One of the most anticipated games of the year, Call of Duty: Black Ops, dropped this month, on Nov. 9, 2010, but was it worth the hype? This new installment differs from all the pervious Call of Duty games in many ways. With tons of new stuff to do and returning game mode, this game seems to be a must have. Although being one of the most anticipated games this year, the question still remains, does it lives up to all the hype and did all the new concepts work?
With developers Treyarch taking over from Call of Duty: Modern War 2, Infinity Ward, was the transition successful? Much like the previous Call of Duty games, the campaign plays the same. This time it follows mainly Alex Mason, who is strapped onto a chair in an interrogation room, although you may occasionally play as Jason Hudson and a couple other characters. Alex Mason often would have flashbacks which would lead to the mission at hand. This time you play as Special Forces Operatives to completing black operation during the Cold War, in the 60’s. With such a diverse plot, we see many parts of the world which includes Russia, Cuba and Vietnam. The campaign include a unique voice over cast which includes Sam Worthington as Alex Mason, Ed Harris as Jason Hudson, Ice Cube as Petty Officer Bowmen, the beautiful Emmanuelle Chriqui lends her voice to a character call Numbers, also Gary Oldman who returns as Dr Clarke. With an innovative story, diverse character and compelling cinematic, makes this the best Call of Duty campaign period.
To most, the online multiply is more important than the entire campaign. Treyarch keeps most of the classic online game modes with the additions of a Wager Mode and Combat Training. The online player mode seems very familiar with the same game modes as the previous Call of Duty games. Leveling up and unlocking item on the other hand is much different for the previous games. Although returning to the 50 levels to prestige, how you get there is a different. With addition of “COD point” aka Call of Duty money, you have the ability to purchase perks and equipment with out having to make it a certain level to receive them. Weapons as acquired the same way but you would have to be a certain level before purchasing them. There is a vast array of weapons to use which was all around since the 1960’s. The kill streaks are similar to the previous game, with the addition of the RC-TX, Napalm, Valkyrie Rockets and Black Bird. All in all this feel to much like to same old Call of Duty online play which sometimes could be bad thing.
This Call of Duty game sees some new addition that is a positive with the Wager Mode, Combat Train as well as the customization feature. Wager Mode comes with the addition of the “COD points” where you could gamble it all away in 4 game modes online, Sticks and Stones, One in a Chamber, Gun Game and Sharpshooter. These are game modes with special rules where you could either win or lose COD points. Combat Train is a mode in which you play all the online game types without the benefit of playing online competition, where your opponents are computer driven. Customization has never been so in-depth in a Call of Duty game before, with the ability to create your own emblem and even your red dot sight. This game also sees the return of the widely popular Zombie Mode, from the World at War installment of the Call of Duty franchise. In one Zombie Mode map you get to play as Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Fidel Castro which lends humor to this game. The new addition to this game takes away from the sometimes tedious multiplayer aspects of this game.
All in all Call of Duty: Black Ops. is a must own for all first person shooter fans. Although there might be some issues with the game like the fact that it seem to be the same as other Call of Duty games and the sometime tedious multiplayer, some of the new modes and an amazing story modes, out shines these minor flaws. This game I could see as being a worth game of the year candidate.