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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's new health system is a welcome change

Omri Petitte

It’s a dim chance the word 'unconventional' will grace any Black Ops 4 review, and I’m thinking Treyarch likes it that way. You’ll find a full spread of recognizable modes such as Team Deathmatch, Search & Destroy, and Hardpoint—though a new mode, Heist, sharply dips into tactical play, and there's a battle royale mode, because of course there is. Weapons are similarly routine, presenting varieties of assault rifles, submachine guns, sniper rifles, and other typical stock.

Map layouts follow the same three-lane structure we've known for years, cheerfully funneling flankers to side passages and lemmings to central moshpits. But after an era fat with extravagance—drop shots weren’t quite the same when jetpack wallruns became a thing—a simpler approach has become CoD’s new frontier. And while my time with Black Ops 4's weekend beta was hardly a trip back to the early 2000s, it did feel like the return of an ol

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