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Is Call Of Duty Blackout Mode The Future of Battle Royales? First Impressions

It’s easy to wave off Call Of Duty as the typical yearly title that gets a reputation for having the same exact selling points year after year but luckily with the fad of Battle Royale games this years entry seems to shake up the genre. With the upcoming release of Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 quickly approaching, Activision held a beta for the new mode titled Blackout and it is surprisingly well made.

The demo allowed players to explore its large map consisting of some of the largest locations available in a battle royale title up to this point in time. Inside the map we have locations like Nuketown Island, Firing Range, Estates, and Asylum among others. My personal favorite piece of the mode has got to be the easter egg in Asylum. For those of you that are unaware, Asylum is based off of the Call Of Duty Zombies franchise and inside the building there may be a chance you’ll have a face to face encounter with some of the iconic undead enemies themselves.

The game mode itself feels like playing a round of the popular Battle Royale title PUBG but with a lot more going for it. For instance, the game gets shifted into high gear the second you start as every location is must visit real-estate. What I find a bit frustrating is the random locations of most weapons and items, the ground is so littered in items that it becomes overwhelming.

Do I see this game taking off? Yes. Do I see it defeating the unstoppable Fortnite or PUBG? Perhaps. Although the beta is simply that, a beta, it’s unclear to know how much farther this game mode can go in terms of replayability, challenges, rewards, and other aspects but so far at the rate it’s going I can see this easily surpassing PUBG.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will release on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12th.