Another year means another Call of Duty game. This time, veteran developer Treyarch aims to bring the sixth installment of the Black Ops series to current and next-generation hardware with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The same thrilling multiplayer, the resurgence of fan-friendly zombie mode, and the promise of a whole new campaign, Cold War, seems to take over the name of Black Ops, is that enough?
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Review
The Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War campaign took place in the early 1980s and acts as a bridge between the Call of Duty Black Ops and the Call of Duty Black Ops II story. It follows CIA agent Russell Adler and his elite soldiers’ crew trying to chase Perseus, a Soviet spy who is trying to turn the Cold War.
One of the highlights of the campaign is the attention to detail in the cast of that amazing character. Facial animations, voice acting, lip-syncing – all together, the franchise offers some of the best visuals it’s ever seen. The campaign is short and not worth the entry-only price, but it’s welcome for older FPS fans who are struggling to catch up with other areas of the Call of Duty experience.
As the first in the Call of Duty series, Cold War will showcase player choices throughout the story campaign. Many of these offer the illusion of choice and options that have little or no impact on the story itself. However, the others are major. Major enough to determine the outcome of the entire Cold War era. I played the campaign several times and switched between selection and decision. For a franchise that is synonymous with multiplayer action like fast-paced arcades, having this depth and variation in the main campaign was a surprise and I really enjoyed it. Your choice will bring about the death of your allies, the fate of your enemies, and the very survival of the free world. It’s probably the most fun I’ve had in the Call of Duty story over the years.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War stories may have pushed the story into new and creative directions, but in most cases the rest of the game is pretty much the same. Even after releasing the same game each year, perhaps the series’ greatest attraction, multiplayer, is back. If you’re an official Call of Duty fan, you have everything you need for a multiplayer experience.
Some new modes add some long-awaited refreshment to the experience. A gun weapon that can be customized more than you need to customize anything. Weapon range is not important as almost all lobbies are filled with players running the same weapons and kits. The challenges, achievements, and tasks in progress have a lot to aim for when loading into the next lobby, so there’s a lot to do if you’re happy. One of the few changes I’ve noticed to multiplayer was the KillCam extension.
Instead of highlighting the end of a single or round kill, it now highlights the “best play” seen in the round. Some are worth seeing, but in many cases it’s only the player after the player hits the bullet. To make matters worse, they are too long. In some cases, the play of the round replay was longer than the round itself. It’s not a common event I admit, but it can be counterproductive in games that focus on getting to the next lobby or game as soon as possible.
To me, Call of Duty’s multiplayer appeal has diminished over the years, and the Cold War doesn’t rekindle my passion for this genre. However, I think the map design is the best I’ve seen in the Call of Duty in the last few years. Each map is well-designed to keep the action fluid and enable a constantly evolving battlefield across the various game modes available. I’ve often noticed that in recent Call of Duty games, I’m often sighing in distrust as yet another boring map is forced to rotate. But after a few days in Cold War multiplayer, there’s no map I didn’t enjoy.
If you don’t like the campaign and multiplayer, Zombie Mode will make a spectacular return in the Cold War. Continuing the trends of previous games, it combines an intriguing survival experience with an interesting but often hidden story that rewards players for exploration and creativity. Digging into the various secrets and hidden aspects of zombies has always been a strong attraction, many of which remain in the Cold War.
Like multiplayer, Zombie Mode is much of what you would expect from Call of Duty Zombie Mode, but with a few minor differences. Earlier versions of fixed characters are gone, players can now choose an operator from the game’s multiplayer component, and they have their own custom loadouts. This replaces the mediocre pistol and knife action of 10-15 minutes at the beginning of every round, creating a faster, more action-packed referral each time.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is another solid entry in the Call of Duty franchise. Great shoots, great visuals, powerful stories – fans of the series will find a lot of love in their latest entries. Unfortunately, for everyone else, it’s just another Call of Duty game that relies entirely on the same old multiplayer and zombies to do it.
This review of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War was done on PlayStation 4 Pro. The game was purchased digitally and the code was provided later.
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