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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

PC | PlayStation 4 | Xbox One
Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Activision Classification: MA15+
Release Date:
12th October 2018
Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:58pm 03/04/19 | 0 Comments
Activision has sent through word that as of today through until April 30, the Blackout Battle Royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is free, and features both the original map as well as the recently-revealed Alcatraz map, available today for PS4 players with other platforms made to wait.

Still, the free-to-play model here is available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One as of now (sans Alcatraz for PC and Xbox for now), and is likely in response to Battlefield V's Firestorm recent drop. Here's the official skinny:
Blackout Free Access features all the intense action from Black Ops 4’s battle royale game mode, with both the original Blackout map that brings together characters, locations, weapons and gear from across the series, all in the biggest map in franchise history, as well as the brand-new Alcatraz map (Alcatraz map live today on PS4 with other platforms to follow).

During the Free Access window, fans will be matchmade with all Blackout players, and be able to play in solos, duos and quads. All progression made will be saved and transferred if players choose to upgrade to a full version of the game.
Watch a trailer for all of the above, embedded below.


Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:20pm 20/02/19 | 0 Comments
Activision and Treyarch have revealed Operation Grand Heist, the new season of content dropping today for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. New content has been added to each section of the game, as well as the addition of a new Specialist.

Here's the official breakdown of the free content for all users as it's been added from today, February 20.
For the non-Season Pass plebs:
  • New Specialist – Available in Multiplayer and Blackout, Outrider makes her Black Ops 4 debut, allowing players to silently take out enemies with explosive precision with her longbow, the Sparrow.
  • New Blackout Location and Updates – Drop into the roughest, toughest, and wildest new Blackout location, Ghost Town, which features two areas. Inspired by Standoff, an intense classic multiplayer map from Black Ops II, the above ground destination provides flanking routes that call for strategic positioning with long and medium ranged combat. Below ground, fans can also explore underlying caverns inspired by the classic Zombies map Buried, where they’ll find heavy duty gear amongst hordes of the undead. Additionally, Operation Grand Heist introduces a new Blackout mode called Hot Pursuit, launching on February 23 in ANZ on PlayStation 4 and other platforms to follow. Hot Pursuit is fast-paced and frenetic, and debuts three new vehicles – SUV, muscle car and PBR assault boat, all in special variants themed to Operation Grand Heist – as squads race to supply drops placed around the map containing high-level armour, weapons and grenades to dominate their opponents.
  • New Black Market Gear – The Black Market has been restocked with new weapon camos, outfits, gestures, and accessories themed for Operation Grand Heist. This includes notable weapons like the Rampage Auto Shotgun, Switchblade X9 SMG, and the Home Wrecker demolition hammer, all unlockable through the Contraband Tiers as fans play through the game. A new long-range weapon called the Vendetta Sniper Rifle is also coming later in the season.
  • New Zombies Features – Operation Grand Heist delivers new features to the Zombies mode including a new round-based Gauntlet challenge mode for the Classified map, along with a brand-new perk addition called the Ethereal Razor that substantially increases a player’s melee damage with area of effect and life re-gen for each hit.

Additionally, Season Pass holders will be given these extras, with PS4 owners getting them first as part of a timed exclusive partnership between Activision and Sony:
  • New Multiplayer Map, Casino – A medium-sized map set in a luxurious casino in Monaco where elite thieves formed an elaborate plan to steal the winning racecars on display. Casino features high-intensity combat as players weave through buzzing slot-machines and topple across gambling tables. This wide-open space allows for long-range to mid-range combat with little protection from enemies.
  • New Multiplayer Map, Lockup – A medium-sized map set in a Los Angeles police station, Lockup was the site of an assault to destroy evidence that led to the headquarters of an organised crime syndicate. Fans can dominate the rooftop positions, bail out when cornered and tactically shut down areas with operational doors to gain the upper hand on their opponents.
  • New Blackout Character, Cosmic Silverback – Black Ops Pass owners will unlock this deadly Zombie silverback gorilla, an iconic fan-favorite boss originally from the Dead Ops Arcade from Call of Duty: Black Ops.
The studio has also confirmed that in March a new Zombies experience, Ancient Evil, will be made available, with specific deep-dive details for the new experience to be revealed at a later date.

