It’s that time of year again, New Call Of Duty time. This year’s entry is Call Of Duty Black Ops 4. Devel­oped by Tre­yarch, Black Ops 4 returns to boots on the ground com­bat sim­i­lar to Blacks Ops 1 and 2. 

There is no cam­paign present in Black Ops 4, instead you can hit up the Spe­cial­ist HQ and play through the spe­cial­ist mis­sions to see the Black Ops 4 sto­ry­line. In the Spe­cial­ist HQ you will select a spe­cial­ist from the group of spe­cial­ist and play through a train­ing course and a skir­mish to unlock a cutscene that reveals a lit­tle bit of the sto­ry­line. The skir­mish plays out like a mul­ti­play­er match with bots. You can replay them on high­er dif­fi­cul­ty to increase your start rat­ing on each one. There are 3 stars to unlock for each spe­cial­ist.

Multiplayer

The Mul­ti­play­er in Black Ops 4 is fun and excit­ing but not per­fect. There are some serv­er issues caus­ing lag and shoot first die first has been a prob­lem for us since launch. Hope­ful­ly they get that fixed quick­ly as it does lead to major frus­tra­tion. We also feel there is some bal­anc­ing issues with some weapons and spe­cial­ist abil­i­ties. Nomad’s dog is far too strong and Tac mask should nul­li­fy all effects from flash­es, stuns etc yet it only reduces the effects still leav­ing you an easy tar­get.

Mul­ti­play­er fea­tures 10 spe­cial­ists, each with their own set of unique abil­i­ties. The Pick 10 sys­tem returns to cre­ate a class with a cou­ple new addi­tions, Gear and The Oper­a­tor mod. The Oper­a­tor mod is a pow­er attach­ment for your weapon. Most guns can use an Oper­a­tor mod. The oper­a­tor mod effects each weapon dif­fer­ent­ly so make sure you read the descrip­tion for each weapon. Gear can be equipped in the gear slot and fea­tures Armor, The Sen­sor Dart, Com­sec device and more. Here is a com­plete list of perks, weapons, oper­a­tor mods and gear.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Review

Gear

  • Equip­ment Charge – Equip­ment and Spe­cial­ist Weapons recharge faster
  • Stim Shot – Heal faster and more often while main­tain­ing con­trol of your weapon
  • COMSEC Device – Score­streaks are earned at a dis­count
  • Body Armor – Increased pro­tec­tion from ini­tial bul­let dam­age. Reduced move­ment speed.
  • Acoustic Sen­sor – Bet­ter hear ene­my move­ments

Operator Mods

Assault Rifle Oper­a­tor Mods

  • VAPR — Bay­o­net­ta 
  • Mad­dox RFB — Fir­ing Unit

SMG Oper­a­tor Mods

  • AKS — Long­burst 
  • Spit­fire — Wild­fire

Tac­ti­cal Rifles

  • Auger DMR — Two Round Burst 
  • AVR 223 — Burst Accel­er­a­tor 
  • Sword­fish — Burst Count 
  • Titan — Sup­pres­sive Bar­rell

Snipers Oper­a­tor Mods

  • Koshka — Speed Cen­ter

Pis­tol Oper­a­tor Mods

  • Strife — Tac­ti­cal Knife 
  • Mozu — Skull Split­ter

Shot­gun Oper­a­tor Mods

  • Mod 12 — Drag­on Breath

Perks

Tier 1

  • Scav­enger – Replen­ish ammo from fall­en foes
  • Engi­neer – Detect ene­my equip­ment and score­streaks through walls, reroll and boo­by trap care pack­ages
  • Flak Jack­et – Take less explo­sive dam­age
  • Tac­ti­cal Mask – Increased resis­tance to 9-bang, Con­cus­sion, Razor Wire, Reac­tor Core, Seek­er, Tem­pest, Fire and Counter UAV

