Black Ops 4 Review

Call of Duty Black Ops 4

 

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 has been recently released by Activision and Treyarch and we were given the opportunity to test drive. The title is available on PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, and PC as of October 12. Given the fact that I am a strong campaign player and have usually completely run through it before launching multiplayer, this title having no campaign mode made me a little edgy at first. Then I put some time in…

 

First of all, “Boots On Ground”, and the angels rejoice! Yes, although there is a place for boost-jumping in some games, I was happy to see Black Ops 4 arrive in a state of reality. I like my in-game action to be as true to life as possible, but of course staying within the fact that it is a game. I personally play this title on a Scorpio edition Xbox One X and it is every bit as beautiful as I expected it would be and then some. You have three options including multiplayer, Blackout (battle royals style) and zombies with different modes to choose from. The ability to rock a game solo or hit the ground running with friends in whichever mode you choose. Take a look at all the game editions to choose from below, decide which will suit your needs, then see more below with our final thoughts.

 

AVAILABLE GAME EDITIONS

Standard and Digital Standard Edition

Digital Deluxe Edition

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Game
  • 2,400 Call of Duty Points**
  • Digital Bonus Items
    • Specialist Outfit for all Specialists
    • Sitting Bull Gesture
    • Calling Card, Emblem, Sticker and Tag inspired by the iconic Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4
  • Digital Deluxe Bonus Items
    • “Patriot” Signature Primary Weapon
    • Dia De Los Muertos Specialist Outfit Token
  • Black Ops Pass*, includes:
    • “Classified,” a bonus Zombies experience, available at launch
    • Four additional all-new Zombies experiences
    • 12 Multiplayer maps
    • Four exclusive Blackout characters

Pro Edition – SRP $119.99, includes:

    • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Game
    • 1,100 Call of Duty Points**
    • 1 Dia De Los Muertos Outfit
    • Black Ops Outfit for all Specialists
    • Sitting Bull Gesture
    • “Patriot” Signature Primary Weapon
    • Calling Card, Emblem, Sticker and Tag inspired by the iconic Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4
    • Black Ops Pass*, includes:
      • “Classified,” a bonus Zombies experience, available at launch
      • Four additional all-new Zombies experiences
      • 12 Multiplayer maps
      • Four exclusive Blackout characters

Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition – SRP $129.99, includes:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Game
  • 8,500 Call of Duty Points**
  • Digital Bonus Items
    • Specialist Outfit for all Specialists
    • Sitting Bull Gesture
    • Calling Card, Emblem, Sticker and Tag inspired by the iconic Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4
  • Digital Deluxe Bonus Items
    • “Patriot” Signature Primary Weapon
    • Dia De Los Muertos Specialist Outfit Token
    • “Classified,” a bonus Zombies experience, available at launch
    • Four additional all-new Zombies experiences
    • 12 Multiplayer maps
    • Four exclusive Blackout charactersBlack Ops Pass*, includes:

Mystery Box Collector’s Edition

      • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Game
      • 2,400 Call of Duty Points**
      • “Patriot” Signature Primary Weapon
      • Dia De Los Muertos Specialist Outfit Token
      • Black Ops outfit for all Specialists
      • Sitting Bull Gesture
      • Calling Card, Emblem, Sticker and Tag inspired by the iconic Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4
      • Four Exclusive Zombies Figpins
      • Exclusive Zombies Puzzle
      • Dark Horse Zombies Comic with Exclusive cover
      • Three Zombies lithographs
      • Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Pop Socket
      • Collectible Steelbook
      • 10 physical Specialist Icon patches
      • Black Ops Pass*, includes:
        • “Classified,” a bonus Zombies experience, available at launch
        • Four additional all-new Zombies experiences
        • 12 Multiplayer maps
        • Four exclusive Blackout characters

All versions of the game include the following at launch: Multiplayer with 14 maps, three new Zombies adventures, and the battle royale mode Blackout.

