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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: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Nov 13, 2020
    90
    The PlayStation 5 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is the best in the bunch. It tells a solid campaign with branching narrative choices, contains some of the best visuals that you’ve seen on a system not called ‘PC’, and it has some good, new faces on the multiplayer scene. Is it all perfect? Not at all, but it’s a good way for Call of Duty to start on the next generation of consoles.
  2. Nov 23, 2020
    80
    Black Ops is back and darker than ever. With a rich story and plenty of super-spy moments, this game keeps you gripping down on your controller. Always going to be compared to past titles, this iteration stands up to the challenge and delivers a whole new experience on what a Call of Duty title should be
  3. Nov 16, 2020
    80
    Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a solid entry in the blockbuster franchise that looks stunning on next-gen consoles. While its campaign fails to deliver on its potential, it still takes you on a thrilling tale of explosive espionage as you uncover the true identity of Perseus. Combine this with an old-school multiplayer component and expanded Zombies mode and you’ve got a shooter experience I can easily recommend.
  4. Jul 2, 2021
    80
    Thankfully, a few of the early bugs were ironed out of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and subsequent season passes have patched up modes and maps that were lacking. The campaign is genuinely intriguing but may not appeal to those who just want to run and gun. Zombies and Multiplayer modes are plentiful and there should be something for everyone to thoroughly enjoy. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War should be used as the poster child for PlayStation 5's DualSense controller which has been put to full use for an immersive experience. Casual players will be somewhat put off by the sheer storage space required to fully experience everything that is on offer, especially given that SSD capacity is this generation's gold dust, but Call of Duty die-hards will most likely overlook this.
  5. Dec 4, 2020
    75
    Call of Duty has been an annual franchise for 15 years, but this year feels particularly unnecessary because Warzone and Modern Warfare continue to thrive. It’s a solid game, but with limited maps and a campaign that fizzles out, it’s a hard sell for players already committed to where they are. As the seasons continue, Cold War could certainly improve, but for now, it isn’t an essential purchase.
  6. Dec 8, 2020
    70
    What I didn’t expect from the new Call of Duty was downtime, and the suggestion, at least in the first half, that guns, while great for going in blazing, can provide just as potent a thrill when holstered.
  7. Nov 16, 2020
    60
    Despite its enjoyable campaign, Black Ops Cold War feels like an anachronistic package. The era of one game containing three completely disparate modes feels so long ago in the age of Warzone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 232
  1. Nov 15, 2020
    10
    I really enjoy this game.. and its much better in the multiplayer than modern warfare.. better maps, less campers etc.
    This COD is really a
    I really enjoy this game.. and its much better in the multiplayer than modern warfare.. better maps, less campers etc.
    This COD is really a "back 2 the roots" title, and I love it
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  2. Dec 1, 2020
    9
    One of the best call of duty games within a while now. The gameplay and mechanics of mp is so much better than mw19. The only reason peopleOne of the best call of duty games within a while now. The gameplay and mechanics of mp is so much better than mw19. The only reason people are hating is because they lakc any skill on the game. Graphics aren't everything and don't make a game it's solid gameplay and replay-abilities that does and cod cold war has that. Yes more weapons and map will be added so there's nothing to be worried about there. Expand
  3. Mar 7, 2021
    7
    The game looks very promising, but unfortunately it is a "downgrade" of Modern Warfare 2019, the game just doesn't feel right, it's unfinishedThe game looks very promising, but unfortunately it is a "downgrade" of Modern Warfare 2019, the game just doesn't feel right, it's unfinished and with more bugs, errors and crashes than usual, the game's campaign is OK, the bad end of the game is the best, many say that, the zombies mode is fun, but it came with only one / two maps and I think the third one will not arrive so fast, I miss the good old days which we had characters were charismatic and funny, in this new zombies we don’t have any cool characters, there are some cool phrases that they speak, but it’s not the same as it was in the past, multiplayer is acceptable, I hate playing online, simply because it’s complicated to play games with tryhard people and leaves my experience annoying, unpleasant and boring, on the multiplayer maps, there are not many, I'm glad they came back with the Black Ops 2 RAID, but that doesn't help much ... Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2020
    2
    My whole review is only about MP, I never play anything else in CoD...

