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Just Finished: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (PS5)

Another Call of Duty game. The reason I bought this as one of my first games for PS5 is because I thought it had a co-op campaign a la Black Ops III. I was incorrect. The campaign is single player only but the marketing message wasn't very clear on this issue. Anyway its good to have a COD game on deck just so you have something fast and easy to jump into online multiplayer when the mood strikes. Zombies mode is a complete mess. I don't understand what is going on. The maps are too large and the objectives and story are unclear. It's too chaotic to be fun. I missed when this mode was condensed, strategic, and suspenseful. This game is a direct follow up to the original Black Ops game, which I liked back in the day. The story mode makes good use of Cold War era intrigue and paranoia. There are some added elements of choice with optional objectives, dialogue trees, and a certain amount of customization to allow you to make your play experience unique. It all comes back to the shooty shooty though. The stealth sections are a tad annoying but better than any I have experienced in a previous COD game. The story steals ideas from better games namely Bioshock and its kinda funny the devs think they can get away from it. Following a Soviet boogeyman named Perseus with a plot that doesn't get properly resolved is a tad annoying. One wonders if they plan to continue this game and storyline. Multiplayer is where this game really shines and it does so with a back to basics approach. No fancy futuristic weapons or abilities, just fun gameplay on mostly well designed maps. I think this is the first COD game where I have a positive K/D ratio and my W/L ratio ain't too bad either. It's really fun to play with a friend. It is the fastest I have ever prestiged in a COD game and yet I still want to keep playing. The game has a massive file size though. Between the different modes, the language audio, and optional high quality texture pack the game takes up more than a quarter of my PS5 SSD space. Thankfully it allows you the option of deleting the file elements you don't need. This game is not amazing but it is solid. I don't have any interest in Vanguard or Modern Warfare II so this is probably the only COD game I'll be playing for a while.

Score: 7/10

Full Completed 2022 List:

  • Far Cry 5 (PS4)
  • Resident Evil 6 (PS4)
  • inFamous 2 (PS Now)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NSO)
  • Bioshock 2 (PS4)
  • Ico (PS Now)
  • Knack (PS4)
  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD (PS4)
  • Astro's Playroom (PS5)
  • Bully (PS4)
  • Sackboy A Big Adventure (PS5)
  • Escape Academy (PS5)
  • LocoRoco Midnight Carnival (PS5)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (NSO)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (PS5)

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