Tier 2

  • Light­weight – Move faster while sprint­ing, reduced fall dam­age
  • Skulk­er – Move faster while crouched and prone
  • Cold Blood­ed – Increased resis­tance to ene­my abil­i­ties, equip­ment and score­streak tar­get­ing
  • Gung-Ho – Fire while sprint­ing. Move at full speed while reload­ing.
    Dex­ter­i­ty – Faster climb­ing, mantling, slid­ing and weapon swap­ping

Tier 3

  • Ghost – Unde­tectable by UAV
  • Team Link – See friends through walls
  • Dead silence – Move qui­et­ly
  • Track­er – See dig­i­tal foot­prints of ene­mies

Wildcards

  • Overkill — Replace sec­ondary with pri­ma­ry
  • Under­kill — Replace pri­ma­ry with sec­ondary
  • Pri­ma­ry Gun­fight­er 1 2 3 — Add an addi­tion­al attach­ment to your pri­ma­ry weapon
  • Sec­ondary Gun­fight­er 1 2 3 — Add an addi­ton­al attach­ment to your sec­ondary weapon
  • Glut­tony 1 2 3 — Take 3 perks from one cat­e­go­ry, can only take perks from that cat­e­go­ry
  • Greed 1 2 3– Take 2 perks from same cat­e­go­ry, can mix and match with oth­er cat­e­gories

Weapons

Assault Rifles

ICR-7

  • Dam­age: 7/20
  • Range: 10/20
  • Fire Rate: 12/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 12/20

Ram­part 17

  • Dam­age: 7/20
  • Range: 10/20
  • Fire Rate: 12/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 12/20

KN-57

  • Dam­age: 7/20
  • Range: 10/20
  • Fire Rate: 12/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 12/20

VAPR-XKG

  • Dam­age: 7/20
  • Range: 10/20
  • Fire Rate: 12/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 12/20

Mad­dox RFB

  • Dam­age: 7/20
  • Range: 10/20
  • Fire Rate: 12/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 12/20

Sub Machine Guns

GKS

  • Dam­age: 5/20
  • Range: 7/20
  • Fire Rate: 13/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 11/20

MX9

  • Dam­age: 6/20
  • Range: 5/20
  • Fire Rate: 14/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 7/20

CORDITE

  • Dam­age: 5/20
  • Range: 4/20
  • Fire Rate: 15/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 6/20

SAUG-9MM

  • Dam­age: 5/20
  • Range: 4/20
  • Fire Rate: 16/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 9/20

Spit­fire

  • Dam­age: 3/20
  • Range: 3/20
  • Fire Rate: 17/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 5/20

Tac­ti­cal Rifles

ABR 223

  • Dam­age: 8/20
  • Range: 7/20
  • Fire Rate: 12/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 9/20

AUGER DMR

  • Dam­age: 10/20
  • Range: 9/20
  • Fire Rate: 5/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 11/20

SWORDFISH

  • Dam­age: 7/20
  • Range: 10/20
  • Fire Rate: 13/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 14/20

Light Machine Guns

TITAN

  • Dam­age: 9/20
  • Range: 14/20
  • Fire Rate: 9/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 8/20

HADES

  • Dam­age: 7/20
  • Range: 14/20
  • Fire Rate: 14/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 7/20

VKM 750

  • Dam­age: 11/20
  • Range: 14/20
  • Fire Rate: 7/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 6/20

Sniper Rifles

SDM

  • Dam­age: 12/20
  • Range: 16/20
  • Fire Rate: 6/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 12/20

OUTLAW

  • Dam­age: 13/20
  • Range: 16/20
  • Fire Rate: 3/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 13/20

PALADIN HB50

  • Dam­age: 15/20
  • Range: 16/20
  • Fire Rate: 1/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 9/20

KOSHKA

  • Dam­age: 14/20
  • Range: 16/20
  • Fire Rate: 2/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 11/20

Sec­ondary Weapons

COMBAT KNIFE

One Hit Kill

STRIFE

  • Dam­age: 9/20
  • Range: 8/20
  • Fire Rate: 8/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 11/20

RK 7 GARRISON

  • Dam­age: 6/20
  • Range: 5/20
  • Fire Rate: 12/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 9/20

