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Call of Duty Black Ops is an immensely popular online FPS, which is known for its fast paced gameplay and responsive mechanics. New game types were added that gave the game even more variation.

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      15.05.2013 17:25
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      This game leaves with you goosebumps. Play it or never get the answers you need.

      New year, new Call of Duty game. This time we are behind enemy lines, getting the jobs done that need to be completed.

      Story: 25th February, 1968. Your Alex Mason, a Special Activities Division operative. Strapped to a chair, tv screens around you, your unseen captors are interrogating you about the location of a numbers station. Mason then has a flashback at he tries remember what happened, who happened.

      1961, Mason and his comrades take part in Operation 40, to assassinate Fidel Castro in Cuba during the Bay of Pigs invasion. You believe you have succeeded and stick around to help protect the plane airlifting your comrades out of Cuba. Wrong. You are captured by the real Castro and sent to Vorkuta gulag in Russia as a prisoner. This is where we meet an old friend, Viktor Reznov. Mason and Reznov become friends and discuss Reznovs enemies; General Nikita Dragovich, his right hand man, Lev Kravchenko and ex-Nazi scientist, Friedrich Steiner. Mason realises these are the men that tortured him too. You and Reznov start a prisoner uprising but only you escape.

      1963, Pentagon, USA. Mason heads to a briefing with his new handler, CIA Hudson and President John F. Kennedy. He gives permission for you to assassinate Dragovich. Whilst in the meeting, you see yourself imagining pulling a gun and aiming at the President, before quickly snapping out of it.

      Mason rejoins up with his fellow Special Division Operatives as they are sent on a mission to disrupt the Soviet Space mission and kill members of 'Ascension', a Soviet programme giving sanctuary to Nazi scientist in exchange for their knowledge. Woods, your comrade, thinks he's killed Dragovich but you think otherwise. This is when we head to Vietnam, with new information about Dragovich given to us by a Russian defector, Reznov!

      Battling through the jungles of Vietnam, by sea and air. This is when the real war starts. Men are lost but the answers to our questions come out in the end. With so many twist and turns, this game will have you guessing who is Alex Mason, who are your captors and just what have you done and what will you do...

      Visuals: Clear and vibrant graphics make you think you are literally in Vietnam. The greenery and water ways look welcoming and dangerous all rolled into one. Vorkuta gulag has such an overwhelming feel of depression to it, with the industrial like slavery feel to it. The end mission, when your pulled out of the water to see all the warships and fighter jets flying overhead, it really does make you go wow. Completely blown away. They continue to push boundaries with the graphics on the PS3 and you can see it every year with Call of Duty.

      Audio: With a story dark and questioning the sanity of the lead character, you need heavy music. The soundtrack comes abundance with this rocky, distorted feeling. Yet, when you are the hero, the barnstorming rousing composition is just as perfect. Whatever the feeling, this soundtrack captures it so well and links into create a fantastic experience. The voice acting again is some of the best you will find. The emotion in there acting adds to the emotion of the game.

      Gameplay: Another step back into history and this time, you really find it isn't what you think it is. Right from the go, you find this game isn't going to be just about shooting people. Strapped into a chair and being interrogated, you find yourself asking, what the hell is going on. This game is told by flashbacks through Alex Mason as we try to remember what happened. This story has been really well written. You find yourself doubting the character you play. In previous Call of Duty games, your always the hero. This time you think, am I really the good guy or am someone I don't actually know. It's hard to explain without you having played it. The story adds a completely different dimension to the Call of Duty series. I do like the parts of the game where you see Mason, seeing himself act out of line than his normal self. Like when in with the President.
      At the very beginning you are secretly questioning your sanity without your comrades knowing. It does enforce the idea of actually being in this on your own. As you feel that they won't understand you. The little clips between or at the star of missions, are done really well and add to the whole conspiracy feel to the game.
      The use of different vehicles is really cool and does add to change it up. Your not just running around jungles, buildings or snow. Sometimes your on a motorbike, others a boat or helicopter.
      You are mainly on one storyline as Mason, but you do play as Reznov in one mission. A mission that really sets the story behind what you are after and what it does. When you play as Reznov, one of the main protaginist of Call of Duty: WOW, Dimitri Petrenko is back but unplayable. I like having old characters back. It does make it feel more realistic and you do kind of start to like some characters. The gun play is just as exhilarating as ever and as per usual, leaves you hanging off your chair, waiting for enemy to appear out of hiding.
      There are collectibles in this game in the form of reel to reel films, that can be found multiple times on each level.

      Bonus: Just like Call of Duty WOW, zombie mode returns but this time set in the Pentagon and you play as President John F. Kennedy! I mean, playing as JFK shooting zombies?! It really is as bonkers as it sounds!