    As 6v6 MP only player I considered MW 2019 absolutely the worst CoD
    My whole review is only about MP, I never play anything else in CoD...

    As 6v6 MP only player I considered MW 2019 absolutely the worst CoD ever created. It had terrible maps with too many angles, terrible doors, infinite claymores with restock, no dead silence perk, TTK too fast, camping spots(even remastered maps were ruined with them), strong SBMM in casual playlist, washed out graphics etc. It was the only CoD ever I almost refunded. It was like game itself decided if I kill or die.

    The last thing I ever wanted from CoD series is realism - the only reason I buy CoD is that it's casual fast paced arcady shooter, so I consider Cold War being huge improvement(to me every single CoD is masterpiece compared to last year MW). It's fast paced, maps are better(but not perfect), perks are more balanced, TTK is little bit slower(but still quite fast), there is just 1 land mine with long CD, game actually has some colors, camping is not the only way to play and it can be countered. It's CoD again and not Insurgency clone made for CoD haters and realism seekers. First 10 hours I had flawless experience - it reminded me times of BO1 and BO2 which are my most favorite CoD games. I wanted to go for 8+ rating but then thick skill based matchmaking kicked in and it ruined my experience with game little bit(and little bit more). Hard campers and sweats started to often fill my lobbies again(but at least whole game is not designed only for them). There should be casual playlist with weak or none SBMM and ranked with this kind of SBMM with ranks and extra rewards. Also on some maps there are flashing textures(sand on Satelite, mountains on Cartel). This was not happening on beta. There are also small bugs here and there like unlockable calling cards are not saved when you pick them. Another problem is lack of 6v6 maps on release so for now its like 6.5/10 for me untill everything is fixed. After that and when they add more maps it would be like 7.5/10. If they add also ranked and nerf SBMM in casual playlist I would go even for 8.5/10 easily. No performance problems at all on my side, runs exactly as MW (i7-7700k+1080Ti), 80-100 fps 1440p maxed out(tested MP only)

    EDIT: Changed rating from 7 to 2 just because of SBMM... It's not objective but I just can't do this anymore. I like game itself in general (much more than MW) but I absolutely refuse to sweat each and every single game to my maximum potential just to keep 1,2+ k/d in CASUAL playlist. I am not ranked player in any game - I HATE e-sport and ranked tryhard-meta trend, only reason I was playing COD was because it's casual MP game and it's not anymore. Game offers absolutely no choice in this matter, no ranked vs quick match playlist, there is only ranked without rank. Burn in hell for ruining this casual MP series and otherwise good game with system like this. I hope at least Battlefield will never give up on completly random server list system... I always liked COD more but this is just unbearable. Game itself decide who and when will do well or terrible in each match, not player skill. You had 2 good matches? Bad for you, next 2 you will be annihilated... You suck in 2 matches? Well, here is your candy - you will be rewarded with some easy game next. This is not even multiplayer, it's just singleplayer with adaptive difficulty with players carefully picked instead of bots.
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  5. Nov 19, 2020
    1
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  6. Nov 30, 2020
    0
    Ok game. But it Crashes alot and my ps5 crashed total. So it had to reboot data. Fix it asap

    Splitt screen dont work. 5 fps sometimes. My
    Ok game. But it Crashes alot and my ps5 crashed total. So it had to reboot data. Fix it asap

    Splitt screen dont work. 5 fps sometimes. My rounds ends with ce error.

    I can start the Story Mode again from begin...because my save data just missing. Too bad cant give -5 Points. Shame on this game
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  7. Nov 14, 2020
    0
    I had very high hopes for this next installment. But oh jesus was i vastly disappointed. Make cod good again

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