Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War is not having an easy start. After a predominantly positive mood in the community shortly after the release, more and more criticism is emerging.
The players’ anger at Metacritic is particularly evident: The review aggregator bundles press and player reviews of Call of Duty: Cold War. The 2020 CoD offshoot achieved a good 77 out of 100 points in the international press, and our test was also among the better with 80 points:
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CoD Cold War: Our test with evaluation
They are in stark contrast to this Player reviews on Metacritic
What are the players criticizing
We often read criticisms in the reviews that the Multiplayer-Modus by CoD Black Ops: Cold War concern. An excerpt from frequently mentioned negative aspects:
- Die Maps: User Krisskan writes that the multiplayer maps are boring and badly balanced. It awards 0 out of 10 points.
- The animations: User Unselles criticizes, among other things, the animations of the characters as “simply terrible”. The graphics also seem like a downgrade compared to its predecessor Modern Warfare. It awards 3 out of 10 points.
- Server and technology: It is common to read that players suffer from bugs and connection problems. In addition, many fans are dissatisfied with server problems and poor hit recording.
- Cheater: Numerous players criticize the developers for doing too little against cheaters.
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Lots of protest reviews
Although you can find a lot of substance in the reviews, as shown above, you can classify numerous player ratings as a protest action. Review-Bombing is a common practice to punish games (and other media) on Metacritic and other portals with a user rating function for unpleasant aspects.
These protest ratings are often characterized by short reasons, the deliver little substance or reject the game fundamentallywithout going into more detail about the reasons. A zero point rating often contradicts a justification that positively emphasizes individual elements of the game – such as the campaign.
With CoD: Cold War, these reviews pull the cut down in their bulk, especially since many of them give the lowest possible rating of zero points. Individual negative aspects are also often cited as the reason for an extremely low overall rating, which is objectively difficult to understand.
This phenomenon occurred at all younger Call of Dutys on. Regardless of the sometimes high rating of the press, fans on Metacritic punish the games. For comparison:
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Opinion: CoD Cold War would be so much better as an RPG
The practice of review bombing can only be observed in recent titles. If we take the 2007 CoD: Modern Warfare 2 for comparison, the user rating is noticeable Metacritic with 8.5 compared to a 92 from the press rather comparable.
Metacritic recently installed a new mechanism that prevents games from being rated shortly after their release in order to counteract review bombing. Using the example of CoD: Cold War, this was crowned with moderate success.