Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Review
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Box Art
System: PS Vita
Dev: Nihilistic Software
Pub: Activision
Release: November 13, 2012
Players: 1-8
Screen Resolution: 544p Blood, Drug Reference, Strong Language, Violence

This frustration is compounded by the jagged textures that you'll constantly be getting hung up on. In the end, even the multiplayer component, which is the game's best feature, is has too many flaws to ignore.

The problem with Activision releasing such a sub-standard CoD title is that, if this were any other franchise, the game would just be forgotten. But considering that Call of Duty is the flagship of the entire industry, this level of mediocrity is entirely unforgivable.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Screenshot

What's worse is that the Vita genuinely needs this title. The little console's struggling sales and lackluster lineup has been a genuine problem for Sony. Declassified could have easily been the title that fans were looking for in order to pull the trigger on a PlayStation Vita, which would have encouraged other publishers to invest in the format. But now that Declassified has hit retail shelves, it almost feels like I should be writing the Vita's obituary instead of reviewing this terrible game.

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Black Ops Declassified isn't a Call of Duty game. It's like one of those grey-market cameras that has an almost-recognizable brand name on the front. And Activision, in all of their laziness, may have inadvertently kicked off the Vita's funeral procession.

By
Josh Engen
News Director
Date: November 16, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.0
Graphics
They look like Call of Duty graphics… kinda.
3.0
Control
The Controls are perfectly passable. They might actually be the best part of the game.
1.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Almost entirely pointless.
1.0
Play Value
I thought the Geneva Convention banned torture?
2.0
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • An all-new campaign of Special Ops missions.
  • Optimized for gamers on-the-go.
  • Declassified delivers the most intense handheld Call of Duty experience to date.
  • Includes both Special Ops Story mode and Multiplayer combat tailored for the PS Vita.


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