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Black Ops a good FPS but just an okay Call Of Duty
posted by The_Reviewer (CATHEDRAL CITY, CA) Aug 26, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
21 out of 27 gamers (78%) found this review helpful
First lets dive into the campaign, it's a nice steady pace that I could complete in about 9-10 hours on veteran. It has a mix of fun variety that previous call of duty's have not gone into before. Unfortunately it is kinda dull. I find myself getting bored half way thru the story, I believe if they had better writers to convey that story they created I would of loved to of played the story much more.
Unfortunately they did not do what they did in world at war in letting a group of players dive into a story mission which is a little disappointing but they did have zombies, in a big way. First of all they start you with 1 zombie map and after you complete the story you get a second one. It is the same old run and gun zombies which makes it so good. They don't shoot back like firefight or hordemode but they come in big packs and when you have about 50-60 zombies barreling towards you gets really exciting if you have some skills on the sticks. If you bought the $80 version of the game you also got the world at war zombie maps which are amazing.
The public competitive multiplayer has been okay but thats as far as it goes. Unfortunately it has been plagued with terrible connection issues which should of been addressed pre game. Though okay they dropped the ball a bit. Though the multiplayer is still better than most games on the market still. One great innovation that I hope infinity ward takes with them is wager matches, in my opinion that and zombies are the highlight of the game. They also added theater mode to the game which was needed for a couple of years in the COD series so I have to give the kudos for that. They have also supported the game real well with constant patches to try and stray away from glitches and hackers.
There are 4 packs now and great they are but they cost 15$ each.
posted by xphunter (LEWISTON, ME) Apr 17, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
6 out of 8 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Definitely not a 10 but still great.
posted by Jackoner (LAYTON, UT) Nov 11, 2010
Member since Aug 2010
92 out of 150 gamers (61%) found this review helpful
The campaign is fun and playing on Veteran with definitely challenge the best players. (Kind of like World at War on Veteran difficulty.)
Graphics are just fine. Maybe you guys should get better t.v.'s because the game looks great to me and I have 20-10 vision. So maybe hit your local t.v. store to solve that issue you're having.
Combat training is new to the COD series. It's AMAZING.
Theater mode is new. (It's like Halo). Awesome addition!!!
Lots of game types with this COD and tons of replay value.
This is a must buy game. Just not for me until the price drops around $40.00 It's so similiar to COD MW2, WAW and MW and I already have those games.
If this game had Co-Op Campaign it would receive a 10 out of 10 from me. But it doesn't so I give it a 9.
This game has received enough positive ratings that if you haven't played it yet, it's worth your time to give it a try for yourself so you can cast your own opinion.
COD: BO - Everything you need to know
posted by LMahfeetz (FONTANA, CA) Nov 12, 2010
Member since Jun 2007
88 out of 145 gamers (61%) found this review helpful
With that said, MW revolutionized the way we play games. One of the greatest things 3arch did with WoW, was use MW's gaming engine to build upon, instead of creating their own from the ground up. This tapped into the immense potential the MW engine had and allowed them to customize it to their liking, by adding 3arch's unique signatures to the game. - I regret to inform everyone, with BO's they did not continue that trend. - That's the biggest change you'll notice.
Graphics: As many will tell you, the graphics are definitely a step down from the last 3 games in the series. Why? This game was made for 3d. To render 3d characters onto the screen requires multiple copies of the renders. This requires the graphics to be scaled down individually to make room for the extra pixels. I don't have a 3d TV so I can't tell you if it was worth it.
Multiplayer: There's just something not right here that I can't quite put my finger on. I get a general feeling of (un)organized chaos during matches. Which ironically makes the smallest map -Nuke Town- so much different & fun. Lag is a big detriment too. Too often what you see isn't reality and it's annoying. Spawning continues to be a problem again -although not as bad as COD3- It's very unintuitive. I expected more. My biggest gripe though may be matchmaking. It seems broken in some respects and just doesn't function well by today's standards.
Customization: This is where multiplayer truly shines. The depth of customization is overwhelmingly awesome. Contracts & wagers are a great addition. I feel they made a mistake removing earned callsigns though. The perks to me are a step back too and not as well implemented imo, although some are cool.
