Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — best shooter of the year? Review
|Publisher in Russia||Activision|
|Minimum requirements||Intel Core i3-4340 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-6300 3.8 GHz, 8 GB RAM, video card with support for DirectX 11 and 2GB of memory, e.g. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660/AMD Radeon HD 7950, 80 GB hard disk, Internet connection and an account in Battle.net|
|Recommended requirements||Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz/AMD R5 Ryzen 1600X 3.6
|Release date||12 Oct 2018|
|Age limit||18 years|
|Platform||PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
The game was tested on PlayStation 4
In recent years no Call of Duty, which could be praised completely all the components. Black Ops 3 has offered an absurd storyline and “lagausie” for a whole year the servers in multiplayer. To the output of the Infinite Warfare players started to get tired of double jumping and running on the walls, but the single player campaign was a success. But WWII proved once again that games on the Second world war are best left in the past. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 violates this unpleasant “tradition” — none of the three main elements failed bad. But without a little fly in the ointment has not done, and it is connected with single mode.
Although Treyarch frankly admitted that the traditional story campaign in the game will not be some such content still in store. In the main menu you can find the so-called “Staff of experts”, where Frank woods becomes your instructor and proposes to test the ability of all the multiplayer characters. After passing each of the stages of learning rasplachivaetsya a video telling about the events in the universe Black Ops 4, or devoted to the prehistory of one of the characters. In General, standard and boring training have tried to make it more fun.
Here is the only such “mission” too much time. The first phase claims no player is taught that wearing a particular hero, and also propose to use in different situations is his strong suit. Someone pulls out a powerful revolver capable of one hit to destroy anyone, someone armed with a large shield. In the second stage, you send in a multiplayer mode with bots, — to yawn, boring “entertainment”. We need to play a full match in any of the available modes, and with computer opponents is just sad.
But we will not stay long on the bad, because everything else in the Black Ops 4 is made great. Standard multiplayer that series for a long time — ordinary postrelushka no jet packs, exoskeletons, and other things like sticky stuff. Therefore, emotions of the game get the same as in the first Black Ops many years ago. Such a network will not want to leave.
Without interesting innovations too, was not. For example, now all the players 100 health units, and 150, causing the firefight lasted a little longer than usual. Perhaps this explains the fact that for twenty hours in multiplayer, I never noticed the existence of the compensation system lag and only once “shared” with the opponent murders. If such a system is, it does not manifest itself, and that’s good. Getting registered correctly, the speed matches almost perfect compared to the slow WWII: play fun and a technical component not to complain about at all desire.
Accurate and tenacious
Black Ops 4 returned the pick 10 system, are forced to take exclusively 10 items. Among the primary weapon available for the assault, tactical and sniper rifles, and submachine guns and light machine guns. The additional slot can not only supply guns, grenade launchers and combat knife, and shotgun — for the first time since Modern Warfare 2. In addition to the usual slots with a perk and “the Joker” has a section “Equipment” for which to choose one of the items is very difficult.
On the one hand, you can take a stimulant that will allow much faster and more frequently treated. As you know, in multiplayer Black Ops 4 there is no automatic health regeneration — if the opponent has left you with one life, and you will run until you manually heal. Without the stimulator to inject a injection wound healing drug is also possible, but regeneration will be much slower. On the other hand, is a stimulant you can get other useful things: for example, the vest allows you to survive a few extra hits, and an acoustic sensor enhances radar.
For multiplayer there are a few of the original modes. In the “Control” commands to attack or defend two objectives — they can either perform the task in the allotted time or destroy the enemy’s command, having exhausted the supply of her “lives”. The other is called “Plaque” and like Counter-Strike, only instead of the bomb suitcase with the money. In the first round, the players have very limited funds, armed only with a pistol and add to your Bank killings and other actions. We have to choose between several types of armor, additional weapons, kits for him and other expensive items of equipment. Both terribly exciting, after the next match I want to run the following, and in the familiar “Team Deathmatch” and “search and destroy” come in.
But that’s not all
Fans of “Zombies” this time, presented three different from each other card (the one available with the purchase of season ticket) — when looking at the menu dazzled. The most important innovation, of course, was the appearance of bots. Now players singles will be a bit more fun — they are all the dialogues you will hear, and will facilitate your passage at the same time not feeling like a burden, trying to figure out what to do and where to go. Bots are not the smartest (to get someone to open the door that has the problem), but well-aimed and shoot zombies at the first opportunity. With their help, you will easily be able to get to later waves, in parallel trying to solve all the puzzles and appreciate the “Easter eggs”.
