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Im a big fan of the modern warfare series...which serious gamer isnt, and Black Ops was an unusual turn away from the modern warfare mantle, succesful as it was. Black Ops is the latest instalment between modern warfare 2 and 3 and take place, for the most part in the 60`s and 70`s proxy wars between the US and the Soviet Union.
All I know is that Tryarch and Danger close productions must have paid out a bomb for voice actors because if you listen carefully you will hear the distinctive voices of Gary Oldman, Sam Worthington as the main protaganist, and Ed Harris as the intenrregating agent. As far as im aware(although I have not played Black Ops 2 yet) - no other all of Duty game has such illustrious voice overs). This is I think a testiment to the quality of the game in every respect.
Plot: It starts somewhat confusingly, a women reads out some numbers, numbers flash on screen, you see through the eyes of the protaganist SOG operative Alex Mason, he drifts in and out of consciousness whilst in an interregation room littered with TV`s of faces and images of war. You are being interregated by the US governement, you were a black ops operative sent to kill Fidel Castro or a double actually, you are soon sold out and sacrifice yourself so that your buddies can escape. This is one of the best starts to a game ive played , the bit in the Cuban bar is brilliant, so realistic. You end up in a soviet gulag, housed with Viktor Reznov ,an old soviet fighter from WW2, he indoctrinates you to his cause (although you dont know this) and once youve broken out of prison with a whole series of levels, you follow him to a Cosmodrome, play as him in WW2 memories of missions past, go to vietnam during the tet offensive, all to stop a Nazi rocket scientist and chemical weapons expert called Steiner from working with a rogue russian agent called Derogovich from starting World war 3, the launch sequence it seems is a series of numbers now lying dorment in your head.
Gameplay: you can play the solo campaign mode, a multiplayer online mode and two player mode for some levels, and best of all, a solo or two player or multiplayer 'zombie mode' which is as funny as it is scary - this was an instant hit with call fo duty fans....hilariously you can play as JFK, Nixon , Fidel Castro or Robert McNamarra (although I wonder if most 15 years olds will know who he was) to keep zombies from infiltrating the war room of the Whitehouse, and other level.
Weapons: I thought that as this was a 'historical' Call of Duty that you would not get an amazing array of great weapons, I was wrong, the old 6 shooters, Uzi`s, shotgun`s, Grenade launchers (my favourite) and an early gatlin gun during the prison break out mission are great fun and the developers have really tried to get the gritty look, and especially the sound - which is far more bass and rustic then the smooth sounding modern machine guns in the more modern based games. In this way firing them is as satisfying as firing the latest weapons. You also gets to use 50 cals and the like on the back of various vehicles, get to fly a U2 plane, a huey gunship helicopter down the Danang River with the rolling stones blasting out, and a US Army river patrol boat again with various motown and rock tracks of the time blasting out in homage to Apocolypse Now.
Graphics: stunning as you would expect, great rendering, time has been taken in the Cuban and Vietnamese missions to get the feel of the cities right, the Hue and Havana architecture is spot on, the rendering, the clothes , even beer bottles and Lucky Strike cigarette`s all popular at the time.
Soundtrack; great instrumental soundtrack for the action and scarier parts (as in the snow locked ship in the WW2 missions) -but best of all a great 60/ 70`s motown and rock soundtrack for the Vietnam and final missions - the game ends on Gimme Shelter, and you feel like you have just averted war in the mid 20th Century.
Overall a fantastic game, COD fans and those new to first perosn shoot em up`s will like in equal mesasure, especially films fans, as apart from the actors there are homages to Apocolypse Now and Full Metal Jacket in there too.
Like all call of duty games it suffers with modders and cheaters who buy rapid fire pads of auction sites and the like, the community is really bad unless you enjoy people being really rude and annoying kids screaming down there headsets.
