‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ Revives the Franchise


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Anthony Baamonde, Staff Writer

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” was released on Oct. 12, 2018 for Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4. This game is fourth installment of the “Black Ops” series and fifteenth in the “Call of Duty” franchise. This is also the first “Call of Duty” without a single player campaign.

On the PS4 Pro, the graphics are beautifully smooth and realistic. It’s one of most visually appealing “Call of Duty” games. As for the gameplay, its spectacular and the controls feel fluid and realistic.

Since “Black Ops 4” doesn’t have a single player mode, the game is broken up into three online modes. There is a typical multiplayer mode, where you collaborate with random players in games like Team Death Match, Hard Point and Free-For-All.

“Black Out” is the first time “Call of Duty” uses the Battle Royale feature and it’s very enjoyable. After playing about four or five games, it was still entertaining, even if you don’t make it past the top 50. Even for players who aren’t huge fans of the Battle Royale style due to their distaste for “Fortnite,” Call of Duty makes these feature really engaging and it’s something they should have done years ago.

Zombies make a return in the new game mode, “Black Out,” as a Battle Royale feature, similar “Fortnite.” Zombies got an overhaul. The zombies in this game are more alien like and it’s fascinating. For a more historical approach, the map is set on the RMS Titanic, setting this game apart from the rest.

Multiplayer is definitely the biggest change to the “Call of Duty” franchise. Instead of having a few military branches to choose from, you now have different characters with special skills. Each character is tuned to how you play. If you play lone wolf style, you would be apt to chose “Nomad.” His special weapons are attack dogs mesh mines, which are laser connected trip mines.

As previously stated, the game doesn’t have a single player feature, so the multiplayer maps are harder to navigate around the first few games. Once you get the hang of the maps and determine your character, you’ll have a lot of fun with it. None of the locations feel stale or fall flat.

Just like any of the “Call of Duty” games, you level up the more you play. The weapons you receive are great, making what was available in “WW2” from last year look subpar. These weapons are modern, giving a whole new dynamic to how you take down your enemies. Wildcards also returned, which give you more attachments or perks to each load out you carry.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is breath of fresh air. For a while, it seemed as if “Call of Duty” was losing fans. Fans claimed that installments like “Infinite Warfare” and “WW2,” gave the game no life and felt dull. “Black Ops 4” is different and that’s what makes it so great. It’s not the same old format that we saw three or four years ago. It feels like “Call of Duty” has a new identity and it has doubtlessly paid off.