Call of Duty video game series from the publishers Activision and its developers always engages the first person shooter fan to pick up the pace, shoot, plant charges, run to cover and what not like a war experience. This game didn’t fail to do so and kept its and its predecessors’ names. The single player campaign rages hell on the enemies with twisting plots and different gameplays as the player proceeds through the game. The sheer gameplay is enough to make it a fps heaven, but when the sound qualities and the stunning visual effects literally screams at the gamer it becomes the best shooting game in the year.
The campaign mode sets during the Cold War in 1960s. In this mode the game takes you on different Cold War political areas like Cuba, Russia, Laos and Vietnam. The player takes control of a US special forces operative and along the game a CIA agent. The game starts with the player strapped to a chair in a interrogation chamber. While interrogation the player reminiscences about the missions he had done. This recalling takes him to most of the missions playable and all of it gradually fits into the story of the game. Something unique, surely to be appreciated in this mechanism is that at times during missions the player hides important information from the interrogators which blurs the screen and sometimes the voices of them echoes in the recalling missions all to stand out COD: Black Ops incomparable.This “remembering missions” stops after an impressive prison break and later missions takes the player to end the game.The game includes new arsenal like crossbows, Dragon’s Breath rounds and ballistic knife. To multiply the fun you also get to drive, or be a gunner of different vehicles including piloting a Hind Helicopter.
The fast pace single player of the game is 6 hours long and puts it as a criticism. Although, this short mode of the campaign is compensated by multipayer mode. The multiplayer mode is ecstatic, murderous and time killing. In this mode the player will get experience for good battles that stairways to unlockables, level ups etc. A new currency system is featured here so that the players can buy weapons, clothes and accessories.
This version of the series introduces betting of experience points against the game or the other players. Contracts are tasks e.g. kill five with head shots before dying that the game sets you to do in a limited time awards the players extra experience points but if failed to do so leaves the player deduct of the waged points. Wager Match is the betting against the other players for COD points and it consists of four modes. In addition to these, there is also a combat training mode where the player can practice for online gaming and Zombie mode where the player will fight against horde of zombies for fun.
COD: Black Ops was rated very high by many reviewers such as GameSpot, Game Informer both giving it a 9/10 . Although, it received bad ratings for COD standards from PC Gamer complaining that the game had bugs and numbers of frustrating problems. PC World also said that game users rated it very less than the reviewers.
For console gaming the game stands out to be one of the best COD’s game but is it good enough for PC?
Developers: Treyarch, n-Space (DS)
Publishers: Activision, Square Enix (JAPAN)
Release Date: November 09, 2010
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