Black Ops IIII: End of an era

Reviewed by Adam Francois

With the Black Ops 4 era coming to an end and the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare being released on the 25th October 2019, I think it’s time we review how BO4 went for us gamers.

For the casual gamer it was perfect. Someone who wants to kill a few hours throughout the week, definitely achieved this with this game. There are game modes upon game modes. The multiplayer has a great rotation of new maps, modes and challenges. Treyarch did a fantastic job of constantly engaging with the community.

Then there were the zombie mode and blackout. Blackout was the highlight for most fans. Following the trend of PvP battle royale games, the goal is to be the last person standing, while the map shrinks around you. When you land on the map you have zero supplies, so you have to hunt around to seek weapons and items. These must be gathered on the way. It is endless fun and with the capabilities to also do this in squads with your friends makes sure there are plenty of laughs.

I didn’t get to play much zombies this year and after doing my research… I wasn’t the only one. I couldn’t tell you for sure whether this is because the mode is poor, or if Treyarch have done so well with the other available modes, but I can tell you it has lost a lot of its popularity compared to previous years. They have gone for a more story based zombie mode and i feel it doesn’t suit the gamer who just wants to go as long as they can without their brains being eaten. All certain users want is a simple and mind-numbing game to take your mind away from reality for an hour or so.

The part that made up for the mediocrity of this game, was the competitive side of things. This year we had league play for the first time.

A: it was a game mode that became available a while after release that ANYONE who owned the game had access to.

B: we got to see the best of the best competitive teams like Optic Gaming, Faze Clan, 100 Thieves and Splyce, battle it out for their rightful places at Call of Duty Champs. This has been promoted heavily lately and after many successful events, including a London event, they are starting to gain popularity over the globe.

Compared to other Call of Duties I thought that this was an average game. It wasn’t a world beater, but was also far from boring me. After Black Ops 3, I feel the standards were so high, that they had a huge task on their hands to top it. I would have personally branched off into another direction rather than carry on the Black Ops franchise. But then again, why fix something that isn’t broken? Because of this I give it a rating of 7.5/10. Fantastic game with brand new features, just hard to live up to expectations.

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