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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: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 15, 2018
    100
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a game that looks at the entire first-person shooter genre, past and present, takes all the best ideas, and assembles them into what feels like the easiest to recommend shooter I have ever played. The only caveat to that recommendation is that some gamers will find themselves absolutely ignoring two thirds of what the game has to offer, and that makes me wonder if a different model of monetization would have been better suited for what feels like a collection of three different games.
  2. Oct 20, 2018
    91
    Even if lacking the the trademark narrative pillar of the series, CoD: Black Ops 4 manages to deliver an impressive and content-filled package with a more tactical and grounded multiplayer, a way improved and rich Zombie mode and probably the best - and definitely the most polished - Battle Royale mode available today.
  3. Oct 21, 2018
    90
    Call of Duty Black Ops 4 is one of the best multiplayer shooters of the year. Its new proposal and the Battle Royale mode make it a must of this generation.
  4. Oct 14, 2018
    88
    In pruning the campaign from its suite of modes, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has discovered a renewed focus on the nuts and bolts of what most players demand from Activision's undying shooter series. Blackout is a superb addition, in which Treyarch improves upon the battle royale formula, ensuring the gamble in losing single-player ultimately pays off.
  5. Oct 16, 2018
    85
    With three strong and well-designed online experiences, Black Ops 4 is a fantastic and addictive experience for young players. Its own Battle Royale called Black Out turns out to be better than people expected and could establish a new direction for this popular genre. A must-play for Call of Duty long time fans.
  6. Oct 30, 2018
    80
    Deprived of its usual solo campaign, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 looks more like a patchwork than a whole, tight experience. Nonetheless, its multiple game modes, among which the first AAA Battle Royale, have enough to offer.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Dec 18, 2018
    60
    Tired and lacking ideas, this is the most disappointing CoD in years that follows, not leads. [Christmas 2018, p.72]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 76
  2. Negative: 29 out of 76
  1. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    Buy this call of duty, it's the best since 2009 and that's saying something, ignore the haters just because they could be bad at the game.
  2. Nov 18, 2018
    10
    Blackout is very good if you're into battle royale. Multiplayer is your standard multiplayer experience. Zombies is where this game excels, asBlackout is very good if you're into battle royale. Multiplayer is your standard multiplayer experience. Zombies is where this game excels, as per any Treyarch title. (I only give games 0,5 or 10) Expand
  3. Oct 16, 2018
    9
    I'm gonna keep as this simple as possible. First , I wanted to dislike this game I really did. Lets be real, Treyarch has been going down theI'm gonna keep as this simple as possible. First , I wanted to dislike this game I really did. Lets be real, Treyarch has been going down the money hole for a long time and I HATE when companies do this. IE Bungie. I figured this would be a slightly revamped version of BO3. In some ways yes it is, there are a few character crossovers and yes there are some specialty items that make a return. Yes the weapons are a little boring after awhile but the amount of new material and things you can do VASTLY outweighs these issues and I quickly found myself overlooking them entirely.

    First off the sheer amount of new multiplayer game modes can keep a standard gamer involved and entertained for months on end. The gun play is solid and very fun, definitely has some updates to movement and play but most average players wont notice the difference. The maps are interesting and breath life into each game. Old maps are offered along the way with the new giving you a dose of nostalgia here and there. The big question was will the new health bar be annoying and to me its not at all. its actually a breath of fresh air.. Its nice after dueling it out with another player and taking heavy damage to know exactly where your health stands and can quickly mend yourself for the next row instead of simply laying down and waiting the red flinch to recede. The slide is available when running but no more bounding around through the air and off walls which was also nice to get rid of.

    Blackout.... pretty much the sum version of PUBG I was always hoping for. The map looks pretty good. Environment detail is "slightly" rough but over all design is great and allows for varied engagements. Bullet dynamics is also spot on. I mean I felt like a real marine sniper taking pop shots at a target 700 yards away and trying to take calculate bullet drop like a pro. Weapons again get kinda old but I am sure this will be mended in the future. Vehicles are pretty simple to drive and helicopters offer a new exciting way to get around the map. Overall Blackout is a blast but made even better with friends.