Overall: Disappointed actually. A definite step back in the series. For once I have to admit, IW just makes a superior product. =(
Another Call of Duty...
posted by Mojopher (JOPLIN, MO) Jul 11, 2011
Member since Feb 2010
9 out of 14 gamers (64%) found this review helpful
Multiplayer-8..........(noobs ruin most of the fun -_-)
Campaign is pretty cool... takes place during cold war 1962-1968, follows Alex Mason who is a secret agent, storytelling sucks and most of the time a had no clue why i was doing what i was doing... but the missions are awesome... and Sam Worthington and Gary Oldman do great voiceovers..
multiplayer adds some new modes like wager matches, which mixes thing up by adding cool modes like where you get a new weapon every timee you kill someone, but these modes do get kind of boring... also you can create your own emblems and put them on your guns, and of course there are alot of cool attachments to put on your guns... which is cool but makes the games even more unbalcned and unfair to other players...so the Multiplayer is more of the same old same old... Really fun to newcomers but to others its just Cod4 with better graphics and new weapons... liked the multiplayer on this game more than MW2 simply becuase there arent as many noobs,Though theres still ALOT and that is the main reason i havent liked the past 3 COD titles... but if you get a good game with few noobs you will have blast...
my favorite mode-Zombies- addictive and in my opinion the best mode, you can either go solo or get 3 other guys to help you survive endless waves of zombies, each wave is harder but each kill youll get money to spend on new eapons, powerups, and doors to open. if you can figure out how to get far youll have a blast...
another mode is theatre- which is bassicly a rip off from halos, but you can save games and brag to your friends at least.
better than MW2?? in some ways yes and in some ways no
posted by packerfan500 (MOUNT HOREB, WI) Dec 8, 2011
Member since Nov 2011
4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
three games because i got a disk that was realy scratched it stunk. And wheen i got assassins creed 2
but it was scrathed to
Good Game, lacks some features
posted by Scubadan (SPARTA, NJ) Jan 21, 2011
Member since Feb 2008
8 out of 13 gamers (62%) found this review helpful
Whats not to love
posted by ToiBoi (STATE COLLEGE, PA) Jul 13, 2011
Member since Dec 2007
9 out of 15 gamers (60%) found this review helpful
-main menu is interactive
- Multiplayer system is alot better
-Zombies is fun
-Lots of goodies
-Guns customizing is awesome
Cons- didnt have everything they promised
- Co-op mission are gone
- some might not like the orginal ending
At the end of the day its a good game. It did not live up to the hype but, that does not make this game a bad one
One For The Ages
posted by 1gamelover (LAKE FOREST, CA) Nov 8, 2010
Member since Jul 2010
89 out of 162 gamers (55%) found this review helpful
posted by Tegolin (SAINT JOHNS, FL) Nov 11, 2010
Member since Nov 2010
63 out of 115 gamers (55%) found this review helpful
The multiplayer however, gets a 4/10
I had a few expectations for COD:BO multiplayer. Remove grenade launchers, Commando perk, and Knife Monkeys.
Note: I don't quickscope, camp, use noobtubes or Commando.
Black Ops fixed only one. The grenade launchers are now completely optional and requires the player to buy it. So there is a lot less noobtubes now.
The Commando perk is removed, but now it feels like everybody can now lunge 6 feet with a knife. I encountered several times were I was knife'd by someone sprinting past me without me ever being in their crosshairs.
But one of the worst parts about Black Ops has to be the terrible maps. Every single map consists of a long alleyway; a 2 story building; close quarters buildings; and tiny huts.
There is no possible way to properly snipe in any map. In fact, in the 6 hours I played of it, I never saw anyone use a sniper rifle.
The gameplay is now dominated by Sub-Machine Guns.
The whole "feel" of the game is just slow. I never felt the adrenaline rush feeling that I experienced in MW.
I personally am going back to MW2, maybe even MW1 after playing Black Ops. Why? Because its addictive and FUN.
Though MW2 has Commando, Noob Tubes, Boosters, and a bunch more BS, I still have a lot more fun there than in Black Ops.