MOZU

  • Dam­age: 11/20
  • Range: 6/20
  • Fire Rate: 7/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 7/20

SG12

  • Dam­age: 10/20
  • Range: 3/20
  • Fire Rate: 6/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 4/20

MOG 12

  • Dam­age: 12/20
  • Range: 3/20
  • Fire Rate: 3/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 5/20

HELLION SALVO

  • Dam­age: 17/20
  • Range: 19/20
  • Fire Rate: 2/20
  • Accu­ra­cy: 16/20

As of the time of this writ­ing, mul­ti­play­er plays well. The con­trols and aim­ing feel smooth and respon­sive, but get­ting a kill takes a few extra bul­lets. Play­ers have 50 extra health points in Black Ops 4. Health is now 150, while pre­vi­ous entries fea­tured only 100 health. Most mul­ti­play­er game modes are now played in the 5v5 for­mat. The result is a more tac­ti­cal, slow­er paced Call of Duty mul­ti­play­er expe­ri­ence than its pre­de­ces­sors. Right now Black Ops 4’s mul­ti­play­er fea­tures 13 game modes:

Core

  • Con­trol
  • Heist
  • Free for All
  • Kill Con­firmed
  • Search and Destroy
  • Dom­i­na­tion
  • Hard­point
  • Team Death­match

Hardcore

  • HC Free For All
  • HC TDM
  • HC Kill Con­firmed
  • HC Dom­i­na­tion
  • HC Search and Destroy

There are some serv­er issues caus­ing some lag, shoot first die first has been a prob­lem for us since launch. Hope­ful­ly they get that fixed quick­ly as it does lead to major frus­tra­tion.

Blackout

Call Of Duty Black ops 4 fea­tures a new bat­tle royale mode named Black­out. Black­out com­bines the refined first per­son shoot­er mechan­ics of Call Of Duty and the huge map and chaos of the bat­tle royale genre.

Play­ers start by wing suit­ing to a a play­er cho­sen loca­tion on the map. Once you have land­ed your goal is to find weapons, armor, perks and attach­ments as quick­ly as pos­si­ble while stay­ing in the bat­tle area and killing any ene­my you see along the way.

While the bat­tle royale genre isn’t new, Black Ops 4’s unique blend of FPS and Bat­tle Royale work very well. If you’re already a fan of Call Of Duty and Bat­tle Royale then Black­out will feel right at home for you.

Zombies

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Review

Zom­bies mode has returned in Black Ops 4, fea­tur­ing 3 maps (4 If you pur­chase the Black Ops Pass), new modes and a very cus­tomiz­able cus­tom match mode. We spent a few hours with zom­bies and enjoyed it. New perk and pack-a-punch sys­tems require some explor­ing and think­ing to fig­ure out and makes zom­bies feel fresh. The Maps are well designed and fun. Each very unique. (with the excep­tion of the Black Ops Pass Exclu­sive Zom­bies Map “Clas­si­fied”) Here is the list of zom­bies maps avail­able at launch in Black Ops 4:

  • IX -The quest to find Scarlett’s father takes the crew back in time, where they’ll shoot and slash their way through a cav­ernous col­i­se­um crawl­ing with hordes of the undead.
  • Voy­age Of Despair — Was it an ice­berg or the zom­bies? It’s 1912 on the infa­mous maid­en voy­age of the RMS Titan­ic, and our heroes have arrived to cap­ture an arti­fact that may shed light on the mys­tery at the cen­ter of their adven­ture.
  • Blood Of The Dead -The return of a fan-favorite! In their mis­sion to ‘secure a bet­ter tomor­row’, Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo and Niko­lai jour­ney to a secret lab­o­ra­to­ry beneath the icon­ic Alca­traz Pen­i­ten­tiary.

The Bottom Line

Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 won’t dis­ap­point fans who enjoy the clas­sic boots on the ground com­bat that made Call Of Duty pop­u­lar. If you’re look­ing a for a fun, fast paced flu­id bat­tle royale, Black­out is for you. If you are a fan of the Call Of Duty fran­chise, you will over­all enjoy Black Ops 4 and it is worth buy­ing.