Watch a trailer for all of the above, embedded below.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:23pm 16/01/19 | 1 Comments
On Friday, players across PC, PS4, and Xbox One will get access to a special Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Free Trial. Which will give access to the critically acclaimed Battle Royale mode for an entire week of play. From the fast paced and smooth combat to the detailed and fun map, as one part of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer package - is this a sign that Blackout is set to go standalone?

Well, on PC and via Battle.net there's a Black Ops 4 Battle Edition that only provides access to the Blackout mode - so this question is aimed more at the PS4 and Xbox One crowd. And based on that precedent we don't see why Activision won't release a similar version digitally via the PlayStation and Xbox storefronts.



We're guessing that this is already happening, as this week the console version got a new update that overhauled the looting interface in addition to other tweaks. With the ongoing popularity of Fortnite and PUBG across all platforms, having the popular Blackout effectively behind a paywall seems ill-advised.

That said, be sure to check out the one week free trial as Blackout is a lot of fun and well worth your time.
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:26pm 12/12/18 | 0 Comments
Titled Operation Absolute Zero, the new season delivers updates and new content across all game modes, including the addition of a new Specialist and a new Blackout map location, among much more.

We've been playing Black Ops 4 now since launch and as essentially a "Best Of" collection of Treyarch's overall work on the series, it's pretty damn good. Here's what you officially get with Operation Absolute Zero free content drop:
  • New Specialist – Players can reprogram the flow of combat with Zero, a new Specialist available in both Multiplayer and Blackout modes. Zero can disrupt and distract enemies with powerful hacking, altering the flow of battle.
  • New Black Market Gear – Operation Absolute Zero brings a brand-new Assault Rifle and fast-firing SMG to the Black Market which players can unlock by playing through Contraband Tiers. Plus, fans can collect new tactical outfits, personalisation accessories, new characters to use in Blackout, and special gift-wrapped melee weapons – all in time for the holidays.
  • New Blackout Location and Updates – Hijacked is the newest destination in Blackout, inspired by the intense classic multiplayer map from Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Fans can loot the luxury yacht to gear up for a firefight and battle opponents on their way to the final circle. Also, players can hop into a new armoured vehicle called the ARAV once they’re back on dry land and eliminate enemies with its turret-mounted machine gun.
  • New Festive Holiday Event – After Operation Absolute Zero arrives, the holidays will come to Blackout with special event tiers of seasonal items to unlock, thematic map decorations, and even throwable snowballs in Blackout that allow players to mount a festive assault on their enemies.
  • New Zombies Features – Daily Callings provide new gameplay challenges that reward Zombies players with bonus XP and Nebulium Plasma upon completion, the Black Ops Authenticity Stamp system gives players the ability to verify and share the results of their game online with a personalised code generated at the end of each match, along with Daily Tier Skips for Zombies, which allow players to earn Black Market Tier progression bonuses by playing Zombies each day.
Of course this wouldn't be a Triple-A content drop from a major publisher if there wasn't extra goodies for people who forked over cash for the "Black Ops Pass". Those people will get the following additional content:
  • New Multiplayer Map, Elevation – A medium-sized map set in a cliffside town in the mountains of Nepal, Elevation features winding streets that snake around vertical positions where players will battle it out through close-quarter interiors and tight alleyways.
  • New Multiplayer Map, Madagascar – A larger map set on a rural plateau in Madagascar, the town sits atop a hill where a medical-relief convoy that has been ambushed, and it is surrounded by flanking routes with diverse, natural environments and powerful cover for players trying to dominate the hill.
  • New Zombies Experience, Dead of the Night – This all-new undead experience is set in 1912 and drops players into a lavish estate owned by the famed relic-hunter Alistair Rhodes, where they’ll step into the role of a new set of characters. As the unlikely crew of heroes bands together, they’ll equip all-new weapons to fight the mysterious force that has taken over the party. Players will also take on a variety of Zombies, including new enemies such as vampires and werewolves, and much more, to survive the nightmarish evening. Dead of the Night stars an iconic cast of actors who lend their voice and likeness to the game: Madame Mirela (Helena Bonham Carter), Gideon Jones (Kiefer Sutherland), “The Brigadier” (Brian Blessed) and the Butler, Godfrey (Charles Dance).
  • New Blackout Character, Reaper – Owners of the Black Ops Pass get instant access to the cyborg mercenary Reaper, a fan-favourite Specialist character from Black Ops III, now coming to Blackout.
There's no actual word on when this timed PlayStation 4 content exclusive spreads over to PC and Xbox One, but PlayStation 4 owners can jump right in from today.

