So the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta has come out for Xbox and PC and I finally get to try it out. (Thanks Sky VIP for the code!) Just so it's easier to type, I'm going to abbreviate Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War to COD BOCW and skill-based matchmaking to SBMM. Now that's been said, I can finally rant about my experience. Before I got the chance to play the COD BOCW beta, I had been watching YouTuber's online play the game on weekend one, exclusively for PS4 console players. Every single YouTuber I watch said the exact same thing,
"The gameplay is good but SBMM ruins the game"
With that being said, I had a heads up to what sh*t show that was to come. What I didn't know was how extreme the SBMM would actually be in the game and oh my... extreme is an understatement. I load up the game and the first two matches I had were really good. I was running and gunning, shredding everyone who was in my line of sight and earning all my streaks. I honestly thought while playing those two matches that all the YouTuber's I watch were being over dramatic for the video. But boy was I wrong. Really wrong. The third match loads up and I start to play. Instantly I have people drop shotting and slide shotting me. The experience turned from owning n00bs to being in MLG $1 million dollar tournaments.
The more matches I continued to play in the COD BOCW beta, the stricter the SBMM got. I was facing people of the same skill as me and the tier above. It wasn't any fun. SBMM should not be in public matches, only in ranked matches. I loved the old Call of Duty games like Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops 2 because SBMM wasn't a thing. All the matches you played, the people in those matches were random. No one was paired by skill. With the recent Call of Duty games however, you cannot relax because of the stupid SBMM. It literally ruins the game and no matter how much the community complains about it, the developers and publishers don't remove it.
If Treyarch or Activision is reading this (which the won't), please get rid of SBMM from Call of Duty. Or at the least, only have it in ranked play.