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    Call of Duty: Black Ops


    PS3, XBOX 360, PC
    (While available on other systems such as the Wii this review is only relevant to the 3 platforms above)

    Rated M for Man

    It's November....that means a new Call of Duty game is out. That's what it's come to at least. And it seems that's the way it will be moving forward. Call of Duty black ops brings developer Treyarch to the plate. They last created the critically acclaimed Call of Duty:World at War (last WWII COD). Coming off the release of Modern Warfare, WAW was a disappointment to me. The campaign was weaker, and the multiplayer was weaker, while still a solid product it just didn't stand up to series creator Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare. When Modern Warfare 2 first came out I loved it, and gave it a great review right here on HDJ. If I were to review that game again it would get a much lower score. The multiplayer was too over the top and the campaign a mess. So coming into this year Treyarch had a much easier hill to climb to get my vote. Did they come through? YES!

    Black Ops easily has the best campaign mode of any COD made yet....save one. The original modern warfare was a tad bit better. Your story takes place in the cold war, a new setting for the series. This gives Treyarch some freedom in crafting the story since not many people really know what the hell went on in that time period. You'll find yourself, in Cuba during the bay of pigs, Russia, in the cockpit of a SR-71 Blackbird, and in Vietnam. One level set in Vietnam has you out in the jungle, it's raining, and you swim up a river into a small village. Easily one of the coolest level's I've ever played in a video game, the atmosphere was pretty amazing. Overall the game oozes with atmosphere, and plays out like a spy movie directed by Quentin Tarantino. It's pretty awesome, and you know it's good when the fiance is super into the game. She usually avoids this kind of game like the plague, but she was very into the story. In traditional Call of Duty fashion the single player campaign is only around 6 hours long. It's a quality of quantity issue, and though that is short, the game has a lot more to offer.



    Multiplayer really takes a big step forward in Black Ops. Treyarch could easily have just recreated MW2 and kept a throng of fans very happy. Thankfully they didn't. Instead of gaining levels to gain access to new weapons and perks, you spend money to do so (not real money mind you). COD Cash is earned per match and you then spend that on weapons, attachments, and perks as you see fit. This allowed me to make my online character to my liking much quicker. THANK YOU! You still level up, but it's not the sole reason for advancement anymore. The game also seems to play slower. Not the graphics engine or anything, but because Treyarch got rid of all the ridiculousness of Modern Warfare 2. No longer is there someone running around at super human speeds with a knife killing everyone. And I've rarely seen a noob tube. Much love for these changes, I am truly enjoying my online time with Black Ops.

    Wager Matches. This is something new in the online multiplayer for Black Ops. There are a few game modes where you have a COD Cash buy in....kinda like poker. If you finish in the top 3 of the round you win more money. It's really a pretty unique experience. The two game modes I have tried are Gun Battle and One in the Chamber. In GB you start with a pistol and when you kill a person you upgrade to the next weapon. The first person to kill with the last weapon wins. It's interesting, but amazingly hectic since it's essentially a race, not really for me. I enjoyed OITC more as it's lends itself to a slower, more tactical experience. You get a pistol, a knife, one bullet and three lives. You only get another bullet by killing someone, so if you miss your shot your screwed it's knife only.


    Last but certainly not least you get a CO-OP mode as well. Called ZOMBIES. That's right, you fight zombies. This was a popular add on to Treyarch's COD:WAW which had Nazi Zombies. You pick a map and fight away with 3 other friends. But that's the key, while I'm really digging this mode you need coordination. So it's best to play with some people you know, otherwise you won't make it too far. It plays a lot like Valve's Left 4 Dead. This is a great addition though and really rounds out Black Ops into a complete package.




    Story and Presentation

    A story that plays out like an LCD induced Tarantino movie. Great voice acting. Highlighted by strong work from Gary Oldman and Sam Worthington. One of the best single players in all the shooting genre

    9.5

    Graphics

    Not as pretty as previous COD's, but I feel this may be intentional given the time period it was based in. Still a great looking game that runs as smooth as possible.

    9.0

    Sound

    Typical here. COD games always have great sound. I've already mentioned the top notch voice acting. These games always have high production values.

    9.0

    Gameplay

    It plays like COD, so if you've played one you'll be right at home here.

    9.0

    Longevity

    Short single player, but the online options will keep you busy for a long long time. There will most certainly be downloadable content as well.

    9.5

    Verdict

    Rent it if you'll only play the campaign. If you looking for a great online experience though look no further. Black Ops brings it. Go with the 360 Version if your interested in DLC though. MS paid Activision a crap ton of money to get all DLC first. This is the first FPS I've played on my PS3 in a long time, and while I was worried about the controller change or the free Playstation Network I haven't had any problems. It's been perfection. So play it on your console of choice, or PC. You can't go wrong either way.

    9.2

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    I only played the campaign, which I thought was above average. Not quite on par with COD4, but possibly second best. I thought it felt very disjointed; similar to MW2. I was almost always confused as to what was happening. But the gameplay was fun, as expected. And the graphics on PC are sick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntruder View Post
    I only played the campaign, which I thought was above average. Not quite on par with COD4, but possibly second best. I thought it felt very disjointed; similar to MW2. I was almost always confused as to what was happening. But the gameplay was fun, as expected. And the graphics on PC are sick
    I've been putting a lot of thought into building a nice gaming PC. As I've gotten older PC gaming is much more interesting to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Batman View Post
    I've been putting a lot of thought into building a nice gaming PC. As I've gotten older PC gaming is much more interesting to me.
    I go through cycles; as the consoles age, I generally gain more interest in PC gaming, and end up building one. I've never gotten used to the KB+M controls for shooters, so I always revert back to the consoles

    I think PC gaming will be more permanent for me from now on, because I've got it integrated into my theater/media room, and play right on my Elite plasma. I'm not a fan of being hunched over a crappy LCD, so for me, its basically like a slightly less convenient, really good graphic gaming console that can do anything. I play GTAIV and Episodes with an extra wireless Xbox controller on my PC and its amazing. The graphics and technology are out of this world. 10x better than the Xbox/PS3 versions
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntruder View Post
    I go through cycles; as the consoles age, I generally gain more interest in PC gaming, and end up building one. I've never gotten used to the KB+M controls for shooters, so I always revert back to the consoles
    You could always get a 360 controller for your PC

    http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/ga...s.aspx?pid=090
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Batman View Post
    You could always get a 360 controller for your PC

    http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/ga...s.aspx?pid=090
    Yeah, I have one. I edited my above post but forgot to click submit:

    I think PC gaming will be more permanent for me from now on, because I've got it integrated into my theater/media room, and play right on my Elite plasma. I'm not a fan of being hunched over a crappy LCD, so for me, its basically like a slightly less convenient, really good graphic gaming console that can do anything. I play GTAIV and Episodes with an extra wireless Xbox controller on my PC and its amazing. The graphics and technology are out of this world. 10x better than the Xbox/PS3 versions
    Panasonic 65" VT60

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