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  • Summary: Black Ops returns - in your face. Featuring gritty, grounded, fluid Multiplayer combat, a massive Zombies offering with 3 full undead adventures at launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in one huge battle royale experience featuring the largest map in Call ofBlack Ops returns - in your face. Featuring gritty, grounded, fluid Multiplayer combat, a massive Zombies offering with 3 full undead adventures at launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in one huge battle royale experience featuring the largest map in Call of Duty history, signature Black Ops combat, characters, locations and weapons from the entire Black Ops series. Soldier up for all-out combat – tailor made for the Black Ops community. [Treyarch] Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    100
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has proven to all players, that it doesn´t need Hollywood faces in the story to attract players, because it’s completely fine with its online entertainment. Call of Duty is definitely going to stay with us for a couple more weeks. [Issue#290]
  2. Oct 18, 2018
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Oct 25, 2018
    88
    Although controversial, the decision to swap the single-player campaign for a popular and alien game mode shows a complete evolution in the franchise as it consolidates as one of the freshest installments in the series. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has the real potential to make jaded veterans return to a game that feels different, fair and requires skill and, at the same time, is supported by two gigantic modes that are addictive and fun to play.
  4. Oct 13, 2018
    80
    Black Ops 4 feels like one of the strongest Call of Duty entries to come along in years. Despite not having a solo campaign or some of the past games' more bombastic mechanics, Treyarch has proved the adage that "less is more." And this game's "less" is good enough to keep me waiting around for "more."
  5. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 21, 2018
    80
    Absence of story campaign aside, Black Ops 4 managed to keep the traditional gameplay of the series as well as venture into the uncharted territories of Battle Royale genre – with a reasonable amount of success. [Issue#234, p.44]
  6. Oct 23, 2018
    80
    The game is highly optimized for performance, with the exception of the low 20Hz tick rate.
  7. 60
    Black Ops 4 combines all the elements of pop culture in gaming and the ease of access the franchise has always offered into one of the best Call of Duty games to come out in recent time. However, the AAA asking price for a minimized full title is slightly unnerving, as the game cannot and does not offer a full experience.

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  1. Positive: 33 out of 201
  1. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    Let me start off by saying I haven’t liked a Call of Duty since Black Ops 1. This one is fantastic. The multiplayer maps are really balancedLet me start off by saying I haven’t liked a Call of Duty since Black Ops 1. This one is fantastic. The multiplayer maps are really balanced and blackout is the best battle royale out there right now. In fact it’s the first battle royale I’ve actually enjoyed. The lack of single player was a little disappointing but you can tell the development team really made up for it by focusing on the expanded zombies mode and battle royale. Also would like to say it runs great on PC. I’m using a GTX 980 which is a couple years old and I’m getting a steady frame rate above 80 fps at all times. Would highly recommend this. Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2018
    8
    possible the best cod since black ops 1 it has its downfalls as no campaign and battle royal is pubg re branded. Its basically all the bestpossible the best cod since black ops 1 it has its downfalls as no campaign and battle royal is pubg re branded. Its basically all the best maps remastered and it works good apart from the glitch where it freezes occasionally. The graphics are amazing provided you have a top end gpu. the zombies are fun as ever on the titanic or the Colosseum. this time round we can have bots in the zombie if you want a solo match with intelligent ai. think it would of benefited from a campaign instead of battle royal (pubg) which is already dying off in popularity. on the fence about useing battle net instead of steam as how do i report a game play issue Expand
  3. Oct 22, 2018
    4
    This is my first time playing CoD. Having heard positive opinions from streamers and watched some of them play, I figured I might give theThis is my first time playing CoD. Having heard positive opinions from streamers and watched some of them play, I figured I might give the game a try. I have very limited experience in online FPS shooters, so I was curious how well does the game play and if I will I be able to compete. I spent a dozen hours playing the game's different modes.

    First of all, there is no single player, like most people have noted. That means your experience in this game will be limited to playing with and against others. I was OK with that, but in such situations I expect excellence in how the game does its multiplayer. Sadly, the game fails miserably.

