Call of Duty Black Ops
Plunged into the Cold War, you are thrust into some of the most dangerous conflict zones of the 1960's. This epic single player campaign has you taking part in classified operations, explosive missions and conflicts all over the world. Lurking behind every corner is the possibility of death and destruction, but even so, you and your highly skilled Black Ops team must navigate harsh terrains; from the murky jungles of Vietnam right up to the snow covered peaks of the Ural Mountains, the diverse variety of play on offer is astounding. Operating behind enemy lines, you'll take part in covert warfare, classified operations and explosive conflicts across the globe. With exclusive new weaponry and equipment at your disposal, your actions decide the outcome of your mission during one of the most turbulent and dangerous time periods mankind has experienced.
Call of Duty's signature multiplayer mode returns with loads of new features and extras. New kill streaks are included as well as more advanced levels of character and weapon customisation, including a remote controlled explosive device (an RC car) helicopters that you control, and an array of face paints, gun camo's and equipment.
A multitude of brand new modes also make their debut in Black Ops, enabling you to accumulate COD points whilst playing. Gaining COD points can help you but new equipment to help you complete a mission, as well as attachments, perks, and new customisation options - giving you more freedom when personalising your battles, missions and characters. Also, the higher you rank in the online Call of Duty world, the more exclusive online content you can access.
Whether you are a die hard fan, or a total newbie to the world of Call of Duty, this game is sure to have you addicted until the war is over... Read More
David Hawes - Thursday, December 9, 2010 PlayStation 3
So it's finally arrived... arguably the most eagerly-awaited title of the year. Does it delivery? Well - yes and no.
Whilst the storyline is (yet again!) a little on the confusing side at times (something of a COD trait!), the single player option is far more gripping than the schizophrenic MW2. Some of the set pieces are staggering, particularly the Vietnam sections involving the attack helicopter and river boat.
Whether you're breaking out of a Russian Gulag, or attacking an arctic German compoud, the action is fierce, and will challenge all in the more advanced and 'veteran' gameplay modes. That said, Black Ops lacks the sense of panic of MW2 that often left you in tatters and permanently on the edge of your seat.
The weaponary this time around is a big bonus - a mixutre of old school guns (with fabulous recoil) and some nifty new gadgets. The explosive-tipped harpoon is a particular favorite!
The Zombie mode returns again, with some hilarious storyline features. Don't expect anything new when compared with WoW - it's the same basic format, and it's great!
Treyarch have done little with the general format of the multiplayer mode - the usual Team Deathmatch, Search & Destroy, Free for All etc. game modes are all there. The big difference this time around is the manner in which you skill up your weaponary and perks. Essentially, this sees you buying whichever upgrades you see fit with reward money achieved through good gamplay. A good departure that allows you to tailor your weaponary to suit your own style, rather than be forced to laboriously upgrade by racking up kills.
The big let-down with Black Ops is the playability of the online multiplayer mode. Network and connection problems during game selection and in-between matches are frequent, and setting up your own lobby is enormously difficult. A major let-down when compared with the slick MW2. Once actually playing the game online, there are some major glitches that, at best, seriously frustrate and, at worst, render the game unplayable.
Lag is immediately evident, and you'll often find yourself killed when seemingly perfectly protected behind cover. Furthermore, whislt the one-shot headshot kill is welcome, watching the odd kill-cam will leave some bemused as to how your opponent is still alive after taking five shots at close range only to take you out with a single shot (not to the head!). Until these problems are fixed, the total immersive playability of MW2 multiplayer will not be realised.
That said, there are some great new maps - Saigon and Castro's Villa, in particular, are brilliant!
Black Ops has taken a panning in some quarters, particularly for the issues with the multiplayer. Sort these out and Treyarch will have an equal to MW2, if not better. Until then, it's a bit of a frustration that the series hasn't moved on quite as much as we all hoped!
Antony - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 PlayStation 3
Absolutely fantastic, blows all other games to the side. Simply terrific. Very highly recommended A****
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