There are some good points to this game, my favorite point is that you can create your own emblem tag which i dont think you can on modern warfare 3. Golden guns are harder to get on black ops also which i find a good challenge. A huge issue is that there is alot of glitches in the game like hitmarkers (when you shoot someone and they dont die) alot of players tend to kill you in one shot which would be really frustrating to a new player of this game. The campaign mode isntt hat great either i played the first three missions and found it to be very laggy and glitchy and not worth playing, the reason alotof people play this game still is due to the fact of a zombies mode which people like i cant give an honest comment on zombies as i have never played that part of the game.
Overall this game is worth a rent to try it out but you will probably be 50/50 on if you want to purchase the full game as there are many flaws.
Being a typical girl, I usually absolutely hate games like this but I can definitely say Call of Duty is different! It all started when I used to just watch my boyfriend play the older version (constantly!) and think what a waste of time it was. But eventually I got so bored of watching him that I thought I would give it a go myself and now am hooked on it just as much as him!!
Black Ops is the latest one and the online gameplay has definitely improved compared to Modern Warfare. There is a lot less lagging, taking ages to find matches and kicking you out of games half way through and the graphics are also much better. Also, it allows you to play the split screen online which I like as it means me and the bf can play at the same time! The only things I would say is that personally, I prefer the maps from Modern Warfare and also find it annoying how you often get put into a game half way through which you are obviously going to lose!
There are other elements to the game like the campaign mode and zombies which to be honest I have no real interest in but I have been told they are really good by lots of people.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this game and all the other Call of Duty ones infact. Also i think all girls should try this game, it is way more fun and addictive than it looks and its also quite funny when you are better than some of the lads online :)!!!
After getting this game on the day of its release I haven't stopped going on it as its so addictive, everything from the campaign to the multiplayer is amazing!
The best bit about this game is Zombies that you can play online with up to 3 other players! The aim of the game is to survive rounds of zombies by buying new guns to kill them and you will need to keeping your window barriers up as these will stop them getting in, the levels can go all the way up to 100+ the higher you go the harder the game gets with more zombies and they become stronger.
The campaign is very griping and makes you play more and more you explore lots of locations and use a selection of different guns.
Online multiplayer is great with a full lobby of 16 as it gets very competitive and tactical, you level up online to unlock more guns and perks to use in game. You can get this game cheap now as its not the newest one as MW3 is out I have played that one and I can say don't waste you money on it its worse then this one!
No call of duty's beat this one as zombies make it the best and the most addictive.
10/10 You need to get this if you haven't got it must buy!
The 7nth installment of the massive 'Call Of Duty' series, sees treyarch take over for the 2nd time to create a game well worth buying, this game combines amazing online experiences with a gripping story and the famous 'nazi zombies' and pulls it off greatly, it is required you are a gold xbox live member and have a internet source you can plug into, but once you have that sorted you can shoot people, planes or zombies all you want, with the online capabilitie of : 2-18 players, co-op 1-4 on story mode or zombies andsystem link of up to 18 players. Also a truck load of new map packs are available for you to buy in-store or from the xbox live market place, which include the maps from cod 5 waw so you can take a trip down memory lane. There is also a cool easter egg in the main menu where you can escape from your chair and access a computer at the back of the room where a few features are available, you can enter passcodes for an arcade zombies mini game, play a game of zork in which you have to type your way through an adventure, plain but if your wanting to do everything you possibly can with the game then its something else to do, you can also access sound, audio and images through the computer for a side easter egg, time consuming but still available if you want. All in all a great game that is well worth the money, main feature for me is zombie mode - an exciting blood bath with fantastic maps. difficulty (5/5 adjustable) zombies (5/5) campaign (3.5/5) multiplayer (4/5) overall (17.5/20) :)
This game had a lot of hype surrounding its release, which with many games doesn't help its cause. Black Ops really didn't live up to my expectations and I didn't particularly have many to begin with. Much of the game has elements from Modern Warfare like pushing buttons or triggers at the right times and generally attempting audacious actions. Problem is, Black Ops is so unrealistic that its hard to determine what you've got to do and how. Basically, half of the game requires you to fail in order to understand how to progress. That's not to say it is difficult, but rather trial & error - repetitive, dull, uninspiring. However, its not just the style of play that grates - the general storyline in the campaign is just plain bad. Going back to the past via memories, after being questioned by an extremely annoying interrogator using an even more infuriating voice mask. Perhaps it succeeds in making you dislike him like the main character does, but the setting and story are just too uncomfortable to enjoy. There are still gruesome deaths using knives and hatchets etc and some creative ideas used, like in the past few games but some had the potential and blew it.
