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Is Black Ops Cold War A Downgrade From Modern Warfare?

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s launch is just around the corner but fans are still debating whether the game is a downgrade from Modern Warfare.

Ever since the game’s multiplayer leaked a few months back, Black Ops Cold War has been compared to its predecessor. It’s a natural part of the Call of Duty life cycle, but Cold War is getting almost daily comparisons.

A big part of this appears to be due to the game’s graphical capabilities.

(Source: Activision)

Are Cold War’s Graphics Worse Than Modern Warfare?

Despite Cold War releasing a year after Modern Warfare and being the first Call of Duty on next-gen hardware, the title doesn’t appear to look better than its older brother.

In fact, many argue that the game looks worse. This isn’t strictly fact, however.

Yes, the game’s graphics are different from Modern Warfare, but they’re also more stylized. It’s hard to compare the two games when different studios have developed them.

Modern Warfare has a cleaner, more crisp graphical style which is commonly associated with better performance. However, Cold War is more colorful and vibrant in nature.

In a video by Call of Duty YouTuber TheXclusiveAce, we can see some direct graphical comparisons. In essence, there’s not too much difference between the two titles, although Modern Warfare tens to have a much sharper image and higher attention to detail.

It’s worth pointing out, though, that one common fan complaint is not being able to pick out enemies amongst the game’s background. Right now, Treyarch needs to take steps to improve enemy visibility if it wants to put graphical concerns to rest.

The fact that Black Ops Cold War has been developed for both current and next-gen consoles also means that its graphical capabilities have been stunted. Treyarch isn’t able to push the PS5 and Series X hardware when the game has to run on older consoles.

Is Cold War’s Gameplay Worse Than Modern Warfare?

This is another question that is difficult to answer, honestly. Some players would argue that Modern Warfare was a step back for the franchise.

Despite Infinity Ward taking a chance and adding new cover mechanics, the resulting gameplay of Modern Warfare has become far more defensive. Lots of users criticize the game for being slow and campy.

Black Ops Cold War Downgrade
(Source: Treyarch)

On the other hand, Cold War is a return to form for the fast-paced Call of Duty. Players are encouraged to run-and-gun, especially since SMGs were so powerful in the Beta.

This ‘Arcade-style’ gameplay is often seen as being more enjoyable, but it’s also not without its faults. One poor decision on Treyarch’s part was the new changes to the sliding mechanic, which was very broken in the Beta.

However, the developer may well fix this exploitable technique by the time the final game launches. It should be said that it’s hard to compare an unfinished product to one that’s been on the market for a year now.

At the end of the day, we’re still going to have to wait until the finished product is delivered to make any judgment. What’s more, we’re yet to experience Cold War on a next-gen console, which is how the game will play best.

Although Black Ops Cold War is full of glitches, we need to give it time to impress us. And right now, Treyarch is giving us more of a glimpse into what’s to come.

In a new series of videos, Black Ops Cold War is teasing a return of a popular character. At the end of the day, the game is certain to deliver an entertaining follow-up to the Black Ops campaign.