In an era where Fortnite is ruling, everybody was quick to chastise Call of Duty for deciding it doesn’t need a single player, even though, I can categorically say, I never bothered playing the single player for the last Black Ops nor for any of the more recent Call of Duty’ titles like last year’s Call Of Duty WWII. Saying that, I was quick to jump on the hate wagon. Oh, how my opinion has changed.
Visually, this game is class. Even in the Blackout mode, you don’t have any awful flaws, even though there are so many people playing at one point.
There are three main game modes: Zombies, Blackout and traditional multiplayer.
I have to start with Blackout as it completely stole a weekend from me. Fortnite is a game I was never able to enjoy. I couldn’t get going with the building and found it all a little too kiddish (haters don’t hate – I’m not saying people shouldn’t play it, just that I don’t like it). However, Blackout mode is just simply fantastic. You are dropped from a chopper into a large battlefield, which slowly shrinks over time due to a mysterious cloud known as the storm. I know this is all a familiar story, but who really cares.
What we have is a great game mode which you can play in solo (bloody hard), duos and quads. I spent most my time playing in duos with a mate and a headset and I must admit it was great fun. After dropping onto the map at alarming speeds, we would hunt for a weapon and then plan our attack. On the map is a great range of weaponry, armoury and ammo as well as perks, from which you have to choose when you use. There are vehicles, houses, and a whole range of well-thought-out items around. The game itself is hard but so enjoyable.
Hiding in houses, shaking and wondering when someone may walk around the corner, only to be caught out by the nerve-tingling storm can be extremely frustrating, but also beautiful.
One extra which I wasn’t expecting to see was the inclusion of zombie territories, i.e. areas where zombies completely populate. They take limited health off of you, but when you slaughter their useless bodies, you gain some pretty ace loot. Still, to this day I haven’t won a match, but I’ve tried plenty.
The other main game mode is Zombies. I have to admit that I am not a massive fan of Zombies – I think I just prefer competing against others and not against A.I , whilst I am playing online games. However, I can appreciate, through the limited time I spent on it, that it is a whole game in itself, and I can see why people spend hours getting to as many waves as they can and why they spend days discussing tactics.
Lastly, we have our standard multiplayer games including favourites like: Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy, Domination etc. Normally, this is the area where I would spend all of my time, but due to how wonderfully addictive Blackout mode is, I found myself only playing this for a while. There are 10 operatives altogether with 6 of them taken from Black Ops 3. Overall, it feels like they have tried to take the game a little closer towards the style of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege without losing the frantic and somewhat insane speed to the game. Whether this has worked will only show in time, but I can’t imagine that people will think as deeply about how they are playing Team Deathmatch.
The game mode itself is still fun, but the inclusion of a Blackout makes such a massive difference to the overall game.
I have to say that Blackout is going to be a mode I come back to all the time. I will try not to stay this addicted to it and will branch out and play other games, although I am thoroughly impressed. Having had failed attempts to play H1Z1 and selling my Xbox, so not being able to play PUBG, I needed something like this. So thank you and delivering and stuff the haterzzz… Well, apart from that 50 gig update. That was cruel.
(DVDfever Dom adds: I only play these games for single player campaign, hence why I passed on this one. BOOOOOO!!!!!)
- Developer: Treyarch
- Publisher: Activision
- Players: multiplayer only
I have been a video game player since 1993 and a music fan since I can remember. I studied Film and Journalism at university and ended up becoming a Primary School teacher. Video games changed my life and sent me on the right track and have stayed with me ever since.