      Conclusion: This review is written from the perspective of the single player campaign only.
      With Call of Duty Black Ops, you find yourself asking, am I really the good guy? Am I really who I think I am? With a story that any blockbuster movie would love. This brilliantly written game merges fact with fiction to create something that leaves you constantly guessing. Even as you progress and it becomes clearer, your thinking did that seriously just happen. Top visuals, brilliant voice acting and a conspiracy induced story. This game will keep you entertained from start to finish. The question is, if you can't even trust yourself, who can you trust?! Play this game and all the answers will come.

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        05.09.2012 23:55

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        the best of the Call of Duty's

        Call of Duty Black Ops is the multi-platform game released in 2010. This in my opinion is the best of the Call of Duty's as the story line, online multi-player and zombies are well thought out, highly graphic and great fun to play.
        The story line, you play a young agent that awakens to find himself in a torture room being interrogated my an unknown man. You have been assigned by the President of the United States to complete a mission to end the war. Your mission is to learn the secrets and prevent the Russians from discovering the Nova gas 6, a deadly form of gas which will change the war in the favour of the Russians. After completing the Story line you unlock the Nazi Zombie map "Five".
        Nazi Zombies in a mini game within the Black Ops game. Before updates there are 3 maps, "Kino De Toten" (Theatre/Cinema of the dead in German), "Five" and "Dead Ops". Kino De Toten follows on from the original Nazi Zombie game found on Call of Duty World At War, in this map you play as the original characters from Nazi Zombies. Edward Richtofen, the German, Tank Dempsey, the American, Takeo Masaki, the Japanese and Nikolai Belinski, the Russian. In "Kino", every 5 rounds roughly on round changes you will have to face off zombie dogs controlled by a psychotic little girl who's voice/laughter is heard throughout the levels.
        On the map "Five", you are in the Pentagon during a zombie attack. The characters you play as on this map are John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Robert McNamara and Fidel Castro. This map has the unique part of having another person, non zombie, in the game. The Pentagon thief, a crazed man who during round a random round change will attack you and steal your weapons.
        The final, non download map is called "Dead Ops Arcade". This is an old fashion, arcade style game where you have an aerial view of players and use your anologe sticks to move and shoot. This is the only completable Nazi Zombie game, on the final level you have to face off against a Giant Silverback Gorrila. All Nazi Zombies except for Dead Ops is online multiplayer.
        During non zombie online mutliplayer, you level up and collect weapons from preforming well during the games played. As you level up you unlock more weapons, which you have to purchase. Getting money from completing contracts.
        Enjoy the game :)

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        15.02.2012 14:03

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        an ok game but not the best in my opinion

        Same old same old with this game really. I've played on COD 4 and was dissapointed with that and hoped this would be an improvement. Yet again dissapointed with my purchase, can't understand what the hype is about for such a mediocre game.

        It starts out with you role playing as another throughout the game and you constantly come back to cut scenes where your seeing numbers but you don't know why. It's very repetitive and hard to understand but you get on with the game. It skips you through different scenarios from russia in a prison camp back to cut scenes etc. Lives depend on you solving the mystery and the numbers at the end of the game.

        In game graphics are good and the interaction with other characters is realistic. The story lines not great but it fits the game well although very confusing throughout. They've got multiplayer and also a task to kill zombies which i never really understood the background to that or where it came from it jus confused me. It's not a bad game but I'd rather play on something more engaging. This series just isn't for me I guess.

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        26.12.2011 18:30
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        Great game that I highly recommend.

        If you've played any of the other recent Call of Duty games you know what to expect with this one. Another very enjoyable, yet short, single player campaign with an enjoyable story and an addicting multiplayer experience through PSN. In the campaign mode you go through the main charactters entire life in the military from vietnam to other locations. On a side note I love when you first go to Vietnam and the one song that is in every vietnam movie ever made starts playing, Fortunate Son by Lynyrd Skynyrd. There is a lot of variety in online mode from every man for himself to teams to capture the flag. Zombie mode also makes a return and is very addicting. Once you get really good at Zombie mode you can literally play a single game of it for 10 hours! The graphics are up to par with all of other in the series. Very fresh looking and draw you in. The voice acting is superb, including Ice Cube, Ed Harris, and Gary Oldman. Anyways if you are a fan of the series or want to start getting in on the addicting fun then I recommend this game to any person who loves first person shooters.