    As a new player I was hoping to be eased into the game, play with others my or similar level, and get adequate training against bots, etc. None of this happened.
    The first few games were OK - I expected to under-perform, but as I got more and more into the game's mechanics, I realized how unpolished the entire experience is. Guns and characters are unbalanced, plain and simple. Some simply mow down enemies almost regardless of how far away they are, while some are useless and pretty terrible. It would be OK if I could get all the guns and mods immediately, but as lvl1, you have access to only a basic set of weapons. You just gotta play "like you have a pair" - as the game's commentator puts it, and get repeatedly mowed down by people 50 levels above you to start experimenting with other weapon setups. And while some of these people acquired some aim and tactical skill and will easily outplay you, some will just hold LMB and let ridiculous spray of their weapons take care of you without bothering to even follow you with their cross-hair. Also, some bullets round corners. Don't ask me how - I don't lag and the game runs smoothly on my hardware, so it defies reason.
    Also, don't get me started on stun grenades and explosives.

    The maps are OK if a bit dull. Most of them have very similar design so don't expect extreme variety.

    Character movements and animation are smooth and the game's controls are intuitive, albeit a bit more complex than what I'm used to.

    The UI is a bit of a mess.

    Music is ... there? I can't even remember, it feels so generic. Character voices are dull, sound design is weird. You can tell there is a lot of sound and they put effort into making it cool, but the end-result is a cacophony of poor post-production, as if they wanted to stuff it all in no matter what.

    And the training area for different characters, which doubles as a simple story is laughable at best, and insulting for the most part. The narrator really tries to be funny, ends up being cheesy and dry. The "story" itself is uninteresting and simplistic. They put a lot of effort into displaying vivid, mildly upsetting violence, and not enough into actually putting narrative meat on it.

    I liked how complex the zombies mode could be but by the time I got to it, I was fed up with the entire experience.

    I will not debate the game's price - it's a AAA game and you get a few modes, maps, and toys for that. It is unacceptable for me though, that for a game focusing only on multiplayer, it does it so poorly. It's simply not enjoyable.
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  4. Oct 24, 2018
    1
    Wow! I normally enjoyed the single player game, but this time it is only only. So, did they delivery an online experience that makes up forWow! I normally enjoyed the single player game, but this time it is only only. So, did they delivery an online experience that makes up for it? I don't think so. The online market is already somewhat crowded with great games like Fortnite and PUBG. While I was hoping to be wrong, I don't see CoD adding anything new to compete with these games. It is basically just a very basic online shooter aimed at pulling over players from the market leaders mentioned above. But it miserably fails at that and I found myself going back to Fortnite after just a few hours.
    Overall, I regret buying it and it is safe to say that this will be my last CoD unless single player campaigns make a return.
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  5. Nov 24, 2018
    0
    Very high ping(play in many online shooters but high ping only in destiny2 and cod4). Very very VERY many cheats shamed users. Tons ofVery high ping(play in many online shooters but high ping only in destiny2 and cod4). Very very VERY many cheats shamed users. Tons of cheaters, hackers autists. So many cheatrs i see only in destiny 2 and cod4. Anticheat dont work. Piece of **** Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2018
    0
    Es una pena en lo que se ha convertido Call of Duty. No poner un modo historia formal apostando solo por el multijugador online que antes eraEs una pena en lo que se ha convertido Call of Duty. No poner un modo historia formal apostando solo por el multijugador online que antes era un complemento en el título de cada año. Solo le venden al público que ya tiene posicionado su producto. Sus ventas se deben a que copió el modo battle royal.

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    It's a shame what Call of Duty has become. Do not put a formal story mode betting only on the online multiplayer that was previously a complement in the title of each year. They only sell to the public that has already positioned their product. His sales are because he copied the battle royal mode.
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  7. Oct 12, 2018
    0
    No splitscreen support/ "Not a console port" my ass. 0/10 unplayable without splitscreen. Will change review and buy game again if patched.

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