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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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  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: 43 out of 329
  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. Nov 29, 2020
    8
    Overall a decent CoD game, just currently lacking contentwise, but this will be mended over time.
    Bullet traveltime took some getting used to
    Overall a decent CoD game, just currently lacking contentwise, but this will be mended over time.
    Bullet traveltime took some getting used to (bullets move way slower in this game than the earlier ones. I assume this is what people mistake as lag when they complain that the game is laggy), but now I can rack kills same as usual. XP gain could be higher, but at least we have 4 man zombies for grinding gun xp in a relatively reasonable timeframe. Great fun with friends, as CoD tends to be.
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  3. Mar 4, 2021
    4
    Horribly unbalanced multiplayer, if you aren't using a burst rifle with shotgun secondary you just lose. Singleplayer is decent, for a CoDHorribly unbalanced multiplayer, if you aren't using a burst rifle with shotgun secondary you just lose. Singleplayer is decent, for a CoD campaign. Nothing great but nothing worth getting outraged over. The zombies has been ok as well, they offer some changes that keep it fresh for old players while also giving incentives for new players to engage in the mode. However, the multiplayer can't be overlooked as it is the meat and potatoes of the game. Not only are there balance issues, but there's just a lack of content all around. With very few maps and a small selection of guns compared to previous entries in the series, there just isn't enough variety to give any reason to keep playing. There is a promise of post-launch content, but this feels like it should've been part of release with how little to do there is in this game. Lastly, why is just the act of trying to party up with friends so horrendously broken? 90% of the time I try to play with friends we get some sort of error, and the amount of times we've lost a party member upon loading into a game is just annoying. This game could have a used another year in the oven to bake and is just more evidence as to why annual releases are outdated and bad for developers and players. 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 25, 2020
    0
    so ive tried the multiplayer and thats pretty meh, campaign isnt for me so i cannot judge on that. the zombie mode is great fun! i woudl haveso ive tried the multiplayer and thats pretty meh, campaign isnt for me so i cannot judge on that. the zombie mode is great fun! i woudl have given it an 8 if it was not such a buggy game. Sometimes friends cannot join my games or i cannot join theirs. Or the game just stutters for no reason (ryzen 3700x,with 48gb ram and a 2080ti) so that should not make it stutter... i still dont know why they did remove the server method also for multiplayer gaming like they did back in COD 4: Modern Warfare, that worked great and stopped those damn cheaters from joining (or they'd be banned). Expand
  6. Apr 24, 2021
    0
    The only positive thing about this game are the Zombies, it pales in comparison to MW's multiplayer...
  7. Jan 5, 2021
    0
    This game is a huge step backward from modern warfare. I especially like the spawn mechanic in multiplayer, it will spawn you right in theThis game is a huge step backward from modern warfare. I especially like the spawn mechanic in multiplayer, it will spawn you right in the middle of the enemy or the guy you just killed right behind you. Dirty bomb is a waste of time unless you have 3 buddies to fill the squad, otherwise you’re just kills for the teams that work together. I want my money back, support modern warfare and forget this game ever came out. Expand

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