Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Review (PlayStation 4)

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Review (PlayStation 4)

Nothing is ever as it seems, as Raven Software brings a gripping single-player Campaign where players will come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, as they battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters, and more.

Pros:

  • Awesome graphics.
  • 100.4GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy and additional content trophy list for Onslaught with 3 trophies.
  • FPS gameplay.
  • Mouse and keyboard support.
  • HDR support.
  • Graphics-safe area bounds, Colourblind, a field of view slider, split-screen horizontal/vertical, ADS field of view, and motion blur.
  • Controller-Invert axis, sensitivity sliders, 11 controller layouts, ADS sensitivity sliders, swap shoulder buttons, 4 stick layouts, aim assist, and manual/automatic mantle.
  • Eight audio presets.
  • Crosshairs and hit markers-on or off.
  • Hud- (can turn off or on) damage numbers, player names, compass, health bars, zombie names, in-game alerts, and input device icons.
  • Crossplay support can be turned on or off.
  • Cloud save support.
  • Graphic content-on/off.
  • Shows connection details.
  • File management-manage what DLC to install/reinstall.
  • Uses your Activision login details for online.
  • Four games modes-campaign, multiplayer, warzone, and zombies.
  • Bot match support–can play against Ai and set difficulty, maps and modes but you don’t earn exp or unlocks.
  • Mp-eight modes-team deathmatch, hardpoint, domination, kill confirmed, VIP escort, control, free for all, and search and destroy.
  • Hardcore mp-five modes-team deathmatch, domination, kill confirmed, free for all and search and destroy.
  • Mute all players option.
  • Challenges-list of actions to do in-game and what rewards along with a progression bar.
  • Best play of the game at the end.
  • Loadouts-you get 3 initially then a further 2 and then create a class.
  • Gunsmith for customizing your gun.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Handy tutorial splash screen on every mode, option, or menu.
  • Pre-level flyover and you pick loadout as it’s loading.
  • Dirty Bomb game mode-10 teams of four where you earn score for killing, detonating dirty bombs, and depositing Uranium which can be found in boxes and taken off players. You can respawn on teammates (respawn cool down and if squad wipe the cooldown is longer) plays like a mini battle Royale with respawns and you down enemies and can Revive teammates.
  • Operators-two factions: Nato and Warsaw Pact. Unlock new operators by doing set challenges.
  • Wild card-used in your loadout to change how it works like have more ammo or the ability to have more attachments.
  • Guns, perks, wildcards, killstreaks all get unlocked as you level up.
  • Killstreaks don’t reset upon death.
  • Loadout-(default) is main, secondary, tactical, lethal, 3 perks, wild card, and field upgrade (items like proximity mines and Sam turrets that all have a cooldown timer).
  • Everything will show the level or requirements needed to unlock the said item.
  • Ten custom loadout slots with an additional 2 bonus slots. So 12 custom loadout slots.
  • Can ping items and locations.
  • Satisfying exp pop-ups as you kill including any killstreaks you have going.
  • Full stats screen.
  • Player identity-clan tag, calling card, and emblem. (unlock new ones from challenges)
  • Medals showcase including a counter of how many times you have earned them.
  • Music player- choose where it plays, track order, playlist, and even custom where you can turn songs off and on.
  • Online leaderboards for each mode of multiplayer, a separate zombies leaderboard, and a leaderboard for hardcore.
  • Progression will show what you get for each rank.
  • Players in a lobby will show what platform they are playing on.
  • Earn rewards from playing the campaign.
  • Still some of the best shooting in the business.
  • Theater-rewatch and save game replays.
  • Has trophies for campaign, multiplayer, and Zombies.
  • Feels familiar.
  • Kill cam which can be skipped.
  • Splitscreen support.
  • Custom games-set the map, mode, rules and add any bots/players.
  • The campaign has 3 save slots.
  • Campaign-5 difficulties: recruit, regular, hardened, veteran, and realism.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Review (PlayStation 4)

Cons:

  • Uses the old Warzone install and the game doesn’t grab it if you don’t already have it.
  • So much disk space.
  • Quite a high time to kill.
  • Had the game hang on loading screens a few times especially when using theater mode.
  • Dirty Bomb is a lot to take in.
  • A dirty bomb is an assault on your eyes with icons and explosions and death everywhere.
  • Revive prompt needs to be quite exact.
  • When the game freezes you have to restart.
  • A small initial amount of maps.
  • Entering Warzone shuts down Cold War and boots up Warzone.
  • In games like domination, the announcer saying what point has been taken gets old fast as it’s constant.
  • Inconsistent lobbies.
  • Not the ideal trophy list for gamers who don’t like multiplayer and/or Zombies.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Review (PlayStation 4)

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

Call of duty is back! This year we have an all-new cast of characters and gadgets to play with but the gameplay remains as solid as it has ever been. The campaign is as bombastic and crazy as it is a spectacle of an action blockbuster, trading in-depth character development for explosions and swearing. The multiplayer has multiple modes including a dirty bomb which is a 40 player (teams of 4) battle Royale-style mode with respawning where you must deposit material into a dirty bomb to score. It’s Battle Royale like in its execution and deployment and is all set within a really awesome looking forest setting. Outside of that, the next biggest mode is a mosh pit with 24 players, and its a mix of domination and control, then you get your staple modes like CTF, deathmatch, and free for all. To be honest, the map choices are varied and for the smaller maps are adequate but go big and you get like 3 or 4 maps and it soon wears thin. That for me is the biggest drawback at the moment, the game feels like it’s a few months away from release. It has the gunplay down but lacks maps lacks loadout choice lacks little things like the tactical watch or anything cool like that. Call of duty black ops cold War is a great binge shooter but it doesn’t have the legs at the moment to sustain and for casuals that means you are on a timer of enjoyment as with every hour passing the others are gaining the valuable map knowledge which will, unfortunately, come back to bite you in the ass, I digress, it’s a fine shooter in its execution and the campaign is brilliant but it needs more content and gadgets as at the moment it doesn’t really set itself apart from previous years there’s no “that’s a Cold War thing” type moments. Overall it’s a good start but needs more content being bought in.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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