BEST 1ST PERSON SHOOTER EVER!!
posted by DetroitSquirreL (ROSEVILLE, MI) Jul 15, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
6 out of 10 gamers (60%) found this review helpful
posted by thurstonc (FAIRVIEW, MI) Mar 18, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
6 out of 10 gamers (60%) found this review helpful
Treyarch Does It Again
posted by dfloss721 (GRAYSLAKE, IL) Nov 11, 2010
Member since Jun 2007
19 out of 35 gamers (54%) found this review helpful
Instead of just experience points (XP) to level up, you earn COD dollars. You can bet your money on matches to earn more money. You also purchase 'contracts' to earn more money per round, and must complete a goal to earn your money back and some. You may need headshots, use a certain gun, etc. It's very impressive.
Most people will get this game for the online MP, and you won't be let down by this game. Just look at the 2+ million people playing online. The maps are much smaller, more condensed, and are not setup for snipers AT ALL. Unlike previous games, or Battlefield type games, there will be any issue with a bunch of camping sniping quick scoping little brats. There are multiple entrances into every building, which makes camping very difficult.
You'll see similar features to online play as well, such as adding perks to your class. Identical perks are still here to make you run faster, shoot through walls, seek out explosives, etc. They are also slotted much more strategically to get rid of the runner stabbers and one kill bullets. There's all types of attachments like red dot sights, noob tubes, thermal, scopes, shotgun, and added cool gadgets like the RC remote control bomb and the spy tripod camera.
NAZl ZOMBIES IS ALSO BACK!! More time wasted melting through hordes or relentless nazj zombies. And I can't wait. It's very fun, but much harder than before. All I know is there is a ton of stuff to explore.
All in all, you have a spectacular single player campaign, the always fun nazj zombies, and classic COD online gameplay. However I will say they'll need new map packs very soon.
Milt Drucker- gamertag
Goodbye Infinity Ward.
posted by HippieKid (EAST DUBLIN, GA) Nov 10, 2010
Member since Jun 2010
36 out of 68 gamers (53%) found this review helpful
Now, for the best part. The game delivers quite the astounding experience. With both campaign and multiplayer. At first, I thought this game was a knock off of MW2, but as I played it a little longer, and on a high definition tv, I knew I was wrong. This game is WAYYYYYYYY 100000000 TIMES much better than MW2. It gives you something to look forward to after each match or mission. I'm only level 21 as of now.. But i expect to be 50 in the next few weeks. I love the way they have set up the currency. It gives the players many choices of what options they wish to take. I'm very impressed with treyarch and hope to see them make other FPS games in the future. Call of duty has officially evolved to the next level.
Last but not least, we have ZOMBIES!!! This was the mode that blew me away. They have definately over done it, in a good way. The first level you start out on is huge in comparison to the old maps of World at War. You have a more efficient and excellent choice of weapons. The pack-a-punch is also back, along with the perks needed to kill some zombies. You also have a new foe. A zombie that crawls on the ground and ceilings and when you shoot it, it blows up into a cloud full of toxic gas. Those little buggers are annoying as the witch in the wizard of oz. Anyways, The zombies rise again and are better than there predecessor in every way, shape and form. You could easily kill hours of time playing this mode.
More of the same
posted by IamtheStig (PORT RICHEY, FL) Nov 13, 2010
Member since Dec 2006
13 out of 24 gamers (54%) found this review helpful
Now for the bad, I always play the COD's on Veteran difficulty which is where I have a gripe. The game is hard, very hard, as expected. BUT, with some skill and patience it is not too difficult as to make it not enjoyable. UNTIL, the developers want to make it so difficult as to let you know you are at the end of a major mission, and THEN they ramp the difficulty up so much by unending spawning baddies and no checkpoints. Cheap tactics, better level design would keep the difficulty up while not being STUPID hard. Better luck next time.
Another gripe is no Co-op. WHY??????!!!!!! I don't enjoy the Multiplayer in any of the COD's because of all the Dbags that play the multiplayer. MW2 at least had spec ops which allowed for a few hours of fun co-op. BO gives us Zombie mode, really? Really? WaW had it, it was fun. But been there done that.
I expected more, much, much more from this game. They did not deliver. Looks like the COD franchise is going down the guitar hero/rock band route, just pump out a $60 game every year without any real innovation and immediately start pumping out $15 map packs. I vote with my wallet, and sorry, not enough in this game to make me shell out my $60.
GREAT rental, poor purchase.
