Featuring the first Battle Royale mode of the popular game series, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, Blackout had a lot to prove. Would it follow in Fortnite's successful footsteps who also followed the Battle Royal genre? Or, would it disappoint existing Call Of Duty fans? Find out in our Black Ops 4 Blackout PC Review.
88 players parachute onto the expansive map, collecting equipment and weapons and fighting opponents to become the last player standing. Sounds pretty standard.
However, the attention to detail in the maps, characters, weaponry and graphics is where Blackout really comes into its own. In fact, Blackout steps apart from its competitors almost instantaneously with the ability to quickly drop from your helicopter, as opposed to waiting, rather impatiently, in the sky, as on Fortnite.
Perhaps one of the most standout features of Call Of Duty, the maps on Blackout are truly something to behold. The maps showcase the most popular maps from the Black Ops series such as Firing Range, Cargo and Asylum. These have been adapted to fit the battle royale genre whilst still keeping their original charm.
The result is that everything from the cities to the sightlines feels individually handcrafted, interesting and unique yet simultaneously familiar and welcoming. A far cry from the copycat, traditional battle royal experience of hiding behind trees and fighting across sparse landscapes, the maps on Blackout provide a vivid player experience that former battle royale games, like Fortnite, fail to deliver. Add to this the nostalgia these maps provide for seasoned Call of Duty players, and the experience is one that cannot be rivaled.
Equipment & Controls
As you would perhaps expect from a Call of Duty game, the arsenal of weapons available in Blackout is extensive, practical and detailed, making them fun to use and ensuring every piece of equipment found is a new favourite.
Unlike other battle royale games, Blackout has improved the clunky, one-dimensional control properties when it comes to equipment use. Perhaps one of the best equipment advancements is the ability to fire your weapon while simultaneously using other equipment, or even operating vehicles.
Despite these revolutionary battle royale improvements, Blackout sadly falls short during the product inventory. The inability to display more than one weapon at a time, the inability to drag or re-position items or ammunition on PC and the inability to pick up items based on proximity makes for a clumsy and frustrating player experience that sadly tarnishes the weaponry, no matter how good it looks.
Unlike its battle royale competitors, Blackout was not released as an early access. As a result, the graphics are clean and the frame rate is consistent. When played on a high-end PC, such as the Core i7 7700 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 4GB GTX 1050 Ti Windows 10 Pro 16GB, the graphics and attention to detail is second to none and far surpasses Fortnite.
The advancements in characters and action on Blackout is one of the most standout developments of the game.
The ability to fight while using vehicles, shoot whilst swimming and heal whilst moving, as opposed to standing still, are revolutionary features that make the game last longer, allow you to explore more advanced techniques and tricks to overall create intense, fast paced fights that break the typical plot of battle royales.
Overall, Blackout has managed to combine the dynamic battle royale genre with the familiar, creative detail of the Call Of Duty series to deliver a polished, enhanced game that rivals its competitors. Yes, there are sadly a range of technical issues on PC, and yes, as Call of Duty goes, the game is relatively slow pace. However, this doesn't discount that the game is fast paced for the battle royale genre. Nor does it take away the joy that comes from playing an outstanding battle royale experience that is combined with one of the most well-developed, innovative gaming series or the immense sense of achievement you feel when, if ever, you actually achieve the last man standing title.