Watch a trailer for the above, embedded below.

Friday, 7 December 2018
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 04:59pm 07/12/18 | 1 Comments
In fact, a whole $5 cheaper than $50 at AUD$44.95. Call of Duty: Black Ops IV Battle Edition gives PC gamers the base multiplayer offering plus Battle Royale mode, Blackout, at a decent price and is operated through Battle.net.

Basically, this is a discounted version of the game that doesn't include Zombies mode.
The Black Ops 4 Battle Edition offers the full Multiplayer and Blackout experiences, and is compatible with all existing copies and online lobbies for those modes on PC. For fans interested in getting their hands on even more, an upgrade to the Digital Standard Edition on PC – includes Zombies mode, 1,100 Call of Duty Points and Digital Edition bonus items – will also be available for purchase.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer features gritty, grounded combat in the most tactical, team-based experience in the Black Ops series. It features the return of the iconic Pick 10 system, along with a series of innovations in weapon controls, combat flow, health regeneration, and player movement. Black Ops 4 also features a combination of new and returning Specialists, each with their own unique equipment and playstyles, allowing players to not only be powerful alone, but devastating as a team working together.

Black Ops 4 also features Blackout, an all-new battle royale mode that brings together characters, locations, weapons and gear from across the series in all-out survival combat, all with Black Ops signature gameplay. Blackout features land, sea and air vehicles, and offers a variety of new and classic playable characters, including campaign characters such as Mason, Reznov and Woods; Zombies characters such as Richtofen and Takeo; and Specialists such as Crash, Battery and Seraph, to name a few. Across the sprawling Blackout map – the largest in Call of DutyÒ history – players will fight in locations inspired by fan-favourite maps like Nuketown, Firing Range, Raid, Cargo and more.

The release of the Battle Edition kicks-off a packed December calendar featuring themed holiday events, new personalisation items, and a variety of free content coming to players. The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Edition is available exclusively on the Battle.net Shop at a special introductory price of $44.95 AUD now through January 7, 2019 in ANZ, after which the price becomes $59.95 AUD. Zombies mode is not included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Edition.
The multiplayer is a veritable "Best of" map pack for previous Treyarch Call of Duty outings, while Blackout remains a lauded triumph in the Battle Royale space. So if yuo haven't jumped in yet, this could be a good place to start.
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 06:18pm 11/10/18 | 0 Comments
With the game officially out tomorrow we had the chance to check out some traditional Black Ops 4 multiplayer action, with our own Toby Berger taking the reigns to showcase his somewhat decent skills. Not exactly MVP worthy, or but good enough to raise an eyebrow in respect and slowly nod in appreciation.

Here's two matches. The first, Team Deathmatch on Militia.



And the second, Hardcore Kill Confirmed on Slums.



