Friday, 26 October 2018 14:22

REVIEW: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Xbox One)

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Black Ops 4 is the latest installment from the Call of Duty franchise and the most ambitious first-person shooter we’ve seen to date from Treyarch.

The reason for this is, for the first time ever Black Ops 4 does away with its traditional campaign in favor of an all-new mode, Blackout, Treyarch’s take on battle royale. So what do I think about a Call of Duty game without a Single Player. To be honest, I don’t mind at all. Sure, with the exclusion of a campaign, players have been somewhat a little angry about it, but with Multiplayer, Zombies, and now Blackout, In my opinion Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is well worth the price tag.

Now, on saying that Treyarch has sort of replaced the story element with a series of tutorial missions that tie into the multiplayer lore and introduce you to the Specialists that you’ll use in the competitive multiplayer modes. These missions provide a little bit of a backstory as to who they are. To me this felt more like a tutorial giving you a feel for each of the specialists equipment and abilities.

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Let’s start with the Multiplayer. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s multiplayer portion might be the best the series has seen in a very long time. The specialists high-tech gadgets and abilities work together perfectly without sacrificing the gunplay that Call of Duty is well known for. So what makes Black Ops 4 different to each of the games before it? A few things in fact.

The biggest change has to be the healing system. You no longer heal from damage by just taking cover for a few seconds. Instead, now there is a button dedicated to healing yourself via an injection that recovers your health over a short time. Another change, something that Overwatch has been doing since the start, is counting assists as kills. These kills count towards your personal tally, which really does make you feel you’re doing your part even if you don’t get the last shot.

Something that does return is Treyarch’s good old Pick 10 system which lets you create your ideal class before hitting the battlefield. As for unlocking new attachments and gear, the rate at which you unlock new weapons and attachments feels great. It never feels too grindy and always feels like after a game or two you are unlocking something.

Black Ops 4 comes packed with all the normal games modes you’re use to seeing in a Call of Duty game, though there are a few new ones. One of those is the mode “Heist” which is a round-based multiplayer game type. This mode feels a little like Counter Strike. You start each round at a buy menu where you can spend your earning on better weapons and gear before heading back out. The ultimate goal is to either extract the bag of cash placed in the middle of each map, or to kill every member of the enemy team before they do.

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If you’ve had enough of Multiplayer for one day, why not dive into Zombies. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Zombies is an insane game mode with interlinked systems, strategies and goals that i’m sure will leave you very confused, but boy is it a lot of fun. This year’s installment focuses heavily on letting you play Zombies which ever way you want. The amount of content right out of the box in crazy.

There are three maps at launch available for everyone, and a fourth map called “Classified” that is available if you’re one that purchased the Black Ops pass. Treyarch introduces a brand-new narrative mode they are calling “Chaos Story” and is split into two parts, “XI” and “Voyage of Despair”. IX takes place in a gladiator arena in ancient Rome, and Voyage of Despair on the Titanic and you play as one of four new characters. The third map that comes with the game is “Blood of the Dead”, which is a Black Ops 2 remake that follows the Aether Story and features the original four characters from Treyarch’s classic Zombie storyline.

The beauty of Treyarch letting you play Zombies pretty much however you want which means you can select from Classic Zombies, their all-new Rush mode, or just coming up with your own custom Zombies rules. The classic gameplay also lets you choose between four different levels of difficulty; Casual, Normal, Hardcore or Realistic if you’re up for a challenge.

Also included in Zombies is the create-a-class system giving you plenty of choices to take on the undead. You can also choose and equip any four of the games 30 plus elixirs, these are temporary perks that work pretty much the same way as Gobblegums did in Black Ops 3. The main difference between elixirs and Gobblegums is you don't need to purchase these from machines around the map, instead you can choose any four elixirs as part of your loadout before starting a game.

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Last but not least, let's talk about Blackout, the game’s battle royale mode. I’m sure you’ve all played PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds so you all know how this game type works. In Blackout, after jumping out of a troop carrier helicopter you quickly glide to the ground in a wingsuit. Once you land, you’ll need to search buildings for weapons, gear and armor in order to survive.

Blackout has three different games types, Solo, Duo and Quads and consists of 88-100 players per game. I have to say, for me Blackout is perfect, it’s like PUBG and Call of Duty had a baby. As a bit of a fan service, Treyarch designed the map in a way that stitches together beloved franchise maps and locations from previous Black Ops games such as Nuketown, Firing Range and Raid just to name a few.

With Blackout’s excellent map design combined with Call of Duty’s superior controls, without a doubt blows the competition away in my opinion. Even the buildings have been thought out very well with plenty of windows and doors, giving players different strategies when it comes to making plays.

And it wouldn’t be a Treyarch game mode if it didn’t include a dose of Zombies. Each game of Blackout will have a number of locations that zombies will spawn at and protect. If you’re brave enough to take them on and clear them out, you might get a hit at some sweet loot from the mystery box.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 comes with three huge games all rolled into one package and brings some massive changes that the series desperately needed. Between the multiplayer, Blackout battle royale mode, and Zombies, players have more than enough to do making it worth your money 3 times over. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.8 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Treyarch, Beenox, Raven Software
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Genre: FPS, Multiplayer