    As far as Zombies goes i haven't played a lot of it. The times I have played its been way more fun than expected. Lots of changes fun and intriguing maps. if you love run and gun games go ahead and do yourself a favor and pick this up
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  4. Oct 26, 2018
    6
    The last Call of Duty I bought was Infinite Warfare which ended having a surprisingly decent campain, unfortunately in Black Ops 4 you wontThe last Call of Duty I bought was Infinite Warfare which ended having a surprisingly decent campain, unfortunately in Black Ops 4 you wont find a surprisingly decent campain but a Battle Royale mode called Blackout. When I first heard that they were doing a Battle Royale mode my reaction was "What the **** are you doing!" After playing it for about a week I enjoyed it more than i thought i would but the graphics are **** I unsderstand why they did this but why can't they update their ****ing engine, especialy since they make so much money every year? Anyway the multiplayer mode is in my opinion my favorite out of the three modes. Call of Duty finally requires some actual skill with the healing mechanic and the whole tacticle gameplay instead of running around a small map with your head cut off, shooting everything around you. Next is the Zombies mode and honestly I'm not impressed at all, im sick of Call of Duty Zombies since every game in this franchise has it, so I really bother playing more than 12 rounds on each map. Overall the game is better than i thought it would be but most of my problems with this game have to do Activision themselves and how basically locked 25% of the game behind a $50 Black Ops Pass. When will Activision stop being so ****ing greedy? Expand
  5. Oct 12, 2018
    4
    Extremely lackluster, Black Ops 4 promised to be more than your average multiplayer experience however aside from a battle royale modeExtremely lackluster, Black Ops 4 promised to be more than your average multiplayer experience however aside from a battle royale mode casually thrown in to appeal to PUBG and Fornite audiences there isn't all that much extra on offer to justify Black Ops 4's price tag.

    Specialist HQ:
    Specialist HQ replaces story mode in Black ops 4 and is inspired heavily by Rainbow Six Siege's Situations mode. The mode encompasses 10 missions one for each specialist and serves as a tutorial mission. After each mission the player is awarded a star and a piece of cut-scene that when put together serves as the games "story". i use the term "story" very loosely as the cut-scenes lack context, make no sense and only confuse even the most intelligent of players. The only positive from this mode is the narration by SGT Frank Woods, voiced By James C. Burns, who maintains his trademark humor

    Zombies
    Zombies is back and as complicated as ever. I feel like i'm the only person sometimes who misses classic zombies. The thrill of running around, chugging perk sodas and mowing down zombies with pack-a-punched weapons. In a sense Black Ops 4 still does contain these elements, however, with class systems and an over-reliance on Easter eggs over survival, zombies continues its downward spiral into mediocrity with great maps being devalued by unneeded mechanics.

    Blackout
    The main draw of Black ops 4 is its unoriginal battle royale mode. Implemented solely to cash in on what is the current fad in gaming. Blackout is exactly what you would expect from a battle royale game. Dropped into battle with nothing more than your clothes, you collect gear and kill every other player until you or your team are left victorious. For those who are attracted to battle royale modes, you will likely have a great deal of fun. However if you hate battle royale of don't care much for it like me, you'll find that BO4 does little to change your outlook. The map itself is okay and aside from some baron areas and the noticeable decline in graphics, the game mode does run pretty well. I find myself placing in the top 5 on a frequent basis however while the mode is for the most part is smooth, i find myself having little fun with the mode itself.

    Multiplayer
    Black Ops 2 will be forever in my heart as the time the franchise peaked with its multiplayer. Every other game in the franchise has tried to "innovate" in some way or another and failed to reach the same heights as BO2. Whether it be Ghost's significantly decreasing the time to kill or Advanced Warfare adding jump packs or BO3 adding wall running and classes there has been a need to innovate the series regardless of whether or not its the right direction or not. Black ops 4 strips most of these "innovations" keeping only classes, a shorter time to kill, and the health bar system from WW2. Classes are for the most part unbalanced and limit player class customization, though restricting the players throw-ables and specialist abilities to 1 option per class. This means that while some characters will be able to hold a cluster sticky bomb others will only be able to hold a flashbang. The shorter time to kill is also a pain in the ass and throws skill out the window in exchange for who has the itchiest trigger finger. The health system is also completely redundant. As the player has to manually recharge their health by pressing button on their controller, this takes the player out of the action for half a second as their health goes back up. While this system would make more sense if health recharges were limited, a complete lack of limitation of how many times you can heal yourself in a single life makes the entire mechanic ridiculous as you have to remember after each encounter to press a button to recharge your health. The maps featured in Black ops 4 are also pretty average for a COD game and feature the typical three lanes of death: one path on the right, one of the left and one in the middle. Games end up playing extremely similar to one another and are pretty lackluster.

    As a fully priced game there is little to justify the heavy price tag. There is a distinct lack of content, that blackout and zombies fails to account for and the entire experience feels half done. Sure there are three zombies maps in the base game, but BO1 achieved that feat aswell and that had a campaign!. Now, I won't bring up Campaign anymore, because Treyach has been vocal in this not being one of the games features and its only fair to critique what is in the actual game. But in the being said the game is a bare bones experiences, if you like killing things to no end, you'll like Black Ops 4, however if you like a bit of depth to your game and some story, you probably won't like Black Ops 4
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  6. Dec 22, 2018
    1
    The bo4 was my first call of duty game that I start but I was really exited to play. But now this game is just to hard to play against manyThe bo4 was my first call of duty game that I start but I was really exited to play. But now this game is just to hard to play against many players. It's to hard to kill and I'm dying straight I think I'm just bad but many people thinks about this to good player=shoots random place and we got killed, me= shoots on him but dyes. They should be a story or some more modes to play not only online multiplayer Expand
  7. Nov 1, 2018
    0
    fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfixfix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers fix the serversfix the servers Expand

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