Score: 9 out of 10
Call of Duty: Black Ops set a record of 7 million copies sold on the first day of release. Xbox Live saw a reported 2,5 to 3 million players log on in the first 12 hours of the release. So with those kinds of numbers, it feels a bit odd to write a review. It’s kind of obvious: The game is great – buy it!
And if you want more info then that then read on: For most first person shooter fans the stories supporting the entire Call of Duty series have got better and better. Black Ops is no exception. You can’t get much better.
Some critics (yes, there are a few) say that the Call of Duty franchise isn’t the best as there are no vehicles. Personally, I would not enjoy Call of Duty as much if it had vehicles. I really think it would take something away from the infantry style that has become the staple of the genre. There is one mission in Black Ops were the player takes control of a helicopter and even this was a big surprise to me (and most other CoD fans), but actually I think it turned out to be one of the most insanely realistic missions I’ve seen.
In the campaign you are Alex Mason, a soldier or ex soldier who can’t remember anything. As you proceed in the story your character remembers who he is and what he did. The memory fades in through the retelling and replaying of his memory. The story is great and cleverly weaves the gameplay into the storytelling. There are even parts which some might consider to be quite scary.
The multiplayer mode is where the real action is. With many millions of other players competing online how can you go wrong? The multiplayer menus, etc are relatively unchanged and this is a good thing as simple is best and don’t fix what isn’t broken. It works.
Some new modes mix things up online. Mostly due to the incorporation of a new Cod points currency system. This is really a fantastic idea. Achievements and performance earn you points and you can spend your online cash on weapons, etc. Makes a great change from waiting for level-ups. A fantastic mode that I really enjoy is the Wager mode, where you essentially bet on the outcome of your battle. The best mode for me is “One in the Chamber” where you run around with a pistol with one bullet. You get a bullet back with every kill so much sure you use that bullet well. Really cool.
And then there are Zombies! Nothing is cooler then Zombies. The original Zombie wave defence gameplay mode in Call of Duty: World at War was a million dollar idea. Everyone loved it and still do. During the development of Black Ops there was no announcement of a Zombie game mode and most fans sadly thought it would be excluded. Thankfully it was just a well-kept secret. The Zombie mode is much harder now in Black Ops (as well as scarier). There are two maps in which you can play: one is a vacant run-down theatre and the other is the Pentagon. You can play as JFK, Richard Nixon, Robert McNamara or Fidel Castro, which is kind of nice (and funny) because you actually know who you are unlike other Zombie modes where you are an unknown soldier.
So in summary, like I said at the beginning of the review… great game! Buy it now.
Available on: Xbox, PS3, PC, Wii, DS