 

MULTIPLAYER

At launch, Black Ops 4 is equipped with 14 maps with each holding a mixed bag of tricks to keep your gameplay changing to meet it and your opponents actions. Jump right in the action with the available characters, which I think have added a little more fun and personalization to the game and as you rank-up, make them your own by customizing. Core multiplayer allows for play in: control, domination, free-for-all, hardpoint, heist, kill confirmed, search and destroy as well as team deathmatch. Hardcore mode options are; domination, kill confirmed, domination, search and destroy as well as team deathmatch. A few changes made within, are that in kill confirmed and team death match, you are six vs six with the ability to choose any operator instead of being stuck with what’s left. Picture this, play a strong game as one, or a teamed up and possibly stronger tactical game as more than one.

 

BLACKOUT

All Black Ops fans were aware of rumors that change was on the forefront. Modern shooters were taking a change in action and the way it comes about. That being said, I give you Blackout, or Black Ops 4 version of a battle royale. If I’m being completely honest and I’ve played them all, Blackout comes out on top as being my favorite. Not unlike other Call Of Duty titles, I think with time it will need a few minor tweaks and will become even better! Blackout drops you into your chosen footsteps via solo, duo, quads and even lan play, (split-screen) in a not-so-typical shrinking circle style shootout. I say, “not-so-typical”, because I feel the graphic quality and playability to be so much better than what some may consider its rivals. Start with 88 players in all but duo’s and dwindle down to hopefully being the winning person or team, pushing through buildings, fields, air, water and more. 

 

ZOMBIES

Ok, so if I’m to be completely honest here, zombies wasn’t one of my things since the beginning. I dabbled here and there with friends, but never really spent much time really playing this game mode. I will definitely invest some time in this game with Zombies as I’ve been told that if it’s your thing, then this one is fantastic! It’s not the fact that I dislike the game mode but more the fact that in the past I was so into playing the other features that I just really never got around to giving it ago. *Falls on own knife* I know! What I have read, is that being this is the 10th anniversary for Call of Duty Zombies, expect a bigger launch and more characters. The launch has 3 full Zombie experiences that I’m told will get your heart pounding…. Ok, so I need to give this a go right?

 

CONCLUSION

 

I won’t say that I wasn’t worried… The concept of having a Call of Duty be released without a campaign scared the hell out of me, to say the least. The time I have invested, I can say that, Blackout, it is currently my favorite battle royale style game on the market and can’t wait to see what further advances may come to it. Multiplayer really has taken me by surprise again with the addition of characters that I can mold into my own design through ranking up, or keep clean as they are. The game can be strongly played alone, but I love a great tactical one with friends and Black Ops 4 does a great job of complimenting character abilities with each other. Zombies, well, you know my current standing in that area, as mentioned earlier, but it’s catching my eye more and more with its gore and excitement. The pricing is in line with the way games and add-ons have been typically running and I’ve already purchased the Black Ops Pass for the usually great game additions. I would definitely not consider this installment under the Call of Duty umbrella to be at all typical. It has moved ahead with the times, increased its excitement and continues to prove itself worthy of forking out the cash for purchase. Do I personally think omitting the campaign was wrong? I’m a campaign lover but what I didn’t have, I won’t miss. Instead of complaining about it, I will enjoy what was released within the title. The one thing I consistently mention to anyone that brings up game costs. If you think of how many hours, days, weeks months and sometimes years invested playing a great title, the price is small considering the enjoyment had. Don’t forget to follow us below, especially on Mixer as in the near future we will be streaming more titles, such as this one. As always, for any further information and updates from Call of Duty, visit them at callofduty.com as well as check out their youtube channel by clicking here. Additionally, you should likely  follow @Treyarch and @CallofDuty on Twitter,Instagram and Facebook to stay in the know!

 

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however, I was provided a copy of the title to facilitate the review. Unless otherwise stated, all views and or experiences are always that of our own. #ad 
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