This weekend is your first chance to try out Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and you should take it. From what I can tell, the beta is available on PlayStation 4 from Thursday October 8 through to Sunday October 11. It’ll kick off for other platforms on Saturday October 10, giving all PlayStation 4 users a slight advantage. That doesn’t matter so much though, because I think we all need to try the beta out more to test the game, rather than simply get in because it’s there.
The beta is going to have a couple of modes for us to play; team Deathmatch, Demolition, VIP Escort, Kill Confirmed, and Combined Arms. It’s all about testing out each mode and getting a feel for how they handle in the new game. This is the latest Call of Duty engine, and it’s the one we’ll be stuck with for the next year. This is your chance to try the game out and see if it feels like something you want to invest the time and money into for another year.
I think that the Call of Duty franchise is great, but I’ve given up on buying them as they come out. for this latest release though, I’m willing to make an exception. It’s a new entry to my favourite Call of Duty series, and it’s one that’s also going to be on next-gen consoles. I really want to like it, but I don’t want to waste my money. That’s why I’m going to play as much of it this weekend as I can, in order to work out just how much I like it.
The longevity of every Call of Duty game is in its multiplayer. This beta is a glimpse into the modes that we’ll all be playing for the weeks and months following the game’s release. If they’re terrible, then at least we know to avoid the game early. If they’re fantastic though, then this is almost certainly a game that’s worthy of our time. You’ll never know unless you take the plunge and start playing it now, because otherwise you’ll be forced to pay to play it, and by they you’ll have no choice but to like it. Don’t make that mistake.