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          17.11.2011 21:01

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          Brilliant- 5 stars

          I pre-ordered Call of Duty Black Ops on Amazon a few days before it was released. Having been a huge fan of the Call of Duty games I had high expectations. I have had every Call of Duty since COD 3. I have to say when this game first arrived I was quite pleased with it. I love the online multiplayer zombies and always have done. I love levelling up on the normal multiplayer also. I like everything about this game although it doesn't have the same effect as when the earlier ones came out it is still a great game. I don't know why some of the people I know faulted it because i have to say i really couldn't. Most of the guns were new and the campaign, as always, was great. I will always be fan of every Call of Duty and I dont think there is another first person shooting game that even comes close to giving me the enjoyment that these games do.

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          15.11.2011 08:18
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          Another instalment in a very good First Person Shooter series

          Having developed a taste for first person shooter games thanks to Medal Of Honor and Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2, I decided to treat myself to Call Of Duty Black Ops. I was yet to decide whether I preferred Call Of Duty or Medal Of Honor and I had high expectations for this game. Now I think it important to mention that the online sides of these games are good, but for me it's about the campaign or story mode or whatever you like to call it. I do enjoy the online element of the games but I have to be honest and say that I prefer the single player missions and on that basis I set off on the Black Ops journey.

          The Concept

          with the more recent Call Of Duty games taking a more modern view of warfare it was an interesting move for them to tackle the Cold War. A time that hasn't really been explored in Video Games but COD tackles a new era for the franchise and actually did it reasonably well. Within the game you can feel the heightened tension that the Cold War created and the way the makers have brought this to life through the plot and the scenarios the character is cast into work really well to create a tactical environment for the player.

          Cuban Missile Crisis

          The game is split into two different factions. First of all you have the single player campaign mode, during which you assume the role of Alex Mason a CIA agent sent behind enemy lines with Seal Teams to capture intel and prevent threats to America. Unlike my complaints with Medal Of Honor the plot is a lot better. It develops throughout the game and although the main cut sequences with your character strapped to a chair you feel there is a good reason for this and as the story develops it becomes a lot more intriguing. The cut sequences and in game graphics are really good and it also has a plot to back it up.

          I've also found with the two COD games I've played to date that the story seems to last a lot longer than the Medal Of Honor game I played. It took me at least 4 or 5 days of reasonable length game time to get all the way through the 15 scenes within the game to find out exactly why Mason was being held captive. The settings take you from the Jungles of Vietnam to the cold desolate setting of a Russian gulag in the Ural Mountains.

          The settings within the game are incredible realistic and the more advanced technology becomes the more realistic games like this appear to be becoming. During the game you get to pilot a number of different vehicles from a helicopter to a boat and again this adds another dimension rather than just being a point and shoot game. The game difficulty depends on your level of ability but i found that the settings increased how difficult the game were in decent amounts as you went from one level to another. In fact my biggest complaint of the game was the vehicle sections as the helicopter in particular could have been easier to control.

          I found that the most impressive aspect of the game was the storyline though as it developed the lead characters well along the way. You get dragged into Mason's story and really feel compelled to find out who is asking him the questions and why. The missions themselves are the memories Mason is being reminded off and it's his way of telling his captors his story. The plot has some very good twists and turns along the way, which really impressed me.

          One of the aspects the Call Of Duty series is famed for is its online gameplay and Black Ops is no exception. I found that the range of levels was quite good and the quality of the opponents meant there was something on offer for every level of gamer. I used to worry about the speed of my internet connection and the ability of online gamers with games like this, but the game, even on our slow connection performed well and the opponents were really mixed making it a lot fairer for everyone.

          Graphics

          As the makers push the Playstation to test its capabilities the quality of gaming output is continually improving. I started playing this game in HD and was impressed with the quality of the graphics and the overall look. Half way through the mission we bought our new 3D TV and whilst the HD graphics were good the 3D is amazing. With the addition of depth the characters look a lot better and the realism seems to increase. In particular when you shoot someone the wounds seem more realistic and it's through these kinds of details that the gaming experience is only going to get better.

          Sounds

          Just like the graphics the quality of the special effects and in particular the sounds are incredible, bringing the game more to,life. From the sound of your weapon as it fires on an enemy position to the change in breathing as your character prepares to take a shot with a sniper rifle, every detail has been accounted for. Even the music and cut scene sequences sound and look as you would want them to enhancing the gaming experience.

          Game Play & Control

          I do firmly believe with the more of this type of game that I play that its games like this that the console control pad actually comes into their own. Each of the buttons performs one task and one task only and as the game is told from the eyes of your character looking down the barrel of his gun it is pretty easy to work out the controls. The firing action is quite easy and even though it took me a little while to work out the running action is also pretty simple. There is a lot more hand to hand combat in this game than I've experienced in others too but the game guides you through this really well.

          The left stick on the PS3 pad is used to make your character walk and turn and as the game progresses you get more used to the response time between your controller and the character. The controls are pretty basic, making it quite easy to get to grips with. This is a gameplay method that I think works on all games of this style of games and opens them up to even the most novice of computer game player.

