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  • Summary: Black Ops Cold War will drop fans into the depths of the Cold War's volatile geopolitical battle of the early 1980s. Nothing is ever as it seems in a gripping single-player Campaign, where players will come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, as they battle around the globeBlack Ops Cold War will drop fans into the depths of the Cold War's volatile geopolitical battle of the early 1980s. Nothing is ever as it seems in a gripping single-player Campaign, where players will come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, as they battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters, and more.

    MULTIPLAYER
    Engage in deniable operations and signature combat in the next generation of Multiplayer.

    ZOMBIES
    Players will bring a Cold War arsenal of weapons and equipment into the next evolution of Treyarch's signature Zombies co-operative experience.
    WARZONE
    Black Ops Cold War will also support and build on the hit, free-to-play experience Call of Duty: Warzone.
    Cross Play, Cross-Progression and Cross-Generation Enabled.
    NEXT-GEN
    Unlock the power of next-gen Call of Duty experiences with higher framerate, hardware-based ray-tracing, shorter load times and more.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Nov 23, 2020
    90
    While my frustration and bitterness towards the multiplayer remains stubbornly rigid in this most recent Call of Duty outing, it simply isn’t enough to impede my adulation for the campaign. If nothing else, you should play Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War for the campaign alone. I really do believe it’s a worthwhile experience, and marks a return to form for Treyarch of old.
  2. Nov 23, 2020
    85
    Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War comes to PC with superior graphic detail and advanced effects, but also a solid ray tracing implementation and very smooth performances thanks to DLSS 2.0 resampling.
  3. Nov 30, 2020
    80
    Although short on content, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a dependable entry in the franchise with fast action and a variety of solid modes. The great zombies level and the nostalgic campaign are definitely the highlight, and the competitive multiplayer should become strong once it gets more maps and tweaks.
  4. Nov 24, 2020
    76
    One of the more middling entries in a franchise that is feeling more than its fair share of fatigue, and although it offers up a solid enough and serviceable experience for players, it unfortunately falls short of the lofty standards established by Modern Warfare.
  5. Nov 19, 2020
    75
    The campaign keeps the player on the edge of his seat, to the point where you want to know more and hope to see a sequel to this story. The mechanics brought by the Story Mode, the dialogue choice and the impression of being protagonist give a real boost to the campaign, even if it represents only five to seven hours of play. The new multiplayer modes are great and bring a new dynamic, but the operators' movements limit our experience on these big maps. We're waiting for Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War to bring a lot more content and, most importantly, to see the integration of Warzone. The Zombie mode also brings a nice touch, with new mechanics that are great fun, except for the lack of cinematics.
  6. Dec 8, 2020
    70
    The campaign of the new Call of Duty is unusually stupid, but the multiplayer doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel and cheerfully exploits its attractive Cold War setting. Together with the Zombies mode and Warzone integration, this is one hefty chunk of military content.
  7. Nov 19, 2020
    65
    While its campaign is very fun and features great gameplay ideas wrapped in 1980s action movie codes, its multiplayer is disappointing. The weapons lack punch, the cards are few and unequal, the new modes are anecdotal, the whole is unbalanced.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 371
  1. Mar 3, 2021
    10
    Es el Mejor Juego de ACCION!!!! Me encanta :D pero si tiene unos graficasos que mi GTX no soporta ;v pero me encanta el juego :D!
  2. Dec 8, 2020
    8
    Call of Duty Cold War Review

    Call of Duty Cold War definitely feels different than the other Black Ops games. Some view the Cold War as a
    Call of Duty Cold War Review

    Call of Duty Cold War definitely feels different than the other Black Ops games. Some view the Cold War as a step down from most CoD games. But I beg to disagree. I certainly understand why people do not like this new game, either because they have been playing for years; and haven’t seen anything outstanding that has happened in this new game. Or it just feels bland and boring. But from my perspective, a person who has less experience in the Call of Duty community, sees it as a time grabbing game. So I decided, for this review, to break the game into 3 categories. Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies (the 3 main parts of the game).

    Campaign

    Personally, the campaign is the Staple of the game. My main complaint about the campaign is how unrealistic it is compared to the real cold war. But maybe that is just the history side of me speaking. The campaign is a choice type campaign, a lot like Detroit: Become Human, and The Walking Dead game. There are 3 different endings that can be chosen by what you choose. campaign is rather short, but can be extended if you play for different endings. Parts of the game are very unexpected and captivating. The characters in the story are likeable and at times, comedic (especially Woods). The Graphics are probably the best highlight of the game. If you were able to get your hands on the Playstation 5, the graphics will look as realistic as they get. The story itself is a bit hard to follow because of how they add choices to the game, but if you pay attention then you will notice how well written it is.

    Multiplayer

    The multiplayer is the biggest downside to the game. It’s not terrible, but it's just bland. But the new battle pass coming December 16th should change this. The weapons seem balanced. An example of this is the sniper class. As a new player you will get the Pellington Rifle. This gun is the best of the 3 snipers in the game. At level 55, you will get the last Sniper Rifle, and the last gun in the game, but it is nowhere near as good as the Pellington. This gives new players a great chance of doing better than the people who are already at prestige 3. A problem with multiplayer is the visual glitches. Visual glitches have been a problem in Call of Duty for a while now, but they seem to have gotten worse in Cold War. One of the most common glitches is the rainbow glitch. When playing you can sometimes, by chance, get a glitch that makes the textures on the map turn into rainbow glowing tiles. It may look pretty at first, but the longer you play the more annoying it gets. The maps are not the most balanced, but they are definitely beautiful.

