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The battle of the Battle Royale games is heating up. After Xaviant set the bar with The Culling back in 2016, PUBG Corporation took the industry by storm with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in 2017, becoming the first major mainstream Battle Royale game to hit the market. This was followed up by Epic Games' Fortnite, which also dropped a Battle Royale mode into the game, going on to garner more than 125 million registered players. Now the big boys have come out to play and both DICE and Treyarch are trying their hands at the Battle Royale modes in Battlefield V and the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Activision just recently released yet another trailer for Black Ops 4, this time outlining the Battle Royale mode even more and portraying it in the classic kind of marketing style that Call of Duty has become renown for.
The trailer is non-stop action through and through. It starts by opening up with several helicopters presumably dropping off combatants into Nuketown. From there we see a series of montages depicting the various vehicles, gadgets and weapons players can employ, and the characters that they can play. We see an awesome sequence in the beginning that looks like a throwback to Goldeneye 64 where several players hop off a dam and wing-glide across the water, only to have one of them dive under the water and shoot another player from below. We see vehicular gameplay, ambush tactics, zombies, and the trailer rounding out where we see a grappling hook being used to dodge an incoming ATV that gets turned into an inadvertent vehicular missile that crashes into a helicopter.
The action is definitely off the charts, but there are a few standout features in Black Ops 4's Blackout.
For one, we see that team-oriented vehicle operation seems to be a must. There are a lot of segments where we see two or more players using trucks as convoys to capture or deliver equipment to a destination, as well as plenty of segments involving helicopters being used to sweep areas with two or more players on board.
The ATV can also traverse into and through locations that make it difficult for larger, heavily armored vehicles to reach -- which seems reminiscent of how the ATVs are used in games like Battlefield 4. And we also see that the zombies can jump out and attack you at almost any time.
We previously knew that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode would feature zombies that would asymmetrically change the landscape of the combat, but it's interesting to see that they could end up being serious foils depending on the kind of play-style you employ.