Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is back! Featuring gritty, grounded Multiplayer combat, the biggest Zombies offering ever with three full undead adventures at launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in a massive battle royal experience. Blackout features the largest map in Call of Duty history, signature Black Ops combat, and characters, locations and weapons from the Black Ops series.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer raises the bar, delivering the most thrilling experience yet with a focus on tactical, grounded gameplay and player choice. The game offers a new level of online action across a variety of new weaponry, maps and modes. For the first time, Multiplayer serves as the center of the game’s narrative as players explore each Specialist’s role and unique playstyles. With the return of the Pick 10 Create-a-Class system and a new Gear category, gameplay becomes more customizable than ever, giving players choice on how to equip their Specialist. Combined with the ability to unlock devastating Score streaks, players will have the opportunity to be powerful on their own or unstoppable as a team.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 delivers the biggest Day 1 Zombies offering ever with three full experiences at launch: IX, Voyage of Despair, and Blood of the Dead. With an exciting new adventure and a brand-new cast of characters, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Zombies will feature the deep gameplay and Easter eggs that its rabid community of fans have come to expect.
In Blackout, Black Ops comes to life in a massive battle royal experience that features Black Ops signature combat and land, sea, and air vehicles in the biggest map in Call of Duty history. Bringing together the worlds of Black Ops, play as your favorite characters and battle through iconic settings from the Black Ops universe in an all-out survival and elimination experience.
The game is split up into 3 main modes (Multiplayer, Blackout, Zombies) with a tutorial mode
Core gameplay is the same as past boots-on-the-ground COD games except HP is higher so more focus on skill and head shots.
There are manual heals (compared to auto), so you have to choose between healing and reloading in tough situations.
Armor (Blackout/Multiplayer) and quick scope (multiplayer) tends to be the meta as of this review, but may change from patch updates and/or the community discovers something new to exploit.
This basically a tutorial mode that explains each of the character class abilities for multiplayer. There is some background story cutscenes: ~30seconds prologue and outro for each character class.
A battle royal game similar to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnight where you and 99 other players parachute down a plane to any point on the map to a survivalist game to see who can be the last person standing. The map is ridiculously large, having the border shrink every time the player count dwindles and/or countdown timer reach certain intervals. If you are outside the border, you constantly lose health, so you’re constantly moving. You start off with no weapons/inventory and have to scavenge for them on the map. Every pickup is randomized throughout the map every time you play
This game resembles PUBG more than Fortnight due to it’s realistic, non-cartoonish setting. Unlike PUBG it’s more polished and has less bugs and microtransactions (as of release, may change later??). Also the graphics are way better. Weapon/item variety are more generous in Blackout
Character customization is limited as you can only select the gender and race of your characters. There are some skins you can choose from, but have to be unlocked by completing certain objectives or reaching a certain caps. There’s also character emotes/sprays, but i haven’t seen anyone use them.
There are supply drops, and zombie area on the map to get better loot, but it’s a big risk/reward system
There are 3 game types: Duo, Solo, and Team.
There are 2 separate stories: one a continuation from Black Ops 3, and a brand new story involving time-travel.
There are 3 maps (1 of which is DLC)
Zombies are now faster, resembling more of Left 4 Dead series of games. Also have some new wacky enemy types
A lot of Easter eggs throughout. Like previous COD Zombies there’s a lot of comic mischief and jokes character spill out as you play
Core gameplay wise it’s traditional COD, but with special weapons and elixirs. The latter of which is a temporary abilities booster which has a cooldown period before you use it again.
Outside the story modes where you have to figure out how to progress, there’s Rush Mode which is traditional horde mode where you don’t have to focus on purchasing upgrades with in-game money/unlockable
Traditional online multiplayer for COD. Less changed/new out of the 3.
When you first start off, like recently released COD games in past years it’s unbalanced until you grind for your desired loadout. This is because perks, weapon attachments and items are unlocked as you rank up.