Last week, PS4 players got the chance to play the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. I also managed to play it and I got to say it’s good. However, much like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), the beta has some flaws. Here is what I found good or bad in the beta.
Picture taken by me.
First of all, lets go with the obvious one, the skill-based matchmaking (SBMM). When Modern Warfare released back in October 2019, it had a strict skill-based matchmaking which angered a lot of players. For those who are not aware of what skill-based matchmaking is, it is a way to search for players based on the players skills, whether they play well or otherwise. While it is an understandable way to make the game seem fair, it was criticized a lot because it ruins the fun for all players. Black Ops Cold War seems to have the same skill-based matchmaking and fans are not happy. One way this could be fixed is to add Ranked Playlists like the older Call of Duty games used to have, since they operate with a strict skill-based matchmaking. For some reason, Ranked Playlists haven’t appeared ever since Call of Duty: WWII.
Now lets talk about the Field of View (FOV). It was added to consoles which made fans very happy about it, still there are some problems with it. According to several news, the Field of View drops frames on the PS4 the higher it is set. I don’t know if this is an issue with the game itself or with the version of the game, since this game was made with a new engine and it will be released also on next-gen consoles.
Next, the game crashes some times, and there are some problems with joining parties.
Some weapons like the AK-47, MP5, and XM4 are overpowered, plus the time to kill has been increased, I think it should be toned down a little bit.
The Black Ops Cold War Beta isn’t all that negative. Here are some good things about it.
The maps are better designed than the maps from Modern Warfare (2019). The gunsmith returns, as well as the Wildcards from Black Ops II. The new game mode VIP Escort is a great game mode for team work and strategy. Combined Arms is a shorter Ground War but feels much better. And it has crossplay between PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Despite all the assets and flaws it has. Treyarch has one more month to fix all that’s necessary before launch day.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13, 2020 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.