This game came out in 2015 and I still play it to this day. It's a greatest hits collection with enough variety to bring in new and veteran Zombies players alike, and it makes it worth revisiting Zombies at its roots. When you consider Zombie Chronicles is half the price of a full Call of Duty game that usually consists of a full single player mode, 10 plus multiplayer maps out of the box and usually a couple of zombie maps, Zombies Chronicles price point seems a tad high. Cubed3 Rating Treyarch has clearly relished the opportunity to revisit and update these seminal undead moments and used Zombies Chronicles as a vehicle to deliver a solid piece of fan service. One of the main changes fans will notice is that Gobblegums are now present, but this isn't too hard to get to grips with for those who aren't familiar with them.
These modes can be played in public lobbies or in custom matches with bots. It fires in bursts of three and can one-hit kill midgame zombies with ease. The iconic voice lines and hidden songs remain, and of course, the easter eggs are still there for you to attempt. The official reveal came via t-shirt, with an explanation from Blundell following. Did you consider turning it off? Not Call of Duty zombies specifically, just those perennial reanimated corpses in general? There is plenty of ear candy to go around as it sounds like there is so much more going on.
If the words 'Gobblegun' and 'Liquid Divinium' have got you confused already, then this might actually be a sign that Zombie Chronicles is for you. Also familiar will be the little nuances that have been left in for veteran players to find. But so are things like loadouts including Gunsmith and Paintshop features, costumes, a data vault, and even a training simulator that functions like a small scale Horde Mode set in a virtual reality settings. I really liked the maps that featured them and the hundreds of hours, all-nighters and good times I would spend soloing or with friends is still something I take to heart whenever I plastered a zombie skull with bullets. Only thing I enjoy a bit is the zombies which isn't all that great eith.
The most noticeable change, especially in the heat of the moment, is the enhanced audio--the horrible death rattle of a gunned-down zombie and the unearthly howling of the Hellhounds are grating in the best way. Again, it all comes back to multiplayer being a portion of the game that feels refined and stocked full of content due to the developers getting more time to spend on the game. Now despite my praises, there are some problems with the pack as well. Expect plenty of movement impeding mud, threat of being squashed by one of the constantly roaming giant robots, the Steampunk inspired Panzersoldats, as well as Templar and Crusader Zombies. The hardcore, old school fans of zombies will get a kick out of the amount of detail they put into each remastered map and will love most of the upgrades. Sure, there is a general familiarity with the layout but to me it all felt fresh, vibrant and new. Playing as them yet again, even in younger form with some nuanced quirks in Origins, is a bit too much.
Blackout won't replace what was lost for those mourning the death of the franchise's single-player mode, but it does add a compelling new ingredient to the Call of Duty multiplayer recipe, and it makes Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 one of the freshest and most memorable entries this aging series has had in years. While there's nothing here for players interested in a story-focused experience, mature gamers looking for robust multiplayer are in for a treat. What's great, though, is that it doesn't really seem that, aside from some weapons, anything has been removed, so there's still all the content you'd expect from these maps, except now looking more polished. It features and highlights intense, non-stop military-themed and fantasy violence. Players use a huge selection of weapons, including guns, explosives, knives, and, in Zombies, mythical implements such as a great glowing hammer, to slaughter human and undead foes. While there was one new one called Safeguard as well, that functioned something like a President mode that required teams to prevent or accompany a robot to predetermined location.
Many still hold Black Ops 2 as the best game in the series when it comes to competitive online action. Treyarch's Zombies is the one that started it all, and the beloved mode has evolved a lot over the years and with different Call of Duty developers. You can cause enemy cybernetic systems to overload, you can burst them into flames from afar, or even send a swarm of fireflies to kill or distract them. Despite the relatively small period between releases, Kino is a major leap forward from Nacht in terms of scale and complexity. I used to be satisfied with a simple fresh coat of paint.
It gave you enhanced battle abilities like time slowing mechanics and invisibility that blended the first person shooting in the best way. Perhaps the franchise needed a boost in sales or perhaps Treyarch just wanted to assemble a greatest hits collection for young and old fans alike. The original Zombies map that was never intended to release, and was simply an Easter Egg that players received upon completing the World at War Campaign. The audio is another aspect I found to be remarkably improved and enhanced this time around. Those heart pounding moments are still there even if they seem fewer and further apart than ever before.
The other Gobblegum is Tone Death, which plays a funny sound every time you kill a zombie, something you might not notice if you're being swarmed on level 30. There is enough variety in the 8 maps to appeal to all players. It seems these maps were chosen for their accessibility and their connection to the main storyline of Nazi Zombies. If I am playing by myself I never seem to last more than 5 or 6 rounds and when playing with others I often feel like they get frustrated with how bad I am. If you are thinking about buying this dlc, you need to know which group you belong to so you can make the best decision.
Playing with friends can encourage cooperation, strategic thinking, and teamwork, but playing with strangers will often result in players being exposed to insulting and derogatory remarks from teammates. Robotics have seen great advancements and are used extensively in the battlefield. Chronicles also includes Black Ops 3 weapons, but they make very little difference in how you strategize--they're really just there to keep the collection in line with Treyarch's latest. Changes to single player and the addition of new cooperative modes make the campaign feel like less of an afterthought than it has in recent years, and gives players plenty of reasons to come back and play it again. Kino introduces several new enemies, such as crawler zombies that resemble demons and crawl down walls to descend upon players, and hellhounds, flaming zombie dogs that explode upon death.