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Games You Should Play If You Loved Black Ops Cold War's Campaign

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, the sixth and latest installment in the Black Ops series, features a campaign in which CIA officer Russell Adler pursues an alleged Soviet spy named Perseus whose goal is to put power in the hands of the Soviet Union. Some key locations include East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, and the KGB headquarters. Players take on the role of Bell, a custom character in the campaign, and player choices affect the campaign's ending.

All in all, the Black Ops – Cold War campaign has only 14 missions and takes about seven to nine hours to complete. The game has proven so far to be fairly popular, with critics praising Cold War's arcade-like nature and fast pace. While players have been loving the game's campaign, it does seem to end too quickly, becoming one of Call of Duty's shortest campaigns. If Black Ops – Cold War left you wanting more, check out these games, which feature action, intrigue, and their own takes on the history between the United States and Russia.

Wasteland

Electronic Arts and Interplay Productions' Wasteland was originally released in 1988, though Krome Studios and inXile Entertainment debuted a remastered version in February 2020. The science fiction open world RPG takes place in the year 2087, several generations following a nuclear holocaust that left parts of Earth completely radioactive. Players assume the role of a Desert Ranger, a band of lawmen residing in the Southwestern United States who keep the peace in the area and protect survivors. Rangers explore the remaining parts of the world and investigate disturbances. Wasteland is a hugely influential game, and it eventually led to the first entry in the Fallout series, which started as a sequel to this title.

Wasteland may take place several years after the Cold War, but there are nods to conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. After finishing up with Wasteland, feel free to move on to the sequel, Wasteland 2which showcases an alternate timeline that focuses more in depth on a nuclear war between the United States and Soviet Union. Both games include party-based gameplay elements with room for up to seven characters.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Konami's Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater takes place in 1964 in a Soviet jungle setting, 31 years before the events of the first Metal Gear. The game follows a FOX operative codenamed Naked Snake, who must rescue a Russian rocket scientist, sabotage a superweapon, and assassinate his own former boss. Like previous games, Snake Eater uses stealth and infiltration tactics as players direct Naked Snake through enemy-filled environments. Snake Eater was initially released in 2004, with an expanded version called Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence released later in 2006.

The Metal Gear Solid franchise as a whole is considered to be one of the most influential series of its time, as it involves one of the most elaborate storylines in gaming and is known for kicking off the tactical stealth genre. Snake Eater received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with critics lauding its graphics and in-depth storyline. 

The Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War campaign may be short-lived, but there are plenty of other games dedicated to delivering the same levels of espionage that can fill the void after its completion.