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COD: Black Ops direct sequel game

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is the 2020 installment in the Call of Duty game franchise. This action game follows the 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and continues the Black Ops sub-franchise. The game will explore various points of the Cold War and will work in concert with Warzone, the popular battle royale mode offered by Activation. Black Ops Cold War comes with a multiplayer and co-op zombies mode, in addition to its single-player campaign

Play your way across the history

Black Ops Cold War takes players back to 1981, at the peak of the US and Soviet Union tensions. The player will be tasked to hunt down the Soviet spy Perseus—a figure that the real CIA believes to have successfully infiltrated the US government during the Cold War. During the game, players will be dropped into various points in history, such as Laos and Ukraine. 

To help you in your mission, characters associated with Black Ops games will also return. Some of the characters include Alex Woods, Frank Mason, and Jason Hudson—all of whom first appeared in the first Black Ops in 2010. Not only that, but the game also drops famous names in history, including President Ronald Reagan. The former US President will assign players at least one mission that will have a direct effect on the game’s story. 

However, what sets Black Ops Cold War apart from the other title of the popular action shooter game is that players can create their own character. They can choose their gender—male, female, or classified for non-binary players. They can even use this option to cultivate an aura of espionage

Turning away from the sci-fi direction

Black Ops Cold War is reported to be a direct sequel to the 2010 Black Ops game. It ignored certain previous installments and continue the story of the original title. Timeline wise, the game takes place between Black Ops and the Black Ops II flashbacks. 

Additionally, the game also gets rid of the science fiction elements that the series is known for. There will be no mechs, no android, and no armored power-ups that you can take advantage of when you fight. The combat in Black Ops Cold War will be grounded and gritty providing players with a real-life war game experience. If you are not a fan of the sci-fi game direction that the COD franchise has been in for several years, this game will be a reprieve. 

Furthermore, the game will offer multiple endings, giving players with oodles of choices. Aside from character options, players will also have optional objectives in the missions. However, while this title feels like the most customizable installment from the franchise, some players may not be too happy with its skill-based matchmaking (SBMM). 

The SBMM seemed to be way too harsh that some players will struggle to keep up with the pace of the play. The way the matchmaking works in Cold War is that it pools players of similar skill levels in the casual player. More than making it harder to win matches, this matchmaking tactic made it difficult for players to feel their progression as they are always pitted against opponents of the same caliber. 

Hardcore boots-on-the-ground war game

Fans of the original Black Ops game are in for a treat with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Not only did the game brought back the story of the fan-favorite COD title, but it also brought back the gritty and boots-on-the-ground gameplay of war games. There is a scope for some further fine-tuning when it comes to the matchmaking algorithms, but, overall, it is an exciting new title for the well-loved series.


  • Introduces new potential villlain
  • Allows customization of characters
  • Multiple endings
  • Offers single player, multiplayer, and co-op zombie modes


  • Matchmaking algorithm needs polishing

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