Like millions of other gamers, I spent all weekend playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Whilst I’m still in the process of writing my review, there’s little doubt in my mind that there’s something special about this game. Having had a love-hate relationship with the franchise, Black Ops 4 feels like a game very aware of the current trends, but not afraid to put their own spin on them.
Perhaps this is no more apparent than in Blackout, the game’s take on the massively popular Battle Royale game mode, popularised by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and, of course, Fortnite, a game I have been shamefully addicted to. Blackout is comparable more to the former than the later; it prioritises realism and more grounded gameplay. It steers clear of any building mechanics and instead of asking players to juggle weapon attachments and equip armour in the fight for survival.