Call of duty: black ops 4 review


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hotline of Duty: Blachồng Ops 4 has ushered in a new era of AAA: one where every studio và their grandmother tries to lớn paông chồng a battle royale gametype inlớn their project. The thing is, Activision actually did it right, while also providing a strong zombies outing alongside its token traditional multiplayer element.

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After more testing beyond our Đánh Giá in progress, my view hasn’t changed all that much. Your mileage may vary depending on how much you weigh each mode.


Gọi of Duty: Blaông xã Ops 4(PC, PS4 , Xbox One)Developer: TreyarchPublisher: ActivisionReleased: October 12, 2018MSRP: $59.99

Let’s stichồng with the same format we used in the review in progress, shall we: but this time, with numbers!

Blackout (8.5/10)

While it’s easy lớn slam battle royale games và modes as a way to make a quiông xã buông xã, it all truly depends on how it’s handled. So far Blackout has upended that mentality và shows promise lớn boot. It has the potential to continue evolving, drawing from the series’ 15-year history.

It’s the same shtichồng, sure: jump inlớn a crowd of ~100 people & make sure you’re the last one standing. But Blaông chồng Ops 4goes a bit wilder with it without fully going off the rails seeking attention. There’s enough variety in this shooter subgenre right now khổng lồ make room for Blackout, especially when it takes Gọi of Duty in a completely new, and frankly, exciting direction. Sprinkling zombies into lớn select areas is a fun way to lớn spice things up, as are gadgets, Easter eggs, & special abilities.

Ultimately, Blackout is something you can waste your entire day with or sneak in a quiông chồng fix for: such is the power of battle royale. Another bit that competitors often struggle with that Blackout nails, gunplay, is solved by nature of the mode slotting directly inlớn the current incarnation of theĐiện thoại tư vấn of Dutyengine. While it’s easy lớn knock its age (& it’s up there) it’s functional và stronger than many other shooters on the market.

Speaking of age: Blackout does have sầu split-screen on consoles & you need to lớn know right up front that it’s janky. The framerate và visuals take a significant hit (even with my tests on a PS4 Pro) khổng lồ allow this process khổng lồ happen. Given that no other major battle royale on the market even offers it, it already has a leg up. It worksis what I’m saying, so long as you have no high in the sky aspirations of becoming a Blackout pro while sharing a screen.

I’ve sầu always looked at gọi of Dutyas more of an arcade-tinted alternative sầu & Blackout hammers that point trang chính while maintaining a semblance of tactical gameplay. It manages lớn strike a balance that many other competitors just haven’t yet (you’re often either an ultra-serious tactical operative or Thanos doing the Charleston after jumping 100 feet up in the air, with no compromise in-between).

Multiplayer (6/10)

I typically Prestige at least once yearly (with a few exceptions) but I think Blachồng Ops 4‘s multiplayer is going to lớn break that streak. With an underwhelming focus on smaller, more intimate affairs that laông chồng character, this year’s multiplayer element offers a distinctly different approach compared lớn Blackout.

Out of Black Ops 4‘s 14 maps, four are flashbacks (read: straight re-uses of previous arenas from past games). Several others, like Seaside, feel lượt thích flashbacks even though they’re technically new. There are only a few chất lượng arenas worth noting: the sandy Warzone of Contrab& và the crime trùm HQ of Haciendomain authority. If you haven’t played gọi of Dutyin years you might get something out of it, but the over-reliance of the map rework angle (which is usually sparingly saved for DLC) did not work in its favor here.

Speciadanh mục classes (unique characters that provide different abilities) return but are more underwhelming. They don’t even get a chance khổng lồ shine in “Speciamenu Ops,” which are basically tutorial missions with a loose MCU-esque storyline to connect them. Bags of health and manual healing options try their best to feel different, but the old “Piông xã 10” perk/equipment system brings everything back down to lớn reality. The core hasn’t changed all that much & all you’re left with less original modes & maps to battle with.

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In the case of Blaông chồng Ops 4, multiplayer is merely one of three meaty options. Although I felt like the other two modes better captured the spirit of Gọi of Duty, you might appreciate the shift to compact, objective-based matches. For the rest of us, zombies is still at the top of its game.


Zombies (9/10)

I know some diehards are going to lớn disagree, but as someone who’s been playing zombies since the beginning (& every DLC), this is the most accessible edition lớn date. I have sầu one word for you: bots. Okay two words: good bots.

Black Ops 4has some really, really badass bots that will help you achieve your wildest dreams of actually making strides in zombie maps if you can never wrangle up a static group. The option of three maps at the start (four in total if you have the season pass, with four more on the way) makes it feel heftier as a whole, especially when the RomanColosseum (IX) và cruise ship (Voyage of Despair) storylines are just as off-the-wall as ever & packed with secrets. Split-screen makes a welcome return, which can also be played with bots (this is the last use of the word “bots” in the Review, I promise).

With its “Powers of the Gods” angle (Dani, Ra, Zeus and Odin, on top of wacky weapons lượt thích a Chakram that would feel at home page inKrull, or an ancient healing staff that shoots laser beams) và fully customizable loadouts, Blaông xã Ops 4‘s zombies mode is unique without getting desperate. The new cast is also extremelychatty (& catty) và I love sầu it. Everything slots into place. It’s classic Treyarch doing their own thing.

I lied, I have two more words for you to lớn really drive the point trang chủ that this zombies iteration is worth giving a shot: effective sầu tutorial. Accessibility và depth are both present here and it’s fantastic.


All three of Blaông chồng Ops 4‘s modesare tied together neatly with a theater recording option, accessible from the main menu. It’s a weird feeling, having three evolving products tied together under one SKU; despite the unevenness of the experiment, it does succeed in continuing lớn get people lớn care about the series.

The landscape has changed.gọi of Duty: Blachồng Ops 4 can’t just operate with the same business-as-usual mentality from Activision, now that it’s taken this step. Blackout has the potential to be its own game in the same way Epic tore its Battle Royale mode from the main package as a separate entity.Leave it to lớn Treyarch to create a conundrum after introducing a non-traditional project inkhổng lồ the fray. How well Activision manages Blachồng Ops 4will possibly influence the entire future of the series. For now, two-thirds of it is rising lớn the occasion.