I Really Had a Blackout!: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Review
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was originally released on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on October 12th, 2018 and was released to some critical acclaim. Although, the release of Black Ops 4 wasn’t exactly the most anticipated for every single fan of the series, as it was the first game to completely remove the single-player campaign and that choice put the game into many people’s black-books. Despite this, many people still picked up the game, wondering, is it any good?
Starting off with the story, Black Ops 4 does in fact have one. Instead of a single-player campaign, there’s a segment of the game called Specialist HQ, where you can play as one of the Specialists in the game through an AI match, with each one upping in difficulty every time you successfully beat it. As you play through each of these segments in the game, you’ll slowly but surely unlock some cinematics that will teach you more about the story and the Specialists themselves. The interesting part of this is trying to piece all of the knowledge you’ve been given to piece the story back together and makes for an interesting change to the formula.
What isn’t so good, though is the Specialist HQ, as it’s just playing multiplayer against increasingly difficult AI and you have to do it 3 times for each level and quickly becomes very tedious. Part of the reason it’s so tedious is because even on Veteran difficulty, the AI is still pretty dumb and anyone that’s ever-played Call of Duty online regularly won’t find any challenge whatsoever from this mode.
Alongside the Specialist HQ mode and “story”, Zombies make a return and comes with 3 different maps to enjoy from the very start, with each map focusing on a different location, setting, and even time period as well. All of the maps have their own secrets that are fun to explore and figure out, with their own challenges to match. For instance, there are new special zombies to fight, some of which are very tanky, some explode – like the Tigers – and others restrict how you can play in certain ways. There’s plenty of challenge and the maps are some of the best looking that the series has seen in a long time. Any fan of the Zombies game mode has more than enough to play around with this time.
Online has stayed pretty much exactly the same but has stuck to the boots-on-the-ground formula that players have been wanting for years. With the additions of Specialists again, players must choose from a selection of characters at the start of each match, with each one having access to a different piece of equipment, such as a recon dart that scans a small area of the map or sticky bombs, along with an ultimate skill as well. Fans of the series will be happy to know that the gameplay actually feels like it’s some of the best in years and makes playing online a breeze once you start to get used to it.
Just like with every game under the sun for 2018, Black Ops 4 has their own Battle Royale mode, known as Blackout. Similarly, to many others in the genre, you jump down onto a large, expansive map with 100-other players, find loot to keep yourself alive, and survive to be the last player alive. Blackout doesn’t actually change much in the genre and was clearly designed to take advantage of the popularity of the genre but is still relatively enjoyable. By any chance you’re a fan of the genre, you’re going to enjoy what Blackout has to offer, but if you’ve never cared for Battle Royale, it’s just going to be a wasted game mode to you.
Overall, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does have some issues and while the small bits of story they do feed you is quite interesting, the lack of any campaign is really unfortunate. Specialists HQ is unfortunately quite boring, and Blackout is only really going to appeal to people that want more Battle Royale, but the online is some of the best we’ve seen in quite some time. Not to mention just how strong the Zombies game mode is this time around. By any chance you can look past the lacking single-player content, there’s more than enough for the average player to sink their teeth into for hours on end.
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Summary Overall, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does have some issues and while the small bits of story they do feed you is quite interesting, the lack of any campaign is really unfortunate. Specialists HQ is unfortunately quite boring, and Blackout is only really going to appeal to people that want more Battle Royale, but the online is some of the best we’ve seen in quite some time. Not to mention just how strong the Zombies game mode is this time around. By any chance you can look past the lacking single-player content, there’s more than enough for the average player to sink their teeth into for hours on end.