Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has finalized on launching its very own battle royale mode called Blackout. Up until this point, we’ve only had small tidbits of information about how this Fortnite/PubG-like mode will work, but now Activision has finally released a game.
As is usual for the Call of Duty series, the Blackout is two-plus minutes of slickly produced hype, with its glimpse of the mode in action. It looks and moves like Call of Duty, but it has crate drops, wide open spaces, and vehicles.
Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 is pretty simple on the surface, but it’s a classic example of a game much deeper than it looks.
This Black Ops 4 tips page will tackle as much of that depth as possible, from beginners Black Ops tips to a more advanced guide to the game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 | How Battle royale works and how to survive until the end game
There are so many little tips and tricks worth knowing for Black ops 4 that we’ve decided to compile one big list. Splitting them up into the relevant categories so you can choose to skip ahead, or just browse at your convenience.
Before diving in though, it’s worth talking a little about how to approach Black ops 4 matches in general, especially if you’re a newcomer or just looking to advance up your skills a bit.
How Battle Royale mode works?
Black ops 4 is not your typical shooter game anymore. The aim is to survive, not to get the most kills – in fact you can win without getting a single one – so your usual shooter strategy needs to adapt.
The prevailing meta, so to speak, is stealth. In fact, many of the highest-ranking players who are aiming to compete at upcoming tournaments simply rely on ‘boring’ stealth strategies, like hiding in back, to see them through to the final gunfight at the end of a round. The argument goes that everyone else will kill each other anyway, so why expose yourself to the risk?
But that’s not the whole story – combat, for starters, is great practise. Black ops 4 combat mechanics are a little odd and mastering those makes a massive difference to how many final-10 situations you’ll win.
Likewise, mid-game kills are a great way to take your gear from passable to excellent. And finally, if you do get spotted hiding behind trees and bushes, it helps to know how to shoot the one who found you.
The general flow of a game then is roughly as follows:
- You’ll spawn in the plane, and need to choose somewhere to land. We’re going to put together a dedicated guide on the best Black ops 4 loot locations on map, but the short version here is that you want to avoid high-traffic areas like major towns and cities, and find a safe little spot to loot some weapons and equipment on your own.
- Then, when you’re all set (or run out of things to loot before the zone field starts getting close) it’s a case of going where the circle is. You’ll need to find safe points to rest, loot, and defend yourself along the way, while the player count gradually drops, until you ideally reach the last top 10 players.
- At that point, most people’s strategies go out the window, where we go through not only the useful stuff for the early and mid game, but some advanced tips for winning that final fight to the death.
There’s obviously a lot more to just the above, which our tips in upcoming week can help guide you to the victory.