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Call of Duty: Black Ops


$60.00 Released November, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Eliminates some of the more annoying designs of modern warfare 2 (noob tubes, etc). Tons of new multiplayer modes keep the game interesting. Powerful theater mode for recording, viewing and sharing games.

The Cons:Unlocking stuff takes way too long at the beginning. RC-XD cars are very very annoying. Host migration issues.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first person shooter and the seventh installment in the Call of Duty series. It features a number of play modes, including single player, local multiplayer versus and online co-op and multiplayer.

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The setting and story are based on the the live fire conflicts of the Cold War, and features a number of elements specific to the time. The large arsenal of weapons available are period specific, and include items like the explosive-tipped crossbow. A number of vehicles are also a part of the game, including the famous SR-71 Blackbird. Play settings range from air-based to ground combat, and vary from urban settings to snow combat and steamy jungles.

Features

  • Single player story mode
  • Local multiplayer versus mode
  • Online co-op and multiplayer
  • Based on Cold War era
  • Air and ground combat, urban and jungle settings
  • Traditional COD gaming with new elements
  • Large arsenal of weapons
  • Several vehicles
  • Available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and PC

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Pros
  • 4

    Eliminates some of the more annoying designs of modern warfare 2 (noob tubes, etc)

  • 3

    tons of new multiplayer modes keep the game interesting

  • 3

    powerful theater mode for recording, viewing and sharing games

  • 3

    Can play online with split screen

  • 2

    Same high intensity feel as past call od duty titles

  • 2

    Ridiculous amount of stat tracking

  • 2

    Always challenges and contracts to go for, keeps you playing "just one more game"

  • 2

    A ton of people playing so will always have people to play against

  • 2

    Somewhat better balanced than MW2

  • 2

    addition of a separate "equipment" class of tools adds a lot to the game

  • 2

    killstreak kills don't add to the next killstreak so it's more balanced

  • 1

    Definitely worth the money - a lot of game modes (zombies, multiplayer, campaign)

  • 1

    Zombie mode is very fun and addictive

  • 0

    lots of new customization options

  • 0

    far less camping than in Modern Warfare 2

Cons
  • 3

    Unlocking stuff takes way too long at the beginning

  • 3

    RC-XD cars are very very annoying

  • 2

    Host migration issues

  • 0

    Major lag issues are quite common

  • -1

    Still a ton of action always going on which can be easily disorienting

  • -1

    killstreaks feel overpowered

  • -1

    Zombie mode is and boring

  • -2

    Initial guns are very weak, you feel totally disadvantaged at the beginning

  • -2

    credit system feels more restrictive than just unlocking weapons like with MW2

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Omar
Omar: #call_of_duty_black_ops I put some more time into Black Ops this weekend and the game is finally starting to grow on me. I'm definitely getting better, and no longer have 5 kill, 20 death games. Instead I'm running at about even which at least makes the games fun. I don't know if I'll put in the 100 hours like I did with MW2, but I'm sticking with it for now. Dec 13, 10
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Omar
Omar: November 2010 NPD results are in (http://bit.ly/hxmV8F). Looks like #microsoft_xbox_360 is the big winner. Most likely boosted by #microsoft_kinect and #call_of_duty_black_ops it sold 1.37 million units which is the biggest November its ever had. Considering we're in the 5th year of the 360's life, that's pretty darn impressive.

#nintendo_wii did really well too, coming in at 1.27 million units. This bucks the trend that the Wii has been suffering from up until now where it was seeing massive year over year declines. If the Wii sees another big bump in december like in 2009, then it'll actually do really well for the year.

#sony_playstation_3_slim selling 530,000 is pretty sad. Particularly when #gran_turismo_5 comes out in the same month. Not sure what Sony can do at this point... focusing on Europe is probably the best strategy since the US is pretty much hopeless at this point.

And holy crap wow at Call of Duty!! In one month it has become the 7th best selling game of all time. That's crazy. I wonder if next year's installment will sell even more - it seems crazy that it can. But at the same time it seemed crazy that Black Ops would sell more than Modern Warfare 2, so who knows! Dec 10, 10
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Omar
Omar: #call_of_duty_black_ops multiplayer first impressions: it's definitely Call of Duty. Feels similar to Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2, but not exactly the same. I can't say exactly what is different, and it's not really better or worse in my opinion, just slightly different.

One thing is for sure, this game is ridiculously punishingly difficult for new players. You're at an absolute extreme disadvantage for the first 5-10 hours. When you first start off you: don't know the maps, don't know the weapons, don't have a good "feel" for the game, don't HAVE any weapons, don't know good strategies, etc etc.

So your first 5-10 hours with the game is a real struggle as you try to level up and earn credits as quickly as possible so that you can start unlocking and purchasing weapons/attachments that make you an actual threat. It actually surprised me how hard the multiplayer was at the beginning and I almost gave up. That very rarely happens with me.

And while the credit system (where you buy new weapons and attachments) seems like it'd offer more freedom. It actually doesn't. At the beginning I found it quite difficult to earn credits so I couldn't really spend them on anything. I've found that I just want to save my credits and only spend them on things that I really really want. I don't like that feeling, I'd rather just have stuff unlock and I can use it if I want to. Dec 8, 10
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drl1989
drl1989: Go line up for #call_of_duty_black_ops tomorrow at 7am, or wait until I'm done with #halo_reach first? Nov 8, 10
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  • Omar

    Omar: The one thing with COD is that it's great to get in at the beginning when everyone is a noon and the number of exploits and cheats is very low. Over time people start figuring out the Master Classes and it just sucks to play online. Nov 9, 10

  • Rory KW

    Rory KW: Haha fair enough. I never thought about that but then again I'm not much of an online multiplayer kind of guy. Also, I suck at FPS' with anything but a mouse and keyboard. Nov 9, 10

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