When Activision first announced 'Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4', I was a bit sceptical about it not offering a single player mode and brushed the game aside for not being “innovative”. The studio chose to pack a battle Royale mode instead, which was not something I was looking forward to. I was wrong.
Treyarch, the developer of the game actually delivered a game that I find myself going back to each time I switch on my PlayStation 4 Pro. We tested out the game and its different modes and we feel it's the best multiplayer game in the franchise since Modern Warfare 2.Blackout
Hands down our favourite mode in the new game is the Battle Royale mode called 'Blackout'. Essentially it's same as any other Battle Royale game where you jump into a map with 99 other opponents and try to come on top. Having said that, Blackout feels more refreshing and exciting than its other BR counterparts, as it has a range of gadgets, more guns and special abilities.
Blackout is something you can play all day and not feel exhausted even after a long gaming session — you simply want to keep playing more. The gunplay in Blackout works exactly as it did in the previous COD games, as it uses the same engine Activision has been using for over a decade. Sure, the engine may be old, but it still feels better than any other FPS we've played this year.
Being a Battlefield player, I've always considered 'Call of Duty' more of a casual game due to its arcade-centric gameplay. However, Blackout strikes a great balance between being fun and tactical at the same time. COD Black Ops 4 has hit it out of the park this year and it seems like the completion will have a hard time catching up.
The other thing that matters most in an online game is connectivity, especially for Indian gamers. The Blackout mode runs on dedicated servers which makes the connection stable and reliable in this mode. It's a first for any COD game on consoles and is probably the reason why it will be the most played mode in India.
The framerate is solid and keeps the game fast paced. We encountered absolutely no issues apart from a few disconnections which can be credited to my internet connection. Overall, Treyarch has delivered a high-quality Battle Royale mode which is going to dominate streams and Youtube for time to come.Multiplayer
The multiplayer on Black Ops 4 is more of the traditional mode that you may have enjoyed in previous games. It works exactly like previous games with classic modes such as domination, free-for-all, team deathmatch and others.
A lot of the older maps such as Summit, Firing Range and Nuketown have been remastered and brought back for players who have been a long-time fan of the franchise. You will know every single detail about these maps like myself if you've played the original Black Ops and other games in the same Black Ops franchise.
Levelling up also means a lot more just like the classic games, where you acquire better gear and guns as you progress through. You have passive upgrades that change the way your character moves and performs, which has been borrowed from the Modern Warfare games.Conclusion
Not everyone is happy about the lack of a single player mode, however, 'Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4' has done enough to keep us distracted with Blackout. The multiplayer experience is at par and back to its roots with a few tweaks to make the experience relevant and enjoyable in 2018.
As a package, this is a game you can play all year as you won't come across a better multiplayer game this year.