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  • Summary: Black Ops returns - in your face. Featuring gritty, grounded, fluid Multiplayer combat, a massive Zombies offering with 3 full undead adventures at launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in one huge battle royale experience featuring the largest map in Call ofBlack Ops returns - in your face. Featuring gritty, grounded, fluid Multiplayer combat, a massive Zombies offering with 3 full undead adventures at launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in one huge battle royale experience featuring the largest map in Call of Duty history, signature Black Ops combat, characters, locations and weapons from the entire Black Ops series. Soldier up for all-out combat – tailor made for the Black Ops community. [Treyarch] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 15, 2018
    100
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a game that looks at the entire first-person shooter genre, past and present, takes all the best ideas, and assembles them into what feels like the easiest to recommend shooter I have ever played. The only caveat to that recommendation is that some gamers will find themselves absolutely ignoring two thirds of what the game has to offer, and that makes me wonder if a different model of monetization would have been better suited for what feels like a collection of three different games.
  2. Oct 20, 2018
    91
    Even if lacking the the trademark narrative pillar of the series, CoD: Black Ops 4 manages to deliver an impressive and content-filled package with a more tactical and grounded multiplayer, a way improved and rich Zombie mode and probably the best - and definitely the most polished - Battle Royale mode available today.
  3. Oct 21, 2018
    90
    Call of Duty Black Ops 4 is one of the best multiplayer shooters of the year. Its new proposal and the Battle Royale mode make it a must of this generation.
  4. Oct 14, 2018
    88
    In pruning the campaign from its suite of modes, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has discovered a renewed focus on the nuts and bolts of what most players demand from Activision's undying shooter series. Blackout is a superb addition, in which Treyarch improves upon the battle royale formula, ensuring the gamble in losing single-player ultimately pays off.
  5. Oct 16, 2018
    85
    With three strong and well-designed online experiences, Black Ops 4 is a fantastic and addictive experience for young players. Its own Battle Royale called Black Out turns out to be better than people expected and could establish a new direction for this popular genre. A must-play for Call of Duty long time fans.
  6. Oct 30, 2018
    80
    Deprived of its usual solo campaign, Call of Duty Black Ops 4 looks more like a patchwork than a whole, tight experience. Nonetheless, its multiple game modes, among which the first AAA Battle Royale, have enough to offer.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Dec 18, 2018
    60
    Tired and lacking ideas, this is the most disappointing CoD in years that follows, not leads. [Christmas 2018, p.72]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 115
  2. Negative: 49 out of 115
  1. Oct 12, 2018
    10
    Buy this call of duty, it's the best since 2009 and that's saying something, ignore the haters just because they could be bad at the game.
  2. Sep 20, 2019
    9
    A refreshing return for what was, in my opinion, a series that was dying a slow and painful death. Did anyone honestly enjoy playing AdvancedA refreshing return for what was, in my opinion, a series that was dying a slow and painful death. Did anyone honestly enjoy playing Advanced Warfare, WW2 or Infinite Warfare? I was sceptical to buy it at first but really glad I did.

    The multiplayer is fun and fast-paced. I know others don't but I actually enjoy playing with the specialists - but each to their own. The 'Blackout' game mode really makes the game for me. It feels like they've taken elements from each of the other popular battle royale games and put their own spin on it - it works. It really works. My friends and I play frequently and get really sucked into it! I've never been that keen on zombies but for the few games I have played I've enjoyed. (Although it does seem much harder this time around?)
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  3. Sep 1, 2020
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I really enjoyed this game, but I will say zero being added ruined the game play Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2018
    5
    This game is painfully average.

    The multiplayer was slowed down to make it more "tactical", 5v5, no exo suits, increased health, and larger
    This game is painfully average.

    The multiplayer was slowed down to make it more "tactical", 5v5, no exo suits, increased health, and larger maps. The multiplayer feels very meh. It's dumb fun, nothing else.

    Zombies is a convoluted mess, why is there all this extra stuff? Why was so much time spent on a mode that was MADE to be simplistic? Who remembers when you spawned, got a gun, and could see how long you can survive? I do, now it's over complicated with custom classes, abilities, elixirs, etc all this useless stuff for a game mode that could be so fun if it had simplicity. But it doesn't.

