While fun to watch and listen to, the CoD Black Ops is a terrible gaming experience.
Linear: Not only is everything completely linear, but you must follow behind team mates and wait for them to open doors, to climb latters, to exit the water.
The AI: It is amazing that a game with such a large budget can have such terrible AI. There were points in the game where I was taking damage, turned around to see two of my teammates firing downrange at the enemy, and then standing next to them in perfect formation was an enemy soldier shooting at me. The Friendly AI is atrocious. After a while, the game is like a solo mission with some random gun fire from people behind you who allegedly aren’t shooting at you.
Cliché: This is the most cliché game, ever. Ever. There are only two possible reasons for this. The creative team is a group of early 20s kids who were never taught that plagiarism is wrong, so rented the most popular Army movies, wrote down all the cool scenes, and jumbled them haphazardly into a plot line for this video game. The second reason is that the creative team is a group of 30+ers who grew up with these cool movies, and just assume that the 18-25 demographic who buys this game won’t have ever seen these movies. After every cool army scene was duplicated, I almost lost it when the end sequence had a Sgt. Pepper fighting for the good guys
Game Play: I grew up with Doom and Doom 2, and the game play for CoD is in fact Doom, only now you can crouch and lay down. If CoD didn’t have a jump function, we’d be re-playing Castle Wolfenstein. In all, I would state that this is a child’s game.
Crashes: I’ve heard that the XBOX360 can crash, and it has never happened to me ever, until this game. It crashed twice.
Ed Harris is awesome at whatever he does, as long as it’s playing the stoic tuff guy. Well done, Mr. Harris, I hope you keep contributing your talents to the video game world.
posted by Huzoozoo (GRANADA HILLS, CA) Jan 17, 2011
Member since May 2007
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...Medal of Honor: Allied assault and also wasn't a total trainwreck. At least thats what it feels like. Welcome to the worst game of the century, well until the next call of duty.
So you play or rather you watch a 2-3 hour movie depending on how fast you push buttons as Sam Worthington. You get to enjoy him screaming in the worst sounding way possible. It is so incredibly grating, it takes me right out of the game. I'm fighting nazis, and koreans, and russians while they all yell and yet Sam's voice is the only one that drives me crazy.
Anyway you go through highly accurate (historically) covert ops missions of the CIA. Now I'm a former special ops soldier so I am an expert on this. Like sending actor Ice cube to 1961 cuba to kill Castro (Ice cube being born eight years after this being quite a feat). Or how about stopping a russian invasion of D.C. and then like a nuke or something going off in space and then the US army retakes the white house? Yeah I remember all of those, I was there. Oh? You don't? Well thats because they were black ops! Boom.
I haven't played multiplayer because my SPEC OPS bud told me it was completely unrealistic. He said there were "magic" abilities that you can choose to play the reload animation a second faster or hack the game to run constantly. I didn't join the -REDACTED- .I.A. to play "baby's first shoot'em up". But of course every frat boy and 12 year old bought this masterpiece and they'll hail it as the second coming of video game savior until the next "halo" or "cod" or "terrible generic shooter with terrorists or aliens...maybe both"