PS4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Last updated date: July 23, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 164 expert reviews, the PS4 PS4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 placed 17th when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
6,032 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
New multiplayer mechanics provide a wider variety of gameplay options without forcing you into a hardcore strategy
- GameSpot
October 22, 2018 | Full review
Custom games don’t count toward player and weapon level progression but the ability to jump into a custom mode tuned a little easier made learning the intricacies of levels much less stressful.
- IGN Southeast Asia
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Black Ops 4continue the series’ tradition of keeping split-screen for its various game modes. Even Blackout has split-screen, which is impressive considering the other major battle royale games are online-only.
- Game Rant
The most shocking change is that you can now choose which perks you want to spawn on the map, and even assign their locations.
- Kotaku
October 15, 2018 | Full review
I had much more fun with Black Ops 4's new Rush mode, which pits players against each other in an murder race to see who can gather the most points by offing zombies.
- PC Gamer
October 17, 2018 | Full review
The Heist gamemode, a new addition to the series, offers round-based multiplayer shooting that puts you into a buy menu at the start of each round, all the better to blow the earnings you accumulated from killing enemies.
- Trusted Reviews
October 17, 2018 | Full review
It offers a tactically rich alternative for players who want something with more grit, naturalism and sweaty peril.
- The Guardian
October 17, 2018 | Full review
Despite the enormous size and maze-like structure of some of the Zombies maps, they don’t feel cryptic. With enough exploration, you can find all the buttons and items you need to open them up to access better weapons and gear.
- Digital Trends
Traditional multiplayer is not only a refreshing return to team-based combat after an oversaturation of battle royale games on the market, but it also changes enough to keep players interested.
- Bleacher Report
October 15, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The continuing Zombies storyline hasn't aged well, with offensive and distracting dialogue
- GameSpot
October 22, 2018 | Full review
Playing with bots isn’t without its problems, though. While the three robotic comrades would usually stick close, their path finding was sometimes a little shaky which led to more than one missed revive, but overall I found them to be a great way to experience Zombies.
- IGN Southeast Asia
October 16, 2018 | Full review
The downside is that the text in split-screen is obnoxiously small, making it virtually impossible to read most of the words on the screen, and we couldn’t find any settings to change the text size. Still, having a somewhat flawed split-screen option in the game is better than having no split-screen at all.
- Game Rant
I did find the Theater could go a bit wonky and stop responding properly if the clip showed a player emoting, tagging, or even spraying heavy gunfire action.
- Kotaku
October 15, 2018 | Full review
It’s worth noting that I’ve experienced some serious stability problems while playing the game on my home PC (part of my time playing was also at an Activision review event). Though it runs for hours without incident, I’ve had occasional crashes in virtually every mode, some in the middle of games.
- PC Gamer
October 17, 2018 | Full review
No single player campaign
- Trusted Reviews
October 17, 2018 | Full review
The single-player campaign has been jettisoned, leaving us with just the multiplayer experience.
- The Guardian
October 17, 2018 | Full review
Zombies bots are too strong and not that smart
- Digital Trends
While some might see the lack of a single-player campaign as an easy way out for an annual force of a franchise, it's clear after only a brief time with Bo4 it's more of a braggadocious move by a team offering up the best Call of Duty in a long time.
- Bleacher Report
October 15, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Black Ops is back! Featuring gritty, grounded Multiplayer combat, the biggest Zombies offering ever with three full undead adventures at launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in a massive battle royale experience. Blackout features the largest map in Call of Duty history, signature Black Ops combat, and characters, locations and weapons from the Black Ops series, How to play whether you play on your own (solo), with a friend (duo), or your whole squad (quads), the game’s fundamentals are the same. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer raises the bar, delivering the most thrilling experience yet with a focus on tactical, grounded gameplay and player choice. The game offers a new level of online action across a variety of new weaponry, maps and modes. For the first time, Multiplayer serves as the center of the game’s narrative as players explore each Specialist’s role and unique playstyles. With the return of the Pick 10 Create-a-Class system and a new Gear category, gameplay becomes more customizable than ever, giving players choice on how to equip their Specialist. Combined with the ability to unlock devastating Scorestreaks, players will have the opportunity to be powerful on their own or unstoppable as a team. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 delivers the biggest Day 1 Zombies offering ever with three full experiences at launch: IX, Voyage of Despair, and Blood of the Dead. With an exciting new adventure and a brand-new cast of characters, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Zombies will feature the deep gameplay and easter eggs that its rabid community of fans have come to expect.

