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.