          Conclusion

          Having been won over to this style of game by the latest Medal Of Honor it is perhaps a shame that my allegiance has changed to Call Of Duty. The deciding factor has however been the plot contained within the game and the general length of the game. As far as value for money this game offers a lot more than Medal Of Honor and as the mission aspect of these games is my main consideration then the plot of the Call Of Duty games just seems to have been better planed.

          I was impressed with the game on the whole, it had some really good settings, easy to control gameplay and an interesting plot. I've read that this isn't as good as some of the older Call Of Duty games but other than the Modern Warfare series this is one of my favourite first person shooters on the PS3. I've recently started to play some of the older ones but so far Black Ops has been the best first person shooter I have played. That's not to say it couldn't have been better but from the style of game this is the one I've enjoyed the most.

          Platform: PS3
          Other Platforms: PC, Wii & Xbox 360
          Age - 18 plus

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            01.11.2011 23:48

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            A good bridge between the modern warfare lines

            After the revolution of the call of duty modern warfare line, Activision needs to fill the gaps between games to wet the consumers' appetites. The previous game in this line was the critically unsuccessful world at war.
            However Black ops rises like a phoenix out of the ashes to bridge the gap.
            Its online playing armoury is increased greatly with impressive game modes such as zombie and the opportunity to gamble points in great new games such as 'one in the barrel'. Although the online community has been swamped with lags and has been earmarked as its biggest downfall.
            The story mod for black ops is as notoriously short as its predecessors, however, it does not fail to impress with sharp graphics and rapid story line (if not a little confusing from time to time).
            It's a great all-rounder and the wealth of experience is showing as activision flex their muscles to become top of the tree in the first person shooter and show the rest of the field how it's done.

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            09.10.2011 11:07
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            Superb game - 9.5/10

            This is the game to have if you own a PS3. It is the next release in the Call of Duty saga and is as intense a game as you will find out now.

            The single player campaign is gripping and keeps you glued to the screen. The detail of the story and gameplay is amazing and really give serious FPS players a challenge. My own experience of playing this game was that it gave me endless hours trying to complete the various missions. Well worth the purchase alone. Then you get to the fun bit... the online multi-player option.

            The multi-player option has something for everyone whether you like you sniper rifles, sub machine guns, shotguns, hand guns or something a little different like crossbows or ballistic knives. Add to this frag grenades, smoke bombs, claymore mines, C4, stun grenades and nova gas it really gives you as a player a whole range of options to kit yourself out for some major carnage gameplay. Throw in the online microphone interaction during games such as team deathmatch, free-for-all, demolition, domination, capture the flag, etc and it makes the game unlike no other in my opinion out there.

            My only small negative comment on the game is that there is sometimes some online "lag" where the games frame rate stalls momentarily. Also sometimes you can struggle to stay in a lobby game as sometimes the game randomly disconnects and loses connection. Small inconveniences but the game more than makes up for it.

            In general the detail of graphics is amazing, the gameplay is first class and the interactive aspect via the microphones is brilliant. The graphic content is pretty gruesome and I believe Treyarch and Activision have given as good a game as anything out there to the gamers market.

            Superb game and you must buy this!!

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            30.09.2011 12:02
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            Heck of a lot better than World at War!

            Black Ops is the 4th installment in the 2nd generation of Call Of Duty games. Separate from the Modern Warfare series, Black Ops follows the story of a US soldier, who awakens to find himself with amnesia in a secure chair, being interrogated by an unknown voice. As the interrogation unfolds, the soldier begins to remember snippets of how he was taken from ordinary combat and placed into a Special Operations team that went after a Cuban dictator, only to then be captured and sent to a labour camp in Russia.

            Whilst I had heard many negative reviews of Black Ops, I found myself engrossed in the single player campaign, which develops well in terms of becoming progressively more challenging. Whilst the cut scenes can be long and annoying, they do provide the backdrop to the story necessary to understand the level, although having said that it is sometimes difficult to capture and note what they are saying, because of the quantity of detail it goes into. On the plus-side, there is a much welcomed feature to skip the cut scenes in certain places.

            As for the much-acclaimed COD online multiplayer mode, Black Ops, whilst not quite on par with the first Modern Warfare, fares well in terms of providing an excellent competitive platform for online gaming. Whilst you do frequently come across the hardcore gamers who have been playing COD since Day One and know every inch of the map blindfolded, it is not impossible to develop a skillful enough level of play to make a decent effort against those all-nighter, caffeine fuelled, teenage SOBs. If you don't know the maps well enough, start off by finding your way around Nuketown, the smallest of the lot.

            So, in my opinion, good game. Not for the weak-hearted though as some of the violence can be particularly brutal. Watch out for motion-sickness. And watch out for zombies...

