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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.9
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.1
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
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Overall User Score (40 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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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.
Cheat Code Central (Nov 09, 2010)
There is so much content packed into this game that I couldn't even fit all of it into my review. However, even the multiplayer alone is enough to warrant this rating.
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.
3D Juegos (Nov 09, 2010)
Call of Duty: Black Ops es una de las mejores entregas de la serie Call of Duty, y desaconseja por completo una supuesta teoría de agotamiento de la franquicia. La IP más fuerte de la nueva generación vuelve a brillar con un título de calidad e intensidad formidables, con un gran equilibrio en todos sus apartados y con las habituales cotas de cinematográfica espectacularidad como principal reclamo. Treyarch da un puñetazo encima de la mesa ofreciendo un gran multijugador y una brillante campaña para consolidar una compra altamente recomendable.
PC Games (Germany) (Nov 09, 2010)
Es gibt eine Menge Spieler, die World at War richtig gut fanden. Ich gehöre nicht dazu. Im Gegenteil, ich hielt Treyarch eigentlich immer für seelenlose Lizenzverwurster, die lediglich uninspirierte Standardware zweiter Klasse produzieren. Die Nutzung der Vergangenheitsform deutet allerdings schon an: Es hat sich was getan. Zum einen schafften es diese ehemaligen B-Entwickler erstmals, in Sachen Ideenreichtum und Spielqualität an Seriengründer Infinity Ward heranzukommen. Zum anderen setzten sie mutig eigene Akzente wie die ungewöhnliche Handlung und legten eine hohe Liebe zum Detail an den Tag. Außerdem gestand Activision ihnen endlich die Zeit und Ressourcen zu, damit dieses Studio aus dem Schatten treten und die Lust am Spielemachen entdecken konnte. Und das merkt man dem Titel deutlich an. Gratulation, Jungs, das ist euer Call of Duty und ihr könnt zum ersten Mal stolz drauf sein!
GamesCollection (Nov 09, 2010)
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!
Cheat Happens (Nov 16, 2010)
Call of Duty: Black Ops is a remarkably fun and inventive shooter; sure it has its share of imperfections, but they're all minor when the game is this fun to play. Though the main campaign is a bit on the short side, it's filled with thrilling set pieces and a compelling narrative along with the always exciting multiplayer suite. Say goodbye to your wife and kids, kiss the sun goodbye - your new Call of Duty fix has arrived.
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.
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.
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.
90 (Nov 09, 2010)
Treyarch isn't trying to reinvent the formula which made Modern Warfare 2 the most successful video game of all time, but it has laid down solid multiplayer foundations while adding a series of necessary and intelligent tweaks - which should be music to the ears of the game's many fans. A spectacular but silly single-player campaign rounds off the package, and while it comes without Modern Warfare 2's ambitious (but unsuccessful) attempt at carving out a political message, Black Ops offers its own thoroughly enjoyable romp through some entertaining set-pieces. I've considered myself a Call of Duty fan for many years, and I've held a deep-seated distrust of Treyarch since Call of Duty 3. No longer.
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.
Game Watcher (Nov 16, 2010)
While it holds more first week sales than any other game before it, Black Ops isn't the series' high point. What we have here is a refined and extremely confident product from a studio that has found its feet in the FPS world. This sequel captures everything that makes the series great, and apart from the odd mishap, is engrossing throughout. If the short campaign doesn't hold your attention past the credits, the online multiplayer almost certainly will. Right now, we're intrigued to see what's coming next, especially as the Call of Duty series heads into a period of major transition.
GameSpot (Nov 10, 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.
GameStar (Germany) (Nov, 2010)
(Multiplayer Review) Im Kern ist der Multiplayer von Black Ops genau wie der der Modern-Warfare-Serie. Aber nachdem ich mich monatelang mit dem Matchmaking-System von Modern Warfare 2 rumgeärgert habe, kommen mir die dedizierten Server von Black Ops wie der Himmel auf Erden vor. Endlich kann ich wieder die Karten spielen, die ich spielen will, und muss nicht auf den Zufall hoffen. Endlich kann ich wieder favorisierte Server anlegen. Zum absoluten Glück fehlt mir eigentlich nur noch, dass Treyarch die Ruckler und zuweilen immer noch auftretenden Lags endgültig in den Griff bekommt.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Nov 26, 2010)
Treyarch bewijst dat het niet voor Infinity Ward moet onderdoen en levert een korte doch spectaculaire singleplayer campagne af, aangevuld met een waanzinnige hoeveelheid multiplayer mogelijkheden.
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.
PCActu (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, le mode Zombie jouable jusqu'à quatre et les serveurs dédiés les raviront tout autant. Mesdames, messieurs, Call of Duty: Black Ops est LE titre de cette fin d'année, qu'on se le dise.
