I have already written in some depth about my complicated relationship with Epic Games’ smash hit, Fortnite: Battle Royale. It’s the most talked-about game in America (maybe the world?) right now, and I appreciate the amount of content Epic Games provides the community with their weekly updates . . . but in my opinion, the game is super over-hyped, and is trying too hard with its “Everything and the Kitchen Sink” approach
Maybe not a popular opinion, but sue me: it’s mine!
I have given PUBG’s Battlegrounds some time on my Xbox One S, but that game is still quite rough around the edges, unlike Fortnite, which is pretty polished for a game that is still in beta. Right now, then, when I feel like playing a battle royale-style game, I am pretty much stuck with Fortnite . . . but there is hope right around the corner for someone like me, courtesy of Treyarch studio’s upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
For starters, I still don’t feel as comfortable with third-person shooters. I was terrible at all of the SOCOM games, never did that great in Gears of War multiplayer, and just generally don’t feel confident in Battle Royale firefights. (Same goes for me when I am playing third person in Battlegrounds, which is why I almost never do that!)
On the other hand, I perform much better in first-person shooters, so automatically I feel like my odds of being successful in Blackout are much better than in Fortnite: Battle Royale. Having played every version of Black Ops also helps, since I am pretty sure Treyarch will roll with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mindset, meaning returning players will feel right at home.
Another reason I feel good about my odds? No building. I cannot tell you how many firefights I have lost in Fortnite: Battle Royale because I was outbuilt. I get it: building is a huge part of the game. I’m not complaining or suggesting Epic Games provide a no-building mode. I’m just stating a fact: I suck at building in the heat of the moment, and I don’t have enough time to practice. So give me a battle royale mode without building, and I’m in like Flynn!
Of course, the biggest reason I am stoked about this mode: vehicles. I enjoy ripping around the Battlegrounds map in a car or boat, but if Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 allows us to hop into choppers and airplanes, lookout! That would be wild, although I cannot decided whether I am more excited about the possibility of being able to take to the sky, or knock someone from the day courtesy of a well-placed RPG. Decisions, decisions!
All in all, I am really looking forward to this release. Check out the trailer for Call of Duty’s first entry in the battle royale genre, and tell me what you think!