"Wait there are multiple storylines?" – most people
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 just dropped its third DLC zombies map, and it's a doozy.
I won't go too far down the rabbit hole, but suffice to say it's going
"Alpha Omega" seeks to tie together two major storylines of the Call of Duty zombie saga. The story of Kiefer Sutherland-led crew from Black Ops 4 but there are also "Primis" and "Ultimis" versions of the original four zombie characters: Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai. Treyarch has always struggled with keeping the zombie community happy by balancing old with the new, and this BO4 zombie DLC seems like a good compromise.
Personally I've always favored that newness, as fresh faces like Jeff Goldblum being thrown around every few years made things interesting. That said, it is very cool that the series has been tying everything together, even tangentially, since the mode was introduced in Call of Duty: World at War in 2008. A re-imagined version of Nuketown Zombies seems Like a nice way to do that, with some of the Apothicon / Shadow Man we saw in the aforementioned Goldblum verse back in Black Ops III .
Alpha Omega is pretty familiar once you zone in , but quickly evolves into the multi-layered zombie experience that's typical of a Treyarch joint. While many are dismissive of the Call of Duty engine in any given era (fairly, it's typically behind the times), I've always respected how Treyarch manages to stretch them. They've been packed so many little details about the years, whether it's messages scrawled on the wall or have you crammed into each map.
Easter eggs are once again a major focus or Alpha Omega, with an intriguing access code deciphering puzzle, Ray Gun Mark II frame customization, and a giant underground bunker to explore. This time and time again, but ever since Treyarch added in the ability to beat zombies and unlock special endings that link future settings, the game changed. A lot of people don't really understand the whole draw of zombies all these years later, but that's really it. Although many of the thousands of videos are based on pure speculation, you could have multiple movies with the amount of info buried within each zombie map.
It's gotten to the point where celebrity guests, Ghostbuster -only proton pack weapons, and innocuous Americana go hand-in-hand, but the absurdity of it all is why I adore it. Here we have this ridiculous web of zombie lore, insane neon weaponry, and gumball power ups that make you run faster. When juxtaposed to the often muted aesthetics of modern military shooters, it stands out: as long as you are willing to work for it.
[These impressions are based on a retail version of the season pass provided by the publisher.]
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