Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War official artwork without logo

[Update]: The PC beta for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be running from September 22-26.

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and as is tradition, a brand new Call of Duty game has arrived. The freshly released Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War serves as a direct sequel to 2010's Black Ops, and offers an assortment of multiplayer modes (both new and old), more customization than ever before, and most importantly of all, a brand new outlet for all your zombie-slaying needs!

What might come as the biggest surprise, especially if you've been away from the series for a while, is that Cold War's singleplayer campaign has received a lot of critical praise so far. Not only is it quite immersive and well paced almost all the way through, but it also features a bunch of branching choices with seemingly serious consequences. A good chunk of effort has gone into the campaign, and I'm pleased to say that it really does show.

As for what exactly the storyline is about, and what you can even expect to see throughout the campaign, that you can find out through the launch trailer. Have a gander:

However, despite all of its differences, Black Ops Cold War is well and truly a Call of Duty game. In other words, if you're a fan of the series and you're looking to dive back into it, Black Ops Cold War will serve you just fine. On the other hand, if you never could stomach Call of Duty's storylines or its style of gunplay, I'm afraid Black Ops Cold War will not change your mind in the slightest.

Whatever your thoughts on the series may be, you can learn more about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War over at the official website.