When you control a character getting into a decent, stealthy plane, you expect something exciting to happen. Instead you point to where a group of soldiers go on a radar. The soldiers don't have the common sense to shoot enemies unless you tell them and you frequently go back and fourth into battle and plane.
The game gets too big for its boots with an unrealistic and boring story messing about with numbers and brain-washing. After every level you go through, you're back in the chair having several thousand red numbers flash into your eyes along with hundreds of memories and still frames that make you feel ill and disorientated. For some frustrating reason, Special Ops is replaced with a terrible zombie mini-game that really does seem put together at the last minute. Please forgive my unwillingness to comment on the online modes, after witnessing other COD online services I found that this 18/rated R video game was littered with millions of children, all screaming obscenities down the mic, the only laugh of mine being when their voice breaks. In my opinion Black Ops does still have some value via its campaign and its controls and situation familiarity is certainly worth a rent or a borrow, but its a royal let down in my book.
This was my very first COD Game that I ever owned. This installment was quite different to the other COD Games. In this one, they introduced the COD Point system, and with the system, the wager matches. The COD point system had a bad side and a good side. The bad side is that the COD point system decreased the longevity of the game by not working towards the new guns and attachments. But the good side about it is that you wouldn't have to scrape through all the levels of the gun to get the one attachment you like. Also, the inclusion of the wager matches added in new game modes like Gun Game and One in the Chamber. The Graphic of the game is quite splendid and and the addition to Nazi Zombie is quite mind blowing. The only thing I have a problem with the game is that it made quick scoping harder to do. Also, the online community is riddled with 8-year olds and rude teens. You also can't expect alot from an aim and shoot game, but very addictive.
Black Ops is the latest in the Call of Duty series which has a staggering large fan base. This game along with its predecessor was released with huge anticipation and excitement!! As with any good game that is surrounded by this amount of hype it's hard for it to live up to that.
I have to be honest and say I was left feeling flat by the campaign aspect of the game which didn't really possess anything new or take the game to a new level.
However, who buys any Call of Duty game for this reason now days. It's about the online content...This aspect doesn't disappoint with lots of new and exciting maps, yet more weapons and weaponry options and more gaming facilities such as the brilliant "One in the Chamber" - where a maximum of six players only have a hand gun each and one bullet. I have online friends on this game who have literally spent weeks of their lives on this game, it is totally immersive and addictive but there are so many different game play options it is no surprise.
If you don't already own this game and like action games go get it Amazon £24.47! But check your internet connection is up to scratch and get online, you will have hours of fun but try not to get too frustrated at the high level of other online gamers, you will soon be as good as them.
Call of duty black ops is one of the most popular first person shooters on Xbox 360. I have been playing Call of Duty Black Ops since it was released as it's an excellent game. There are three mane game modes Campaign, Zombies and Multiplayer.
In campaign you find yourself playing as an American named Mason. As you play each mission you find your in different places and environments with a range of different guns and vehicles to use. The game play is exciting and has a good story line with an unexpected ending. There are 4 difficulty levels recruit, regular, hardened and veteran. I have played all the missions on regular difficulty as it is not to hard or frustrating. I have tried the campaign on veteran but some of the missions are extremely hard and almost impossible to complete.
In the zombies game mode you have to kill endless rounds of zombies with guns off walls, mysterious weapons and special perks. Its extremely fun and addictive and you can play with up to 3 friends or go solo. There are three zombie maps on the game which are Kino Der Toten, Five and Dead Ops Arcade. Kino Der Toten is the most fun as the map is not to crowed and has a lot of space to run around. Five has lots of small rooms so you don't usually get far as you are over run by zombies pretty quickly. Dead Ops Arcade is an arcade version of zombies were you see everything from the top of the map and after so many levels you move onto a new environment. Fun and different to the other maps.
