Since its debut Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has polarized much of its community. The multiplayer only game has forgone the single-player aspect despite its good track record of having the best campaigns in the franchise. However, we had the chance to play Treyarch’s latest title and it delivers a solid multiplayer experience that focuses less on movement and more on tactics. After the first match, I realized this Call of Duty was different. Attempting to use the skills I gained from other titles were relatively useless here as the meta has changed due to Treyarch changing some aspects. First off, similar Overwatch specialist’s skills on a cooldown, meaning after death you cannot use specific abilities tailored to the classes. Instead, you must decide when is the best opportunity for the talent used such as Ruin’s grapple or Recon’s scanning dart. Each character does come with a unique talent, like Firebreak’s deadly flamethrower, that charges over time. The biggest change is the new health system. Players don’t recover health automatically and must use a timed health pack to regenerate health over time. This consist need to time your attacks, healing, and defense meant everything has to be planned and more focus has to be put on teamwork. Since you cannot defend yourself while injecting you must rely on your allies for defense while doing so. Movement is still a key feature in Black Ops 4. Walling running, boosting, and other movement enhancements have been mostly limited to character specific abilities such as Ruin’s grapple hook. However, you can still use sliding and jump to dodge incoming fire. You may not have the dexterity as past Call of Duty games but speed and momentum still play a huge role in survival. Of course, you have a variety of customizable options to choose from. Using the Pick 10 system players can choose whatever options they want within the limited pool of points. During the during the damage reducing flak jacket was the most popular feature and seemed to give those without it a disadvantage. Call of Duty: Black Op 4’s competitive multiplayer features what players have come to expect from the franchise. The specialist system and new gameplay mechanics give more weight to what specialist you choose as their unique skills can turn the tide of battle. Since you cannot select the same specialist players must create a team that complements each class. Making more like a tactical shooter than more traditional Call of Duty games. Call of Duty: Black Op 4 launches October 12th for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.