The annual Call of Duty opus has been available since November 13. Entitled Black Ops Cold War, it is the 17th iteration of the saga. The time flies ! Developed by Treyarch and Raven Software, it brings a single player, zombie and multiplayer mode in the middle of the Cold War in a very 80s atmosphere.
“We must protect our way of life! “
The single player campaign of a Call of Duty is like the fast-food : it’s not very good but from time to time, it goes. Moreover, as at McDonald’s, the service is fast: allow about 5 hours to finish the story of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War without much difficulty. We always find the same tricks with a hyper-scripted campaign where fights, explosions and chases are linked in [insérez le véhicule de votre choix]. Nevertheless, it deviates from time to time from the usual interventionist scheme to leave you the choice in some dialogues or certain approaches. But beware, the game will quickly come back to you. Still welcome these attempts to think outside the box. Between each mission, a sort of hub is offered to you to select the next one. There are even a few side missions that will require you to think a little bit to unlock them using the various clues collected during your missions. I mean, a little bit. After all, the game is mostly aimed at console players! The countryside even offers itself the luxury of three different endings. We can regret that the choices during the story do not ultimately influence the final course at all, since everything is decided at the last mission. In the midst of the Cold War and the threat of a nuclear holocaust, you will have the opportunity to visit Vietnam, Cuba and even Russia. Each mission will be exotic. As for the scenario, it might surprise you, but I can’t say anything without letting you know the discovery. A more arcade and lighter campaign, which is taken a little less seriously than that of Modern Warfare but which has the merit of existing and trying things.
We don’t change the recipe too much but we remove ingredients
At least it’s fluid.
On an i7-8700k, RTX 2080 and 32Gb of ram, the game runs like a charm at 130-140FPS in 1440p. Note that ray tracing as well as DLSS are available.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War offers the minimum service with the most basic game modes: FFA, TDM or confirmed elimination. They are of no interest except for those who like to eat Call of Duty with a shovel between snipers who are camping, killstreaks unbearable every 30 seconds and the remainders screaming at the microphone in the lobby. There are 2 original modes: VIP Escort and Sale Bomb. Unfortunately for the former, the attempt to bring in a tactical game mode is totally served by the gameplay, much too fast and arcade. The second is more innovative and brings several teams of 3 players to compete in an open world with objectives to accomplish on two dedicated maps. Overall, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is very stingy in content with only 10 cards, very classic, in respect of the level design disastrous Treyarchdien which seems to aim to allow snipers to camp and kill opponents as soon as they reappear. Otherwise in broad outline, it’s still Call of Duty: low FPS fans from the front to the gameplay proven will find their account there. We find the same progression system as the previous opus where you will therefore have to play, play and play again to level up your weapons and unlock accessories … Note that the first major update is scheduled for the month of December.
A quick word on the netcode, very random depending on the game mode. It is not uncommon to die behind a wall or for an opponent to simply seem to ignore our balls. This is especially felt in modes that bring together a large number of players. (Bomb Sale, Combined Arms). For a more detailed analysis, I direct you to the excellent BattleNonSense Youtube channel. You will also note that it is less good than that of Modern Warfare. And that’s not the only step back …
Modern Warfare’s difficult legacy
Zombie mode is back.
I won’t be able to tell you if it’s better or worse because I haven’t touched this thing for 10 years. In any case, it always seems to be the same. It is playable up to 4 players, and it will keep the most passionate people busy.
If we put aside the single player campaign and the zombie mode, the multiplayer of Black Ops Cold War is a regression compared to the previous opus. We regret, for example, the Skirmish mode or the inability to lean. But it’s not just in his gameplay more arcade and faster than it fishes. After all, it might match the tastes of other players. It is also in the realization because everything is uglier: the textures, the sound environment, the lighting effects… In fact, we simply have to recognize that Infinity Ward has a lot more talent. Here, no attention is paid to the details of explosions, bullet holes or even animations. Players who reverted to the license with Modern Warfare can skip their path. Black Ops: Cold War is the stupid and nasty Call of Duty, the insipid recipe that we use every year without taking the slightest risk, anyway, it is sold by pallets. So why the fuck?
Gameplay recorded in Combined Weapons mode, map: Armada
What about Warzone in all of this?
At this time, it is not possible to access Warzone in Cold War. It remains to be seen how Activision will include the universe of the last opus in its battle royale free-to-play. Hopefully his gameplay does not change, and that this translates only into cosmetic contributions. It’s hard to imagine Treyarch / Infinity Ward completely shaking up Warzone anyway.
Shareholders are happy
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is the minimum service to offer Activision shareholders their annual Call of Duty. A nice single player campaign but far too short, an anecdotal multiplayer mode without taking risks and with rickety content. There is the zombie mode to please the fans. But the worst is the significant regression on many points compared to Modern Warfare. Treyarch is the talented little brother.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is available for 60 € on Battle.net or at our partner Gamesplanet.
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