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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: 67 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Oct 16, 2018
    100
    It is mechanics that glue Black Ops 4 together, then, rather than any particular theme, which helps each component drill down into what its good at. The competitive multiplayer can afford to be break-neck at all times, because you can happily nick off and play the more languid, tense and tactical Blackout.
  2. Oct 11, 2018
    90
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a pleasant surprise. While it’s lacking in any major offering for those wanting a campaign to play through, everything else is refined and iterated on in meaningful ways. Blackout is a blast, traditional multiplayer is as good as it’s been in years, and Zombies is insanity in all the right ways. Minor concerns aside, this is the best Call of Duty package I’ve played in a long, long time, and think the trade off of a campaign for Blackout — something I was more than surprised by — has been well worth it.
  3. Oct 16, 2018
    90
    If you’re a fan of Call of Duty multiplayer offerings - boy howdy do Treyarch have an instalment for you. But, if you’re in it for the single player, you’re going to be severely disappointed – though hopefully that’s not a surprise, considering we’ve known there would be no campaign for five months. The combination of Multiplayer, Zombies and the brilliant new Battle Royale mode Blackout, offer a multiplayer feast. A smorgasbord of experiences which makes it feel like a package which will remain interesting, fun and exciting far beyond the release of the next annual COD instalment.
  4. Oct 15, 2018
    85
    Call of Duty games deliver exactly what is expected, but Treyarch did make some interesting changes in the multiplayer mode. The battle royale-mode is an awesome addition to this fresh Call of Duty.
  5. Oct 16, 2018
    84
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a grand old time. Just don't expect anything too out of the ordinary.
  6. Oct 17, 2018
    80
    It may not tear anyone completely away from Overwatch or Fortnite, but it offers a tactically rich alternative for players who want something with more grit, naturalism and sweaty peril. It is perhaps strange, perhaps even guilt-inducing, to take such pleasure from a game that wears its gung-ho military fetishism as a badge of honour, but as it stands this is the most enjoyable Call of Duty game for several years.
  7. Oct 18, 2018
    70
    A lack of cohesion hurts Black Ops 4. Playing through every mode is rewarding in its own right, but it doesn’t feel like you’re working toward anything in the long run. Unlocking skins and parts in multiplayer has no effect on the other modes. Blackout only dishes out rewards to the most skilled players who can pull off a victory. And Zombies is full of so many extraneous options that only hardcore fans will get invested in.

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  1. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    Wow!!! I didn’t think they were able to pull it off but black ops 4 proves that cod can still provide the action and gritty war game that fansWow!!! I didn’t think they were able to pull it off but black ops 4 proves that cod can still provide the action and gritty war game that fans want. Blackout is on a whole new level and great addition to the game multiplayer comes back and is still great, and the zombies is fun and challenging like we’ve never seen before. I can’t say this is the best cod game to come out recently but that doesn’t mean anything to the fact that it is great!! Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    wow amazing wow amazing wow amazing wow amazing wow amazing wow amazing wow amazing
  3. Oct 15, 2018
    9
    Interesting how everybody complains about the lack of SP, yet last one had what? Like 15% or people playing the game finished it? Its onlyInteresting how everybody complains about the lack of SP, yet last one had what? Like 15% or people playing the game finished it? Its only logical to ditch the single player, who plays CoD because of SP?

    I gave PUBG about a year to polish the game (controls and mechanics wise), basically what i was expecting was delivered in Blackout in beta version. Like it or not, CoD has got the best shooting mechanics out there (at least for me).

    MP is fun, showing kdr instead of kills and deaths is interesting twist. Graphics are smooth and

    Overall i like the game and i think i will stick with it for atleast couple months.

    Graphics are good and the game runs smoothly, thats alli ask for.
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  4. Oct 12, 2018
    5
    One big bag of suck more like a full priced add-on for Black-Ops 3.No Campaign just Battle Royale to extract wads of cash from a young playerOne big bag of suck more like a full priced add-on for Black-Ops 3.No Campaign just Battle Royale to extract wads of cash from a young player base, to which the Industry is sadly moving towards.

    Maybe time to hang my joypad up and quit.....
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  5. Oct 24, 2018
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is the first CoD title I have purchased in at least five years and likely the last unless major improvements are made as there are a few elements in each mode which make them very frustrating to play. I primarily purchased this due to the Blackout mode so I will start there.

    In blackout you have only one life and a single fight can negate 20+ minutes worth of work and game play, this is the essence of any battle royale mode. The major issue with this mode is that they have not made the necessary adjustments to the equipment as it play extremely different than the normal multiplayer mode. The main culprit in this is the 9 bang grenade. If you are hit with one of these you are completely blind for multiple seconds. This works great in a game mode where you die and just respawn seconds later but a single item with a large area of effect that can essentially ensure your death has absolutely no place in a battle royale genre.

    Next we have multiplayer which, if you like regular CoD multiplayer, it may be okay for many players. The issue I have here is that sniper rifle, which are easier to hit with than in many other shooters, are an instant kill regardless of where you hit someone. In a game where the maps were all oddly designed to have many large hallways it leaves little room for other play styles and creates a frustrating gaming experience. Additionally, there is rampant hacking on the PC. It is not fun for anyone, except maybe the hacker, when an enemy is continuously jumping through the doorway, doing an instant 180 to an enemy player and landing 4 quick head shots before the player with the positional advantage can even react.

    The saving grace of this game for me is the Zombies mode but it does not come without its own issues. I love the idea that there are objectives available for each map to advance the story within each round and that getting through the entire story would take a mix of practice, memorization, and good gun play. The part that kind of ruins it, at least on the map I have had the time to delve into fairly deeply, is the addition of RNG and cheap mechanics to try and artificially increase the difficulty. I am referencing the finding the skull objective on IX. Why would you make an objective where, even if you know where the item you need can spawn and you are looking directly at it, the item is so difficult to see that you can still possibly miss it? This portion does not feel rewarding and just feels like a cheap way to "increase the difficulty" without actually putting any work into it. Everything else outside of that which I have experienced on that map feels difficult but doable but that is too much luck put into a task when you need to be nearly perfect to get through all the objectives, at least in two players.

    All in all there is a lot of room for improvement in all aspects of this game and I completely regret purchasing this game in its current state. Here is to hoping the developers listen to community feedback and improve this game so it is at least and enjoyable gaming experience for the majority.
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  6. Nov 3, 2018
    0
    No campaign = no worth to play. I don't know why people are still buying this game. It's the same over every year. This developer reallyNo campaign = no worth to play. I don't know why people are still buying this game. It's the same over every year. This developer really sucks. It doesn't deserve any respect. Expand
  7. Oct 12, 2018
    0
    So overrated. Why so much hype? For the desync or lag? Or the floaty feel of it? Are these reviewers and twitch streamers paid to play this trash?

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