Review of Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War

By Dean Moses

Game: Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War

Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows

Rating: M for Mature

Cost: $59.99 to $69.99

The Call of Duty series moves onto the latest generation of consoles with a thrilling, action-packed experience.

The Cold War

Call of Duty has used a variety of historical settings as placement for its explosive backgrounds, including some imagined future backdrops. Over the years we have played through the skirmishes of World War II to modern sieges in Iraq. Now we step into the 1980s and into the role of a Special Forces Agent in Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. Through a laundry list of dazzlingly hectic levels, the player must help prevent a nuclear holocaust between the United States and the Soviet Union. The narrative is steered by a strong cast of fellow soldiers who bolster an otherwise sparse, but still enjoyable experience.

A blaze of glory

Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War’s gameplay is familiar to that of previous iterations. Players move swiftly through levels, spraying enemies with bullets and partaking in jaw-dropping action. Developers Treyarch, Raven Software, and Beenox have also implemented some stealth segments that will have very little shooting and a lot more thinking. This aids in balancing the adventure, and preventing it from becoming tedious.

As previously stated, gameplay is kept in motion with rapid movement and a steady supply of enemy soldiers to mow down. Things are turned up a notch even further with drivable helicopter sections, long-distance sniper rifle pick-off points, and even a remote-control AC car that can be used to blow up a fleeing airplane–and this is just the single player.

Cold War also comes with a comprehensive multiplayer package. One section of this set comes with a multitude of competitive game types for you to test your skills in, including team deathmatch, fireteam, hardpoint, kill confirm, and much more. In addition, Zombies, a staple of the franchise, also returns. In this mode, you team up with a group of friends–or strangers–and take on a horde of monsters in wave after wave. Perhaps the most impressive and most enjoyable aspect of multiplayer is the ability to play all the modes in split screen with a friend or family member in the same room, allowing you to go out in a blaze of glory together.

Graphically the game looks incredible on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, truly showing the latest gen capabilities, along with what could be possible for the future. The environment, including everything from the jungles of Vietnam to the icy plains of Russia are breathtaking to behold.     

The only issue is that there are a few bugs when it comes to playing split screen multiplayer mode. After a single online match with your couch co-op buddy, the game glitches and matches either crash or the game does not load properly.  When this occurs, you have to continuously reboot the game.


Sometimes all we need in a video game is some action-packed fun, and that is exactly what Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War delivers.  Aside from the multiplayer glitches, this game is great to play with friends or just enjoy the single player’s story.