A Call of Duty title that reigns everything in and is afraid to try something new, Black Ops Cold War gets the basics spot on but doesn’t have enough content to warrant the price tag.
Black Ops Cold War doesn’t feel like a 2020 video game. In the year of PS5 and Xbox Series X, it’s a shame that what will undoubtedly be a big multiplayer experience this winter has launched with such a lack of content. There’s a total of just eight maps to explore, a very limited number of modes, and even the weapon arsenal is small with 27 guns in total, including all secondaries. The core gameplay will feel familiar from the get-go so there’s little room to complain about the moment-to-moment action, but it’s the overall content on offer from day one that gives cause for worry.
In fact, to compare it directly to Call of Duty games of old, the very first Black Ops from 2010 would be the closest relation. Matches feel similarly paced and a lot of the weapons seem like carbon copies – not to say that’s a bad thing. The MP5 has jumped forward ten years to once again become one of the best guns, decimating enemies from the hip.