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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
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Overall User Score (17 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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Gamernode (Nov 23, 2010)
Any game with as high a profile as Black Ops is likely to create some polarizing opinions, but with as little bias as I can muster I can honestly and highly recommend the latest installment in this blockbuster series. It's not as if other games haven't included similar elements, but Black Ops manages to include so many different ones and to such great effect that it's a must for any fans of FPS or historical fictional narratives. While maintaining the quality standard set by its predecessors, this explosive adventure through the conflicts of the Cold War pushes the series and the genre one step further.
100 (Feb 15, 2011)
I’m sure I’ll be playing this until the next installment of Modern Warfare 3 comes out and I’ll be interested to see what they can lift from this experience and what they can jettison. More work is needed on the campaigns of all Call of Duty titles but they’ve almost reached an apex in the multiplayer. Sooner or later, as with Halo or Gears of War, the entire structure of the franchise is going to become too familiar and will need to be shaken up somewhat but I still think Call of Duty has room for one more ‘traditional’ on the rails ride through the war-zones of the world.
ZoKnowsGaming (Nov 16, 2010)
All in all, Call Of Duty: Black Ops is the best game in the franchise to date period. The team at Treyarch has taken the communities’ criticisms and addressed them in this game and I respect that. I have to say I was worried after the implosion of Infinity Ward, but now I am more than sure that at least Treyarch (still not sure about Sledgehammer) can continue to deliver high quality installments of the franchise, and it seems that getting out of the WW2 era has sparked their imaginations. Call Of Duty: Black Ops delivers two balanced and complete game modes as well as two pretty fun hidden game modes (I love Dead Ops Arcade).
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the endless amount of fun you'll have will probably be what tops that list. There are also a ton of great easter eggs to be found in Black Ops, and if you can find out how to escape from the title screen don't be afraid to ask for some "help." Just be careful not to get eaten by a Grue, or you might end up "DOA."
GameTrailers (Nov 09, 2010)
Call of Duty: Black Ops spends a little too much time in the bunker playing it safe, but it's a robust, quality product from top to bottom. The campaign is brief but memorable and the multiplayer has taken millions of hours of real-world testing to heart. The total amount of worthwhile content makes paying full price for most other games feel like a crime. Treyarch has closed the gap between its games and the Modern Warfare franchise with boundless customization, a keen sense of what makes the formula a success and listening to the fans. You won't regret answering the call once again.
Spazio Games (Nov 09, 2010)
Pur senza rivoluzionare una formula di gameplay ormai più che consolidata, e prendendo in prestito da Infinity Ward i fondamenti del comparto multigiocatore, i ragazzi di Treyarch sono riusciti nel confezionare un Call of Duty memorabile quanto il primo Modern Warfare: la campagna singolo giocatore tiene il fiato sospeso per tutta la sua durata, colpisce con il design delle ambientazioni e l’intensità di alcuni scontri. Il multigiocatore è quanto di più completo la serie abbia mai visto, con la valuta di gioco e relative scommesse a prolungarne la longevità già eccezionale, senza contare la qualità e la quantità di mappe e modalità proposte. L’unica controindicazione è, come sempre, per coloro che non fossero interessati al comparto online: per quanto molto divertente ed intensa, la sola campagna singolo giocatore non giustificherà probabilmente l’esborso.
1UP (Nov 09, 2010)
It's admirable to see just how much stuff there is in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Despite the removal of campaign co-op or a mode comparable to MW2's Spec Ops mode, the sheer amount of content is almost staggering. In addition to the campaign, all the regular multiplayer modes, the Wager Match mode, the Theater, character and weapon customization, splitscreen multiplayer options, and Zombies, Treyarch even threw in a full working version of the original Zork. And if you have the hardware, you can play the whole game in 3D (not for me, as my glasses-wearing eyes end up producing a nasty headache after prolonged 3D). Call of Duty games are, as I mentioned, about moments, and there're a whole lot of moments, player and developer generated, in this game. It's easy to say that this is Treyarch's best game...when it's not just trying to imitate Infinity Ward.
GameSpy (Nov 09, 2010)
Although it's certainly got Infinity Ward's fingerprints all over it, Black Ops is definitely Treyarch's baby. As a fan of the franchise, I'm happy to see that the future of the series is in good hands, and it'll (hopefully) be nice to see the folks at Treyarch finally get some respect from hardcore gamers.
90 (Nov 09, 2010)
Nos précédents contacts avec Black Ops nous laissaient espérer que Treyarch parviendrait enfin à s'émanciper, à s'approprier la licence et à ne plus seulement faire des Call of Duty de commande. Ces espoirs n'ont pas été déçus, bien au contraire. Par bien des aspects, ce nouvel épisode se révèle même supérieur à ses prédécesseurs. Doté d'une véritable identité, d'une campagne exaltante bien que terriblement courte et d'un multijoueur aussi complet que jouissif, le jeu parviendra sans le moindre souci à combler les amateurs de FPS pop-corn désireux d'en prendre plein la tronche. Une franche réussite.