All footage captured on PlayStation 4 Pro.
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:05pm 10/10/18 | 1 Comments
With a total installation size of 55GB for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, one wonders why even bother to release a disc version at all. If the multiplayer-only title requires a 50GB download before it's fully playable, why not include a code in the box? Of course large Day One patches for games are the norm these days, but even so Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 stands out for what is essentially a useless bit of laser-powered plastic being sold at retail.

As per the official notes,
Before playing for the first time, players will need to download and install a day one update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This update must be installed completely in order to access Multiplayer, Zombies, and Specialist Headquarters. Blackout is fully playable once installation is about 30% complete (approximately 16-20 GB).

The final installation footprint will be approximately 55 GB. In order to play Blackout before the full installation is complete, select "Update to Latest Version" when the prompt appears.

The day one update package is roughly 50 GB.

For those with fast, unlimited broadband this is a minor annoyance, but for those without it marks a rather large time investment before being able to play. Which really comes down to optimisation - if all assets in terms of music, textures, and media are on the disc itself, then patches shouldn't need to be this size.

Anyway, we're glad that Blackout is the first mode playable because we had a tonen of fun with that during the beta.
Thursday, 27 September 2018
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:02pm 27/09/18 | 0 Comments
Which is a cool and new way for the series to take its characters and setting. The 10-issue series will focus on the game's Specialists, giving them more depth and purpose beyond the events of the game proper.

The first three issues focusing on Specialists "Ruin", "Prophet" and "Crash" are available to grab today, and are free for the community. The remaining seven issues will be made available at a later date, the studio has revealed.

Crafted by the likes of Greg Rucka, Chris Roberson, Jeremy Barlow, K.A. McDonald, Aaron Duran, Matthew Robinson and Tony Shasteen with cover art by Adam Hughes, Eric Wilkerson, Kirbi Fagan, Dan Dos Santos and Julian Totino Tedesco, the comics are representative is a studio that always thinks outside the box where Call of Duty is concerned.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:18pm 11/09/18 | 0 Comments
Call of Duty's highly anticipated battle royale mode Blackout has begun its beta on PlayStation 4 with Xbox One and PC to follow this weekend. So far word has been positive, with the fast-paced action of Call of Duty proving to be a great fit for large maps with vehicles and squads roaming around.

Ahead of the beta coming to PC this Friday, or Saturday, September 15 at 3 am AEST to be exact, here are the PC specs.

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD: 40GB HD space
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB / GTX 1050 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible


Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
  • RAM: 12GB RAM
  • HDD: 40GB HD space
  • Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Pretty modest specs which is nice to see.

“The Blackout Beta is just the beginning of a long journey that we plan to take with our fans,” said Dan Bunting, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “We are going to support Blackout for the long haul, and there’s such a rich history with Black Ops that allows us to continuously update and evolve Blackout to keep it fun and fresh for the community. It’s a true celebration of Black Ops in every way, and getting our community in to play the mode before launch is vital. We can’t wait to see the feedback and hear from players as they get a taste of what’s coming in October.”

“The development effort behind Blackout has been an extraordinary undertaking and we couldn’t be more proud for what the team has accomplished,” said Mark Gordon, Co-Studio Head of Treyarch. “It’s awesome to watch how making Blackout has engaged the whole team in ways that we have never seen before. We couldn’t be more excited to bring the vast heritage of Black Ops heritage to life in Blackout, and can’t wait for the community to share their feedback as we head to launch.”

Friday, 7 September 2018
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:26pm 07/09/18 | 0 Comments
Yeah, fast-paced Call of Duty action in a large sand-box looks like a lot of fun in motion - thanks to the new action-packed trailer released ahead of next week's Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta. Which begins on PlayStation 4 on September 11. The transition to a larger map with vehicles and more room for experimentation looks seamless, so we can't wait to check this out.



As great as this trailer is at selling the potential action of Blackout, our only question (and not concern) is how long the time-to-kill might be in relation to other Battle Royale titles. And how exactly the quieter moments will play out across what looks to be quite a large and detailed map.


