Where to start. Critics all across the board.
I have Xbox (Prestige 4) & PC (prestige 2) versions. I have mainly just been grinding Classified for Weapon & XP levels. (Whilst 2XP was enabled)
#1 - Diverse maps & atmospheres
Only played the other maps a handful of times, but I must say they are all really good & all are unique. They are great launch maps for all types of play styles.
Being in the Arena on IX, while the crowd is chanting & you have full affinity is such a great experience of Zombies atmosphere.
Crossing the Blood of the Dead Bridge for the first time is probably the most captivating experience I have had in Zombies. The atmospheric sounds are astounding. Not knowing where that bridge leads to and then coming to the end, seeing Brutus & his quote triggers “Alcatraz, welcome our guests”
I honestly couldn’t believe they could put that kind of emotion into COD Zombies. (I paused the game for a few minutes thinking “how f*cking good was that!”
#2 - Gameplay balance -
The Zombies team really have been focused on “balance” for this game. I think that has been a main priority across all aspects of gameplay.
The game seems a fair bit easier with having basically Jugg from the start (Yeah they changed the health from 3 hits to 4 within the first few days & I freaking hate how they change zombies mechanics multiple times after launch with a passion).
Additions of a special weapon & also Elixers (nerfed a few days after launch too) give you a few extra lives. Using “Anywhere but Here” & the “Special Weapon” have got me out of spots where I would be downed or it would be “Game Over”. I have walked to round 40+ & ended the game as that was my hour-2 hour playtime.
I think I would struggle going back to BO1 Zombies where 2 hits (without Jugg) or 4 hits would be game over time. Most people probably would.
#1 on my list would be that - Completing the tedious steps of a Main Quest = GAME OVER!
I dont understand why Treyarch would do this? Yeah the quest follows the narrative of the story, but ending the game with nothing more than??? XP?, no reward? A calling card if you complete it a certain way? (No downs, no perks, within a timeframe).
People have been trying to complete these Side Quests in the lowest round possible. they have managed to complete these within Round 1. And Treyarch choose to finish this with a “Game Over”.
That is a real concern & probably why people say there is no content or Replayability. Do Treyarch not want people to play the game after completing the “Main Quest”?
#2 Con/dislike - REWARDS
Rewards for grinding/playing the game are all purely cosmetic. Calling Cards, Camo, Facepaint.
All complete garbage rewards as (apart from Camo’s) YOU CANNOT SEE WITHIN THE GAME!!!
This type of cosmetic seems to excite the younger generation & has been popular in games for pretty much 10 years but never so more than with games of the last 4-5 years.
Complete useless rewards are these cosmetic rewards.
All Perks for completing a Main Quest may have had its day, but at least that is some reward IN-GAME & not just a “Game Over”
#3 Con/dislike = STABILITY
(I don’t have too much to complain about here, but...)
BO4 has been the most flawed game from launch that I have experience/witnessed. This game was not finished for shipping. A hard copy disc consisted of a 50-60Gig install. That then required a 50Gig day one update. That Cleary shows this was not ready for shipping.
They presumably launched a month earlier to combat Red Dead 2, but they should have launch 1 month later, as people may have been ready to play something else after RDR2.
My experience has been OK. I have had a few game breaking bugs such as teleporters not working on Classified, visual glitches (not game breaking)
I have had maybe 10 crashes on Xbox, all at rounds below 15. Theatre even crashes the game.
I have had 3 crashes on PC. All of those were within launch week.
Not to sound as a complete console war fanboy, but I find it funny as f*cking h*ll that the majority of stability issues have been on PlayStation. The console that has exclusive rights & which this game should be optimised for.
Majority of the big Youtubers probably play on PlayStation & this would contribute to their lack of interest in BO4 Zombies.
(I was so hoping that the CWL games would bluescreen to highlight this issue)
Biggest disappointment of BO4 Zombies -
That there has not been 1 single public post regarding BO4zombies since the “The Race” live stream which occurred at launch where Mr Blundell was on stream.
Apart from the announcement of “Operation Zero” the other day, which actually was posted on the Activision/CoD Blog, all we have gotten are patch note updates on Reddit. That is truely unbelievable.
And my biggest disappointment is that this game coincides with the 10 year Annivesary of CoD: Zombies.
The special edition of the game he game comes with a “10 year puzzle” & yet, even on that 10 year weekend since World at War launched, what did we get?
An ex play tester that leaked nearly everything that hadn’t been found yet in BO4 Zombies. That truely was a circus of events that weekend.
Treyarch didnt even celebrate this milestone or acknowledge Zombies that whole weekend. (As a player since OG CoD on Xbox & a discoverer of Zombies in WaW, that’s truely heartbreaking)
It seems, if they acknowledge nothing, people will forget about it and there will be calm after the Storm.
Celebrate your game Treyarch!!!