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Black Ops is so good that it makes me want to lower the grades for other first-person shooters across the board.
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.
Console shooter fans will no doubt flock to it in droves as it’s already breaking pre-order records, so you almost have to buy it if you regularly play online because it's the game most of your friends will no doubt be playing. The good news is that the game is absolutely worth the investment, and even if you find yourself disagreeing with some of the changes Treyarch instituted or you run into a bunch of morons who are hell bent on ruining a particular mode for you, you have plenty of other options to keep you engaged for a good long time.
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Don’t let the Treyarch stamp get in the way of your decision to pick up Black Ops for the campaign. They’ve proved that they have a handle on how to make an outstanding Call of Duty singe-player experience, nearly outperforming the acclaimed works of Infinity Ward on almost every level. Add to that the insanely deep multiplayer portion and COD: Black Ops is one of the best games of 2010, especially from a value standpoint. There are few video games released this year that you simply cannot miss, Call of Duty: Black Ops is one of them.
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Since I’m pretty sure I’ve exceeded my word count even before I broached the topic of single player (and I’m itching to hop back online with the game), I’ll leave you with this: Black Ops manages to achieve what I’ve been craving in CoD multiplayer since CoD4, down to the most finite details. Though I miss last year’s Spec Ops mode, there is so much in the single-player and delightful zombie slaughterfests to be had that it’s impossible to be bored or dissatisfied with the experience as a whole. Now, pardon me, I’m so close to unlocking the rainbow pony background for my emblem that I’ve been eyeing since day one, so I need to get back to merciless online destruction.
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Though the series had already earned it, Black Ops justifies Call of Duty’s place on Halo’s Xbox-ruling tier. It stands with Reach as the gold standard by which all Xbox first-person shooters should be judged.
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.
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.
As a product that will deliver countless hours of fun and engagement; that isn’t just a rehash of what we’ve been seeing the past few years, and offers a gripping and well-told story of a lost, or buried era in history, Call of Duty: Black Ops delivers, and delivers in solid measure. Does it suffer in parts? Yes, and we won’t know how fully until the game has been out for a while, but the sum of its parts make a great whole and in terms of investment, you’re definitely going to get a lot of life out of it. It’s Treyarch’s best work to-date, and possibly the most jam-packed competitive multiplayer offering on the market, with an awesome story thrown in for good measure. Very, very awesome.
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.
I nodi vengono al pettine, si conclude il decennio della Guerra Fredda narrato nel gioco e si conclude questa recensione. Treyarch non ha deluso le attese dei fan di COD! I numeri ci sono tutti: una storia elettrizzante seppur non lunghissima (tra le 6 e le 9 ore a seconda della difficoltà scelta) e una modalità multiplayer divertente e ricca di sorprese per non lasciarci mai annoiati! Quando si pensava che il genere non potesse essere migliorato, quando si pensava che “tanto Infinity Ward sarà sempre la numero uno”, ecco che questo Black Ops si presenta come un titolo che si giocherà e rigiocherà per luuungo tempo a venire e vi posso assicurare che ha carisma e grinta da vendere! MUST BUY!
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.
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.
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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.
Så är Black Ops för bra för att vara sant? Treyarch har definitivt tagit i från tårna den här gången och det märks att de haft helt andra resurser i utvecklingen av Black Ops än för låt säga World at War. Det här spelet innehåller allt vi gillade med föregångarna, men tar varje beståndsdel till nästa nivå och överträffar Infinity Wards Modern Warfare-följetong tack vare en smartare berättad story, längre äventyr och ett polerat multiplayer-läge. Mästerligt, Treyarch.
Den enes död är den andres bröd brukar det heta. På många sätt är det talande för Treyarchs position just nu. Då Infinity Ward är en skugga av sitt forna jag är Treyarch den utvecklare som åtagit sig att föra Call of Duty framåt. Förhoppningsvis görs det på helt egna villkor nästa gång.
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.
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.
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.
With solid single player and multiplayer components, Call of Duty: Black Ops is easily the best game that Treyarch has ever produced. Given the pedigree of this franchise and how well received it has been over the many iterations that we’ve been able to experience, I feel completely comfortable saying that Black Ops is one of the best entries the series has seen. It is in every way as competent and engrossing as any of the Infinity Ward offerings. Treyarch’s success largely stems from deviating not only from their own past iterations, but also daring to try new things with an established franchise that until this point many haven’t considered their own. While their attempts to add such hyper-realistic violence to the series was misguided, nearly every other design decision, from the narrative devices employed to the pace of the gameplay, were successful. With this entry, Treyarch is no longer a company following the leader, but a well-deserved leader in their own right.
The weak and twitchy single-player - with many of the same old flaws - almost undermines all of the superb extra features and pretty much flawless multiplayer offering. Veterans and regular players still have the advantage over newcomers, but with Combat Training and the Zombie mode, there is plenty of fun to be had for even the most inexperienced players. Black Ops isn’t perfect, but it’s certainly getting there.
All in all there's little new under the sun. When you evaluate Black Ops in the genre of FPS games as well as when you put it in the Call of Duty series we only get to see polishing of the linear gameplay of the campaign and more production added than ever before. That results in a story that constantly blows you away and that you'll love to finish and maybe even play again, but makes only an average impression when it comes to gameplay. The very decent multiplayer is still very tight thanks to the experience sysetm and the excellent basic mechanics but also here the innovation is found mostly in the margin.
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.
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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.
