Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Review Roundup

The fall release season means the biggest games, and it doesn’t get much bigger than Activision’s annual Call of Duty franchise. This year revisits one of its most popular series with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. But for the first time in the long-running franchise, this one eschews a single-player campaign altogether in favor of more multiplayer modes and standalone stories with each of its operators.

Reviews are rolling in, and the conclusion from critics appears to be that the lack of a traditional campaign hasn’t hurt the total package. Our own Black Ops 4 review found that the three main modes were substantial enough to make up the difference, and the depth and breadth of the multiplayer offerings kept reviewer Kallie Plagge from missing the usual bombastic story mode. Read on for a variety of critical responses, and take a look at GameSpot’s sister site Metacritic for more reviews from around the industry.

  • Game: Madden NFL 19
  • Developer / Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Release date: August 10
  • Price: US $60 / £60 / AU $69

GameSpot — 8/10

“Black Ops 4 isn’t short on content, and its three main modes are substantial. Multiplayer introduces more tactical mechanics without forcing you into them, and it largely strikes a good balance. Zombies has multiple deep, secret-filled maps to explore, though its returning characters don’t hold up and prove distracting. Finally, Blackout pushes Call of Duty in an entirely new direction, making use of aspects from both multiplayer and Zombies for a take on the battle royale genre that stands on its own. Sure, there isn’t a traditional single-player campaign, but with the depth and breadth of what is there, Black Ops 4 doesn’t need it.” — Kallie Plagge [Full review]

Game Informer — 9.5/10

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 makes a sacrifice that’s sure to be off-putting to some with the lack of a campaign, but the surrender of tradition comes with sweeping and significant benefits. Blackout is the best battle-royale experience available today, zombies offers crazy customizable co-op, and multiplayer keeps things grounded for those looking for the classic core.” — Daniel Tack [Full review]

VentureBeat — 90/100

“I hope that Treyarch and Activision see this as a new jumping off point, with frequent updates to add new experiences and maps to Blackout and the other modes. But we’ll see just how much the Call of Duty community appreciates what Treyarch has done.” — Dean Takahashi [Full review]

EGM — 8.5/10

“This always seemed like the inevitable conclusion we faced as Call of Duty fans. With the exception of the side-thought that is the Specialist HQ, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a wholly social experience, and it stands all the stronger because of it. Committing to three full-fledged multiplayer modes was a necessary risk for making a Call of Duty game that will likely have longer legs than any installment before it. Quality single-player campaigns are always welcome in our Call of Duty games, but if this is Treyarch’s new direction for the series, that works too.” — Nick Plessas [Full review]

Destructoid — 8/10

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 can’t just operate with the same business-as-usual mentality from Activision, now that it’s taken this step. Blackout has the potential to be its own game in the same way Epic tore its Battle Royale mode from the main package as a separate entity. Leave it to Treyarch to create a conundrum after introducing a non-traditional project into the fray.” — Chris Carter [Full review]

Variety — No Score

“While it lacks the reinvention of some of its predecessors, Call of Duty: Black Ops IV is dutifully crafted, meticulously polished, and the best Call of Duty multiplayer outing in years.” — Luke Winkie [Full review]

Lockheed engineers will determine the fate of the F-22s ravaged by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Base

f 22 raptor.JPGUS Air Force photo by Senior Airman Derek Seifert

  • The F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets left behind at Tyndall Air Base, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael’s rampage across Florida, will be inspected by Lockheed Martin structural engineers.
  • Tyndall Air Base serves as a critical training and maintenance ground for about 50 F-22s, or nearly a third of all of the ultra-capable, ultra-expensive air superiority jets. 
  • Initial reports indicated as many as 17 of the stealth jets, worth over $1 billion, had been damaged, but newer assessments say the damage was much less severe, and the planes can likely be salvaged. 
  • Some of the F-22s made it out, but with the US’s top F-22 training grounds wiped nearly off the map, it’s unclear when the US’s top fighter will get back on track. 

The F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets left behind at Tyndall Air Base when Hurricane Michael damaged or destroyed virtually every building on site will be visited by structural engineers from Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor tweeted.

Tyndall Air Base serves as a critical training and maintenance ground for about 50 F-22s, or nearly a third of all of the world’s most capable air superiority jets near Panama City, Florida, Dallas News, who first reported the story, said. 

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Blendo Games, the developer behind such celebrated (and delightfully oddball) offerings as Thirty Flights of Loving and Quadrilateral Cowboy, has unveiled its latest project – “immersive” first-person sci-fi shooter Skin Deep.

“Stalk through a vast non-linear starship and sneak, subvert, and sabotage to survive in this stellar sandbox,” explains Blendo Games on Skin Deep’s newly materialised Steam page, “You’re outnumbered, outgunned, and have no shoes.”

“When insurance corporations want to keep valuables safe, they freeze you and stow you onto their cargo starships,” it continues, “And when space pirates board the starship and trip the silent alarm, you unthaw, take a deep breath, and handle the situation. Good luck, operative.”

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Latest Scribd Bundle Features The New York Times

Scribd showed last year that it’s moving away from its PDF roots by transforming into a subscription based service for news. It teamed up with key publications for this and the company is now extending its focus in this area. There’s a new subscription plan for Scribd which includes access to the digital version of The New York Times.

The NYT was part of its news push last year as well. Scribd initially teamed up with the likes of The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, NPR, The Guardian, and others to offer an all-you-can-read subscription service.

Its new bundle is focused on the NYT, though. New users who sign up for this plan will get access to Scribd and a digital subscription to The New York Times for $12.99 per month. This offers a considerable discount compared to directly subscribing to NYT digital which costs $15.99 standalone.

Once Scribd users sign up and pay for the subscription through the service, they will get separate logins and will thus be able to access the entire Times’ website and app in addition to all of the ebooks, audiobooks, comic books, etc on Scribd. This sounds like a pretty good deal for those who have been meaning to purchase a subscription to one of the most respectable newspaper in the industry.

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Boston Dynamics‘ amazing Spot robot, a four-legged machine capable of moving in ways man’s best friend never dreamed of, just dropped its first dance video on YouTube. In the video, released yesterday, the robot gets funky to none other than Bruno Mars. Hopefully this indicates our AI overlords will spare the soulful crooner – after all, he’d catch a grenade for you. Here’s the video, we bet you can’t make it through without imagining the robot leaping through the screen and grabbing you. It’d probably do that thing that dogs do when they whip their heads back and forth like…

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There’s a robot dog empire in the making and Boston Dynamics has some worthy competitors – Genius Moments


This year’s International Conference for Robotics and Systems was like a clash of the robot dog titans as a video emerged of the Boston Dynamics SpotMini hanging out with the ANYbotics robot, called ANYmal. 

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