Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is Now Available, What Are the Critics Saying?

The big day for all the Call of Duty fans have arrived and people are already playing the game like mad. The first-person shooter is available for Microsoft Window, Xbox and PS4. “Featuring gritty, grounded, fluid Multiplayer combat, the biggest Zombies offering ever with three full undead adventures at launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in one massive battle royale experience.”

So what are the critics saying about such an amazing game? See our snapshot of some of the biggest names in gaming.

Paul Tassi, Forbes

Having played a good amount of Blackout in the beta and then some cursory matches this morning, I’ve already come to a conclusion.

This feels like the beginning of the end for the Battle Royale trend.

To be clear, this is not because I think Blackout is bad. The opposite, actually. I think Blackout is very, very good, and probably the most made-for-me Battle Royale title out there, as I’ve always loved Call of Duty combat and prefer it to the likes of PUBG and Fortnite. Using it in a mode like this on a sprawling map like this is a blast, and I’m looking forward to playing a ton of Blackout going forward.

So what do I mean?

Blackout feels like it’s about to suck the remaining oxygen out of the room when it comes to the Battle Royale trend. Like this will be the last major entry into the genre of any real significance, and then we will approach whatever the “next thing” is soon enough here.

Ben Kuchera, Polygon

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the most 2018 game release you can imagine, and it might be one of Activision’s most forward-looking moves in recent memory. The lack of a single-player campaign may be a boon for Black Ops 4. The final product arrives like Activision’s take on The Orange Box, Valve’s iconic greatest hits collection that featured both old and new games in one container. Black Ops 4features three completely different games in three different genres, all tied together by “feel” more than theme, story or even time period. Each one can and likely will benefit from ongoing development and new content, but each also shows promise at launch.

There is a story, and it does its darndest to tie the game into the greater Black Ops lore, as you’ll find out when you open multiplayer for the first time and get an expository cutscene. You can explore the lore further by playing through the tutorial for each Specialist class. Developer Treyarch hasn’t altogether removed the narrative elements; they’ve just been flattened and spread across the various modes.

Kallie Plagge, Gamespot

While Black Ops 4 doesn’t have a traditional single-player campaign, it does have a training mode with story cutscenes based on the characters from multiplayer. Because I played Black Ops 4 at a pre-launch event for these early review impressions, I haven’t yet had a chance to try it. Of course, the most intriguing of the three main modes is Black Ops 4’s take on the battle royale genre. Blackout is a big step forward for Call of Duty, and while it undoubtedly captures what makes battle royale so popular, I still need to play a lot more (and on live servers post-launch) before finalizing my review early next week.

Daniel Tack, Gameinformer

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 makes a sacrifice that’s sure to be off-putting to some with the lack of a campaign, but the surrender of tradition comes with sweeping and significant benefits. Blackout is the best battle-royale experience available today, zombies offers crazy customizable co-op, and multiplayer keeps things grounded for those looking for the classic core.

Chandler Wood, PlayStation Lifestyle

Once you accept that the campaign is gone, you’ll realize that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a game made specifically for the fans. Leaving a traditional single-player campaign behind has allowed Treyarch to refocus their efforts on an even better multiplayer experience, a more extensive Zombies offering, and a whole new game mode for Call of Duty fans to enjoy. It takes exactly what people love about the series and continues to fine tune the things it does best. This is the Call of Duty that Treyarch is known for. The story is still there, intertwined with lore about the multiplayer Specialists, but this drastic shift for the series has allowed Treyarch to pour far more resources into the parts of their game that keep fans coming back. Black Ops 4 might be missing a campaign, but it still feels like the most robust the series has ever been.

Based on the reviews and first impressions above, we can easily say that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has plenty to offer its fanbase and even new players. You can get Call of Duty: Balck Ops 4 on PS4 and Xbox.