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            28.09.2011 00:25
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            A great instalment to the COD franchise- fans will enjoy

            Fans of 1st person shooters will know that, at the moment at least COD (call of duty) games hold the courts attention. At least this was the case when they released Modern warfare 2. The only contenders at the time were Medal of Honour- tier 1 (oh how the mighty have fallen) which I am told as I havent played it yet is frankly syb standard in almost every respect, and Battlefield 2 which started to move on from the funny yet great playability of bad company. Battlefield 2 was getting there but it was still found wanting, there was at this point clear blue water between it and COD: modern warfare 2

            In Black Ops the magical formula of cinematic gameplay, great plot lines and fantastic graphics are continued. I would say that from the outset my opinion is that this game is perhaps just a shade worse modern warfare 2. I gave MW2 5 stars and i`ll give this 4 but really its a 4.5.

            The reason is simple, its obvious that the developers had a few market reasearch groups and asked a load of gamers to say what they most liked about it and they obviously said 1) we want more cinematic sequences and 2) we want more slow motion mid-game action shots and my god they took that away and used it.

            This game is great but those two elements are well overdone. There are 16 single player missions and every single one of them use one or both of these elements. I like them as much as I moan about it.

            This game takes place throughout the late 50`s and 60`s, principally around the cuban mission crises era, with one mission back in the mid-forties. You play captain mason who has been selected to carry out black bag operations for the CIA. You uncover a plot by a joint German ex Nazi-soviet breakaway partnership that want to release a potent chemical weapon on NATO.

            You fight in various theatres around the wold starting in Cuba, during the bay of pigs assault, Hong Kong, Vietnam (the Khe San mission is ruddy difficult and I actually had to take down a difficulty level) and Laos, as well as Russia and central Asia.

            You have older variants of the usual weapons, a shotgun, various machine guns, including the great M60 'pig', and the China lake grenade launcher (my favourite !) You also get to mess around with AA guns, mines, rocket launchers and an SR-71 blackbird. The sound effects are different, the guns sound rougher, less refined and so it reflects their point in the weaponology tree.

            The music is OK, unremarkable and the characters voices are voiced by some pretty big holllywood actors including Gary Oldman and Sam Worthington- which must have cost them a pretty penny.

            You also to play great side missions along the ilk of zombie survival horror and im told the multiplayer is great, but its obvious that the developers, like most, must have put allot of time into developing the multiplayer and not so much into the single player element as the other modern warfare games.

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              Worth buying, but do not expect great things

              Black Ops is the seventh game in the Call of Duty franchise. It was designed by Treyarch and published by Activision and was released in November 2010. It is set during the Cold War era and beigns in 1961 and finishes in 1968. There are a variety of missions which take place in Russia, Cuba, Loas and Vietnam.

              Single Player Campaign

              The story revolves around a former US Soldier named Alex Mason. He was part of an elite group which carried out secret missions behind enemy lines. The campaign begins in 1968 with Mason strapped to a chair and being asked questions by unseen voices and the story is then told through flashbacks. The campaign is based around 15 missions which take place in locations all around the world and they begin to unravel the story and explain why Mason is in the situation he is in. I'm not going to say any more than this otherwise it would ruin your experience of the game if you knew what happened.

              Graphics

              The graphics featured in Modern Warfare 2 were exceptional and were some of the best graphics I've ever seen on a PS3 game, but sadly the graphics in Black Ops do not match up to this. The screen seems to be quite hazy and the colours are bland and boring - nothing compared with the sharpness and clarity of MW2. I thought that this was rather a shame as Black Ops was built around the same engine as MW2 so should have had the same, if not better, graphics but sadly it failed to and seems to have been a step backwards on the graphics front.

              Gameplay

              The gameplay is pretty much the same as every other Call of Duty game - you run around, shoot people, get told what to do, your team mates do nothing and just get shot at/killed, drive a few vehicles and blow stuff up. So from this point of view the gameplay is fun and enjoyable if you enjoy this type of stuff. I do think though that it does become rather repetitive in places as several missions are basically, run around and shoot people with few other things involved. There are the usual cut scenes and movie style loading screens which help to explain and move the story along. The game can be played on the usual four difficulty settings: recruit, regular, hardened and veteran. Veteran is certainly a difficult challenge!

