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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: 34 out of 81
  2. Negative: 33 out of 81
  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
    From someone who has been playing Call of Duty since Modern Warfare One came out, this is actually a good Call of Duty. Infinite Warfare wasFrom someone who has been playing Call of Duty since Modern Warfare One came out, this is actually a good Call of Duty. Infinite Warfare was down right bad. WW2 I wanted to like, but just couldn't do it. Then across Black Ops 1 - Black Ops 3, I have put over 800 hours into multiplayer alone.

    And this game I could see doing it again.

    B04 is a different Call of Duty. And you know what, they did it, and they did it mostly right. It has a few issues and a few minor inconveniences, but what game doesn't these days. Maybe it is moving the way of bigger games, such as Overwatch and towards a more eSports approach, but hey, I understand staying relevant to the industry.

    I think it's genuinely great that for years, people complain about CoD being the same thing over and over, but when they make big changes like this year, a majority go back to saying "I miss the old CoD".

    ---Blackout
    Blackout is good. Better than Fortnite and PubG, in a personal opinion. I'm not a builder therefore I dislike the Fortnite aspect, and PubG still seems clunky to me. Blackout seems polished and making it to the finally 10-15 people is genuinely exciting, especially with the large swathe of weaponry and gadgets available.
    The XP though is a pain. You only earn XP for getting a full kill, not even a down, placing top 10, or winning, and that can be rough. That's the only negative thing I have to say and I bet some tweaks could definitely help that.

    --Zombies
    What put Treyarch on the map. so Black Ops 2 and 3 had...Alright zombies. I never got into it. But now. Again. It's bringing me back to Ascension and Der Riese days. IX is a really fun and a pretty solid map design and is the one I see myself playing more and more. Voyage of Despair I played once and was pretty crazy and intense, though it seemed a bit cramped, could turn to be fun as well.
    Honestly, I'm excited to get back into Zombies again...

    --Multiplayer
    Where to begin. Honestly. I enjoy it. I play hardcore so the self healing doesn't typically apply, though I find it to be an interesting mechanic and moderately enjoy it then the auto regen. I kind of miss the 6v6 but I think the 5v5 is alright.
    Search and Destroy is great and I really enjoy it, plus Domination is fun if you can prevent the spawn killing. I look forward to some updates about the spawn killing.
    Gun progression is simple. Camo challenges are here like before, and time to rack up headshots to get that Dark Matter baby! Challenges seem a bit easier in many aspects and specialists are unique and I like it, except for some are pretty awful in hardcore as you die before you can even activate the ability.

    Maps are good, and I look forward to seeing more. I even am glad that brought back old ones. Firing Range is a wonderful classic as well as Slums and Jungle. Most new maps are good. I struggle with some, but again, I believe it is the spawn trapping that gets me. Search and Destroy the routes seem pretty great.

    Multiplayer, to me, is fun again. If you liked B02 or B03, it will still have that same feel and progression with some new features tossed in.

    --Campaign
    Yep. There isn't one. And honestly. That isn't an issue. Yeah, I miss it. But why dump so many hours into developing something that 50-70% of the base will play once, maybe twice. Yeah. It's good and I enjoyed it, but I mean. I'm not heart broken like many others. I haven't done the specialist stories yet so I can't say anything about that. I just think that yeah, we raise our glasses in remembrance of something that was good, but is now gone due to a online perspective for a large, multiplayer based developer.

    I give it a 9 for Superb Blackout, Thrilling Zombies, and Exceptional Multiplayer. With a few updates and some of the content they mention about releasing. I think this could be one of the best for Treyarch.
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  4. Jan 9, 2019
    6
    Black ops 4 feels like a game which has too much content and also does not have enough. The game itself adds a few new features to theBlack ops 4 feels like a game which has too much content and also does not have enough. The game itself adds a few new features to the multiplayer which is a nice change of pace. They have added a health bar and more options to choose from with what you are able to start with but you are limited to a small amount.

    Gone is the single player and now they have added the battle royale mode (Blackout). It plays fine and is fun. Personally I have never been a fan of the battle royale genre but those who are fans of games like PUBG will be a fan.

    They have added a "Tier" system which each level unlocks new content (skins, tags, calling cards, etc.) but unfortunately feels like it is almost impossible to get all the content unless you are willing to fork out real money for "COD points". This does tend to make the game feel like quite a grind to the point where it becomes hard to keep playing if you wish to unlock everything. There is no way as well to earn COD points. They must be purchased with real money.

    Overall the game is a fun experience and there is a lot of content with the three modes of multiplayer, Blackout and Zombies. but the sneaky tactics done by activision to try and get you to fork out more cash into the game for almost nothing is almost unforgivable. The game has been designed to try and make you spend more money into the game. And as well they are still charging an insane amount for there DLC pass. I would say this game may be worth picking up if you can find it at half price. Other then that, might be better to wait and hopefully see some change in the future of the series.
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  5. Nov 6, 2018
    4
    More of the same **** nothing new just fire and loot boxes just what activision wants ($$$$)
  6. Jan 23, 2019
    0
    My **** is better quality than this content empty comedic crime of a game, to the abyss with it
  7. Oct 12, 2018
    0
    Feels like they put all their apples into the battle royal which made the whole thing lackluster.

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