In the highly addictive multiplayer mode you have a choice of playing a player match, wager match or combat training. In each gamer mode you choose your own guns, equipment, perks, grenades and killstreak rewards to use.
In player match you face other Xbox Live players in a variety of team and objective game modes from capturing flags and planting bombs to just killing other players on the opposite team. Every time you kill someone on the other team, catch an objective or blow up an objective you get XP and cod points. XP helps you rank up and get to a higher level. There are 50 and 15 prestige's. Every time you go up a level you unlock new guns, killstreak rewards and perks. You use to cod points to buy new guns, perks and killstreaks.
In wager matches you face other Xbox Live players in four different game modes Sharpe Shooter were everyone's gun is the same and changes every 45 seconds, Gun Game were you got to get a kill with 20 different weapons before someone else does, One in the Chamber were everyone starts off with a pistol that has one bullet that kills instantly and finally Sticks and Stones were everyone has an explosive crossbow a knife and a tomahawk. You don't earn XP you earn cod points. You basically bet cod points and if you finish in the top three you get you points back plus extra but if you don't finish in the top 3 you get nothing.
In combat training you don't face other Xbox Live opponents you face the AI. Your Xbox Live level doesn't go up but it's a great way to practice your skills and look for new sniper and camping spots.
There are a variety of small, medium and large maps in different environments. There is wide range of guns from LMGS and SMGS to Assault Rifles and Sniper Rifles. I found that some of the guns are overly powered over other guns which can get annoying when you keep getting killed by the same guy with the same weapon. One of the things that I like most about multiplayer is the killstreak rewards. Unlike most first person shooters you get rewarded for killing players in a row without dieing. The killstreak rewards range from 3 kills in a row to 11. The lower killstreak rewards are spy planes and air strikes and the higher killstreak rewards are controllable armed helicopters and attack dogs.
THE GAME OVERALL
Overall the game is fun, addictive and has a lot to offer. The campaign is pretty good and the zombies mode is fun to play but the best thing about the game is the multiplayer. There's a lot to do and this is properly the only game you will play for the first month of buying it.
I would highly recommended buying this game if you haven't already. You can get it for around £20 at most game shops at the moment.
Call of duty has long been the champion of xbox live and the playstation network for many reasons, with the main reason being that it caters to the fast paced gunplay nature that most people want to play with their consoles.
Although black ops has not gotten worse it has not gotten better either apart from the customization of weapons and even then that needs tons of work.
Call of duty has always been the same ever since call of duty 4 which is a good long time ago, i think its 3-4 years ? EITHER WAY things need to change, the innovation that call of duty 4 brought was IMMENSE and i cannot compliment it enough, BUT like i said it seems that infinity ward, treyarch and activition have corrupted what could have been an invincible force of gaming into a cash cow whos main focus is to rinse everybodys money from their wallets.
If you have played the other call of dutys PLEASE AVOID I EMPLORE YOU
Even though I am a girl, a girl who loves new clothes, make up and nice hair I can not deny myself a game of COD online!
Now I usually play this with my OH online, I have never completed the campaign so I will get him to give a brief idea of what it is like:
Handing you over to MR COLPOL:
I think COD is a brilliant game with one flaw though which to me is not such a big deal but for some lonely people might be. The Campaign mode can be completed in 2 or 3 days and by a hardcore gamer easily in one day. What there is of the campaign is highly enjoyable with a good story to it.
However the best bit of Black Ops is the multi-player modes. Either on multi-player, zombies or online (definitely the best way to play the game). These parts of the game will easily keep you entertained and amused until the next instalment.
Would definitely recommend this game to anyone who is looking for a brilliant multi-player game.
Thank you my lovely OH ( these are genuinely his thoughts! )
I know he didn't explain that well but I hope it gives you an idea.
I will be mostly reviewing on what the game is like online.
First of all you need an XBOX and the internet, otherwise your buggered.