All the cards are great and memorable. “Flight of desperation” tells the story of a sinking “Titanic”, where part of the rooms filled with water, and to navigate between locations by using the teleporters. In “Episode IX” characters are sent to the gladiatorial arena, four out of which are the temples of different gods. The participants will have to face not only the usual zombies but with the aggressive tigers and clad in armor undead, which conventional weapons to kill would be difficult. But “the Blood of the dead” is most similar to the classic zombie maps with hidden levers and eerie atmosphere. All of these locations are also available in the “zombie Attack”, where it is important to solve puzzles and get points. Well, if these cards are quite clear, there is always easy training where funny the narrator explain everything in detail.
The third component of the Call of Duty this year was the sensational mode “Eclipse”, the first big-budget battle Royale from the eminent publisher. About his impressions of this mode, I have already told in a recent preliminary review, and the opinion over the past month has not changed — it is still gorgeous “battle Royal”, which stably generates a lot of funny (and not) moments and doesn’t let go even after a couple of consecutive hours. “Eclipse” — atypical for the series mode with a huge by the standards of Call of Duty map and even appliances, and everything works like a clock, without a rip off, the annoying bugs and other problems, which are overcrowded battle Royal.
The players landed at the selected point, quickly collect everything you see, set the sights and modules for weapons, and then try to survive by killing everyone you meet (or hiding in the toilets, there’s someone in that much). After beta testing has greatly reduced the quantity and quality appear on the map armor the third level — the same punch that was much more difficult than usual. It is still sturdy and able to withstand a few hits, but meeting dressed in her enemy does not mean instant defeat. It is a pity that in the console version did not improve the inventory, but now you can pick up things with one button, not holding it.
In multiplayer, the progression system is based on the gradual unlocking of weapons and other equipment items in Zombies, the player earns the flask to create amulets and potions that grant bonuses during the passage. But in “Eclipse” it’s a little complicated — there are standard levels, and points are given for kills, getting into the top 15 and other achievements. But most of the characters rasplachivayutsya otherwise you need to find associated objects that are most often found in supply crates, and perform a couple tasks within the same match.
To open a Ajax, for example, need to pick up from the corpses of defeated enemies three pieces of armor, and Menendez rasplachivaetsya after finding the pendant and two murders: with a shotgun and punch. With the characters from “Zombies” is still more fun: you need a katana to defeat several zombies, then find a special weapon, which is usually near the places where they appear. According to rumors, in the near future, Treyarch will add instead of the usual microtransactions and luchboxes analogue combat check out Fortnite with faces, emotions and other cosmetic items — will do when all the characters will be available.
Overall Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 failed and gave what was expected of it the last few years. Fans of the single player campaign this time will not see another spectacular Thriller with superstars in the lead roles, and understand their indignation. Those who launched the “campaign mode” only boredom and gave all the attention to multiplayer, got a real gift — a set of classic “heroes” with interesting innovations, as many as three cards in a “Zombie” and the long-awaited battle Royal without the construction and bugs, but with active support in the future. There is a fear that Infinity Ward in 2019 will have to try very hard to outdo Treyarch is the more interesting to wait for the next part of the series.
- the return of the classic multiplayer without dzhetpakov and running along the walls;
- increased health and lack of autoregeneration lead to more violent shootings;
- great new modes “Control” and “RAID”;
- the maps in Zombies are markedly different from each other;
- finally, in “Zombie” are bots, which in addition can take care of myself;
- quality battle Royale, which is difficult to break away.
- cutscenes hidden behind a dull training;
- the equipment of defeated enemies in the console version of “Eclipse” still leaves much to be desired.
Standard Call of Duty graphics — no frills, but tasteful. A battle Royale game, for obvious reasons, looks a little bit worse, but in this dynamic mode, pay attention to it in the last turn.
Voice Black Ops 3 without laughter not remember, but this time nothing happened — the Russian version of “Zombie” and the plot rolls came out great.
It’s hard to call the “Staff of experts”, where learning takes place, a solid solo mode — it’s pretty dreary. Solo-players can only have fun in Zombies, especially since there was first added bots.
New Call of Duty is almost entirely designed for those who spend a lot of time in multiplayer. And all three of the main components was very high quality: and the zombies are fun to shoot, and survive in “the Eclipse”, and to raise a series of points in regular matches. By the way, the split screen mode is supported even in the Royal rumble, but only on consoles.
A great gift for the Call of Duty fans who prefer multiplayer story campaign. Gorgeous battle Royal, a fun multiplayer and lots of content into a “Zombie”.
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