Call of Duty: Black Ops Xbox 360 User Review

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Xbox 360


One of the best storylines and campaign modes of this genre its a bit differently constructed from the previous COD series. Although you still jump between characters the action is mainly focussed on the gamer taking the part of a Black Operations commando named, a little uninspiringly, Alex Mason.

The game begins the scene displayed on the main menu with Alex being strapped to an electrical machine for administering torture. The game relies heavily on suspense and so giving away too much in the review would certainly remove some of this important aspect of the game. But it is not giving away too much to say that much of the story is that of the gamer in the form of Alex Mason trawling through his memories trying to remember exactly what got him into the torture chair in the first place.

There are also the usual slow motion actions but they are sensibly spaced and do not detract from the action. The graphics are an improvement on previous games in the series with particulary impressive explosions. These are hard to describe effectively but are big and colorful to say the least. All other aspects of the visuals are also improved, the vegetation is particulary noticeable in this respect. Animations have also been subjected to better treatment.

Ranking up is still a large part of the game but now everything comes with a price tag, payable by earning points from kills and mision completions. Many accessories from aiming reticules to camouflage designs and face painting are customizable. Other points can be earned by gambling on the outcome of certain contests.

Black Ops is undoubtably the best game of its type with perhaps only the exception COD Modern Warfare 1. From what I've said you can be in no doubt that I recommend it extremely highly, it is an enthralling experience of a game.

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Super Gamer Dude

Xbox 360


Don't hang about, go on a mission to get hold of a copy. Or failing that buy it online. Call of Duty: Black Ops is a game that has amazing storytelling with exciting action that will remain at the pinnacle of gameplaying for a long long time. New multiplayer is absolutely fabulous, and gives many hours of entertainment.

The story takes place during the nineteen sixties. You, as Alex Mason, wake in an interrogation room strapped into a chair having been fed drugs and electrically tortured. Monitors with flashing numbers face him and a distorted voice is heard commanding him to explain their meaning is. He is forced to relive in his memory the time when he was in the Black Operations special forces group. A deep story unfolds with many twists and turns and visits to past trouble spots.

Every mission in the single-player campaign is a memory that Mason must relive to work out what the numbers mean. These convoluted memories are a mixture of real history, but some are notsometimes intertwined with historical events and sometimes not. For added variety you take the part of other characters, who feature largely in Mason's memories, in a couple of the missions.

There is a new multiplayer mode and in this mode you can customize your character’s appearance, weapons, equipment and perks. These perks are abilities you may choose to improve on certain features, such as being able to run a higher than normal speeds. COD points are the currency you use to purchase new weapons, items of equipment and so on. The experience determines what level you are and what equipment is available for purchase and you receive them based on how well you do in the matches.

There are a dozen game modes within multiplayer. There are your standard deathmatches, territory controls and scenario maps, and each one has variantions. Another is Zombies, which is a co-operative mode in which you must survive wave after wave of the undead. There are various challenges that get in the way, such managing money you receive from killing zombies or repairing barriers, to getting better weapons and more ammo, or opening a new area of the map to get better items. There are other assorted challenges too numerous to mention.

The single-player campaign takes what has previously been achieved in video games through storytelling takes it up a couple of octaves. The fact that you mostly play one part, that of Mason, gives a feeling of personal involvement in. Then add the exciting moments that Call of Duty games provide, and you get a complete gaming packag.

If it just had a single-player campaign, Black Ops would still be top of its class adding multiplayer puts streets ahead. It also throws in a few minor changes and customization to make it pretty close to faultless. The controls have a good feel about them and pose no problems, most people can be happy with the controls and the game overall after only a few multiplayer matches. The Zombies mode is an added bonus.

Although Black Ops is a nearly flawless game, on a personal level I found the single-player campaign to be a little on the short side. But thats about all; anything else is pickiness and there is really nothing but the most minor personal quibbles. Top notch.

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Lowly Worm

Xbox 360


Treyarch’s seventh installment to the COD series will not disappoint you, at least not much.

The first thing you’ll maybe notice in Call of Duty Black Ops is its setting. The plot revolves around the Cold War, unlike all the previous warfare games made in the series. It is still the same old first-shooter game, but has definitely much more new things to offer, that core gamers can actually say as the best in the series.

One of the features that shine in Black Ops is its storyline. You start off as the soldier Alex Mason and will have to undergo interrogation in the first few parts to reveal things and information that seemed to have existed in your memory, but somehow have been hidden. You go through all to discover these things, fighting along enemy soldiers to succeed with your mission. The characters introduced are really well thought of, the plot is unpredictable, and no one goes off on question in the finale.

While the story goes excellent with twists and different mind-boggling scenes and discoveries, the gameplay is not as quite consistent. There are moments when it goes on autopilot with the controls, which is actually annoying. The AI also at some point shows off poor behavior, both with the friendly and enemy soldiers. The annoyances don’t stop there, as you can also find some in the design and buggy presentation. I once encountered a bug that had me actually restarting the game all the way from the beginning. Talking about design, I hope Treyarch considers changing the visual presentation of the Battle of Khe Sanh. You shouldn’t listen so much to the AI too, as there are some instances that you’ll get lost rather than given correct instructions.

Despite the issues, you will still love the game, especially in the multiplayer mode, but again expect to experience some issues again. The single-player can be tiresome at some point, and this is the time you have to go in the multiplayer. It introduces CoD points that you can use for weapon upgrades, colors, emblems, and other purchases. Unlockables can be unlocked through experience points still though. I know I shouldn’t compare, but apparently, most of the features I found in Black Ops are what I’ve seen in Modern Warfare 1 and 2, only the latter ones are better. It’s overwhelming at first, but it will only need some exploration and you will still enjoy the game.

CoD also creates the new Wager Match modes that can help you level up easily just with some points and such. However, this removes the rewarding feeling of the traditional leveling up. There is also a Prestige mode that offers some more challenges for you to undergo while you are on your mission. These challenges are well thought of though, and dynamic elements are often presented with style.

The changes are pretty cool overall, and can be enjoyed especially with the mew theater system that clips out some of the moments on the game that you can upload to but sadly not in YouTube or Facebook. However, multiplayer seems a bit stable still and there are changes that we think used to better before than now.

Visually speaking, presentation is actually pretty good, though there are moments of slow loading time and some graphical glitches. It would be best not to play in 3D yet, as this mode still has a lot of glitches.

Overall, Call of Duty Black Ops is a great game that can be considered the best in the series. You will enjoy a lot of different new features here, but the problem is, there are some vital elements of gameplay that were not looked upon, such as the rewarding element of the traditional level up, as well as the presence of some glitches. But if you’re definitely a CoD fan, nothing can prevent you playing it.