The worst in the series
posted by bigschu77 (PLAINVIEW, TX) Nov 12, 2010
Member since Nov 2010
28 out of 53 gamers (53%) found this review helpful
Campaign: The campaign for CoD: BO is probably the worst campaign in the CoD series. I usually enjoy playing the campaign on veteran difficulty for the challenge and the achievements, but three levels into this one I had about enough. The graphics are sub par at best, the game play is fast and I often found myself dying in ways that couldn't be explained, and the AI is just stupid. In every level you are accompanied by an AI team that does nothing but take up the good cover spots and often was the cause of my death. On top of all of this the story is terrible.
Multiplayer: The main reason why I got this game was because of the multiplayer and I am severely disappointed. It takes forever to get into a game if you have a party bigger than 2 because the servers are unable to support everyone that is playing the game. The new currency system is a pain in the butt, you have to get to a certain level to unlock a new weapon and you can only use it if you have the money to buy it. The maps are garbage, every map has the same layout and none of them are big enough to want to use a sniper. The spawn points are terrible, a majority of the time the enemy spawns right behind you.
The only thing that I enjoyed in this game was zombies, it is fun and will keep you entertained for a few hours especially if you have a few friends to play with.
posted by pisces (BELLE CHASSE, LA) Nov 9, 2010
Member since Nov 2010
40 out of 77 gamers (52%) found this review helpful
no stopping power
no insertions on ffa
the spawn works differently
leaderboards are separated by game type
scavenger only scavenges ammo and grenades
more throughfares on maps so you don't have 2-3 choke points
different guns feel like different guns
the list goes on...
The graphics took me some adjusting to. They didn't fade the colors out like mw2.
More Call of duty...isn't really a good thing.
posted by Jayzer (FAYETTEVILLE, NC) Nov 23, 2010
Member since Nov 2009
25 out of 48 gamers (52%) found this review helpful
Multiplayer- this is what keeps ppl coming back to COD, and after the mess that was MW2's multiplayer everyone had high hopes for BO. But it just becomes more of the same, for every 'improvement' made here we get another flaw. Hit detection and bullet damage are god aweful, worse than ever before and will lead to many moments of complete frustration and rage. The new leveling system, COD points, makes you buy your new guns and upgrades which is a good way of keeping the gamplay more balanced for new players but doesn't really add much overall. My biggest gripe with the multiplayer is the lack of variety in the maps. They all boil down to this: Equip your favorite automatic gun, run around a corner and hold down your trigger. Nothing but a bunch of winding corridors and empty warehouses. No range for sniping or any kind of long range combat and when everyone is just running around holding down the trigger it gets really boring.
Oh and zombies are back...yay...
Overall if you are a HUGE fan of COD this may keep your attention for a few week since it's a 'new' game but after a little while you will begin to see all of the game's massive flaws and realize that BO is just more of the same but without all of the stuff that made previous games fun.
posted by axe8155 (LAS CRUCES, NM) Mar 26, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
6 out of 11 gamers (55%) found this review helpful
I have been playing COD for a while, and each installment seems to be getting more and more designed to cater to only one type of player. The submachine gun lagger. Forget sniping, Forget using a heavy machine gun, the only gun you will find useful is either a shotgun or a submachine gun. Surfice to say this game is boring, and not worth even half of it's $60.00 price tag. I'm just glad I went ahead and rented it first, because there is absolutely no chance I will buy it.
Also why did they leave out tanks, in WAW the tanks were one of the easiests ways to offset the submachine gun lagger. By removing them they have eliminated the only way to best these losers.
In conclusion, if this is the direction COD is heading, I think I'm done! Maybe I'll start investing my money in stocks. At least the risk isn't as high or as disappointing.
Call of Duty Done Right
posted by Redstorm12 (MOCKSVILLE, NC) Nov 9, 2010
Member since Jul 2009
17 out of 33 gamers (52%) found this review helpful
Let's start with campaign, best in the series. It's an action-packed thrill ride with non-stop action. It will keep you infused with enjoyment and just utter happiness. Another great thing about the campaign is the realistic ragdoll, gore, and explosions. Part of what makes my gaming experience ten times better are great physics, bloody gore, and high octane explosions. This game has it all, from throwing a grenade and seeing an enemy's leg go flying off and his body just being slammed into a wall is wonderful. The explosion effects really shine in this game. Not only are the physics and gameplay elements great, but the story itself is the best in the series, great storytelling, and top-notch voice acting make this game a must for anyone.
