The Good: Fun Multiplayer, Great storyline, addition of CoD points adds a whole new level of customization, Nazi Zombie mode is back, addition of Theater mode, The controls, graphics, and game play are as sharp as ever
The Bad: Poor AI, Online matchmaking still has some issues, Minor design flaws sometimes lead to confusion in the campaign
The original developer of CoD: World at War, Treyarch, has taken up the creative task of developing a CoD game yet again. In that creation, Call of Duty: Black Ops was born. Offering up 3 distinct modes many are familiar with from Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops boast a single player campaign, a 2-4 player co-op mode known as Nazi Zombies, and of course the crown jewel of the Call of Duty franchise, the multiplayer. So stick with me and I’ll breakdown each of the 3 modes and explain what’s in store for you in this new epic thrill ride.
Starting with the single player there is a lot to behold this time around. The storyline is great, the characters are likable, and the action is over the top. Without spoiling the storyline for you I can reveal that you start the game as Alex Mason, a soldier being interrogated for information he can’t recall. You will then play through Alex’s memories in search for the information. The voice acting of the main characters is handled exceptionally well. The storyline has numerous twist to the plot some better than others and does a nice job of wrapping up the conclusion without confusion. One set back of the campaign this time around is the AI seems to behave poorly and make terrible decisions which lead to countless deaths of friendly soldiers as well as enemy annoyances. A few design flaws exist in the missions. One mission, Battle of Khe Sanh, actually has you running around and never actually tells you what you’re supposed to do, leading to confusion and remote throwing.
Next we’re going knee deep into the multiplayer, the mode that the CoD franchise is praised for. Right off the bat the multiplayer plays and feels just as past Call of Duty games have, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. So what’s new this time around? To no one’s surprise, Black Ops multiplayer is a success, presenting game modes similar to those of Modern Warfare, but not necessarily identical. The biggest change in multiplayer this time around is a feature known as CoD points. The leveling up and experience points are still intact but those features now only handle other features such as adding more custom class slots, new modes to play, and new weapons being made available for purchase. CoD points are what will matter the most cause this addition to the game acts as a “currency” and is used to purchase new guns, kill streaks, and perks to use as well as some other stuff. The difference between Black Ops and Modern Warfare is that in Modern Warfare when you leveled up you automatically unlocked the guns and perks associated with that level. With Black Ops this is no longer the case. With the Black Ops CoD point system you can use the points to purchase whatever gun or perk you want no matter what level you are as long as you have reached the minimal level to purchase them. Keep in mind that once you have purchased an item there is no going back. New Wager matches offer up chances to wager your CoD points in exchange for larger pay outs. Depending how well you do though could actually cost you a good chunk of CoD points, so be confident in your skills before you start to gamble. Standard game modes like Team Death Match and Domination are still intact and still a great way for leveling up. The additions of Contracts allow for you to exchange a small chunk of CoD points in exchange for hopefully completing the Contract and then earning a sizeable return of CoD points. All new kill-streaks offer up fun new ways to eliminate your enemies. Notable changes include the removal of the game ending Tactical Nuke and the fact that kills earned by kill-streaks no longer count toward getting other higher kill streaks. The level and map designs offer up a bit of everything, supporting every game play style from sniping to close quarter combat. All in all with the addition of new perks, kill-streaks, guns, and maps there is plenty to explore in Black Ops new multiplayer mode and is sure to have a little something for everyone.
A fantastic new additions for adding to your bragging rights, showing off, or just reviewing your game play is Black Ops all new Theater mode. The new theater mode allows for you to review your previous games, clip out the good stuff, hide the embarrassing deaths, and share you multiplayer glory (or shame) with all your friends.
Last but not least we have the 2-4 player incredibly popular Nazi Zombie mode that Treyarch graciously brought back with Black Ops. Zombie mode this time around features 3 different modes. The first is pretty standard and has you running around defending a theater from the onslaught of zombie hordes. The second takes a different approach and has you (or any of the potential 3 other players with you) in the shoes of JFK, Richard Nixon, Fidel Castro, or Robert McNamara each featuring their own dialogues. Though the first 2 modes don’t do a whole lot to re-define the game play of the zombie mode the third mode is totally different from normal and I wouldn’t dream of spoiling it for you.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is a total package with some minor flaws that come together to make an incredibly enjoyable experience. A great story, fun new multiplayer, and Nazi Zombie mode are just some of the things you’ll be treated to when you crack open your copy of Black Ops. With plenty of content to keep you busy for months Black Ops is a great addition to the Call of Duty franchise.
- Published by: Activison
- Developed by: Treyarch
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Number of Players: 1-18
- Release Date: US: November 9th, Japan: TBA