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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review in progress

Steven T. Wright
 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s take on battle royale, Blackout, feels like an unintentional commentary on the series as a whole. It’s a nakedly sales-driven version of one of the most popular trends in gaming right now, expertly-tuned to the whims of a capricious gaming community. Like every Call of Duty since Modern Warfare set new standards for online shooters, Blackout is a competent rendition of ideas forged by bolder games. But with its usual array of compulsive multiplayer modes and the most instantly-thrilling battle royale mode to date—which saw me lose all the members of my squad, commandeer a helicopter, and then immediately crash into another firefight within 30 seconds of deploying—Black Ops 4 may have what it takes to re-excite the PC audience.

Note the lack of singleplayer in that description. For those of you that haven’t heard, Treyarch has finally jettisoned the usual glossy eight-hour corridor campaign from this year’s game. While I d

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