Activision and Treyarch have created something special with its latest iteration in the ever popular Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The last time I was this excited about a game and gaming was almost five years ago when I was playing competitively. The idea of getting online and jamming games with my mates was all I could think about during the day, and Black Ops 4 has succeeded in reigniting that quest for Glory!
This is the first Call of Duty game to not include a single player campaign, which means this is purely online experience, with just insane action from the word go. With three main game modes, and modes within those modes one would almost say ‘modeception’, but there really is something for everyone. Classes have returned, and even comes with a South African character called Ajax. “You need armour domkop!” is legitimately what he says to you in game.
Focusing on the three main titles, Multiplayer, Blackout and Zombies, you are spoilt for choice, but one still can’t help but feel the need for the single player campaign, to relive the great story lines Activision have been so renowned for. The lack of a single player campaign is further heightened when playing through the various Operator’s background stories, which are full of flavour and could easily have been turned into something spectacular for those not interested in the multiplayer.
The Multiplayer mode requires you to be online, but does give you that real esports feeling, with all the different modes you would expect in the online bouquet offered by Activision.
The big talking point around Black Ops 4 has been Blackout, which is Activision’s answer to the Battle Royal genre currently doing the rounds in other titles. They really have done a good job here, and have also included some interesting vehicles, which have not been seen in any of its predecessors.
You then have the Zombie Mode, which has been heavily expanded upon, so much so that it’s pretty much its own standalone game, and rather overwhelming to understand when you take a first glance. The first run through proved to be rather long and confusing, as we mostly didn’t know what we were supposed to do, thanks to the inclusion of potions and upgrades with zero explanation on what they actually do.
After a long and tiring weekend of nothing but playing Black Op 4, with my eyes still bleeding, I have to conclude that this game has basically revived my will to get properly involved in a first person shooter. After such a long time, it is refreshing and rather surprising that it was the Call of Duty franchise that brought back that competitive spirit I thought I had retired so many years ago.
– Enjoyable and easy to get in game with friends.
– The game is not overly complicated (except for Zombies). It’s back to basics.
– The game is really good looking and vibrant.
– Game mechanics are intuitive and easy to pick up.
– The multiple classes are fun to level and play.
– South African servers to play on.
– Available on PC through Battle.net.
– With South African servers come long queue times. Consoles however do not share this problem.
– No single player campaigns.
– Have to invest more money for the extra content after a rather large initial outlay thanks to the expensive Season Pass.
– There aren’t enough hours in the day to play.
Words by Barry “Anthrax” Louzada.