              Sound and Music

              The gun sounds are quite realistic and if you are wearing a headset then in some places it does feel as though you are on a battlefield. Members of your squad also shout out orders which adds to this effect. The voice who is questioning Mason is quite an intimdating voice and the voice actor is impressive. Mason, who is voiced by Sam Worthington (the guy who played Jake Sully in Avatar) is perfect for the role as his voice seems to match up to the macho expectations of an elite soldier. There are some duds when it comes to the voice acting and in some parts it is pretty obvious that the actor is just reading it of a sheet of paper with a deadpan, expressionless voice, but this is quite rare and for the most part the voice acting is quite strong. There is the usual music which plays over the main menu, during the loading screens, throughout the dramatic and tense parts and during the final credits. The score was composed by Sean Murray who also composed the music for World at War. Music from The Rolling Stones and Eminem features as well.

              Rating

              The game is rated as an 18 as it "contains strong, bloody violence and strong language" and I think that this is a suitable rating as some parts of the campaign are quite graphic. There is however an option to turn off the blood and gore if you so wish to, but I personally feel that this detracts the game from its gritty nature.

              Multiplayer

              The multiplayer is very similar to the previous COD games - you rank up and unlock new weapons but several new features have been introduced. One such introduction is COD points. You earn these points by playing games through to the end and by completing contracts - contracts can include anything from winning a game to getting a certain number of headshots with a particular gun, and wager matches. With these COD points you are able to purchase new weapons, perks and attachments. Instead of levelling up to unlock perks you are now able to buy them. Guns are still unlocked by rank but you have to use COD points to buy them once they have been unlocked and now instead of unlocking attachments by completing challenges, you can purchase any attachment you want. There is also now the option to choose the colour and shape of the lens on your gun sight as well as the camo.

              There is a large variety of guns, with assault rifles, sub machine guns, light machine guns, shotguns, sniper rifles, pistols, launchers and special weapons such as the explosive crossbow and ballistic knife all featuring.

              New gamemodes have been added including Wager matches. In these you gamble your COD points - either 10, 1,000 or 10,000 - against other players and the higher you gamble the bigger the prize. There are four different game modes in the wager match category and all test out your different skills against players around the world.

              There are 15 prestige levels, and you have to reach level 50 before you can prestige and like World at War and MW2 you unlock new custom classes when you enter a certain prestige.

              Golden guns make a return (having not been seen since COD 4) and when you reach 14th Prestige you are able to make any gun gold, but at the cost of 50,000 COD points.

              You can now also create your own emblem which can be viewed by almost everyone. You build your own emblem by purchasing different objects/shapes with your COD points and then design what you want. This can lead to a lot of creativity with some people creating pretty impressive designs, but sadly, the more immature members of the COD community decide to have male genitalia as their emblem so when playing expect to see quite a few of these!

              Finally, there are the usual leaderboards but these have been adapted and now each game mode has its own type of leaderboard with your score per minute being a new added feature. You can now also see how you compare with other players in the lobby.

              Now the bad parts of the multiplayer...

              If anyone has played the multiplayer then they will know what I mean when I say it feels like it was near completion but was never quite finished. The online is fun to a certain extent, but feels nowhere near as fast paced or exciting as previous COD games. There is a great deal of 'lag' in many lobbies and what happens on your screen can be entirely different to that of other player's - ie on your screen you might be around the corner but on the other player's you are still out in the open. Sadly this issue has never been address by Treyarch which is a real shame as it removes a lot of the enjoyment from the game. As everyone who has played COD before knows that stopping power (a perk which gives your gun more power) is the most popular perk and it was removed from this game to give players more choice. This means that it takes more bullets to kill players which can be very frustrating as you run out of ammo very quickly. Also, there are two very annoying perks which ruin most games - they are ghost and second chance. Ghost is a tier one perk and is basically the same as Cold Blooded, but it is incredibly annoying as most people seem to use it so if you call in a UAV, chances are that only one or two players will show up on your map. Second Chance is a third tier perk and is the same as Last Stand and is incredibly annoying and glitchy - basically when you are shot at you fall to the ground and take out your pistol - cue annoying invincibility glitches where the person is able to kill you as they fall into Second Chance - again very annoying!

              New killstreaks have been introduced but they no longer count towards each other so it is very difficult to get the higher end killstreaks such as the chopper gunner or dogs. If you are able to get the chopper gunner or gunship killstreak, the chances are that there will be someone sitting in a corner with ghost who will destroy it before it even reaches the map. Also there is an incredibly annoying 3 killstreak known as an RC XD car which is a remote controlled car with explosives. This is very, very annoying and so many people love to use it so again it slows down the gameplay and makes it very boring.

              Nazi Zombies

              Nazi Zombies returns and is even better and far more enjoyable than the previous edition. It is still the same concept - kill endless hoards of the undead and get points to purchase new weapons and perks. Two full zombie maps are included on the disc (more can be downloaded but I'll get onto that in a bit) and a classic zombie arcade style game mode. This game mode alone definitely makes it worth purchasing this game as it will provide hours of fun and entertainment.

              The only negative aspects of Zombies is that it can be quite repetitive and can take a while for you to be put into a game.

