Call of Duty:Black ops review | Game reviews



Hello, Call of Duty fans. This year we're trying something new. Because Call of Duty: BlackOps 4's modes are so different, we're reviewing them separately, followed by our overall review and score. This part covers the entirety of Black Ops 4, be sure to check out the individual reviews next. - We're winning this.- Establish a new AV above. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 flung the series into a thrust-jumping, wall running future. With Black Ops 4, we see this long-running series land in far more interesting terrain, even without a campaign. This year, Treyarch is leaning into robust multiplayer modes. Its excellent battle royale addition, Blackout, acts as a nice homage to everything in the Black Ops series. Combined with smart innovations to both Zombies and multiplayer, Black Ops 4 is a strong entry in the series. However, persisting technical issues and a number of already stale multiplayer maps hold Black Ops 4 back from being an even greater package.I'm takin' that attack from plenty. Our style's contesting bravo, we'll oblige. 

Though there are significant changes to each mode's formula, the biggest change is Black Ops 4's lack of a classic campaign. This is certainly disappointing for some, but, for me, Black Ops 4 gets along just fine without it. With three solid maps and new modes, Zombies have a meaty launch. Plus, Blackout and multiplayer have that attractive gameplay loop that keeps me drawn in. The multiplayer does get some narrative direction from the Specialist HQ, which serves as a good training ground for each of the multiplayer characters. Their introductory missions are laced with story cutscenes. The story Specialist HQ tells a little hard to follow, as there's no specific order for the Specialists, but it's neat nonetheless. Zombies also include two storylines, though those are definitely harder to follow than a normal campaign because the story of each map is hidden behind Easter egg challenges. Black Ops 4 unfortunately has a laundry list of technical and balance issues infecting each of its modes. However, Treyarch has been great about staying on top of those issues, continuously updating their blog with information on what they're actively looking at and fixing. This communication is important for a multiplayer game with a high life expectancy, especially at launch. I look forward to seeing how user feedback for equipment like the 9-Bang, general bugs in Zombies, and erratic spawn issues in multiplayer change Black Ops 4 in the future. (gunshots boom) This year, IGN split its Black Ops 4 review to better evaluate each mode. Our scores were determined independently, and the final score for the call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a reflection of my overall opinion of the game, not an average of all three. We've provided the other three individual scores for your reference. Ooh, maybe mix it with a little whiskey next time.Black Ops 4'sZombies is a showcase from a confident team, there's a lot of content here, and it's slick, well-paced, and rewarding whether you're running it for the first time or the hundredth, with the 10 year anniversary of Call of Duty Zombies looming, there's never been a better time to grab some friends, chug an elixir, and see how long you can survive.The enemy'sCUAV established above. (gunshots boom) Black Ops 4's multiplayer lets players are more tactical without sacrificing the excitement of engagements. The reworked health system and Specialists offer great, mostly balanced tools that allow for more creative playstyles and cater to strategic teams and lone wolves alike. Just about every weapon classic in Black Ops 4's arsenal feels like a viable option, too, though automatic weapons remain the most popular. As good as these changes are, Black Ops 4 is held back by a few of its more narrow maps that feel stale after just a few playthroughs. Even worse are the unfortunate design choices around spawn areas that allow aggressive enemies to pick off players just as they're coming up. Despite these flaws, BlackOps 4 keeps pulling me in to unlock cool OperatorMods for my favorite weapons and experiment with load-outs in the fun new Heist mode. (dramatic war music) In lieu of significant innovation, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4'sBlackout instead presents a remarkably polished and intuitive take on the basic battle royale formula. Everything from the creative perks and equipment to the familiar Call of Duty locations works remarkably well in the dynamic battle royale space, and some elements like the arcade shooting are even enhanced as a result of it. The plethora of technical issues ranging from simple fixes to more involved workarounds on PC are concerning but ultimately didn't stop me or my friends from playing and having a great time. I thoroughly look forward to playing Blackout in the months to come and hope that Call of Duty annualized release cadence doesn't interfere with the frequency and longevity of post-launch support that I expect from the genre. (intense music) Each aspect of Black Ops 4 introduces some great new ideas that continue to evolve the series. In multiplayer, active healing gives players more control and paired with Specialists, it makes for a great tactical experience. The new heist mode is a wonderful palate cleanser, too. Zombies thrive from having more than just two launch maps. The beginner mode is a fantastic way to ease into the tense action, while Rush keeps the maps feeling fresh. Blackout is the most exciting of the three, though. Instead of bringing some crazy twist to battle royale, Treyarch smartly uses the format to combine past Black Opsofferings into a fun, hectic mode that entices us to jump in over and over again. Black Ops 4's rough edges do hold it back from an even better execution of its best moments, but when you're not experiencing those technical issues, any of Black Ops 4's three modes make for an enjoyable shooter experience that feels distinct and personalized. For an even more in-depth look at Black Ops 4's individual modes, be sure to check out our Zombies, Blackout, and Multiplayer reviews.

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