Few things are certain in life: death, taxes and a new Call of Duty game every year. 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot put the game back in a positive light within the gaming community; can Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War continue the positivity?

If you were to ask any avid Call of Duty player which game in the long-running series is their favourite, the first Black Ops game is almost certainly in their top three (and Ghosts is bound to be at the bottom). The original Black Ops really made the series what it is today, improving upon so many features and feeling like a finished, polished product worth sharing with the world. I know that for me, Black Ops came at a time right smack-bang in the middle of high school – and obviously became the perfect after-school entertainment to enjoy with mates online.

Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is the sixth instalment in the Black Ops series, and the seventeenth CoD game since 2003. Set in the ‘80s and positioned as the direct sequel to the original Black Ops game, Cold War really brings back so much nostalgia, and yet again improves upon already perfected and seamless gameplay. Whether you’re excited to see where the Black Ops narrative will take us next, or whether you really want to keep prestiging and max out the level of every weapon, Cold War is sure to keep you interested.

It also wouldn’t be a Black Ops game without zombies! The cult classic mode returns with Cold War, which means I am going to be getting a lot less work done… Except if that work is fighting zombies. Online or local splitscreen is available for all of us to get back into horde-slaying action and really push to see what round we can get to. (Seriously though, some of the round records I’ve seen for the original Black Ops are ridiculous.)

Building upon what 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot put into motion, Warzone continues its way through Black Ops: Cold War. With the new ‘Military Rank’ replacing the original ‘Enlisted Rank’ (1-55) XP will not only be shared between Black Ops: Cold War and Modern Warfare, but the new zombies mode will also contribute to your overall rank! Whichever game is your flavour you can be assured you’ll be making progress.

In my opinion Cold War is the breath of fresh air the Call of Duty franchise needs to keep on bringing year after year. It’s what 2010-era, high-school-student me always wanted, with a modern twist. With all the new maps and weapons coming to Warzone thanks to Cold War later on this year, it too is sure to keep you happy, immersed and satisfied all throughout summer.