You connect your cable which supplies your internet into the back of your XBOX, if you haven't already done so you will have to create a profile, simple and only takes a few minutes, now for playing online you will need a Live Membership Card! you can purchase these for around £15-40 pound depending on how long you would like to be a member for, the cheaper the pay the less months you will have, my OH payed 30 pound in Game ( best place to go. ) for a 12 month membership, I think they shouldn't charge you for playing online but hey ho what can you do? you then enter the membership code online and your ready to play.
When online you get a huge choice of games to play, you will find the play menu easy enough and you just click 'join are match' and you are thrown into 1 of the hundreds of games being played online! Sometimes you get thrown in though half way through which can be annoying!
Some of the game choices are below:
TEAM DEATH MATCH:
This is the simplest version, you play with people from around the world, 12 in each game, and the aim of the game is too kill each other! Violent I know, why do I enjoy playing this? if you have 2 remote you can have someone who is with you join you, you then have split screen, this is how I play with my OH.
Ground war is simply defending a certain thing, e.g a flag, and making sure the enemy does not have a chance to get it, again this can be played split screen and is played with people from around the world.
You also get games of Team Death Match, but they are bigger so you would get about 18 people instead of 12.
FREE FOR ALL:
This is you against 12 other people! Your all by yourself and there are people from around the world out to kill you, this is only a 1 player option ( as having split screen would just show where you are to the person you are with, they can easily find and kill you. )
My personal favourite is Team Death Match although I do love Free For All too! you do get a lot more than 3 choices, I was just giving an example.
You can also invite your friends who have XBOX Live to play with you, I think this is called a party where you and your friends will be stuck together in a group and be in the same game, as sometimes there can be millions online so if not in a party you will more than likely end up without them.
You get a big selection of maps, and the choice is made randomly or by a vote on the loading screen.
There are big maps, which are harder too do and take longer, or medium maps, which are my favourite if we are talking about size, and small maps which the games usually end very fast in.
My personal favourite map is Nuketown, its very small, 2 houses basically but with 12 people its a lot of fun.
At first you will get a bad choice of guns, but as you play more you will build up points and increase your level and you will then be able to purchase new guns, grenades, claymores ect with your points, it doesn't take long at all. If you can not be bothered though I think you can purchase points for money, but in my opinion its a waste of money.
Online you can also play Zombies! which is basically 4 people, lots of zombies, lots of shooting and seeing how long you can survive.
OKAY, so I just went on a lot I know but I wanted to try and get lots my thoughts and how the game works into it ect..
By the way, if you dont have internet acsess you can also play this without it, against your friends in your home or against the computer, or complete the campaign on your own, which my OH finds fun so I am sure you will not be disappointed.
And also do not worry about the buttons, you will find them in the COD booklet.
Personally I just love COD and would recommend any girl to give it a try, it passes the time, is a lot of fun kicking guys arses and its fun to play with my OH, my OH even got his sister into it!
I havent really played the single player campaign because you dont by a game like this for the single player compatability so this a an online gameplay review.
People have been saying that you can't compare Black Ops to MW2 because they are from different developers, but I'm afraid that's all you can do. IW are the benchmark developers with Cod 4 and MW2 being the best FPS games around.
Black Ops in my opinion is an OKAY game, not life changing just pretty average. The whole online gamepley is slow in comparison to not just MW2, but also Battlefield Bad Company and MOH. The graphics have taken a serious step back by at least 6-7 years, everything is just so cartoon like on BO and patchy. The weapons are generally pretty poor with the exception of a couple, the grenades and other explosives are pointless as they have less power than a flying potato. The perks and killstreaks are worse than MW2 in which is an older game, surely they should have improved on them? The customisation is designed for kids, but being an adult rated game has no real place except for the less social people out there that spend ALOT of time on there own. The money system was interesting for all of about 2 minutes until you start to wonder why it is there?
The plus points are: Maps are pretty well thought out as always with Treyarch.... That's all I can think of for now!? I'm not going to be childish and give it 1 star because a 1 star game is unplayable but as an average game it gets an honest 3 stars. This will be my last Treyarch purchase as I thought WAW was also an average game. Hope this helps some people that may still be undecided about buying this game.
