Call of Duty: Black Ops Review
Xbox 360 | PS3 | PC
Call of Duty: Black Ops box art
System: X360, PS3, PC
Dev: Treyarch
Pub: Activision
Release: November 9, 2010
Players: 1-18
Screen Resolution: 480p - 1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

But aside from those minute missteps, Treyarch did an amazing of proving they can innovate within this franchise, and not be held back by their publisher's ongoing dispute. Their new vision for the Call of Duty series is definitely a bold step, but it's a step in the right direction. This game is jam-packed with content that is very well worth the sixty-dollar price tag they're selling it for. The campaign is roughly a six to seven hour ride, and a great one at that, and the multiplayer has a shelf life that will likely outlast the console it's played on.

Call of Duty: Black Ops screenshot

In all honesty, the multiplayer component is so well thought-out that it could have been released as a stand-alone experience. The new upgrade system, the statistic tracking, and the vast amount of customization is enough to keep players engrossed for hours; and that's not even part of the gameplay. The real fun is getting to play with all the new kill streak rewards. They range anywhere from the incredibly entertaining RC-XD remote car bomb to a pack of gruesome attack dogs, and all are as satisfying as ever. You'll know exactly what I mean when you score your first RC-XD group kill on some unsuspecting chumps in a round of Domination. The wager matches are an incredible step in terms of multiplayer addictiveness and, if gambling against your friends wasn't enough, you can even purchase Contracts to bet on whether you can achieve personal goals during your playtime.

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There are plenty of reasons to be excited about Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the endless amount of fun you'll have will probably be what tops that list. There are also a ton of great easter eggs to be found in Black Ops, and if you can find out how to escape from the title screen don't be afraid to ask for some "help." Just be careful not to get eaten by a Grue, or you might end up "DOA."

By James Trujillo
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
The environments looked great and very distinct. However, the two-dimensional textures were a bit lacking and the overall graphic quality wasn't as refined as in previous installments of the franchise.
4.9
Control
The controls feel as solid as ever, and the new dive-to-prone maneuver fits very well into the overall scheme of things.
4.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The game boasts an incredible soundtrack and original score, not to mention top-quality sound effects that play very well in surround sound formats. The voice acting is also impressive, with the likes of Gary Oldman, Ed Harris, and Ice Cube performing in spectacular roles.
5.0
Play Value
There is so much content packed into this game that I couldn't even fit all of it into my review. However, even the multiplayer alone is enough to warrant this rating.
4.9
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above 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:

  • Experience an epic single-player campaign that takes players deep behind enemy lines as an elite Black Ops soldier engaging in covert warfare, classified operations, and explosive conflicts across the globe.
  • The fan favorite Zombie co-op mode made famous in Call of Duty: World at War is back! Fight for survival as you and up to three friends use a multitude of weapons to fend off endless waves of blood-thirsty Zombies!
  • Earn in-game COD Points that work like currency to purchase equipment, attachments, perks, and new customization options. This new multiplayer upgrade system gives you the freedom to purchase what you want, when you want!
  • Put your COD Points on the line with all-new Wager Matches. Compete for one of the top three spots in four custom game modes that test your nerves and weapon skills.
  • Use the brand new Theater Mode to show off your most epic kills. Edit and upload your own gameplay videos so the online community can see what you're really made of!


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