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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Call of Duty Black Ops review. Lock and load maggot!

Call of Duty Black Ops plunges you head first into an unknown story line that comes with many twists and turns.  You find yourself inside of a room being interrogated and from there, many of the games missions will take place as flash backs.  However, will these flashbacks reveal a truth your interrogators are searching for, or reveal that everything you know is a lie?  And who are these interrogators?  Is it the US government, Russians, Vietnamese, or someone else?  All these questions will be answered as others come up in your mind.
From the start, you’re tossed into a mess of flash backs, questions, interrogations and bullets whizzing past your head.  What’s going on, where am I?  Only time will tell as you begin your Black Ops missions.  From facing off with Russians to battling in the trenches of Vietnam, you’re stuck in the middle with no way out.
The game takes place in the 1960’s, Kennedy is President and Vietnam is in full swing.  I was a bit disappointed at first to come to this realization as I was looking forward to another game of Modern Warfare.  Modern Warfare is where I began the series, which made me ignorant to previous installments of CoD and what time periods they may have taken place in.  That quickly went away as I played this game, finding myself fighting Russians, blowing them away and overall enjoying my surroundings and settings.
Quickly some voices became obvious to me as well.  The game is filled with some action packed star voices in the main roles.  With Sam Worthington, Ice Cube, Ed Harris and of course the one and only, Gary Oldman taking the role of the Russian Reznov in this action packed chapter of Call of Duty. 
I thought that Russian accent sounded familiar.  Anyone remember Air Force One?
As with previous CoD titles, the graphics suck you in with the detail and beauty.  The textures are spot on with the detail and a level of realism that immerses you into the world you’re fighting in. 
You get a large assortment or weapons to play with, even a crossbow with explosive tip arrows.  I found myself pleased watching people who already died from my arrow blow up.  The difficulty is on par with previous CoD games and makes it suitable for novices and harder setting for the hardened veterans.
The voice acting overall is well done.  It’s quite a trip to be getting orders from Ice Cube in the heat of battle.  Character animations enhance the voice acting as the lip syncing is really good, as recently it seems other game developers have gotten lazy.  Another game I’ve been playing, I’ll leave unmentioned, tends to have mouths moving before the voice begin, making it a bit distracting.
The feel of the game is just as you would expect from any CoD game.  With the ability to jump, crouch, sprint, go prone, lean and even go from a run and dive into a prone position. 
However all the praise I do give the game there are things I don’t like at times.  I dislike how cover sometimes doesn’t really cover you, and at times the computer seems to know exactly where you are without you being in view.  I’ve had many hiding places I’ve moved to before enemy forces show up, only to be met with a well placed frag grenade up my butt.  It does get disconcerting at times but you push through it because lets me honest, all’s fair in war!  Whatever gets you a kill gets you a kill, no matter what it is.  Well, except for those multiplayer wall hackers.  Yeah, I’ve met one on a Nuketown map.
The Multiplayer options are all there with levels, achievements, earning points and new weapons.  As you gain levels playing multiplayer games, you earn the right to new weapons, attachments, equipment and perks.  However, they do come at a cost as you do earn currency as you play and you have to buy your upgrades and weapons.  This enhances the gaming experience even further as you can play a premade class or build your own class with all the bells and whistles that you want.  With plenty of maps to choose from and play modes such as Team Death Match, Demolition, the ability to set these to hardcore, turn on or off friendly fire and other options, you are sure not to get bored any time soon.
Another new to the game mode you get is Zombies.  I haven’t had a chance to play this in multiplayer yet, I will tell you about it on the single player side.  You stand alone against unending hordes of zombies.  Special barriers help protect you as the zombies try to break through them.  At any time, you can repair the barriers to earn points and help aid you in staying alive.  But with each passing round, the zombies come faster and with more friends.  Occasionally, killing a zombie drops a power up.  From nuking all the zombies to double points, it helps you to survive.  On the walls, search for white outlines of guns as you can purchase different weapons from each marker on the wall.
As you stand alone battling the zombies, you must progress through the level.  Unfortunately, my aim isn’t great so I haven’t beaten any of the zombie levels yet.  There are 3 different zombie levels to choose from however out the gate you only get 1.  The other 2 are unlocked throughout the game.  I have unlocked one of the other levels so I don’t know how to access the last one yet.  I’ll say it is amusing listening to Kennedy as you fight zombies.
Overall, CoD Black Ops brings you what you would expect from any quality CoD title.  The fun is there, the guns are there and you even get to fly a Russian Hind!  The multiplayer will keep you occupied for a long time with all the options, achievements and other merits you can earn.  There is definitely a longevity built into this game and you shouldn’t get bored of it any time soon.
The graphics, as usual, blow you away with their beauty.  It also seems they’ve better implemented large explosions better in this chapter, sucking you in even deeper into the experience.  The sound, especially on surround speakers makes you feel like you are in the heat of battle.  You can almost feel the bullets flying past your head.  So grab your favorite gun, checks your grenades and don’t forget your knife.  Get ready to lock and load in this exciting chapter of CoD.

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