I didn’t like Call of Duty Black Ops 4

I was looking for something to pass the time until BFA on Monday, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to install and try out the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 open beta. I always have the itch to try out the newest Call of Duty game, though I’v resisted that itch for the past few iterations.

The itch goes back to my CoD4-MW2 days when I’d log between 200 and 400 hours without breaking a sweat. That’s pretty good for me in a shooter game. I wasn’t half bad at them back then, either.

My first impression of Black Ops 4 was that it was really involved. I was going to say complicated, but that’s the wrong word — involved is too. There’s just a lot going on. CoD used to be a really pure experience. You get in, you pick your guns you want, you maybe put on attachments if it’s one of the newer ones, then you just run around and shoot. That’s changed quite a bit.


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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

It’s been a while since we last played a Call of Duty game. We have always enjoyed the series, despite burning out on the familiar formula from time to time.  Black ops was the last  Call of Duty we played.  We skipped MW3, giving us just enough time to start feeling the itch to jump back into the frag-box.

Single-Player: A Flare for the Dramatic

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Stealth Camo
The AI loves to wear stealth camo. Too bad my scope can scan for it! Notice I can also see through walls?

Maybe it’s just us, but the single-player story is hard to follow.  Right from the beginning you are thrown into a storyline based off the original Black Ops.  Knowing characters from the original helps a lot, but we still felt lost as the cut-scenes randomly flashed from past to present and back again. The overall futuristic setting of 2025 is definitely cool. Using the future tech was easily the best part of the campaign, but we both feel like the devs were a bit optimistic with where we’ll be at in 13 years — seeing through walls, cloaking, and all that stuff.

The campaign features the usual highly scripted, event filled, story driven gameplay.  You’ll be riding horses while shooting rockets, gliding around with a flying squirrel suit, piloting a jet plane, EMP grenading invisible bad guys, and performing all of the expected awesome, and oft wacky, Call of Duty events.  We never felt like the game made us do the same crazy thing twice.

Read more after the break for our full Black Ops 2 Review. (more…)