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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review – Zombies, Zombies and More Zombies

The newest addition to the Call of duty family: Black ops 4, ditches it's classic COD campaign in favour of a brutal battle royal in 3 different modes. And guess what? No one cares!

Treyarch are Marking Their Territory

For years, the Call of Duty franchise has reveled in it’s critical and cultural acclaim for it’s effort in the competitive multiplayer scene. End of the day, who played Quake III Arena for it’s campaign? Not to worry though, for the prestige over 9,000 CoD fans, the renowned classic multiplayer options remain for Treyarch’s outing with the franchise.

Naturally jumping right into the vanilla multiplayer mode, Treyarch have really gone to town on the range of options players may wish to include whilst building their class. This becomes an addictive grind that melts the hours away, keeping players coming back for more weapon add-ons and rankings.

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Although for this reviewer, the map design in Black Ops 4 became disappointingly old, and fast. In part, one feels as though they are the wrong shape almost with an odd layout. For example, spawn points are easily spotted to the slightly weathered player. This makes for some great cannon fodder but also takes the Call of Duty franchise back to it’s unbalanced online play from around a decade ago.

Carpet Bomb Those Flaws!

Graphically, Black Ops 4 claws back the positive angle it needs in an attempt to blanket its design flaws. Amazing textures and life like surroundings really give the game a realistic feeling and a certain depth of immersion.

The multiplayer still has all of its classic game modes as previously mentioned, however huge technical glitches are really messing with game play. Menu freezes / error codes, in – game geometry glitches and a matchmaking lobby that would be better served as a Tinder for binary, this reviewer was expecting a lot more from a well established franchise and studio at launch. All being said, it’s all patch able fingers crossed. We will be watching you closely, Treyarch!

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The blackout online mode is the franchises answer to the rising and massively popular Battle Royale genre, fusing the new mode with classic Call of Duty maps is FPS magic.  Perks, gear pickups and unlocks are really rounding the whole mode off even with the technical issues as mentioned earlier. Honestly? its not stopped this reviewer loving this mode one bit.

ZOMBIES!

Honestly, this reviewer was so excited to see what was next for zombies. One was not disappointed with an initial offering of 3 beefed up with maps to start with great themes running thought-out. The single player zombie mode has been tuned up to work much more efficiently making the one player much more enjoyable! The missions are a bit tricky to figure out at first but well worth the digging. Graphically, Zombies mode never overtakes the main multiplayer modes of Black Ops 4 however come close on various occasions. It’s just great to have friends round for come 4 player split screen, even through the frame rate crawls at 4 player! Still looks awesome when a zombies head explodes all being said!

Quirky speech from the characters is like music to my ears! With the odd sarcastic comment chucked in, mixed with zombies snarling. One could not ask for a better soundtrack to kill zombies to!

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Verdict :

Graphics and presentation: 3

Sound: 4

Gameplay: 3.9

Overall score: 3.6 / 5.0

All in all, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is an amazing first person shooter. The lack of a campaign mode does not hinder this title at all. The glitches and match-making issues should not exist in such a AAA title, but Black Ops 4 overall charm and cheek helps players to look past the launch issues. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a brilliant game keeping players coming back for more. But seriously, it’s all about Zombies. End of.

Formats: Xbox One X (Reviewed), PlayStation 4 and PC
Price: £59.99 (Microsoft Store)
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch

Release Date: 12/10/2018
PEGI Rating: 18

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