PlayFrance (Nov 09, 2010)
Avec Call of Duty : Black Ops, Treyarch rend une copie tout aussi séduisante si ce n'est meilleure que les opus signés Infinity Ward. Le joueur parvient pleinement à voyager dans le solo, assiste à des scènes d'une violence inouïe, mais la quête de la vérité se fait-elle souvent sans encombre ? En sus, notons que les influences cinématographiques de COD n'ont jamais été aussi prononcées. De Terminator 2, à Apocalypse Now, Black Ops est un concentré d'action hollywoodienne mené avec brio. Ceux qui pensent trouver un scénario inexistant et se jeter dans le multi directement vont avoir une énorme surprise. Evidement, les nouveautés introduites par les Wager Matchs et le mode Zombie jouable jusqu'à quatre les raviront tout autant. Mesdames, messieurs, Call of Duty : Black Ops est LE titre de cette fin d'année, qu'on se le dise.
Softpedia (Nov 18, 2010)
It's hard to argue with the millions of people who will buy and then play Call of Duty: Black Ops and say that this is a disappointing video game. The reality is that it's not as long as the gamer is willing to accept the limitations that are associated with the franchise. The presentation is wonderful, the custscenes are engaging and informative, the story is very thriller like, the shooting is monotone but still engaging, the visuals good. But there's so much more potential in Call of Duty: Black Ops that goes unrealized. An extra path that leads to the conclusion of each level would have made this game so much better. More difference when it comes to the weaponry a player can use would have introduced some much needed tactical thinking and variation. Longer levels, with some boring bits like working the controls of a plane or listening to banter between other soldiers, might have added to the depth of the experience.
We Got This Covered (Nov 10, 2010)
This is easily the best game of the year, thus far. The single player campaign, while maybe not as polished as in Modern Warfare 2, is still better than almost any other game on the market. As for the multiplayer, it’s more or less perfect and will surely dethrone Modern Warfare 2 as the king of online shooters. You can’t go wrong with Call of Duty: Black Ops, that’s the bottom line. It’s an incredible package and it is most definitely worth the $60.
90 (Nov 12, 2010)
Er valt maar weinig op Call of Duty: Black Ops aan te merken. Zowel de singleplayer, de multiplayer als de zombiemodus maken het je moeilijk de controller met rust te laten. Call of Duty: Black Ops is uiteindelijk niet alleen een geweldig spel, maar ook een geweldige Call of Duty. Een groter compliment kunnen we Treyarch niet geven.
GameSpot (Nov 09, 2010)
While it may not take the signature Call of Duty action to dizzying new heights, Black Ops is a thoroughly excellent game. New modes and mechanics give a jolt of energy to the lively competitive multiplayer, and the engrossing new campaign develops into one of the best in the series. Combat training allows anyone to enjoy the thrills of arena combat and the satisfaction of leveling up, and the opportunities for cooperative play, local competition, and community video creation provide even more outlets for entertainment. Call of Duty: Black Ops lives up to the top-notch pedigree that the series has earned, giving players an awesome new shooter to enjoy just in time for the holidays.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Nov 09, 2010)
As if you ever doubted it, Call of Duty is still the best military shooter out there and by quite some margin. It seems its competitors can only watch from a distance and take notes as this juggernaut of FPS gaming ploughs a wide path towards the genre's future.
PSX Extreme (Nov 10, 2010)
But in the end, the product perseveres on the strength of its "oomph" alone and in short, it’s not everything it could’ve been but nevertheless, the entire experience is one well worth your time.
Gameswelt (Nov 12, 2010)
Hut ab, Treyarch! Wer gedacht hat, das Entwicklerstudio stinke gegen Inifinty Ward gewaltig ab, der hat sich getäuscht. Auch Call of Duty: Black Ops ist ein Kriegsshooter allererster Kajüte geworden. Ob die Gewaltszenen so explizit zelebriert werden müssen, ist Geschmackssache. Auf jeden Fall liefert Treyarch eine Unmenge an Dynamik, packenden Momenten und tollen Szenarien. Dabei verknüpft die spannende Geschichte um Elitesoldat Alex Mason die verschiedenen Schauplätze und Missionen auf filmreife Art und Weise. Dazu kommen dann noch der Überlebenskampf als netter Bonus und ein Mehrspielerspektakel, das allein euch schon für Wochen fesselt. Die Mischung aus ruhigen Schleichmissionen, packenden Vehikelsequenzen zu Wasser, zu Lande und in der Luft und den knallharten Ballerorgien macht den Titel zu einem Pflichtkauf für alle, die gern aus der Ego-Perspektive den virtuellen Abzug betätigen.
