I could never imagine myself playing a game without a campaign or a storyline. It makes me feel incomplete as I would be running around like a headless chicken – lost, and wondering what is my purpose in the game. A game like Call of Duty without the campaign is like having a meal with no main dish.
When I first heard that Treyarch will be abandoning the campaign for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, I feared for the worst. Is this the first game from the Call of Duty line I will not enjoy? I always look forward to playing the campaign as the single player stories are what make Call of Duty so much fun. Playing the single player stories for hours and learning about the characters and their story is what makes a game great.
No Campaign, Now What?
When I first started Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, my first question was now that there is no campaign, what should I do first?
As I got into the game, I notice two new modes that is introduce to the game: Blackout and Specialist HQ and the other two modes which we are all familiar with, Multiplayer and Zombies. Specialist HQ is where I found the characters and their backstories, which Treyarch had replaced the single player campaign with a tutorial mission that tie the characters that we will use in competitive mode. The tutorial mission had simple objectives given to understand the Specialist’s activities and role in the competitive mode. Having played two specialists in Specialist HQ, I must say it is something refreshing and made me change my mind a little towards not having a single player story.
I might not be the best at multiplayer but Call of Duty: Black ops 4 has made the multiplayer experience smoother in the sense of gunplay. Whenever I am using an assault rifle or a sniper rifle, there is a certain kick and weight which makes every kill satisfying.
Another thing I noticed is that there is a change in the healing system. Previously, I was able to heal from damage by taking cover for a few seconds which makes me taking cover most of the time. Instead there is a button assign that I could use to heal myself by injection that recovers my health over time. This is something I really like as it gives me a choice to heal or to reload my weapon while I am on the move. After all, a shooting game is all about timing right? Knowing when to stop aiming at enemies and healing is a skill you would want to do properly as doing things at the right time will give you an edge. Unlike me, I tend to get things done slightly off timing which costs me the gunfight. (Such a noob).
Blackout Kick – Possibly better than PUBG and Fortnite?
What can I say about Blackout Mode? It is not for everyone. Blackout is a battle-royale concept where you are supposed to eliminate the enemy and get yourself to a safe zone as the forcefield encroaches on your position. Playing a couple of rounds in Blackout mode is harder than playing multiplayer as in this mode when you die in game, it is instant game over. Not to mention the game also relies on where you drop. I had instances where I drop in an area and before I am ready an enemy gets to me, and my run is over. Apart from avoiding enemies, I had to run around looking for weapons and picking up ammo and health packs. Yes! You don’t start off with a gun in your inventory, you have to run around and find them. I enjoyed this mode compared to multiplayer – perhaps I will revisit this mode when I have the opportunity. I think this is a very impressive concept and I believe Call of Duty may be inspired by popular games with the same concept like PUBG and Fortnite.
Return of the Zombies
Zombies makes its return in Black Ops 4 and to be honest I did not play much of the Zombies mode in previous Black Ops. However I did find out that the Zombies mode has two separate storylines which intrigues me. Like I said before – I love story lines.
Having little time to explore the Zombies mode, I manage to play a round with some people online. Yes, you can chose to play with other players or play with the Bots. The map I manage to que was IX which has a combination of Zombies and roman warriors that wield giant axe. As you have guess, the map is set in a coliseum. The game play is fairly simple. Kill the zombies and earn currency to buy weapon, buy ammo or to unlock locked gates. Again if time permits, I will explore more on this mode.
My final thoughts
Overall Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has managed to impress me although I had only a few hours to explore. My initial thought of Black Ops 4 when I heard that there is not going to be a campaign made me sceptical and want to question the developer on how are they going to pull in players if there is no storyline. To answer that, Treyarch has given us Blackout to have fun with and that was a bold move. Sadly, I did have some trouble with the game as it keeps on crashing at certain points of the game at Multiplayer, Zombies and even training mode. As I have said, Black Ops 4 has the potential to go further and I hope Treyarch will continue this legacy.
Initial release date: October 12, 2018
Mode(s): Multiplayer, Zombies, Blackout
Developers: Treyarch, Beenox, Raven Software
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows