We’re in the middle of Summer, which mean the hype train is in full steam for this year’s Call of Duty entry, Black Ops 4. A private beta is currently underway this weekend, allowing a chosen conglomerate of trigger-happy fans to try out the next release in Activision’s legendary franchise. I jumped online for a few hours to see how things are looking in the unforgiving world of Black Ops multiplayer.

The beta allows players the opportunity to check out a selection of modes; the point-conquering games Hardpoint and Domination, along with new mode Control and – everyone’s favourite – Team Deathmatch. It must be said that one of first noticeable issues is the painfully long wait between joining games and getting into the action. The extended countdown timers seem to be masking extended load times which, between matches, really breaks the momentum of an extended online session.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is fast and furious fun, just don’t forget your flak jacket