Preview: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (PS4)

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to try out the beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which was available exclusively on PS4. It will be available on other platforms this coming weekend with people who pre-ordered getting to play a little bit earlier.

So what did I think of the new Call of Duty? Well, it is for the most part exactly what you would expect from playing CoD multiplayer. The combat is smooth and fast without any technical issues whatsoever. The four maps we got to try out were fun and varied with good looking environments. I also got absolutely wrecked by no scope snipers from both close range and across the map, so at least we know things are staying consistent.

Several modes were made available, including Death Match, Kill Confirmed and Domination. A mode called VIP Escort was also added to mix, but unfortunately, I didn’t get to try it out, simply because of matchmaking. I found it very odd, trying to give the mode a go and not being able to match with enough players in order for a match to start. After waiting nearly 20mins across a few attempts, I gave up and went back to quick matches. It seems to have been an issue with selecting specific modes, as I had the same problem while trying to start a match of Domination. Quick Play had no issue, so I stuck to the games in rotation there, which happened to include Domination anyway.

Everything is pretty much standard affair. You get to choose an Operator, choose a loadout and build Custom Loadouts that suit your playstyle. The Operators are a varied mix of 80s looking characters, which gave it a nice, authentic touch. Speaking of the 80s theme, the in-menu music is a sort of 80s Synthwave that also highlights the tension of the Cold War during the era. It is incredibly well done and the development team should be commended for it. The game also looks amazing, with the environments, the lighting and character design all contributing to the overall presentation. Not to mention the excellent sound design. The gunshots sound incredibly realistic, the booms of explosions got a serious base to it, and the footsteps of other players are unnervingly on point. Playing with a decent set of stereo headphones certainly dials the experience up to 11.

Overall, the experience I had playing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War over the weekend has been enjoyable enough. The game looks very promising and I look forward to seeing what it is going to look like on next-gen hardware as well.

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