Secondly, the multiplayer. GOD, it's good, so many different ways to customize and create, it's overwhelming. With the new theater mode you can upload, post, and edit your own gameplay films. I absolutely adore the new credit system, it makes playing online so much easier and funner.
The Call of Duty series always aims to set the bar high when it comes action packed single player, and gripping multiplayer. CoD: Black Ops does it with an extra kick to the scrotum. Bottom line, buy this game.
The game that killed CoD
posted by brak8796 (LAS VEGAS, NV) Jul 31, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
13 out of 25 gamers (52%) found this review helpful
Campaign: 6/10 Decent Campaign, but too difficult and you can just cheat around levels. There is no motivation to complete it. It is not fun to just play this constantly ( Even tho this and zombies is the only good thing.)
Zombies 7.5/10 It is the soul of this game. The only reason that stops me from selling this garbage. It is fun but it has its flaws that just make it annoying. Playing it too often just gets boring.
Multiplayer -20/10 The absolute worst multiplayer experience EVER! There is absolutely nothing good about this at all. Anything that Could have been any good was ruined by the community and alot of other things. Bad things: Maps,Completely unbalanced guns, People,
Graphics 2/10 I felt like i was playing De Blob. 'Nuff said.
Sound 4/10 Same gun noises. Same constant Character voice constantly jeering the same things over and over again. Looks like it was dubbed by a silent film.
Overall This game is just not fun after about a week.
A little dissapointing, but not a waste of time.
posted by Gam3r_Dud3 (CLAYTON, CA) Jun 6, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
11 out of 21 gamers (52%) found this review helpful
So, campaign. It is decent. Not particulary good, nor particularly bad. There's still intel you have to collect, and all that. One thing I liked about it is that you get do do something abnormal or use some really cool gun in each mission. Good for a couple playthroughs.
Multiplayer. Once again, the main part of COD. Nothing too new. They didn't add any big features, except COD points. You use COD points to buy contracts, where you do certain things to get more COD points; buy weapons, attatchments, and perks; and bet in wager matches. Nothing too different.
Lastly, zombies. I never really liked zombies, so I can't really judge it's goodness. 4 players, 2 hits you're down, dogs every 4-6 rounds. That's it. Go for it.
So, overall a fun game, but not the best game ever. If you are a fan of the COD series, or just a fan of first person shooters, I would reccomend it. If not, well, make your own judgement.
posted by Boricuapr (BRONX, NY) Nov 19, 2010
Member since Dec 2008
21 out of 42 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
However if you can look past the N64 graphics and sound then you'll be ok since noobtubers are rare and quickscopers got eliminated.
Good but overhyped
posted by znuckels (ADAMSBURG, PA) Dec 1, 2010
Member since Jul 2010
18 out of 36 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
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CALL OF DUTY: SLAP OPS
posted by killakam (ROCKLIN, CA) Nov 13, 2010
Member since Sep 2007
27 out of 55 gamers (49%) found this review helpful
I present to you THE most overrated game of 2010; and so you know, i have played every call of duty since the original when it was on computer first; and of all the games this one was the biggest letdown...
The campaign is LAUGHABLE, the AI is insanely stupid; doesnt matter if you shoot the badguys in the head, they dont die like before;
Also, the enemy usually runs RIGHT PAST TWO of your own teamates that do not shoot and then runs to you and stabs you in the face even though you were in the back reloading or cooking a grenade...
It makes me think that they only wanted to invest time in good multiplayer and nothing else..and may i ask WHERE IS THE "TAKE COVER" TECHNOLOGY LIKE THE OTHER AWESOME SHOOTERS HAVE? nothing is more annoying than trying to see around a corner where 3 badguys have stacked up and you cant even use cover or shoot without popping your head out;
and yeah the online is cool, new maps, new idea, same as before;
THE ZOMBIES ARE AWESOME, THANK GOD FOR ZOMBIES (and gamefly so i can send this jack ops back) although i did have fun coming up with a few puns :)
hopefully the rest of the fanboys stop rating this game so highhh