Black Ops 4 integrates change to popular video game


Jose Garcia, Staff Writer

Not all Call of Duty games are created equal.

With the release of Black Ops 4, there have been 15 titles in the Call of Duty franchise. Depending on the developer and the variety of the game, the franchise can vary a lot depending on who makes the game. My favorite variety of Call of Duty has been the Black Ops series developed by Treyarch so I was excited when Activision announced the release of its fourth installment. I bought the game on PlayStation because PlayStation 4 users get the downloadable content (DLC) early.

Campaign Game Mode:

Black Ops 4 does not have a campaign officially; however, what it does have is the Specialist HQ, which is a set of missions that are played for a select operator. These missions have their own cutscenes at the beginning and end of the mission. e games in question are set in which you start o with a tutorial on how to play the operator first then you play a multiplayer game mode with bots. The cutscenes in question are really beautiful looking and it shows they put some time into the cutscenes. I love the little backstory for each of the specialists, giving it some character depth. It also helps you connect with these people you may play as. And I especially like how the last cutscene that plays whenever you beat all 10 specialist missions gives a clue for where to look for in the new battle royale game mode called “blackout.”

Multiplayer Game Mode:

Let me start off by saying that I haven’t played a proper, boots-on-the-ground Call of Duty since Modern Warfare Remastered when it released in 2016, and I really like how fast paced this multiplayer feels. It made me nostalgic for the feel of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. I know that I’m not the best Call of Duty player, but I can get a couple kills here and there, and I think I’m doing pretty decent at the game. But my favorite part of the game has to be the specialist abilities and ultimates. One of the problems is the game’s hitboxes because there are times when shots don’t always land and if they do it is not even close to where I shot. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen too often.

Zombies Game Mode:

The zombies game mode in Black Ops 4 is something I’m sure a lot of Black Ops players are familiar with and from what I have played so far it has its pros and cons. When I played Black Ops 4 I didn’t really have a squad to team up with so I’ve been a solo player for the entire time I played it. Now, this isn’t a problem for zombies as you can play solo, but it has been made clear that you do earn more XP the more players you play with. What most avid Black Ops Zombies fans do in terms of zombies is, of course, the zombies’ easter egg, which, is a series of actions you can do while fighting the final boss of that map and get a special cutscene. Of the four maps that you can play, I would say that only one of them is possible to complete the easter egg. For the others, you’ll need a team to earn this achievement. So from my experience of zombies, it was really just a game mode to play if I got bored of multiplayer or blackout.

Blackout Game Mode:

Now let me come out of the minority and say that I really liked Fortnite. It was a fun game to play with friends every now and then even if I didn’t win all the time or play that much either. When I heard that Black Ops 4 was going to have a battle royale mode I was really excited cause I knew while it would probably have the same rules the way it would play but would make it a different game and in my opinion, it is. When I played this mode I was solo so I haven’t been able to play it as “Duo” or “Quads.”I really liked how they handled combining Call of Duty with battle royale by not just being able to pick up guns and throwables but attachments and perks as well. Overall the game feels like Black Ops but with more room to fight.


Black Ops 4 isn’t for everyone. e game rewards players for the number of hours they put into the game. So if you really love Call of Duty games or are a hardcore must-play-every-game player, then it’s definitely worth the $60 price tag. With my busy school schedule, I can’t play it a lot, but I still really enjoyed it.