              Downloadable Content (DLC)

              There are four map packs which have been released on Xbox 360, three for the PS3 with the fourth coming out on 22/09/2011. I cannot comment on these map packs as I refuse to purchase them for two reasons: firstly, I find it completely unfair that PS3 users have to wait an extra month for the release, I know that Microsoft made a deal with Activison, but I think this is ridiculous to expect PS3 players to wait an additional month and secondly because of the price, they are in the region of £10.49 - £11.49 each for just four new multiplayer maps and a new zombie map - I think this is a total rip off!

              Summary

              POSITIVES: the game is good fun with decent graphics which are still more impressive than most games, the online can be fun but the best part is definitely zombies.

              NEGATIVES: the campaign does become repetitive and is very confusing to follow, the multiplayer is glitchy, laggy and slow paced and the DLC is very expensive for what you get.

              On the whole the game is good fun and will keep you entertained for several hours. Sadly though, I do think that it is one of the weaker entries for the series and had this been a stand alone game it would not have fared very well at all and it only had such great sales because it was a Call of Duty game. I hope that in the future, what's left of Infinity Ward will make the rest of the Call of Duty games whilst Treyarch focuses on zombies.

              The game can still be purchased in any high street shop that sells games and is usually still in the top 20. It can also be purchased online from most shops as well as Amazon and ebay. The price can vary from £20 - £40 depending on whether it is bought new or pre owned, but I think its worth the price just for the zombies.

              Thank you for reading my review.

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              02.09.2011 19:16
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              a great game , but be ready to watch alot between gameplay

              As a mad fan of the call of duty series i bought the game as soon as hit the shelves , and my first thought was " wow this is different " when i say different i mean the approach to the storyline they have taken ,maybe its because its now created by tryarch rather than infinity ward but its far more complicated than that in the previous in the series, for me part of what made COD so great was that it was plan and simple war , not with a complicated story , the new approach however is very different , i wont spoil it for players who havent played yet but its for me very far-fetched and un-real, i remember starting campaign and immediatly being taken aback at how different it felt and once i got over that initial shock i have to admit , i was getting bored , it seemed to take so long to get things going and get to the gameplay and i just wanted things to hurry along , and sadly pretty much the same with every storyline video between missions , once you get into the game however its the same brilliant experience that you would expect from COD but graphically even better .

              Multiplayer leaves alot to be desired, now i cant comment on any online play as i do not have access to internet gaming , but offline multiplayer is for lack of a better word , woeful, i have one very simple question , what ever happened to the idea of Bots ? i remember playing 007 NightFire and spending hours upon hours playing against my cousin and his little team of Bots , black ops has multiplayer modes like capture the flag and team battles which would be great except its only you and who you are sitting with so its a maximum of four people on a certain map , and therefore extremely boring , with a simple addition of bots you would all have your teams and things would get very interesting and i cannot for life of me understand why this is not availalbe .

              zombie mode is good , fun fast paced with 3 different maps to play on, killing zombies to earn money to buy guns , buy upgrades and open doors to reveal more of the maps , after a while it does get very repetitive , i can play for an hour or so and then get bored of it , it is good though to go back to when you have an hour with nothing to do or your waiting for that really important phone call and you need to blow something up to relieve the stress ! its a good little shoot em up to pass the time.

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              horrible sequel to another COD game thats worth avoiding

              Now I know that I am fully expecting the HARD CORE (lol) gamers to give me bad ratings of my review here but they are my opinions on the game nothing more.

              I bought into the 'Black ops' hype that surrounded the game. Many friends were telling me its the best game ever and that its a must buy for anyone.

              Maybe i'm starting to get old but nothing could be further from the truth.

              After shelling out £45 I got it home and it seemed like ages for it to get started. The "Story" as its supposed to be is terrible. I began by playign the 1 player mode as i'd heard its quite a quick game and you can complete it within a week possible a weekend if your a kid with nothing to do with your life.

              The controls are poor even for a FPS. I actually wasnt impressed with the graphics . Yeah it looks dirty and realistic but I just want more from my games these days and sometimes the better games arnt the ones with the top end graphics but the ones that design the levels so well that the graphics are a side issue in the first place. This game seems to have done it the other way around.

              and whats with the horrible camera shake ... they say its to make it more real to the effects and explosions but lets be honest nobody really knows what its like to be hit by a rocket from 10 feet and survive to tell the tale so how do they know your vison should blur and shudder to the point that you rush to the door and vomit from motion sickness.

              Then there is the in betweenie story fmv naration to get you to the next level.... God how predictable and obvious.

              I feel that I am slating the game somewhat so i'll say a few good things ...
              1) its enjoyable when you are winning and you see your enemy blow up
              2) some of the sound effects are nice.

