Wednesday, January 20

Game Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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You know what you’re getting with Call of Duty franchise: big, bombastic, and explosive moments mixed with undercover military shenanigans; but what makes Black Ops Cold War unique is its bizarre 1960s-1980s spy-thriller setting, full of conspiracies, mind control mayhem, and espionage.

From stopping a Russian plane about to take off to infiltrating the KGB headquarters, Black Ops Cold War throws you in some truly infatuating predicaments, and longtime fans and newcomers will be enamoured with the variety and high-octane action on offer from the long-running franchise.

The campaign itself, while fantastic, doesn’t last too long, and will take about 5 or so hours to work through. Thankfully, while brief, the campaign delivers some fantastic and diverse moments — in one mission, you’ll be chasing enemies over densely-detailed rooftop environments, then you’ll find yourself sneaking into Russian bases right after playing through a flashback mission set during the Vietnam War. The variety of what you’re doing is great, and really gives you a dynamic experience, rather than just pure run-and-gunning your way through the game.

Of course, the meat of the experience lies in the online component. And, interestingly, just as the campaign looks to the past to deliver something fresh, so does the multiplayer. The variety of modes will keep you hooked thanks to the focus on 8 great maps and more balanced weaponary, as opposed to too many perks and mechanics, which do tend to deter some fringe players. If you can get your skills up to scratch, and wrap your head around some of the more straightforward maps this time around, there’s a lot to enjoy with Cold War‘s more streamlined multiplayer experience.

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And the icing on the Cold War cake is the Zombies mode, which does away with the twisted alternate-reality sidestory from previous games, and basically gives you the beloved wave-after-wave action to play with some friends, along with a few refinements and environmental traps to give you an upper-hand.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is another great entry into the beloved CoD franchise, delivering a twisty and exciting campaign full of great dialogue and spectacular set-pieces, while the multiplayer, while a little more straightforward, provides more than enough to keep online players happy for at least another year.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is available on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC.

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