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.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is a great overall package that has a ton of content to enjoy. The multiplayer modes are largely based on what was established by Modern Warfare, but the twists that Treyarch throws in work well. My biggest issue with the multiplayer is that the new Wager Matches, while fun in their own right, don't compare favorably to the high-quality and addictive leveling system and game modes from Modern Warfare 1 and 2. Single-player is as exhaustingly fast-paced as ever with large set pieces that try to take the attention off of the lackluster AI of both friends and enemies. That withstanding, the story is the best I've ever seen from a Call of Duty game. Couple both of those substantial offerings with more Zombie content than some full-fledged zombie games and Black Ops is certainly worth your time, even if you aren't already a fan of the series.
Même si on pouvait s’en douter depuis un moment, l’opération Black Ops est un franc succès, la plus grande surprise viendra du fait qu’elle a été réalisée par un studio en qui presque personne ne croyait il y a quelques années. Même si le genre a de nombreux détracteurs qui pourront lui reprocher de ne pas changer au fil des années, on pourra leur répondre cette fois que le jeu évolue largement en proposant quantité de nouveautés en se basant toujours sur un gameplay qui plaît au plus grand nombre. Que ceux qui sont donc hermétiques à ce type de jeux ne cherchent même pas à savoir si cet opus pourrait leur convenir, il s’agit toujours de la même mais excellente recette, ne leur en déplaise. Une grosse réussite de Treyarch donc, qui a osé prendre le pari de changer de l’époque moderne pour trancher avec le passé et nous offrir une aventure digne de ce nom durant une période sombre et sous-estimée de notre Histoire mais néanmoins forte intéressante et mystérieuse.
In the current climate and development cycle Treyarch were never going to play Russian roulette with such a valuable franchise and, as such, Black Ops isn’t so much a statement of intent as a message of reassurance. Perhaps the best and worst thing that can be said for it is that you’d never know Black Ops wasn’t an Infinity Ward game, but even statements like this are basically an irrelevance because the only thing that matters here is the final score.
If you’re buying Black Ops with no intention of dipping into its online offerings, the short duration of its undeniably entertaining campaign means you should probably knock a point off the number stationed at the end of this review, while if you adore Call of Duty’s multiplayer you can definitely add one…
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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 glitches 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.
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.
Call of Duty has long since settled into an enormously successful rhythm, and the good news for Activision is that Black Ops does little to disrupt it. The campaign is relentlessly aggressive and spectacular – a Jerry Bruckheimer tribute act stuck in permanent encore – while the multiplayer modes are a mixture of smart tweaks to working formulas, as focused on protecting that guaranteed bottom line as the campaign's yellow objective cursor is on making sure you never falter. The results are never less than entertaining whatever you choose to do, then, but not exactly brave and bold either. Say what you like about No Russian - at least it was something different.
Black Ops is a terrific action game with a solid story and a deep, rewarding multiplayer mode. Sure, when placed up against the other games in the series, players may feel forced to pick favorites -- they may be disappointed that their favorite playlist is gone, deathstreaks are out, or that the Nuke killstreak has been removed (though the Attack Dogs killstreak in its place is really darn funny, and has the benefit of not completely ending the match early). They may challenge each other to figure out which they liked best, or compare sales figures like a high scores on an old arcade machine. But in the end, who cares? We may all be competitive, but when games of the caliber of Call of Duty: Black Ops continue to be released, nobody has to lose.
I can't deny that I'm having fun with the game, even after I finish this review. I'll be playing the multiplayer for months to come, and I'm sure quite a few folks will as well. I'm a little burned out on the single player experience though, and while I feel like it's a decent enough romp for a FPS title, the storyline did little to grab my attention, and the whole Call of Duty formula is starting to feel a little tired at this point. I'd still suggest checking it out if you've been enjoying the series up to this point, there's little that's changed that'll make you upset or disappointed. That said, don't go into this expecting huge strides or major improvements to be made, just expect to have a few new fun maps to play and the addition of another zombie mode to check out.
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.
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In closing, Call of Duty: Black Ops can't be recommended for its story; the multiplayer offerings are on par with what you would expect from a Call of Duty title and in certain ways, pushes the bar. The campaign aside, there is plenty available in Black Ops to make your overall experience enjoyable no matter what you decide to go with, be it leveling up via multiplayer or a co-op game of Dead Ops.
Call of Duty: Black Ops er nok det beste spillet Treyarch noen gang har utviklet. Det har hentet mye inspirasjon og grunnutforming fra Infinity Ward, og klarer ved hjelp av de verktøyene å skape et spill som står seg i 2010 – ett år etter utgivelsen av to av de beste spillene denne sjangeren har sett. Om ikke dette var nok har spillet også den beste historien noen gang i Call of Duty-franchisen, med et historisk preg som interesserer og sender deg i informasjonssøken på nettet – sulten på å vite mer om denne balansegangen mellom sannhet og fiksjon. Det bør ikke være noen tvil om at det ligger kvalitet i bunnen av Black Ops. Spillet rekker likevel aldri helt opp. Litt av grunnen til dette er mangelen på det ekstraordinære, men det kanskje største problemet er at med mindre du kjøper spillet for den rundt åtte timer lange enspillerdelen, ser jeg ingen grunn til å bytte ut Modern Warfare 2.
Playing Call of Duty Black Ops is an exercise in futility and frustration punctuated by brief moments of genuine fun. I can't recommend the game to anyone who doesn't hate themselves and want to inflict pain on their own psyche.