COD Blackout Beta First Impressions

COD Blackout has been up and available on beta for PS4 pre-orderers this week and we’ve had the chance to get our hands on it.

We have to say that we’re very impressed with what we’ve seen so far. There was a lot of criticism directed toward Activision when the Blackout mode was announced, but we think that’ll all be dropped once everybody gets their hands on the game.

In Blackout, 88 players join the same open world map. Just like other battle royale games, the idea is that only one player or team can survive.

You’ll choose where you land and from there you must pick up loot scattered around the world. You’ll find everything from SMGs to RPGs on the ground, as well as a range of utility items.

Blackout also has a selection of vehicles in the world, including helicopters, large trucks, and ATVs. This is very exciting to see - vehicles are something we haven’t seen in Call of Duty for a very, very long time.

The vehicles work smoothly, but they fit into Blackout without being too overpowered. The helicopter, for example, provides a very quick method for getting from place to place, but a guided missile is all it takes to bring it down.

Fortunately, players have wingsuits, so if they are ever in a situation where they must drop from a large height, to dodge an incoming missiles for example, they can just deploy their wingsuit.

To keep things interesting, there are also mystery crates highlighted on the map. These crates are usually surrounded by zombies, and players must fight through them to get access to high level gear.

What’s incredible about all of this is despite the large map, the high player count, the vehicles, and even the zombies, Blackout runs incredibly well.

We are all very impressed and we think you will be when Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches on October 12.