              Thats about it..

              Do yourself a favour and don't bother buying it

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              04.08.2011 14:55
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              Good Game But Could be Better

              Call of Duty, Black Ops is the latest installment in the Call of duty series. This one however is created by Treyarch instead of Infinity Ward. But is it just another Call of Duty?

              Likes
              Black Ops displays phenomanal graphics and game play, one of the the things that I believed Modern Warfare 2 was lacking. It also has added a new system in which previous games can be saved and uploaded onto youtube via the playstation system. This helps players who get good kills to post there kills easily without paying money for capture card equipment. Black Ops also has the latest installment of Zombies which may I say are much better than the World of War(Cod5) zombies with a step up in detail and character phrases.

              Dislikes
              Black Ops however has removed quickscoping which was a player favourite, this did stop them from getting as many purchases for the game as they could of. The lack of quickscoping has made the snipers very slow and weak. This is a disapointment as Black Ops looked like a very potentially special game. Another dislike are the 11 Kill-Streak Dogs which are a lot weaker and slower than Call of Duty 5. This restricts the amount of kills a player can get in a match but also on World at War, dogs are a 7 kill-streak and more accurate, a minor slip up on the behalf of Treyarch.

              In regards to the game, if you are a Call of Duty fanatic I would urge you to buy it although, if you enjoy sniping and quickscoping this is not the game for you, I would then advise Modern Warfare 2. Whichever you choice have a happy gaming experience and I hope this helped.

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              Great zombies gameplay and fantastic new features but not that good for multiplayer

              Call of Duty Black Ops, the latest addition to the COD series and the one everyone was so excited about. Why?

              Like many others, I pre-ordered this game online in my excitement about Call of Duty as I am a big fan of the series. I couldn't wait for it to arrive. After busting open the packaging and throwing the disc into my PS3, I got playing. It was so amazing, I didn't know where to start. After hyperventilating, I calmed down and started the campaign. I noticed straight away the awesome graphics and cool start to the story. I will not ruin the story, I will just tell you that it is fantastic and great to play through, well worth the time put into it to find out what happens, not like any other COD so far.

              So, after playing campaign for a couple of hours, I started to play multiplayer. I noticed there was a whole lot more offered in the multi player mode than all other CODs, including wager matches, split screen internet play and they all new player card. I started just playing normally and it was great fun, levelling up, unlocking new guns and perks, but I didn't find it fun for very long. After disappointingly reaching just level 35, I noticed the game get rather repetitive and boring, no matter what game mode I played, they all felt the same. After this, I switched over to wager match. This is a great new feature which allows you to gamble your COD points (the black ops currency that you use to purchase guns, perks, attachments and more) in many unique game modes.

              These are:

              One in the chamber: You get one bullet in a pistol. It is one shot kill and you have three lives. If you get a kill, you get another bullet. Person with the most kills when last man standing comes, wins.

              Gun game: There are 20 guns and you have to get one kill with each. You will start with a pistol and for each kill, you progress to the next weapon. First to get a kill with each weapon wins. Watch out though, if you get knifed, you will go back a weapon.

              Sharpshooter: You are given a gun, everybody the same and it changes every 45 seconds. You must get as many kills as possible with small killstreaks being rewarded with perks and bonuses like double points.

              Sticks and Stones: Each player has a Crossbow, Tomahawk and Ballistic knife throughout. The player with the most kills at the time limit wins. Watch out though, get hit with a Tomahawk and your score is reset to 0!

              After going through each of these wager matches for a while and getting bored of each, I noticed a high roller version. This is where 10,000 points are gambled instead of just 10. The games are the same, they just result in higher payouts. These too got boring fast.

              After getting bored of multi player game play, I found another cool new feature, Combat training. This is where you set up to 9 computer bots on either your team or the enemy team and choose a difficulty and play, just like a multi player battle, but against the computer. It's great to start with to get a little practice in.

              Another cool thing about Black Ops is that at the main menu, you can move around. You are being tortured in a prison, but you can break free from the chair and roam around. There is a computer in the room. As well as offering many cheat codes for the game (which I didn't need to use) you can play a cool game called ZORK where you type in a command and it follows it and tells you what happened. It's very hard and really addictive!

              The major thing about Black Ops though, is the zombie mode. There are 3 maps to play. One of them is called 'Kino Der Toten' (Theater of the dead) and there is 'Five' which you can unlock using a code on the computer or by playing through the campaign. Both of these maps are very good, the only thing I could keep playing on Black Ops and each one has a brand new super gun in it. Also, Five offers a new enemy! The third zombie game mode is called Dead ops arcade and is a top down view zombie game like you would get in an arcad. This is very fun and addictive!

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