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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Editions: Which Should I Buy?

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There are five Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 editions you can buy this year, including one super special edition that Zombies fans will want to get. The editions include two digital only options, a super-special edition that is only available at select retailers and the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Mystery Box.

You’ll want to pay close edition to which Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 version you buy since you can spend nearly four times the price of the base game. All editions include access to the base version of the game.

With the more expensive Black Ops 4 editions you get the the Black Ops Pass, and with some of these editions you get Call of Duty Points, which you can use on in-game purchases.

Here’s how the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 editions compare, so you can decide which one you want to buy.

Here's a breakdown of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 editions and which one you should buy.

Here’s a breakdown of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 editions and which one you should buy.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 release date is October 12th on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. There is no early access with any of the special editions, but you do get Black Ops 4 beta access with all of the games when you pre-order.

There are already some Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 deals, but you will not find as many deals on the special editions. Deals on digital games are hard to find for the Xbox One and PS4, and the special edition at GameStop will not likely see a major discount.

Black Ops 4 Standard Edition

The standard Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 edition is $59.99 and it includes the base game as well as access to the Black Ops 4 beta.

This is available on disk or digital. If you are looking for a deal, you can save 20% on this at Best Buy with Gamers Club Unlocked. If you pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 at Amazon you can get a $10 credit if you are a Prime member. You can buy this for $49.99 at Newegg when you pre-order.

This is the version to get if you don’t think you want the new version of the season pass, and if you want to get the best deal on the up front price.

Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe Edition

This is the best Black Ops 4 edition for many players.

This is the best Black Ops 4 edition for many players.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe edition is $99.99. This includes the base game as well as access to the beta. It is only available digitally, and when you buy it you also get access to the Black Ops Pass and 2,400 Call of Duty points.

The Black Ops Pass includes;

  • Classified,” a Bonus Zombies Experience, available at Launch
  • 4 Additional All-New Zombies Experiences
  • 12 Multiplayer Maps
  • 4 Exclusive Blackout Characters

This edition also includes other digital bonus items. There are no deals on this yet. You might see a deal if you buy through the menu on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 or Call of Duty: WWII.

While there is no specific Black Ops Pass pricing yet, it will likely be $49.99, which means this bundle cuts $10 off the price and includes $20 of Call of Duty points.

If you plan to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and buy the pass anyway, this is a good way to save up front, even though you won’t likely find many deals on the game.

You can buy this Black Ops 4 special edition on the Xbox Store, PlayStation Store or through Battle.net.

Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition

This is the version for Black Ops 4 players who love micro-transactions.

This is the version for Black Ops 4 players who love micro-transactions.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe Enhanced edition is $129, and it includes everything the Digital Deluxe offers, but with more Call of Duty Points.

With this edition you get 8,500 Call of Duty Points, which is about $70 worth of points, depending how you factor in the bonus amounts. That’s a lot of points and if you plan to spend a lot on points for in game purchases it is a good way to stock up.

This is the edition for players who want a digital version and plan to drop at least $70 to $100 on Call of Duty Points on top of the game and the Black Ops Pass.

Black Ops 4 Pro Edition

If you love physical items, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Pro Edition is the one to pick.

If you love physical items, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Pro Edition is the one to pick.

The only physical special Black Ops 4 edition is the Pro edition that is only available at select retailers. In the U.S., this means GameStop. This is $119.99 and it is not something you will find many deals on.

With this version you get the physical copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the Black Ops Pass and the following special items;

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Steelbook
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Pop Socket
  • 10 Specialist Patches
  • 3 Zombies-Inspired Collectible Art Cards
  • 1,100 Call of Duty Points

That’s $9.99 in Call of Duty Points, a $50 value for the Black Ops Pass and then other bonus items that you may or may not use. Ultimately this is good if you love physical collectibles, but the Digital Deluxe edition is a much better deal for most gamers.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Mystery Box

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Mystery Box is the perfect option for Zombies fans.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Mystery Box is the perfect option for Zombies fans.

