Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will once again blend the worlds of Call of Duty and real-life to tell a compelling story filled with all-out action, subterfuge, and intrigue. As the campaign revolves around the Cold War, you’ll be meeting with key figures from that era, including President Ronald Regan. He’ll be dishing out orders as you work to unwind a massive government conspiracy, fueled by a mysterious figure known as Perseus. This character is actually inspired by a real-life spy that is thought to be a major player in Cold War dealings, but his existence was never 100% confirmed. As you try to find out just who Perseus is and what he’s up to, you’ll come across other classic Call of Duty characters like Mason, Woods, Hudson, and more.
CHANGING THE GAME
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.