CHANGING THE GAME
There’s no doubt Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will get your adrenaline pumping via a campaign filled with insane set-pieces and intense firefights, but developers Treyarch and Raven Software are digging down deep to include some never-before-seen features this time around. Instead of just churning out another by-the-numbers Call of Duty experience, Black Ops Cold War is running headfirst into innovation.
This time around, the game’s story mode will allow for some open-ended gameplay. Instead of blindly following a checklist of objectives, some stages will present you with multiple choices. Do you want to tackle the main objective or head off the beaten path for a side-mission? Depending on what you choose, you could end up unlocking alternate missions that you wouldn’t otherwise find if you stick to the mainline story.
Along with that, the player choice will actually matter in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Some missions will allow you multiple ways to complete them, leaving the decision up to you. You don’t have to go in guns blazing every time, as you’ll have some stealth tactics at your disposal. Don a costume and sneak past some low-level guards, steal items while the enemy isn’t looking, and even poison adversaries to take them out silently. Combine those features with multiple dialog options to smooth over situations, and you’ll have a litany of choices to bring you to one of the game’s multiple endings.
You’ll get to do all this by playing as a character of your own design. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War allows you to create a custom character with numerous options. Pick your skin color, gender, name, and codename, and even a psychological profile to explain how you operate. These customization options actually matter as the profile you end up picking will unlock character perks that you get to use on your missions. Every profile opens up different perks, which in turn, could allow for all-new ways to handle a mission.