How Black Ops 4 Brought Us Back to Call of Duty


As part of IGN's weekly PlayStation show, Beyond, host Jonathon Dornbush discusses with Barrett Courtney, Tina Amini, and Brian Altano discuss the latest entry in Activision's long-running shooter franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Specifically, the gang discusses how Black Ops 4 standard multiplayer has offered a flood of nostalgia that has gotten Barrett back into the Call of Duty franchise. We discuss what maps, gameplay, and more have helped Barrett realize he's probably still more of a shooter fan than he knows.

If you're looking for more from IGN about Call of Duty, you can check out our three reviews for this year's entry — Black Ops 4 multiplayer, Call of Duty's battle royale Blackout mode, and Black Ops 4's Zombies mode. And you can check out the gallery below for every Call of Duty review IGN has ever done

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Netflix’s Making a Murderer Can’t Justify a Second Season

Note: this is a mostly spoiler-free review of Making a Murderer Season 2, which is now available to stream on Netflix.

It's not often a true crime documentary becomes nationwide watercooler fodder, but that's the power of Making a Murderer. This Netflix original series arrived in 2015 and exposed millions of viewers to the tragic story of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, both of whom are currently serving out life sentences for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. As with HBO's The Jinx and the podcast Serial, it arrived at just the right time to tap into the public's current fascination with true crime and controversial murder trials.

However, much of what fueled the popularity of Making a Murderer is that it shed light on a story many viewers were wholly unfamiliar with. Three years later, each new development in Avery and Dassey's respective appeals process makes news headlines. The question is whether there's enough uncovered ground remaining to justify a second full season of the documentary. Unfortunately, Season 2 suggests that Making a Murderer would have been better served following Serial's example and focusing on a new case entirely.

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