    Zombies

    Zombies are probably one of my favorite parts of this game. It is definitely a step up from the other ones we have had recently. This new zombies gives us Bosses, New Wonder Weapons, Storyline, Easter eggs, and of course, a buffed up RayGun. The map is the classic Die Maschine map. The map has so many easter eggs in it I couldn’t put it all into this one review. But the most outstanding easter egg would be the Disco Dimension/Coffin Dance easter egg. When you shoot out a certain amount of blue orbs around the map you get teleported to a dimension with dancing zombies carrying a crate while doing the coffin dance. No, I am not joking. If you are lucky, or skilled you can get a gun known as the Decompressive Isotopic Estrangement Machine. Or as I call it, the Zombie Sucker 3000. This gun can suck up zombies around you and shoot out a giant shockwave that does a bolt load of damage. There is a storyline in the game that plays every time you start the game, so expect to remember the voices in your head while you're playing. The storyline is pretty interesting, and you can find “intel” across the map that gives you more info about it. Overall this is probably my favorite mode in Cold War, and I can’t wait to see what they have planned for the updates to come.
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  3. Jun 6, 2021
    4
    The only good things you get from this game is decent campaign with okay characters and two endings, both equally as interesting. Zombies isThe only good things you get from this game is decent campaign with okay characters and two endings, both equally as interesting. Zombies is also a more causal experience but is still fun and is always a nice mode to play while kicking back and relaxing. Honestly, the zombies is the best thing in this game and it's no where near as good as zombies in games like black ops 3. Therefore, the single player modes/co-op modes are pretty good. However, multiplayer is really, really, really bad. It is one of the worst cod multiplayers since infinite warfare, in fact, I'd even say this is almost 2x worse. Maps are terrible, gunsmith is a down grade from mw 2019, it's littered with micro dlc and worst of all, match making is easily the worst it's been in the whole franchise. Skill based matchmaking is a joke and playing this game for long periods of time is a mental health threat. I would even go as far as to say this game's multiplayer makes it more of a, "want to preform self-harm" simulator then an enjoyable and rewarding experience. This game gets a 4/10 and all of those points come from single player and zombies, multiplayer is a flat out 0 for me, save yourself and go play Modern Warfare 2019, or quite literally any other cod from the past couple of years if you are looking for a good multiplayer game. However, if you only buy these games for single player or zombies, I would suggest getting it, those modes are solid. Expand
  4. Jan 8, 2021
    1
    go to hell activision you and your desire to charge so much money for a **** campaign with **** characters that you do not remember when yougo to hell activision you and your desire to charge so much money for a **** campaign with **** characters that you do not remember when you finished the campaign, the zombies are fine but after 10 hours you do not return to them Touch and multiplayer with SBMM is worse than a kick to the testicle and worst of all they have the nerve to charge more than 60 dollars. Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2020
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Campaign-
    The campaign had a couple of fun and interesting missions, just not enough to really get the user submerged within the story. Woods and Mason seem to barely remember anything that had previously happened and their interactions with Hudson and each other made them seem that they met about 2 weeks ago rather then the years of operations experience that they wouldve had. Dialogue was fake and sparse, and voice acting didnt live up to the expectations that were created by leaving James C Burns out of the picture. Story was an utter let down after the measly 2.5 hr campaign storyline.

    Multiplayer-
    I'm giving this game a 0. Its a complete step back when compared to MW 2019. Animations are from BO4 and 2010 BO1. Gunsmith is a cheap and lazy knockoff of MW2019. Least amount of content released upon launch in COD history. Servers are poor and dated back to B02 days. Gunfights seem rng luck at best. Deadsilence is back and completely decimates anyone used to MW deadsilence. Sleight of hand is not within the game so you have to grind to max weapon level to unlock the magazine that includes improved weapon reload speeds. First field upgrade that you're given is a proximity mine................WHY THE F#*%$!!!!!!!! T3arc did well in removing claymores from MP but they left a proximity mine as a field upgrade. Graphics are clear but there is a serious step back with the treyarc filter as compared to MW. Operators are color bleached with the environment so its very difficult to see enemies (they knew this because there are flashlight weapon attachments). Head-glitching and corner camping are at an all time high within MP. So to all those people that said Treyarc doesn't promote camping, F#*(K off.
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  6. Oct 5, 2021
    0
    Nah. Just nah. Backwards from MW. It's more arcadey, characters feel light, animations feel like an older game.
  7. May 8, 2021
    0
    Aimbot cheaters are everywhere in this game. For 20$ a month you are a champion in CoD. Activision doesn't care. All they want is your moneyAimbot cheaters are everywhere in this game. For 20$ a month you are a champion in CoD. Activision doesn't care. All they want is your money for the skins. Expand

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