Battle Royale game modes are all the rage right now amongst the gaming community. The upcoming Call of Duty Black Ops 4 held a Beta test for their version of a Battle Royale mode, named Blackout. I’ll start this off by saying that I am terrible at this game mode, across any game that has it. Blackout, in the simplest terms, is a very polished version of the inaugural title, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Where I definitely don’t think that Blackout is going to be a game seller, it is enough to go in for a couple matches and have fun with it.
Blackout mode starts just as every other Battle Royale game mode starts off, jumping out of some sort of aerial vehicle. You use a wing suit to fly down to a map along with 99 other players (Although the Beta only allowed 88). The goal is to be the last man standing while the map constantly closes in on you. It is your job to pick up weapons, throwables, body armor, first aid, power-ups and other items to take out the competition. There are a bunch of different vehicles to operate like a frickin’ helicopter, which was tons of fun to use until I was immediately shot out of the air. I would imagine that squadding up and using a helicopter to carry your friends around would be pretty dope though.
The good thing about Blackout is it doesn’t feel like it has become separate from the Call of Duty universe. You can choose from a ton of different characters from the history of the franchise as well as some newly added characters. Treyarch has integrated a brand new game mode to feel like it could’ve been in the game for the past couple years. There is even an area on the map where you can get attacked by zombies and pickup a monkey bomb that will alert zombies to attack your enemies. I didn’t experience any connection or server issues while playing aside from getting disconnected once or twice. This bodes well because a lot of Battle Royale games have problems with their servers, resulting in huge lag spikes and server disconnects.
Overall, Call of Duty Black Ops 4’s Blackout Mode is a lot of fun in short bursts, for me. The guns are fun to use and the combat is quick and relentless just like the multiplayer. I believe that this mode can give other popular Battle Royale games a run for their money and it isn’t even a standalone game itself. Treyarch also plans to update this mode constantly by adding a plethora of new things including weapons, characters, locations and more. Treyarch did end up extending the beta up to 3pm EST and bringing the cap up to 100 players, unless your were on the PlayStation 4 which stayed at 88. Call of Duty Black Ops 4 releases on October 12th of this year, which is coming up so get ready for some more Blackout!
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