Overall Product Rankings

1. PS4 The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
Overall Score: 9.9
Expert Reviews: 2
2. PS4 Resident Evil 4
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 1
3. Konami Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 10
4. PS4 Red Dead Redemption 2
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 10
5. Ubisoft Assassin’s Creed Origins
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 14
7. Rockstar Grand Theft Auto 5
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
8. Warner Brothers Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 11
9. Rockstar Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 1
10. Insomniac Spider Man
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
11. PS4 Horizon Zero Dawn
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
12. EA Sports FIFA 17
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 15
13. EA TitanFall 2
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 12
14. Supermassive Games Until Dawn
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
15. PS4 Fallout 4
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
16. EA Sports Madden NFL 17
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 13
17. PS4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
18. PS4 Final Fantasy XV
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 5
19. PS4 Days Gone (Bend Studio)
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Expert Reviews: 11

An Overview On PS4 Games

  • If you haven’t played Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” in a while, it may be worth a relook. The award-winning game has undergone a recent revamp, taking it in the direction of a role-playing game. However, it’s still technically a stealth game, requiring the player to master the ability to sneak up on opponents.
  • When it comes down to it, many of today’s top games excel at worldbuilding. With Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” it’s all about the map. This version has the largest and most connected map in all the renditions. You’ll find even when you’re out in the middle of the desert, there are plenty of awe-inspiring views. The game will take you deep into the heart of Egypt, immersing you in the ancient culture of the country.
  • The open-world Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” also offers a sizeable map, with mesmerizing landscapes and photorealistic graphics.
  • If you’ve played “Grand Theft Auto” before, you’re probably already familiar with the meticulous detail put into the graphics. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” has realism all the way down to weather and lighting effects. This lends authenticity to the experience that makes you feel as though you’re truly a part of that world.
  • One of the best things about Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition is that it helps you grow as a player. The game takes note of moves that you haven’t yet used and coaches you to complete them in order to become better at virtual combat.
  • One new feature that will enhance your experience with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. It also adds Mother Base to your adventures, which means Big Boss will have more resources than in previous Metal Gear games.
  • Storylines have become huge in many of today’s PS4 games, but many of them have a problem with growing repetitive over time. As with previous iterations, Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” has an engaging storyline. However, some find the quests are repetitive over time, and you may find that finding the loot is too easy if you’re a more experienced player. Missions with Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” can also become repetitive. Although the story is captivating, it doesn’t seem to have as many twists and turns as other open-world games. Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is all based on auto heists, which provide plenty of adventures without a complex storyline. The quests in Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can also become repetitive.
  • Although Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” repeats itself over time, it’s important to note that you drive the storyline in open-world games, and this game gives you plenty of opportunities to make it your own.
  • If your setup supports 4K resolution, you may want to sway toward Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” which offers 4K gameplay as an option.
  • Lack of responsiveness can become frustrating with any game. The controls with Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins” can feel a bit awkward at times. That means combat can tend to feel unnatural, with attacks not landing quite the blow they feel like they should.
  • Many players prefer the spirit of competition that comes with playing others. Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” offers both solo and online team gameplay options.
  • For gamers on a budget, Rockstar “Grand Theft Auto 5” is the best option, selling for less than $20. Ubisoft “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” and Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition can be found in the $20-$30 range. But the Warner Brothers “Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War” Gold Edition includes a season pass, which expands your gameplay options.

DYWM Fun Fact

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The PS4 Game Buying Guide

Your PS4 is all hooked up and ready to go. Now you just need the perfect game to get you started. If you’ve owned a PlayStation before, you probably have a few favorites of your own, but it can’t hurt to take a look at what’s out there. You may even find that a game you tried in the past has improved so much in recent versions, you’ll want to try it again.

With so many PS4 games available, though, you’ll first need to narrow down the type of game you want to play. There are role-playing games, abbreviated RPG, which are among the most popular. RPGs kicked off with games like “Dungeons & Dragons” and continue today with popular options like “Final Fantasy.”

The vast majority of games will fall under the action header, which includes the many shooter games you find when you’re looking around. This genre also includes fighting and combat games like “Street Fighter” and “Double Dragon,” as well as stealth games like “Assassin’s Creed Origins.”

Another video game category that’s popular with many players is open-world games. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” falls into this category, as does “Konami “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” With an open-world game, you’re free to move around a virtual environment, choosing how you reach particular goals. These games have become increasingly popular as gamers seek to feel as though they’re part of an adventure, rather than just competing to win.

There are plenty of factors beyond gameplay, including the visuals on the screen in front of you. You’ll want to spend time in a world that’s immersive, rather than one that takes away from the experience. If you have a 4K TV, you’ll find your options are narrowed considerably since not all PS4 games are built to render at that resolution. Some games also have technical glitches that slow down response time, a flaw that can be extremely frustrating if you’re just trying to enjoy some game time.