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|Activision's juggernaut first-person shooter returns for its annual assault on the bad guys with a focus on clandestine operations and deniable missions in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Developed by franchise veteran Treyarch, Black Ops marks a departure for the series, in that the action unfolds in neither WWII nor the nebulous "Modern" arena, but in the vast expanse of the Cold War. Players take control of several soldiers from the Studies and Observations Group (SOG), a multi-service special operations unit that, despite its seemingly innocuous name, carried out devastating precision assaults on enemy targets, captured opposition leaders, rescued downed pilots, and even conducted psychological operations.|
The 13-mission single-player campaign consists mainly of flashbacks culled from the memory of SOG member Alex Mason, and the action will take gamers around the globe for battles with the Viet Cong, the North Vietnamese Army, Russian soldiers, and Cuban Tropas. Gamers will be able to wield more than 40 different assault rifles, machine guns, shotguns, sniper rifles, and pistols; and missions find players attempting to destroy the Soviet chemical weapon Nova-6, swimming weaponless through a Vietnamese river, torturing a prisoner for information, and piloting an SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance airplane as well as a Mi-24 Hind helicopter.
Multiplayer action remains a key component of the Call of Duty series, and Black Ops offers fans of the franchise more than a dozen game modes, eight character classes, and six multiplayer maps on which to battle. Gamers once again head online to fight against their friends in order to gain experience and reach level 50, where the "Prestige" mode is unlocked. Armchair soldiers who manage to string together multiple kills are rewarded with new killstreak bonuses, including napalm strikes, guidable helicopters, and explosive RC cars. Rather than award particular weapons and gear after milestone achievements, Call of Duty: Black Ops has instituted a new "COD Points" system to serve as a sort of in-game currency, allowing gamers to purchase the items they want whenever they please.
COD Points can also be used to purchase new objective-based contracts that offer large points rewards, while the new "Wager Matches" let gamers gamble their hard-earned COD Points in four competitive game modes, with the top three finishers splitting the entire pot. Other multiplayer features include the "Create-A-Class" character customization mode, a new "Theatre" mode in which players can edit and upload videos, and the new "Combat Training" mode in which green gamers can hone their skills against AI bots before taking on human competition. And for those longing for cooperative multiplayer action, Black Ops marks the return of World at War's infamous zombie-laden co-op mode, once again allowing four gamers to team up and dispatch hordes of unrelenting undead.
This "Limited Edition" includes the full game as well as the "First Strike" downloadable content, which offers four new multiplayer maps and a new level for the "Zombies" mode.
|Game||Call of Duty: Black Ops [Limited Edition]|
|UPC||047875840034, 047875842380, 5030917085826, 799007766834, 885370218015|
|ESRB Descriptor||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong language|
|Number of Players||1-4|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||Call of Duty|
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The game is based on the 1960's Vietnamese war. Your Captain Alex Mason, who is taken into interrogation to supply answers upon a code of numbers, however he doesn't know what they mean or what they refer to. As well as having the campaign played in real time, instead they are recalled, from Mason's memory of what he has been through. It seems like a nice change for the story, but it's nothing too special. In Addition to the war, there is a deadly biochemical weapon known as Nova 6. This deadly gas is a killer to human beings. It may seem like a drug which seems cheesy enough as it is. The story supplies a decent background upon places you set in like Cuba, Russia, Vietnam and others that are in range along the way. As well as that, having historical characters including John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, and Fidel Castro kicks a little extra. You play as multiple characters on behalf of the events that occurred, though everything does come through in the end, it comes from a form of a mix-up that of which includes loads of killing soldiers. The story doesn't show a lot but it does pass, as well as having to finish the campaign with ease under a few hours, it does hold succession in being fun at first play.
As much as the campaign goes, it still follows the same routine, following objectives and killing numerous enemies in your path. There are various types in playing the campaign. For instance you pilot a chopper and ride on a boat, obliterating enemy lines in the way. Another involves having to command your team from an aircraft, alternating from that to executing with your team towards the objective. You even go underwater, to commence an attack from underneath a base. These share the same concept in having extreme action that keeps you entertained and highly on your toes.
Besides the campaign, the multiplayer was the main thing in Call of Duty. Levelling up is quicker. The equipment, kill streaks and perks you have are bought using points instead of being unlocked at a certain level. The points you gather is still normal, having to kill enemies, capturing objectives and planting and defusing bombs are the same.
You can still play in various game modes such as team death match, free-for-all, domination, etc. Also you have your enhanced Nazi Zombie mode, holding off waves of zombies from either doing it solo or in a party up to 4 players.
