First Impressions: Call of Duty Black Ops 4

The next instalment to the Call of Duty franchise is here. More specifically the new Call of Duty Black Ops game is here and a month earlier than normal. I’ve played about ten hours so far but I’ve enjoyed what I have played so far.

I started off by jumping straight into Zombies. I felt a little in over my head when I first loaded up Zombies due to some new additions in the class screen but I think that is more down to where I haven’t really played Zombies since the first Call of Duty Black Ops but I figured it out eventually. As for the Zombies game mode itself, it’s pretty straightforward and the same as before. I didn’t do too badly on my first couple of games. Both of my games were on the IX map which was interesting, fun and a little confusing but eventually, I caved and decided to move onto something else.

Next up I gave the brand new Blackout mode a go. I played a handful of games during the Beta on PlayStation 4 not too long ago so I had an idea of what I was getting myself into.

My first game was disastrous. I lasted all of about five minutes before someone got me from a distance. I threw myself into the next game and ended up being the furthest point away from where the circle was. Determined not to be defeated by the circle I tried my best to get to where I needed to be. Sadly the circle won this time around. My third game went a lot better. I landed in a good starting location which gave me enough items to equip and set my self up okay for the start of the game. I got a small handful of kills but finally got taken out when a few of us all ended up running into the same building and subsequently only one of us remained. I did, however, place in the top fifteen for that match which I was really happy about.

Multiplayer, on the other hand, is where I have spent a lot of my game time so far. In true Call of Duty tradition sometimes it is easier to jump straight in. Mainly I’ve just stuck to Team Death Match but I’ve played a little bit of Free For All and Search and Destroy as well to start with. I usually venture into the other game modes more once I’ve got my level up a little bit.

I’ve chosen Seraph as my Specialist that I play at the moment and I’ve just been using one of the pre-made classes until I unlock more attachments and equipment. I’ve loved being able to play on some of the older maps like Summit, Firing Range, Jungle and Slums as well as the ten new maps introduced in this game. Multiplayer at the end of the day is multiplayer and you find you win some and you lose some.

Overall though I’ve enjoyed what I have played so far. I still need to check out the Specialist game mode to find out more about the characters backstories which I’m planning to start soon. Zombies I am working on but I’m going to get a group of friends together to play next time so we can all see how many rounds we can complete. Blackout I am definitely going to try and play more. I did enjoy it and feel that it has a lot of potential alongside other Battle Royale games.

One last thing I want to just touch on briefly is the lack of single player campaign mode. Don’t get me wrong I was somewhat disappointed to hear that the would be no single player campaign with this instalment of the Black Ops games. However, I admire the fact Treyarch wanted to break tradition and try something new. Sometimes you don’t know if you don’t try. I have a terrible habit with Call of Duty games of just jumping straight into multiplayer before knowing the story. Myself personally although I was slightly disappointed about having no single player campaign I don’t feel that has affected my overall thoughts about the game so far or my choice to buy the game.

Have you picked up Call of Duty Black Ops 4? Let me know what you think of the game or if you are planning on picking the game up in the future.

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