Black Ops is a worthy title of the franchise. With its excellent story presentation, tweaked multi-player, the return of zombie mode and the inclusion of bots for practice, Black Ops, for better or worse, is recommended.
Made2Game (Nov 14, 2010)
Call of Duty Black Ops both improves and fails over last year’s Modern Warfare 2. The story is just a bit too bland and run of the mill, we’ve seen it all before, albeit it looks even more glorious. The online modes though show this to invest in the game, with numerous improvements and new modes to keep you hooked until next year’s inevitable release.
Digital Chumps (Nov 16, 2010)
While Call of Duty: Black Ops isn't without flaws it does still maintain that core Call of Duty goodness that we've all come to love from the game. You get intense war situations mixed with fantastic visuals and presentation. Outside of the single-player story, and much like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the real selling point to this game will be its diverse and deep multiplayer experience. With new options and an overhauled way of customizing your experience, you will be glued to the multiplayer like a C4 bomb to a wall.
80 (Nov 08, 2010)
Während die Kampagne im Großen und Ganzen also nur eine solide Leistung darstellt, ist der Mehrspielermodus einmal mehr das Glanzstück von CoD: Der Abwechslungsreichtum, das Spieltempo, das motivierende Bonus- und Aufrüstungssystem sowie die Vielzahl der Spielmodi suchen ihresgleichen! Der Zombie-Modus ist dabei noch der schwächste Teil; eine Art Left4Dead light, die zu viert eine Zeit lang Spaß macht, aber zum gegenwärtigen Zeitpunkt noch regional beschränkt ist. Der eigentliche Multiplayer gehört mal wieder zur Krönung des Genres: Das Ganze spielt sich verteufelt schnell und anfangs verwirrend (gerade wenn man das im Vergleich gemächliche Bad Company 2 gewohnt ist), aber die Vielzahl an Spielvarianten bietet auch dem frustriertesten Einsteiger mehr als genug Austob-Möglichkeiten, vom cool gemachten Kampftraining ganz zu schweigen! Kurz gesagt: Der Mehrspielermodus rettet Black Ops auf die 80 - die Kampagne allein hätte das nicht geschafft.
Lens of Truth (Dec 30, 2010)
By no means is CoD: Black Ops the FPS of the year that it has been crowned, or even anything more than a good FPS. Treyarch did a nice job with the campaign to make it more than most FPS titles give us, and the changes made to the multiplayer were definitely for the better. But the game itself is nothing we haven’t seen before, and the multiplayer is severely flawed–whether it be by Treyarch’s hand or by the absurd amount of glitchers out there. So if you haven’t picked this up yet, you’re not missing much. Save your holiday gift cards for some upcoming releases. I’m not saying Black Ops is a title to stay away from, but by no means did it even come close to the hype.
Atomic Gamer (Nov 10, 2010)
While Black Ops plays great on consoles and will undoubtedly be a huge seller, there is still some doubt cast over the future of the franchise when we know next year's iteration won't be made by the same Infinity Ward that has delivered in the past. Over the years, they were slowly improving the formula, and I fully expected them - before the implosion of the studio - to make sure to address Modern Warfare 2's campaign issues and multiplayer exploits when making their next game. This year, Treyarch has done a good job making a fun campaign and some really interesting multiplayer, but some of the old problems with the franchise are creeping back in.
Video Game Talk (Nov 19, 2010)
In all, Treyarch has finally stepped out of Infinity Ward's shadow to say "Hey, we're here too!". But while the team's heart might be in the right place, it's too early to call Black Ops an unreserved success. Yes, it will sell like crazy this holiday season, and it's certainly not bad, but I find the game's potential to ultimately be more exciting than the game itself. And who knows, maybe in the next go around Treyarch will outdo themselves and turn in the Call of Duty game that this one suggests they could.
Gamekult (Nov 08, 2010)
A force d'obstination, Treyarch nous livre probablement avec Black Ops son meilleur Call of Duty à ce jour - mais sans doute pas le meilleur volet de la série. Dotée d'un scénario travaillé, à défaut d'être très bien raconté, la campagne solo reprend tous les codes de Modern Warfare, parfois avec maladresse, mais elle se laisse jouer, le temps d'une grosse demi-douzaine d'heures remplies de décors et de situations plutôt variées dans l'ensemble. On pestera, une nouvelle fois, sur cette durée de vie bien courte, mais le développeur a importé une grosse partie de son savoir-faire de World at War pour le multi et nul doute que les amateurs se régaleront, une nouvelle fois, notamment en ligne.