiplayer maps and moving on from 6v6 to 5v5, it makes the instinct to survive that much more of a priority.

Control is a new game mode that’s just a fancy way of saying “Capture The Flag.” You and your team have to take control points to defend them. There are only two control points, and teams need to capture and protect both points before the time runs out. Both sides only have 30 lives to work with, so it’s a decent variation of the “capture the flag” concept.

The Heist game mode is something a little different, as well. However, it also seems like the re-skin of an already existing title: Counter-Strike. Except, instead of diffusing a bomb, it’s about fighting over a duffel bag full of money. After every round of Heist, you get a certain amount of money, depending on your performance. You use this money to improve your loadout for the next round to, hopefully, give yourself an advantage in the next round.

Hopefully, the next Black Ops brings back a single-player campaign instead of making a game based solely on multiplayer games. Not everyone wants to play multiplayer-driven games as not everything should be geared towards e-sports and microtransactions. However, Black Ops 4 is good for what it is: an alternative to Fortnite and PUBG.

Call of Duty Black Op4 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When did Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 come out?

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was released on October 12, 2018 for Microsoft Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

  2. How do you buy maps on Call of Duty Black Ops 4?

    Purchase the Black Ops Pass for getting access to the Classified map. This Black Ops 4 Pass is a $50 season pass.

  3. How much does Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 cost?

    $28.25 for the Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Playstation 4 Standard Edition. $68.82 for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4- Pro Edition – PlayStation 4.

  4. How many gigabytes is Call Of Duty Black Ops 4?

    51.42GB on the Playstation 4, 55GB on Windows PC, 45.65GB on the Xbox One.

  5. Where to download Call Of Duty Black Ops 4?

    You can download the Call Of Duty Black Ops4 from Battle.net

  6. What is Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Battle Edition?

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Edition gives you the standard game including the multiplayer mode and the blackout game modes.

  7. What is Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Spectre Rising Edition?

    Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Spectre Rising Edition includes the full game, the Spectre Rising Start Pack, a specialist Outfit for all Specialist, a Gesture and a Calling Card, Emblem, Sticker and Tag.

  8. What is Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Specialist Edition?

    Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Specialist Edition included additional content and extra 1100 Call of Duty Points.

  9. What is Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout?

    Blackout enables player to go head to head in a grand battle till the last man standing. This is very similar to the battle royale in games like Fortnite and PUBG.

  10. What is Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Classified?

    Classified refers to the Zombies map that's goes with the Black Ops Pass for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4.

  11. Can you play Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer without PS+?

    No, you need a PlayStation Plus subscription to able to play online multiplayer mode.

  12. What's the difference between black ops 4 Digital Deluxe?

    Digital Deluxe Edition includes the base game and a Black Ops Pass with 2400 Call of Duty Points.

  13. Can you play call of duty black ops 4 offline?

    Yes, you can play black op 4 offline. You can battle on split screen matches offline.

  14. What time does Black Ops 4 DLC come out?

    23 September 2019 the DLC 4 has been released. The DLC 4 is also known as Operation Dark Divide.

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Michael Langdon
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  1. What a dumpster fire. This game looks like a cheap money grab and I’m so glad I saw this review. Will never buy this game or play it. I enjoy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 but Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 looks like a total fail. BTW, the fail isn’t for the review but for the game.

    1. I agree with you kind of, but I want to give Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 a try at least. I know my friend will be purchasing it, so I will update here when I have played it!

  2. Well, is pretty much dead right now since everybody is playing the most recent one, which I also dislike for the weekly huge updates and the long loading times, but as always, great graphics!

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