    Blackout is fun, really fun. I enjoy it, I'd choose it over PUBG any day. But at the cost of a campaign. Why is this game called black ops??? The battle royale mode is pretty fun, at the cost of a core feature from the series. If it's worth it or not, that's up for you to decide. To me, it wasn't.

    Specialist HQ, is sorta like situations from Rainbow Six Siege. Getting to know how the multiplayer operators work, and somewhat of their backstory. It's not a visceral, war story. It's basic, and generic.

    Overall, Black Ops 4 is a dumbed down version of Black Ops 3. Insanely complicated zombies, slower paced multiplayer, and a game mode created to follow a trend, at the cost of a campaign. Don't buy this game for $60, wait til its $30 in the next few months. It is not worth the price of $60.
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  5. Nov 16, 2018
    4
    Was happy with this game until they introduced the Black Market. You either spend $200 to get all the tiers or you miss out due to it beingWas happy with this game until they introduced the Black Market. You either spend $200 to get all the tiers or you miss out due to it being too hard to progress through them. It’s a $100 game in Australia and the fact that there’s even the option to spend another $200 on lazy cosmetic tiers is appalling.

    Remember back in the good old days when we used to get a CoD and 4 maps packs, all up costing around $150AUD. Now you have the $100AUD base game, $200+AUD worth of tiers, the eventual $20AUD map packs, and god now what else they’ll charge for.
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  6. Apr 24, 2020
    1
    Ok so I cant stand those who are giving this game scores it doesn't even deserve. This game is a recycled piece of garbage campaign is scrapedOk so I cant stand those who are giving this game scores it doesn't even deserve. This game is a recycled piece of garbage campaign is scraped not even making it worth its retail price and is instead replaced with a battle royale that easily could've been part of multiplayer. The zombies and multiplayer is almost completely recycled as for zombies 4 out out of the 7 maps are remakes just because they didnt want to make anything new and for multiplayer the maps from bo1 and all specialist have returned with only 3 new ones with all weapons and create a class weapons just recycled similar guns from bo3. If you want to look on the bright side the gunplay and paced fighting can be very fun but as for other black ops games I'd rather play those. the worst part is the black ops pass those who play for zombies, multiplayer or both are forced to pay 50 dollars just to get 1 zombie map or 4 multiplayer maps. last but not least the microtransactions are horrendous so many new forms of cosmetics are added which makes getting desired items almost impossible along with the fact that dlc weapons are involved is even worse. My final verdict is that Black ops 4 is a recycled money grabbing paywall riddled horrible experience of a game and I just hope treyarch gets their act together with their next installment. Dont waste your time on this garbage Expand
  7. Mar 22, 2019
    0
    Treyarch should just pack it in, Either they are targeting certain people for whatever reason or this is the worst COD ever made.

    Blackout
    Treyarch should just pack it in, Either they are targeting certain people for whatever reason or this is the worst COD ever made.

    Blackout - UNPLAYABLE. Hit detection is either not working or if you're ''lucky'' it will be nothing but hit markers while you die from a few bullets from the people you are trying to shoot. You can sneak up on people and shoot them in the back and it will still be the same, they actually turn around and kill you while you are forced to reload due to using all your bullets ''shooting'' them and either getting zero hit markers or unlimited hit markers the result is the same either way.

    Multiplayer has the exact same problems as Blackout, sure it's been the same since BO2 anyway so no change there, but the one mode that always redeemed the game and never failed to deliver now finally has failed to deliver and that is Zombies.
    Zombies mode is broken as anytime you get near a high round the game crashes. Not to mention it's been 5 months and still only one new map added to the game with the ''Black ops pass'' They took out main staples of the game like JUG for example and added in a new story line which no one cares about (and they continue to make the ''DLC'' maps come out for it) instead of continuing on the storyline that people have followed over 5 games now. Not even a new map for the original storyline, Mob of the Dead ''remastered'' and 5 ''remastered'' come these scumbags are clearing milking the consumer for every last penny/cent they can get, it's disgusting and has gotten to the point where i don't even know if i want to continue playing computer games anymore.

    It's been 5 months now since the game came out and the only ''updates'' they have done is too find news ways to get even more money from people with ''cosmetics'' (micro transactions). Corporate gaming is trash and always wiil be trash. Every new ''generation'' of consoles the gaming quality takes a massive nose dive in every department except graphics. This will be the last console generation for me (been here since the SNES days)
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