‘Black Ops4’ has repetitive aspects from previous titles

Buying and playing “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” was a poor way to kill time while waiting for the release of “Red Dead Redemption 2.”

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is the latest title in Treyarch’s “Call of Duty” franchise. “Black Ops 4,” or, “BO4,” has some issues that are seen throughout the Triple-A gaming industry as of late. Treyarch does redeem itself a bit, by catering to the fad of  “Battle Royal” type games that have been dominating the gaming industry in the few past years by adding a “new” game mode called “Black Out.”

top__id1535111616_343178It is hardly a redeeming feature, though. The game mode, “Black Out,” is by far the most boring way to play “Call of Duty.” The entire experience is 40 minutes of chasing a closing map and trying to find fights with other players, and then dying at the hands of an enemy that happened to spot you first. I have never been much of a fan of “Battle Royal” games, such as “Fortnite” or “PUBG.” However, my friends almost exclusively play “Black Out.”

My biggest issue with “BO4” is the “Multiplayer” game mode. This is how the classic “Call of Duty” experience comes into fruition. Only, there is no fruit. Treyarch had the grand idea of reusing old maps from previous “Call of Duty” titles. When I spend $60 on a “NEW” game, I expect new content. Other than the weapons and a few perks, (most of the perks are ALSO reused) there is simply not enough new content to make me want to keep playing the game.

The only time I feel any satisfaction playing “Multiplayer” is when I join “Hardcore” lobbies. The time-to-kill, or TTK in “Core” modes, is simply too long. I feel like I am playing “Halo” with as much lead that I have to pump into my enemies before they fall down. But even in “Hardcore” lobbies, since the maps are reused, veteran players of the series have a huge edge on the competition for people new to the franchise, because they already have so many hours on the same maps. Much of the time, playing “Hardcore” is either getting spawn-camped, or, spawn camping.

What would “Black Ops” titles be without ZOMBIES? The new Zombies is yet another map and story of the same, old, repetitive survival mode. I hate fighting unending waves of AI in any game. It is brainless, just like the zombies. And planting some Easter eggs in a new map is not going to sell me on boring gameplay. With almost every “Zombies” lobby I’ve joined, the other players make it very clear, “We are just going for the Easter Egg.”

At first, I loved the new “BO4.” New game modes, new zombies, cool weapons — and How could I forget, the Operators? — “BO4” features a group of tragically hip, tacti-cool meat heads that use different equipment to give players an edge in combat.

I find myself relying on good ole’ fashioned gun skills more than anything. But the abilities are kind of neat. If only the Operators weren’t so boring looking and so “geared” with too much MOLLE system on every piece of equipment they wear.

I won’t play “BO4” any more until I see new maps released. Even then, I doubt I will feel any better about this copy-pasted junk I wasted my money on. Until then, I give “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” a 3/10.

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