Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War finally sees the return to the setting and characters we’ve been waiting for since the first installment. With Black Ops III, there was a lackluster story that never amounted to anything worthwhile. Then we got Black Ops 4, which was great on all fronts, but it didn’t have a campaign – which was probably for the best after the prior entry. Treyarch takes us back to the 1980s, reuniting us with Mason and Woods along with some new faces and names to stop a Cold War gone hot. Cold War offers a blend of nostalgia-fueled gameplay with next-generation visuals for a true sequel to the original game.
Sledgehammer Games’ first entry in the Call of Duty franchise is the freshest that the series has been in quite some time. It shows that even the every-other-year trade-off between Infinity Ward and Treyarch has caused some burnout. With a new pair of eyes looking at the series, many changes have been made – and all for the better.