Aside from that, the new additions were superb. The new wager matches are your 4 experimental matches using specific weapons and equipment playing alongside a certain set of rules. One In the Chamber has each player with three lives, armed with only a pistol and a melee knife, both of which kill with one hit. The pistol is loaded with just one bullet, but each kill will be rewarded with an extra bullet. Sticks And Stones has each player equipped with a crossbow with three explosive darts, a ballistic knife and a tomahawk. Kills with the crossbow or ballistic knife score 100 points, melee kills score 25, and tomahawk kills score nothing but reset the victim's points to 0. Gun Game starts with a pistol and ending with a ballistic knife, the winner is the first player to get a kill with every one of a set sequence of 20 weapons. Each kill advances you to the next weapon, but falling victim to a melee sets you back one. Sharpshooter has every player equipped with the same randomly generated weapon for a 45-second period whereupon a new weapon is randomly generated for everyone, then another aft
Well, I'll start this off by saying I had set my expectations low for this game because I had been quite disappointed by the previous installment and so I went in knowing that the game was probably going to be based off the online side of the game and thus making it not very enjoyable for me, because I LOVE multi-player, but I dislike playing online. Especially shooting games. The only first person shooter i've ever enjoyed whilst playing online has to be Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
I'll list this in a simple format to keep it short, and provide a brief description for each statistic ----
(Graphics, 9/10) - Okay, so graphics are the last thing that matter to me in any game, but because of the rather harsh criticism this game seems to get from a lot of it's fans, I feel it necessary to explain the graphics a bit. For anyone that doesn't know, even though this is the latest Call of Duty installment, it's actually using the same graphics engine from Call of Duty: World at War - which is noticeably more gritty and darker, instead of Modern Warfare 2's graphical engine, which has more detailed textures and brighter colors. Doesn't necessarily mean the graphics aren't as good, but I did notice a few textures that seemed stretched out and bland. Their's a lot to look at, though. Certain subtle things like these don't affect the game, so I don't see why they matter. Anyways, moving on...
(Gameplay, 9/10) It's still the same realistic (to a point) online warfare experience. I was rather happy to hear their was an ability to "Dive to Prone", which is quite fun, but otherwise it's still the same Call of Duty. Which is pretty solid most of the time. Otherwise, it's your standard First Person Shooter game. It's difficult to explain the game-play, because of the difference in Online and Offline, which I would have a difficult time sorting out, but chances are that if you like First Person Shooters, you'll probably enjoy this. And that brings us to the online experience, which defines the game.
(Online, 7/10) Now, i'm not going to simply say that it's not worth playing, because it can be enjoyable. My problem (among a lot of other people) is the fact that the online isn't very stable. The main problem being latency issues. Unlike Bad Company 2 (Which i'm trying not to reference often, but it's a standard in FPS for me) has Dedicated servers online. This doesn't exactly erase lag, or online problems. What it does do, is make it so that if one person is lagging at all, it won't bring the rest of the game down and reduce stability and/or frame rate. It also helps resolve a lot of general lag problems. Meaning latency won't be much of an issue, and you won't drop out if the "Host" of the server leaves, because their's no such thing with dedicated servers. With that explained, this game does NOT have dedicated servers. So, expect to be shot through walls and die from a single shot, often.. It all depends on how good the connection is in the particular lobby. If you have luck like mine, you'll probably be migrating a lot to find a suitable connection to play in. (Treyarch is actively trying to repair the problems, by the way)
(Achievement, 7/10) Well, since none of the other descriptions have been "Brief", i'll make this one quick. You can only get about 2-3 achievements online, all of the rest are for single player = disappointed, I am.
- (Overall, 8/10) It's nothing new in the series, but it's definitely worth playing with friends.
Alright, I'm a serious COD fan and I logged almost a month on Modern Warfare 2, and a little over a half a month on all the other COD titles. You all know what the prestige edition comes with, as it is all listed above, but is it truly worth the extra money?
It's hard to say. It certainly cool and I waited outside of my local Best Buy at 9pm before the midnight release to get in line to make sure I got a copy. The ONLY thing that comes with the prestige edition that is not included in the hardened edition is the RC-XD killstreak remote controlled car. That being the only thing different-I'll go over it a bit.
--It feels cheap and very light (not complaining, exactly what I would expect-I didn't expect a serious quality RC car).
--It takes 12 AA batteries, 6 in the remote and 6 in the car, which drain pretty fast. (especially if the camera is on)
--The car zips around pretty well but won't do well in the grass at all.
--I've played with RC cars all my life and this one is a little difficult to handle. The turns are crazy sharp with the steering dial on the right of the remote, it takes a very steady hand to carefully steer the car.
--The camera (as expected, not complaining) is very low quality and it is impossible to drive while just looking at the screen on the remote. The lens is faced upward and if you're driving it on the street or in the house you cannot see the ground to see where you're going, you see the top 2/3 of a level of a house.
--The microphone is pretty sensetive so if it is on, you'll constantly hear the gears and mechanisms from inside the car and will come through on your remote and it sounds like a cheap $5 toy car engine sound.
As far as gameplay goes, it varies, and truly, it's all depending on what COD games you like the most. I've read other reviews and I do agree with others that it feels a lot like World at War with some minor additions. The online play is not as smooth as IW's Modern Warfare 2 or even COD4.
