The latest Call of Duty turns up the intensity and opens the door to the bright future with next-gen consoles.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War takes us back to the 80’s cold war, Ronald Reagan and the war against communists with missions in both East Berlin, the Soviet Union, Turkey and a flashback to Vietnam and the kidnapping in Tehran. We who grew up in the 80’s have a lot of “ah, just that – I remember that“Moments through the course of the adventure and anyone who was too young to remember (or even know what the Cold War was) can see this as an adrenaline-fueled, action-smoker with a focus on American and British, secret CIA and MI6 forces for a time. which was not a full-scale war, but still shaped our time a lot.
Call of Dutyseries and Battlefieldseries plays like FIFA and PES often the derby for the favor of the FPS world. And both series have their unique advantages and hard core fans. Call of Duty Black Opsseries has always focused on intense scenarios, crazy vehicle sequences and an extreme amount of clearing. Black Ops Cold War is no exception: here is the plate at the bottom from the first mission, to capture one of the Iranians behind the kidnapping at the US Embassy, on to the flashback in Vietnam – which offers helicopter action and incomparable views of nature (more on that later) to in the third the mission is forced to keep its tongue in its mouth and sneak past the Stasi in the East German dictatorship. It’s stealth, an unexpectedly large amount of problem solving and puzzles between laps (with side quests you can unlock clues to in the main quests) and of course a lot of shooting, which never felt as good as on the new consoles.
We have mostly run the game on Xbox Series X and here we are offered both 60fps and fantastic ray tracing, which reproduces the light effect with a completely different impact and realism than we have previously been able to get on console. In the mission where the sun drowns out the Vietnamese jungle, you sit perfectly and just yawn at how incredibly beautiful and razor-sharp everything is and how soft it moves. If you want to sacrifice beam tracking, you can get 120fps instead, if your image source supports it. Going from PS4 / Xbox One to PS5 / Xbox Series X is certainly a giant step, although hair modeling unfortunately tends to look like wigs in both formats. It’s a little unbelievable what Activision’s studios (like all seems to have teamed up to be able to give us this!) managed to do technically with a game released for the release of two new formats. A presentation that really deserves to be called the next step in an evolution.
The sound, in Dolby Atmos on Xbox Series X and 3D Audio for PS5, thunders like never before and the bullets wind past your ears feels almost. Charging times are almost a thing of the past and the popular locations multiplayer online and Zombies are the best they may have ever been. The PS5’s DualSense also gets haptic feedback, so different weapons feel physically different to shoot with the triggers. Sweet.
You who played Call of Duty, but especially Black Opsgames, know what to expect – hard-boiled FPS action with some historical framing, real people appearing in the gallery and a lot of adrenaline-pumping set-pieces that will make even the most stupid gamer sit on the couch. It’s crazy, it’s intense and it’s just so sickly impressive on the next gen. And then we must remember that this is still just the beginning of the journey with the new consoles…
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will simply be a must to kick off the nextgen party with, then the game series – similar Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – is the best it has been in several years. However, the associated price tag on the nextgen also comes; the game breaks the SEK 700 barrier and even SEK 800, in some stores. You who love Call of Duty and running on Xbox Series X can look forward to playing as well Modern Warfare and Warzone now at 120fps (no word on any such upgrade to PS5 at the time of writing).
Now the only question is what Call of Duty should invite us in the future and when they dare to let go of the Russians as an eternal enemy and find something new and perhaps more relevant?
Note: Be sure which version of Call of Duty: Black Ops you choose – the game has two different versions for next- and last-gen (where next-gen is more expensive), as well as an edition that is for both. There will be no free upgrade for you who intended to run it “late” on XBSX or PS5 and now buy it for XB1 or PS4.