Call of Duty, especially the Black Ops series, has apparently still got it, and you only have to look at the Black Ops 4 download numbers for 2018 to figure that out. A new report showed that the game was the Playstation 4’s most-downloaded title for 2018, even above other popular games of that year.
2018 was a great year for video games, including things like God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, Super Smash Bros, Insomniac’s Spider-Man game, and more, but considering that Call of Duty appeals to what’s likely the biggest crowd of gamers, the first-person shooter fans, it’s no surprise that it’s been the most-downloaded game of the year.
Black Ops 4 was a rather odd departure from previous Call of Duty games in that it didn’t have a story mode to go along with it, instead having three varieties of multiplayer mode. In addition to Treyarch standbys like regular multiplayer and the Nazi Zombies mode, the game also acquired a Battle Royale mode known as Blackout.
All of this, giving us more multiplayer content at the expense of a story mode, might be what brought Black Ops 4 download numbers to such a high number. The last two Call of Duty games, Infinite Warfare and WW2, have apparently been seen as lackluster by the fanbase, and the return of Black Ops represents a return to one of the most popular varieties of Call of Duty.
The last two Black Ops games have given us, in addition to great gameplay, a large amount of cool, futuristic toys. Black Ops 4 is no exception, giving players things like wingsuits, drones, orbital rocket launchers, and more. Battle Royales being very popular right now is also likely one reason for why the Black Ops 4 download numbers were so high.
While PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have mainly been dominating the scene, Blackout appears to be getting fairly popular, especially among Call of Duty fans. We haven’t even gotten to a good bit of the Black Ops 4 DLC yet, so that might, in turn, bring Black Ops 4 download numbers up even more.