Wow can you believe it! Call of Duty: Black Ops has finally been released! It came out on November 9, 2010 and for almost all of the gaming population, this date has been engraved in their hearts and minds for years now waiting for this sacred day where this world changing game would be released! Now, the real question is, was it worth all this hype? Was it worth waiting in line to pick up your pre-order for 3 hours? Let’s find out!
The first thing I want to talk about is the brand new splitscreen multiplayer capability that has been introduced to Black Ops online. This allows two players to play on the same PS3 together and go online together and play side by side along with everyone else on the online universe. I think this is an awesome addition and even if you don’t like this option, it doesn’t effect you, so it’s for the people who want this capability.
Now, graphicwise, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has better graphics in my opinion. Not to say that Black Ops graphics are terrible, because they are pretty decent considering all of the customization that is allowed, but the graphics are definitely lacking some from what everyone was expecting. I think it kind of reminds me of an updated World at War, which, for some people could be exactly what they were looking for, but I know for me personally, I expected more in the graphics department this time around.
One major disappointment I had with this game was the fact that there is virtually no sniping whatsoever. I think I can count on one hand how many times I’ve encountered a sniper while playing this game. I really think they figured if they discouraged sniping so much and made it just suck so bad that people wouldn’t camp so much. Well, I think this definitely helped, but there are still all kinds of noobs camping all over just like before and even with it being mandatory to purchase the noob tube if you wanted to use it, there are still a surprisingly large amount of people who like to wield this thing and that really gets under my skin.
The next and biggest complaint that I have about Black Ops is the spawn system. Now I think I can say that I’ve played enough online Call of Duty in my day to say that the spawn system in Modern Warfare 2 was the worst out of all of them, until now. I really think that it would have taken effort to make this spawn system as terrible as it is in Black Ops. MW2 spawn system was just messed up, Black Ops spawn system is completely screwed up in every way and basically just craps all over the game and really discourages me from wanting to even play as much as I’d like to.
For instance, in MW2 you would sometimes spawn near an enemy that was running somewhere. Now this in itself is a pretty poor spawn, but most of the time it gave you both a pretty fair showdown. Now in Black Ops, you will spawn at the same time in the same place as an enemy multiple times a game! This is just unacceptable in my opinion and this is by far my biggest complaint about this game.
On to the positive stuff in Black Ops. One major difference is all the customization included now. Basically it has brought a whole different aspect to Call of Duty that has never been seen before in any of the previous titles and in my opinion it is well done for the first attempt at it. Another big thing that was introduced along these lines are all of the stats that you now have access to. There are so many stats that are being kept for you, that it is quite possibly too many stats, but I’m not complaining, I think this is awesome and should be included in any future series releases.
One last major feature that was implemented in this release was the video recording and editing capability. This just can’t be explained in words how awesome this feature is. Fans have been making Call of Duty videos for years now and trying to get by using all kinds of custom mods and add-ons to get the shots they wanted for their videos, but now all of those mods have been made available with the purchase of the Black Ops game itself. I really can’t explain this in a couple of sentences, but I’m just going to say that this feature alone is probably my favorite part of Black Ops.
I think that’s about it for this one, overall Black Ops is a solid title and if you’re at all a fan of the series it’s a must buy, but if you really disliked the past titles, then I would say you should probably look elsewhere, it’s just another Call of Duty title with more, well, Call of Duty for you. Regardless of whether or not your a hardcore gamer, Black Ops has something to offer to you, whether it’s the campaign, the online multiplayer, or the return of Nazi zombies, I’m sure you can find something within this game to suit your fancy.
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