Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War-Campaign Review

For the series, known for its virtually non-stop shooting, it’s amazing how much time you spend in the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War single-player campaign with your weapons holstered. Indeed, it’s more than any other game in the franchise’s 17-year history. But as a Russian double agent it’s trying to roam your safehouse to get to know your secret operations crew or find a way to smuggle your American friends into a super-safe building Whether or not you sneak around the KGB headquarters, the latest COD puts its quiet time to good use. Of course, there are also many loud parts. There are high-speed shootouts, rooftop pursuits, and assassination missions. As you know, it’s normal. But this time, it peaks without the use of weapons. Black Ops Cold War really sells Black Ops Cold War settings. You’ll see 80’s fashion, lots of CRT TVs, and lots of indoor smoking. It’s real! Better yet, I love how the choices you make when entering your character’s psychoprofile actually affect your gameplay. The codename is always “bell”, but you can choose your own background and personality. The final codename appears as a multiplayer-style perk, such as faster reload speeds and increased bullet damage. You can also choose your own name … unless you’re me, for some reason?

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Black ops veterans are greeted with a familiar look. Woods and Mason are back from Black Ops 1, but both are a little disappointed that they have nothing to do other than your buddy. However, it’s nostalgic to step into Mason’s boots many times. There are some new faces, but most of the co-star’s screen time is generally Robert Redford’s living legendary CIA veteran Slash Deadlinger who recruited you to thwart the vicious and gloomy Perseus. Go to Russell Adler, an evil man whose actions tend to overthrow the government … or worse.

I love how the choices you make when filling out a character’s psycho profile actually affect gameplay.


You can really get to know your team through the safehouse sequence between missions. Here you can check the evidence, remove the secret code, and chat with fellow spies through conversations in the dialog tree. I really enjoyed this aspect of the campaign, even though it doesn’t seem like the other options have conversations that affect the endgame. Combat, on the other hand, is a standard Call of Duty stop-and-pop shooting range with the same basic best AI that the series has always had. There is exactly one “special” type of enemy. It’s an armored goon that’s just a bullet sponge. Oddly this time there are few gadgets and there is one short R / C bomb car sequence on the first mission. That’s all. Weapons are something you’ve never seen in COD.

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That said, I was impressed with how the Cold War was brilliantly trying to open up new spaces in the Black Ops universe with several new mechanics. You will be successful in several ways, such as creating gameplay-related collectibles, such as using collectibles as evidence in space to set up other missions. This gives you an organic motivation to find hidden items and replay hidden missions. Before proceeding. Classic spy tricks such as photography and picking are also incorporated into the gameplay.

Even better, you need to actually look at some evidence to solve a small puzzle before performing a particular mission. Add a light adventure game style piece to this traditional Trigger Happy series. But perhaps more notable is that the campaign has several moments that can influence the franchise. There’s no spoilers, but I’m mainly interested in whether and how they will be followed up in all upcoming Call of Duty games.

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