When you think of first-person shooters, the Call of Duty logo comes to mind. Call of Duty: Cold War (aka Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War) is the latest in the line of Call of Duty titles. Released a year after Modern Warfare in 2019, the game retains the same run n’ gun style of action reminiscent in previous iterations, with a more extensive class and customization system.
Cold War retains its predecessors’ dark atmosphere, following the exploits of CIA operatives in an alternate timeline where the United States is engaged in active conflict with the Soviet Union. Players will customize their character’s look in the game’s campaign mode, such as appearance and individual character traits that provide perks in-game. They will work alongside Black Ops regulars Alex Mason, Frank Woods, and Russell Adler, as they team up to pursue a Russian operative code-named Perseus across real-world locales. Like Modern Warfare before it, Black Ops draws story elements from events in the past, such as the Iran hostage crisis, to keep the narrative fresh and players engaged.
What’s Call of Duty: Cold War like exactly?
The story mode is different from previous games in that players will be able to engage in limited choices. In a sense, there is some semblance of role-playing when making choices in the game. Not all missions are the run and gun type, either. You will need to be silent and stealthy in some areas, which carries on the tension of the covert deniable ops aspect of the Black Ops franchise. Whatever choices you make in the campaign affects how the game ends.
Multiplayer is frenetic as ever. The Create-a-Class system from Modern Warfare has been adjusted slightly, with field upgrades included as part of the individual classes alongside perks. There are wildcard choices included with individual classes, out of four available wildcard choices. The game contains a Zombies co-op mode. Players can choose different operator characters as part of a CIA team called “Requiem,” where they face off against hordes of the undead across various maps.
Cold War will build upon Warzone, Call of Duty’s signature battle royale mode where up to 150 to 200 players battle across the fictional landscape of Verdansk. Cross-platform play and game progression is shared across the main games and Warzone. Season passes come out regularly with new maps, weapons, and character skins for players to try out and become the ultimate in-game covert ops badass.
The Call of Duty logo remained iconic for the past two decades, and will remain so in the years ahead.
Call of Duty: Cold War is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S consoles.