Xbox One and PC access to the beta will commence on September 15 - next weekend. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches October 12.
Wednesday, 5 September 2018
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:06pm 05/09/18 | 0 Comments
And that's the current number of players people can expect to find in the upcoming Blackout Beta with developer Treyarch telling Game Informer that it had tested internally with the magic Battle Royale number of 100. But that 80 was inline with hitting its quality target over simply going big.

Additional revelations for the Blackout mode came with confirmation the zombies will play a part in the experience - but details as to how will come at a later date. Also as per the teaser, Blackout will feature land, air, and sea vehicles when it debuts - with the beta to include:
Land: Cargo Truck (holds one driver, four passengers), ATV (one driver, one passenger)
Sea: Zodiac Inflatable Boat (one pilot, three passengers)
Air: Little Bird Helicopter (one pilot, four passengers)

The Black Ops 4 Private Blackout Beta kicks off on PlayStation 4 on September 11 in ANZ, followed by the Blackout PC and Xbox One Beta on September 15 at 3am AEST. And finally, a PC Beta open to all players via Battle.net on September 16 at 3am.
Friday, 24 August 2018
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:26pm 24/08/18 | 0 Comments
And gameplay optimisations too - with guns and general movement being optimised for keyboard and mouse. Like with the excellent port of Destiny 2, the upcoming PC release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is also getting some visual love in the form of higher resolutions, uncapped frame-rates, and support for ultra-wide monitors from day one.

Also it looks crisper and more detailed.



The intent of the trailer is clear, to showcase that Call of Duty on PC is being given the same treatment as the console versions in terms of attention to detail and optimisation. Plus, with the game joining Blizzard Battle.net the online component should be smooth too - it would have been nice to see a mention of dedicated servers in the video. Which are coming by the way, alongside support for HDR too - which also wasn't mentioned.



Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 05:41pm 21/08/18 | 0 Comments
Which is when players will finally be able to experience and witness just what Call of Duty meets Battle royale is all about. With the Black Ops 4 Private Blackout Beta kicking off on PlayStation 4 on September 11 in ANZ, followed by the Blackout PC and Xbox One Beta on September 15 at 3am AEST. And finally, a PC Beta open to all players via Battle.net on September 16 at 3am.

Playing the Blackout Beta on console is limited to those that pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, with the open beta it seems limited to PC which goes live on September 16 via Blizzard Battle.net.

This follows the recent multiplayer betas that took place a few weeks ago, which managed to impress most - so it'll be interesting to gauge the feedback for the new Blackout mode.
Monday, 21 May 2018
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 04:10pm 21/05/18 | 0 Comments
AusGamers was invited out to the annual Call of Duty reveal for 2018, this time with the franchise in Treyarch's court, who've upped the Black Ops ante to, well, four. While soaking in the hype, we also had a chance to sit down with some Treyarch brass to talk about the studio -- and series' -- take on the now-very-popular chicken dinner Battel Roayle genre...

Here's a snippet from our interview:
AusGamers: So what made the company decide to take a different approach in this regards to Blackout?

Yale: I think it's just the game we wanted to make. We were always wanting to create something with a non-traditional narrative, because we didn't want something where you just get the experience and go “ok, now I know the story and now I'm done”. We wanted something that would live on, that was more organic, where the story will grow with what the player does and the interactions they have. Like I said, we were going down that non-traditional path [with Black Ops III], but that didn't necessarily hit the level of quality that we wanted.

We made the tough decision to scrap that and we'd already been thinking about battle royale and the things that we wanted to do there, but couldn't. Since then we've made a lot of technical advances that came from all the [Black Ops III] work we'd done that we were able to leverage in order to make a battle royale that's truly Black Ops.

Matt here loves to talk about the fluidity, the gun feel, the visual fidelity and all those things – being able to bring all of those things to make Blackout, an offering that will fit nicely between those other things that are out there [like Fortnite and PUBG].
Click here for our full Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 interview.