I think the online gameplay takes some adjusting to after playing MW2 because MW2 was so fast paced and sometimes predictable. The spawnpoints on Black Ops from my experience have been all over the place. I very regularly find myself spawning behind people and saying "man I'd be pissed if I was that guy" and many times I AM that guy. The refresh rate is not that of MW2 and the graphics in multiplayer really suffer. I thought that with the popularity of the COD franchise that they would only stride to make each addition better than the last, but truly I think this one falls short. You buy all of your attachments with bets (or contracts) wagered, and that's actually pretty fun. It's like the same thing as challanges, but it puts a little more pressure on you because you have a time limit. Stopping power and danger close are gone, as is one man army. But because there aren't really noobtubes with one man army or people using stopping power and trailblazing, I find that there are MANY MORE campers in here, sitting back trying to achieve their higher killstreaks. Killstreaks do not count toward other killstreaks, so if I get my RC-XD remote controlled explosive car, and get 2 kills..that still doesn't mean I get my carepackage--I still have to shoot/knife/grenade someone myself. This was apparently a complaint of "the rich get richer/poor gets poorer." I personally think if people are having troubles with a game they shouldn't cry about it on blogs and complain to creators because they canno
Call of Duty: Black Ops is a great overall package that has a ton of content to enjoy. The multiplayer modes are largely based on what was established by Modern Warfare, but the twists that Treyarch throws in work well. My biggest issue with the multi player is that the new Wager Matches, while fun in their own right, don’t compare favorably to the high-quality and addictive leveling system and game modes from Modern Warfare 1 and 2. Single-player is as exhaustingly fast-paced as ever with large set pieces that try to take the attention off of the lackluster AI of both friends and enemies. Than...Read full reviewkfully, the story is the best I’ve ever seen from a Call of Duty game. Couple both of those substantial offerings with more Zombie content than some full-fledged zombie games and Black Ops is certainly worth your time, even if you aren’t already a fan of the series.
Top-notch as always. Voice acting expertly delivers the story that’s presented in an innovative way. Plot gets just a little bogged down towards the middle. Some design issues hurt mission direction.
Some strange texture issues pop up every now and again and some levels are more impressive than others. I enjoyed the wider array of colors than what’s in most COD games and some scripted events rock.
There’s maybe one line in the entire game that could be called cheesy. Everything else you hear is a true delight and the soundtrack fits in with the events of the game nicely. Time to crank it.
You can’t help but feel that both the single- and multiplayer could use some new life beyond just adding bigger and badder explosions (like smarter AI). Still, Call of Duty provides plenty of fun.
9.0 Lasting Appeal
There’s more content than most other shooters. Customization is massive; from Create-A-Class to private matches online. Multiplayer will take you months even if the new content comes at some expense.
OVERALL Great (10 out of 10)
So your thinking about buying Black Ops? Honestly, its not worth $60. Either get it discounted or just wait. The multiplayer is average, or slightly below average. The weapons are not very good. It is hard to find a fitting gun. The maps consist of mostly small maps, but they are fun. Wager matches are the best thing to happen to Call of Duty since Zombies came out. They are really quite interesting, and very intense. You put down some of your hard earned credits and play some unique gametypes and in the end if you rank in the top 3 you win some credits. They make Call of Duty significantly better. Also, being able to play multi-player split screen over Xbox Live is really great if you have friends over a lot and enjoy playing with 16 players.
Next, there is Nazi Zombies. It is a great gametype and you could really get into it, but only if you have other people to play with. It is very stressful if you are playing alone. You must have Live to enjoy it to its fullest extent. Although it lacks a variety of maps, the two Maps it comes with default are great. There is a huge variety of weapons and strategies and upgrades. Everybody has there own way of playing. Everytime you play it is a whole new adventure that your sure to enjoy. In my opinion, there would be absolutely no point in buying Black Ops if it wasn't for Zombies.
Last is the Campaign. If you are getting Black Ops for just the campaign, DO NOT buy this game! The campaign is so utterly horrible that I have had more fun getting a root canal. The story is predictable and boring. None of the characters are good. When I say that I mean that you won't get attached to these guys like you would to Captain Price (Modern Warfare 2) or Sergent Johnson (Halo). The campaign game play is also pretty bad. You do things such as the regular shooting and pushing forward at regular areas. You also do things such as fly helicopters, sail boats, and drive cars. The thing is, it isn't as cool as it sounds. The helicopter flying is very limited, and it is EXACTLY like driving a boat. The one time you drive a car all you do is hold the Left trigger, then hold the right trigger. You have no control over the steering at all and you don't even need to hold the trigger for very long. One thing they did do is interactive cut scenes. It's basically a cut scene you could look around in. These are one of the worst things ever. It's impossible to skip it and it's just plain stressful. I would rather be able to skip a cut scene as opposed to looking around a couple inches and see absolutely nothing amazing.
The ending isn't much of a shocker. I must admit that part of it is very cool, but they failed to emphasize it or even make it noticeable.
In total, I give Black Ops a 6 out of 10. it isn't worth the 60 dollars, but worth buying cheaper. It is not something worth dying over. The multiplayer is only good because of Wager matches and the maps are allright. Zombies is great and possibly the only good reason to buy this game. The campaign is trash and a great reason not to buy this game. If your in between this game and another game, I suggest not getting this. Thanks for reading, I hope this helped.
P.S: feel free to send me a message if your in between two games.