Marcelo Jabulas | @mjabulas – Should have been embarrassed, but every year it’s always the same. When an alpha, beta, or demo version of a multiplayer FPS pops up, I’ll always download it. And history repeats itself. Deaths, deaths and more deaths in a row. Many of them are humiliating and embarrassing. What for ? Testing is needed.
All this self-pity crisis is to say that I tested the Alpha version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the latest production in the parallel series of Activision’s millionaire franchise. The new Black Ops follows the first game in this branch of CoD. For those who don’t remember, Black Ops moved forward into the future, placing more and more emphasis on multiplayer, until it reached Episode 4, which was fully multiplayer.
The new game is set in the 1980s, when the Cold War was on fire. But the content says nothing about the plot. It focuses on the online world of franchising. On Alpha, some maps have been made available with options for up to 24 simultaneous players, which are related to the theme of the game.
Visually, the game is very well run, with a high level of detail and very well prepared maps, like Miami, a desert and another at sea where the kill-off takes place in a cluster of boats. Before each session there is even an animation, each with a map theme. No more Delta Command impossible, just missing Chuck Norris, leggings and mules.
As in any online shooter game, popular wisdom prevails and “whoever gets there first drinks clean water”. This is because whoever starts playing earlier, scales faster, and unlocks weapon upgrades. Yes, it’s the sights, stabilizers, more firepower and other upgrades that ensure greater competitiveness.
This means being able to aim with precision, more damage per shot, and even the speed to spin your weapon. Thus, if a friend left to play on the second day of practice, it certainly took a long time to develop in the game, as his opponents were already much more trained and equipped.
Cold War’s Alpha has good gameplay and follows the pattern set for the genre. He has no inventions, which makes adaptation very quick. Even those who are not used to shooting games can quickly figure out the control logic.
Of course, familiarity with shooting games matters. Those tricks of aiming for the waist and letting the kick raise the gun are something those who learned that out there playing CS. Sometimes your opponent takes you out in the blink of an eye and when he’s in your sights and opens fire, he gets away with it. But the problem isn’t the game, it’s you.
During the test, the connection turned out to be quite stable, with no drops or delays in loading matches. In addition to publicizing the game, the main function of alpha testing is to check the functioning of the servers and find faults. Everything went perfectly, which indicates that the development is very close to the end. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will debut on November 13 with versions for PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to install the original Black Ops on the PS3 once more. Because in him, in the single player campaign, I am the real Chuck Norris.