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  • Black Ops 4 Blackout PC Review

    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.

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    The Plot

    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.

    The Maps

    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.

    Graphics

    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.

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    Characters

    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.

    Our Thoughts

    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.

  • New Year PC Games

    With a new year comes a whole host of new PC games for gamers to look forward to. We’ve put together the PC game releases we’re most looking forward to to bring us out of winter.

    Railway Empire – 26th January

    From the team behind Tropico, Railway Empire is the first railway simulation game to hit PCs since 2006. With railway stations to build, 300 technologies to research and 40 different types of trains to experiment with it seems Railway Empire may have been worth the wait for railway simulation fans.

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance – 13th February

    Deliverance is set to feature ambitious, yet highly realistic, first-person combat, realistic medieval weaponry, that diminishes the stamina of even the strongest players, and new treasure maps and locations in a bid to transport you to the epic adventures of the Holy Roman Empire.

    Dragon Ball: FighterZ – February

    Following on from the highly successful Xenoverse series, Dragon Ball Fighter Z is set to feature classic spectacular fights with all-powerful fighters and maximise high-end Anime graphics. With release date, and final features, being kept secret, FighterZ is bound to be one of the most highly anticipate games of 2018.

    Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom – 23rd March

    Despite the original game not coming to PC, and with this sequel being slightly delayed, Revenant Kingdom is due for PC release in March. Set 100 years after its original but still featuring the same lovable cast, animated world and engaging combat system, Revenant Kingdom is being tipped as one of the best adventure games of the year.

    Far Cry 5 – 27th March

    After a month’s delay, Far Cry 5 is set to be released on 27th March 2018. The first game to be set in the West, Far Cry 5 sees you lead a resistance against a fanatical cult in Montanna using guns, combat, a new character creator feature and the ability to call on allies to help you in battles.

    With a host of new PC games set for release, and 10% off everything in our New Year Sale, now is the perfect time to invest in your gaming pc!

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