Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Jonathan Slohoda, Staff Writer

     On October 12, 2018, Treyarch and Activision (2 well known video game developer companies) released the 15th installment of the popular FPS game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It has been 3 years since the previous installment in the “Black Ops” series of Call of Duty. The Black Ops series is a set of 4 games (Black Ops, Black Ops II, Black Ops III, and Black Ops IV). Call of Duty cycles through a few different series’s every year. The Black Ops series is the best series in the eyes of many dedicated followers, so this game’s release was highly anticipated.

     The game’s release came with 3 game modes: multiplayer, Zombies (where you try and survive against multiple waves of the undead while trying to solve a secret hidden puzzle), and Blackout (a battle royale game, like Fortnite, where you try and be the last person out of 80 standing.) Each game mode is very different, and provides a unique way to play the game.

     Personally, my favorite game mode is a tie between multiplayer and zombies. Multiplayer lets me relax with my friends while trying to capture an objective and not putting a ton of effort into it. Zombies is more for the people who like a challenge. It’s fun tasking yourself to complete the challenges, and survive the zombie horde.

     Finally, I give Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 a solid 8.5/10. It is a very well rounded game with great combat mechanics, amazing storylines in the zombies mode, and interesting combat scenarios in Blackout. The only factor that brings this game down from a 10/10, is games would constantly crash, and it was littered with bugs, and then infested with a “pay-to-win” microtransaction system (paying for items to give you competitive advantages). It just was a low point for Treyarch, but they are slowing digging themselves out of the hole. But most of that is behind us now being a little less than 2 months past release. I encourage anyone that likes FPS games to spend $60 on this really good game as it is my favorite Call of Duty to date.