The Call of Duty series has been going for a while now and currently the Black Ops version is the very latest (not for long as modern warfare 3 will be launching this November. It's an excellent game and although different from previous versions, it still has all the great parts from the older versions, although some of the realism I felt way back with Call of Duty 2 has been lost since then.
The Call of Duty campaign follows a character who is being interrogated and as he is made to remember where he has been and what he has done, his flashbacks bring you, the player, into gameplay and action. You fight through a whole range of places, which brings many different environments to the game to give it a good variety, compared to some of the older games, which got a little boring in the same place all the time. The gameplay is still pretty exciting and you get to take control of a whole host of guns - some new, some old as well as aircrafts, helicopters and more.
The multiplayer is great fun as usual. This time round, there is a huge number of ranks and prestige levels to get through. As you battle your way to your first level 50, you can enter prestige mode after this, in which you are given a rank until you reach level 50 again and can choose to enter the next prestige level. You lose all your unlocked weapons, perks and killstreaks but your combat record remains and you are able to use more custom slots to personalise your own weapons, perks and more. There is a great range of weapons ranging from the MP5 sub machine gun to the classic AK47 and M16. However you like to fight, you can do so in this game.
The game still remains quite tactical, with a whole range of tactial equipment and grenades for use such as flash grenades, smoke grenades, willy pete's, claymores and more such as motion sensors. This gives every player a little edge over others, but it's up to you to decide the equipment you wish to use and then fight your hardest. You can switch between classes within the game too, which gives you a good sense of freedom whilst playing.
The graphics are pretty good and even up close, most things look quite interactive. There is a great deal of [scripted] ongoings whilst you are playing too, such as rockets blasting off and things moving around you. The maps are quite realistic and look great. There is a good variety from small to medium and large maps for all sorts of gameplay and all the gametypes including death matches, capture the flag games and many more objective based games.
The sound effects are pretty good too. If you pump up the volume, it's quite exciting getting behind the guns in this game as they act and sound very realistic with things such as recoil, reloading times and more having an effect on the gameplay. The replay value of this game is excellent too - especially if you have Xbox Live to play online. I have found it pretty addictive and as you get better and also unlock more things, it gets more exciting! It's like the typical 'level up and unlock more stuff and get better' sort of game.
The game can be bought for around £25 now, which is well-worth it as many people still play it and it's a great game in itself. Perhaps not the best in the series, but currently a great game and very popular - highly recommended.
Thanks for reading
I love this game, it is the best if not one of the best games in the series the story mode is immense and coupled with he graphics overhaul it makes it one of the most impressive story lines that will have you like I have replaying it a couple of times to get the feel and just to say I can.
Mutiplayer is now the race to 15th prestige and elite badges and ranks you can gain along the way, your rewarded for your play style now whether it be the shotgun who aims to be the mvp or whether you are the tactical player pick up xp and points for how you play and effectively level up as fast and economical as you want to.
The add-ons and features post sale of this game has been great the amount of map packs you will not be bored online with this game their is just so much and when you are in limbo from whooping ass on-line go jump into zombies with your friends and see how far you can go before the zombies take you and trap you their eternally
As with Call of Duty: World at War, Treyarch have proven then are great at coming up with new and ingenious ideas. The wager matches are a great idea, that are very fun to play, and can be hours of fun, but can only be played online. The zombies mode is also great fun, and can be played offline or online with friends, or with players from around the world. And the new combat training can also be a good method for new players to practice playing 'online', so they can get an idea of how the maps work, and so people can have competitions seeing how many AI's they can kill.
However, personally, I don't like Treyarch's Call of Duty as much as I like Infinityward, because there maps aren't as big, or the offline gameplay isn't as in-depth, or as fun, and they seem to really favour close combat, and seem to have underpowered snipers, or assault rifles over distances, and only when they brought out the map packs do they have bigger maps, but still favour close combat.