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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Series) Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: @EamonGaudio, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a shooting game. It's a direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have a Campaign, Multiplayer, Zombies, and integration into Call of Duty: Warzone. It's a game that recreates both the thrill and the horror of wartime combat, with realistic visuals and hard hitting (sometimes heartbreaking) scenarios.

The campaign continues the single player narrative focused story of the Black Ops universe. This time set in the early 1980s during the volatile geopolitical battle of the Cold War. The multiplayer brings Cold War area weapons and equipment to the original Black Ops multiplayer experience. The Zombies mode has players working together to solve puzzles and unlock Easter eggs all within a new Zombies universe.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have cross-platform and cross-generation play, players will have their profile, progression, and statistics tied to their Activision account. This allows them to switch between platforms, if they choose to do so, without losing in-game progress.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 13/11/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Callof Duty (@CallofDuty)


Duration: It takes between 10 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. The multiplayer game mode has a variety of game modes that take different durations to complete. The zombies game mode duration to complete depends on what Easter eggs the player(s) do and how long the player(s) can survive the waves of zombies. The campaign game mode can take 6 to 10 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 40 players online. Console versions support 2 player split-screen for multiplayer game mode only. PC does not support any split screen.

Players can play only in a party of up to 6 players. The Fireteam mode supports 10 teams of four for up to 40 players. The Zombies mode supports up to 4 players.

Cross-Play: You can play Black Ops Cold War with people on other systems: Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, PC.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War usually costs £59.99 to £89.99.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: Cross-Gen Bundle

XBox Store Xbox One £64.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £64.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £64.99

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: Standard Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £59.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £59.99

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War: Ultimate Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £89.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £89.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £89.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.  

You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. Can buy cosmetic packs with COD Points (CP) which is bought with real money. There is a free Battle Pass that will reward up to 200 CP and cosmetic items. The Battle Pass has a premium level that cost 1000 CP with more cosmetic items and rewards up to 1300 CP.

Ultimate Edition includes Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, a Battle Pass Bundle (that can also be purchased separately), and a cosmetic theme pack, 'Land, Sea and Air Pack'.

If pre-ordered, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War offers the 'Woods Operator Pack in Modern Warfare and Warzone' cosmetic pack and 'Confrontation Weapons Pack' will be included for free.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 18 for bad language, violence. Cut scenes include depictions of strong violence, including a sequence in which a foreign intelligence operative is restrained and subjected to questioning. When he refuses to answer he is shot in his head. In multiplayer mode there are occasions when the use of explosive devices, such as a missile or an explosive vest, results in a human character being blown apart. The use of zombies mode results in sight of decapitations, dismemberment and blood. There is use of strong language (‘*!@?*').
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


You can choose to Toggle or Double-Tap for Crouching, Prone, Sprint, Walk behaviour. You can also select to use Toggle rather than Holds for weapon aiming and vehicle controls. You can select to automatically move forwards. You can't rebind the Escape key which is required during the tutorials.

There are extensive assistance for aim, as well as a range of difficulty options.

There are good audio queues about the location of enemies, by your team mates calling out whether they are on the left or right. This is in addition to the stereo audio that relates to where shots are coming from.

You can opt for subtitles and specify the size. However, the other fonts of mission planning and menus are smaller and can't be resized.

There is a good overview of these accessiblilty options in the DAGERSystem video from Kyle Abbate.
Our Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Accessibility Report documents 37 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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