It’s the time of year when the newst installation to the Call of duty series is released upon us, spontoneous ilness and sleepless nights are here!

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Has a lot to contend with this year, following the path of most developers, Activision have included their take on the widely popular battle royale mode with this year seeing the all new game mode, Blackout.

With that being said, Activision have decided to remove single player campaign to make room and time for the newest game mode, long time fans of the series may be uspet to hear this as some of Call of duty’s most iconic moments have been produced in campaign, damn you General Shepherd!

The other modes included in this years game are a hugely re-worked Zombies co-op experience and predictablly solid online multiplayer. Upon initial release the most popular of these modes is likely to be the all new Blackout mode, with stiff competition from the free-to-play craziness of fortnite and the military sim experience of PUBG, blackout has found a great middle ground taking the best features from both and combining them into a great overall mode.

So far here at Web-systems we have focused mainly on online multiplayer and zombies mode as we had a chance to test out Blackout in last months beta. Our experience so far has been a good one as far as online multiplayer is concerned, we have had a number of games and tried out the various game modes to get a feel for the overall experience. Gameplay is smooth and feels mostly balanced once you have unlocked create a class and start to gain attatchment for your weapons. The specialist classes add another layer of depth to the fighting and gives you a range of unique abilities to use in the tide of battle, each ability takes time to master but once you get the hang of it, releasing them at the right time can entirely change the course of the fight.

Zombies mode has had some major changes and feels like a much more hardcore game mode, with three different story experiences it has something for everyone, the first geared towards beginners is IX which takes place in ancient Rome, Blood of the dead revisits Alcatraz prison, and voyage of despair takes place on the Titanic, this years installment also included a much needed tutorial.

Alongside this Treyarch have also included new kinds and weapons and easter eggs that appeal to the hard core zombies fans and has also lifted the previous cap of 255 round and improved it to a staggering 1,024 rounds!

So as specialists in PC Gaming lets cover the PC verison of the game starting with the various system requirements, yes we have more than just minimum and recommened!

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 7 or higher (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 2GB / GeForce GTX 1050 2GB or Radeon HD 7950 2GB

Recommended: 

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel i5-2500K / Ryzen R5 1600X
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1060 is 6GB or Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580

High refresh / Competitive: (This is our recommended setup for competitive players using high refresh rate monitors at 1080p)

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1080 or Radeon RX Vega⁶⁴ Graphics

Ultra: (This is the top-tier setup for players using 4k monitors looking for the smoothest framerates)

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 2700X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1080Ti

So if you’ve been following our social media you will know that we have a gaming rig all set up running the game in store on a beautiful 4K gaming monitor. So how did this system hold up across the three different game types of Black Ops 4. Before we get to the juicey details lets cover the specification of our battle hardened rig.

 

Ryzen 5 1600X
16GB DDR4 2400MHz
ASUS EX-A320M Gaming Expedition Motherboard
Game Max Expedition Red Case
Game Max GP500W PSU
Toshiba P300 1TB HDD
Inno 3D RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6
Electriq 4K Gaming Monitor 60hz 1ms Freesync

The overall performance at 4K with the highest possible graphics settings was outstanding. In multiplayer we never dropped below 62fps even when in the most intense firefights. We seemed to hover around the 75fps for the most part. In zombies mode we had similar performance, the FPS was able to stay around 60 for the majority of gameplay and had small dips when a lot of enemies had spawned. The lowest FPS came from the new Blackout mode, initial FPS in the loading area dropped to around 40 FPS at the lowest and the worst result we had was riding a quad bike across the map in where the FPS dipped to around 30-35, but considering the amount of players and the size of the map in Blackout we expected the lower results here. Overall we are very impressed with the playability at 4K especially to say we had the game maxed out graphically, the only hinderance is having to adjust settings when switching between multiplayer and blackout to achieve the desired fluidity and smoothness of at least 60fps.

Overall we are very happy with how the game performs and runs, as to be expected there are a few very minor glitches most of which we have seen reported in other reviews and online but not come across personally. We did however run into an isolated incident loading in on the IX map, players spawned in but nobody could move and our only solution was to forcefully exit the game. The new game type blackout combined with the overhauled zombies game mode and improved online multiplayer experience is not only a step but a leap in the right direction for the COD franchise. We find the game to be rather refreshing especially for veteran COD players such as ourselves and look forward to seeing what becomes of the game over the next year.

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