Announced later in the year, this is the super-special edition that is as close as you’ll get to a mini fridge. This edition includes a huge Mystery box covered in skulls and it packs in a load of bonus items. If you love Zombies, this is the edition for you to buy. The box will look great next to your Juggernog fridge.

This is $199 and it’s on sale at Best Buy and coming soon to Amazon.

  • CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4 GAME – Black Ops is back! Featuring gritty, grounded Multiplayer combat, the biggest Zombies offering ever with three full undead adventures at launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in a massive battle royale experience.
  • COLLECTIBLE ZOMBIES MYSTERY BOX – Inspired by the in-game Zombies Mystery Box, this collectible box features an eerie skeleton exterior along with frightening sounds and lighting.
  • ZOMBIES HEROES FiGPiNS™ – Get the exclusive set of our new Zombies Heroes FiGPiNs featuring Scarlett Rhodes, Bruno Delacroix, Diego Necalli, and Stanton Shaw from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • 10th ANNIVERSARY ZOMBIES PUZZLE – This 1,000-piece puzzle features unique art celebrating 10 years of Treyarch Zombies history.
  • DARK HORSE ZOMBIES COMIC ISSUE #1 – This first issue of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies Dark Horse Comic comes with an exclusive cover only for the Mystery Box Edition. The comic series will unveil details about our Zombies Heroes’ backstories.
  • ZOMBIES LITHOGRAPHS – These three collectible lithographs commemorate Voyage of DespairIX, and Blood of the Dead, three Zombies Experiences in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
  • POPSOCKET™ – With its intimidating skull logo, this limited-edition Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PopSocket is the perfect way to show off your Black Ops
  • COLLECTIBLE STEELBOOK™– Limited edition SteelBook game case featuring unique art.
  • LIMITED EDITION SPECIALIST ICON PATCHES – Call of Duty: Black Ops 4reintroduces the fan-favorite Multiplayer Specialists, each with their own unique weapon, equipment, and icons. This set of collectible patches is inspired by each of the 10 Specialists’ in-game icons.
  • BLACK OPS PASS*– The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Black Ops Pass includes Classified, a bonus Zombies experience, available at Launch, 4 additional all-new Zombies experiences, 12 Multiplayer maps, and 4 exclusive Blackout characters.
  • ADDITIONAL BONUS CONTENT

There is a good chance the Black Ops 4 Mystery Box will sell out, so if this is something you want, you should pre-order it asap.

Black Ops 4 Disk or Digital

If you want the Black Ops Pass, it's a major factor in which edition you buy.

If you want the Black Ops Pass, it’s a major factor in which edition you buy.

Typically your biggest consideration between buying on disk or buying the digital version is if you plan to resell the game or if you want to swap disks during a play session, but with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 it’s a bigger deal.

I normally buy the physical version of Call of Duty at Best Buy, stacking my 20% off from Gamers Club Unlocked with a $10 reward to save $22. This is an option for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, but then I have to spend $49.99 for the Black Ops Pass, if the price remains the same, and I’ve suddenly spent about as much as the Digital Deluxe edition without the ability to pre-load, play games without putting a disk in and I pass on Call of Duty Points.

This time around, pick the edition you want the most, and then get it however it is available. If you don’t plan to play the new version of the season pass, then the standard edition with deals is the best bet. For everyone else the Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe edition offers the best overall value.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Pass: 5 Reasons to Buy Now & 4 Reasons to Wait

Buy if You Love Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

If you're loving the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout game mode and the specialist filled multiplayer, the Black Ops Pass is the perfect addition to your gaming life. It will add to your gaming experience, and is worth it if this is your go to Battle Royale game into 2019.

Even if you skipped picking it up on day one like we did, if you are having fun in Blackout it is looking like a good investment. We now know about Operation Absolute Zero, and will have more details as it arrives today. 

It's especially interesting with the promise of more frequent arrivals and content than we typically see with DLC and a traditional season pass.

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