CPU Gamer (Nov 25, 2010)
Black Ops' single-player, while not the best, is different. Treyarch has pushed the multiplayer as far as it could go. True, you've played it all before, and that kind of familiarity keeps Black Ops from being a game that truly represents the absolute pinnacles of 2010, but never has the multiplayer been this good. Now, it's time for something dramatically different. Annualized sequels will only work so well for so long, but in the now, Call of Duty: Black Ops keeps the series worth playing for another year.
GameStar (Germany) (Nov 09, 2010)
(Singleplayer Review) So unterhaltsam Modern Warfare 2 auch war, hat es mich doch auf hohem Niveau enttäuscht. Weil es keine vernünftige Geschichte erzählte, die mich hätte fesseln können. Black Ops gibt seinem nicht minder actiongeladenen Spektakel indes einen roten Faden, der mich motiviert, und einen Helden, mit dem ich mich identifiziere. So verzeihe ich es Treyarch leichter, dass sich an der Spielmechanik selbst nichts getan hat. Warum auch? Der Mix aus filmreifen Skriptsequenzen, exotischen Kulissen und knallharter Action macht auch im siebten Anlauf viel Spaß. Die stupiden Gegner und die überholte Technik gehören aber langsam in die Tonne.
85 (Nov 28, 2010)
Adding everything up, Black Ops has to be taken with a pinch of salt, as a list of improvements on Modern Warfare 2’s hit skeleton: lean, dedicated servers (but only for rent), as well as everything we bullied the last Call of Duty for, along with a campaign that can basically be described as a tram ride and a level of optimization that made our editor-in-chief wonder why he handed me the game without a solid upgrade coupon in the first place.
Hasta los Juegos (Nov 12, 2010)
'Call of Duty: Black Ops' es una evolución predecible y sin demasiadas novedades de 'Modern Warfare', con una historia en modo de un jugador totalmente 'guionada' que se mueve a toda velocidad y un modo multijugador divertido (de momento sólo para los usuarios de consola).

IGN (Nov 10, 2010)
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.
82 (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.
Electricpig (Nov 11, 2010)
Add a fantastic multiplayer section to the mix and you’ve got hours upon hours of gameplay. There aren’t too many games that’ll have you still playing it until the next edition. You’ll be playing Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer long after its release. Possibly until whatever Call of Duty hits next year. How many games can do that? Barely any. For that alone Call of Duty: Black Ops is still a worthy addition to your collection.
D+PAD Magazine (Nov 24, 2010)
Ultimately, there is little doubt that Black Ops will sate the hunger of those simply wanting more Call of Duty, but beyond that it seem unlikely that it will broaden the palettes of gamers or indeed the genre; and for such a big budget, high profile release, we can’t help but feel a little disappointed with that.
Atomic Gamer (Nov 10, 2010)
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. And on PC, Black Ops is nearly unplayable for many gamers, and the best we can do is wait for a patch to deliver the smooth, responsive FPS action we've had since the first Call of Duty was released over six years ago. Black Ops does well, mostly due to the sheer amount of exciting and fun multiplayer content, but I've got some serious concerns over where Call of Duty is headed.
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. The PC version has become somewhat stable, but it's hard to tell how well it will perform for any given setup. If you really must play Black Ops on the PC, you'll have to just dive in and pray. And keep praying that whatever team is in charge for the next installment will get its act together.
Gameplanet (Nov 11, 2010)
Sadly, in it's current form, there are simply too many issues to recommend Black Ops as a viable new platform for those who have heavily invested in other franchises lately. We're taking the liberty of assuming Treyarch can get a handle on the problems with a patch, but until that time, be warned.
Thunderbolt Games (Dec 24, 2010)
Black Ops is an excellent entry into the series, even if it is fairly inconsequential. It doesn’t add anything radical, but like the past few Call of Duty games, it adds enough small things to make it different enough to call a sequel. Thankfully, these changes are mostly interface-based. Dedicated servers are back! The customization is better! You can do a stupid dive move! There isn’t anything mind-boggling here, but it’s just as addictive as Call of Duty has ever been. If you haven’t been burned out on the series by now, Black Ops will still be a great deal of fun, and if you’ve given up on Call of Duty’s PC versions, it might just coax you back.
Gamers Daily News (Nov 15, 2010)
The gameplay is similar to that of the previous series, some new features such as making your own player insignia’s, purchasing your weapons, attachments, and contracts for achievements have added a little bit of excitement to the game, but overall I felt its just a re-skin of an old game, hopefully with map making mods and tools this one might be able to keep players interested longer, and you won’t just see the diehard soldiers on the battlefield.
Ten Ton Hammer (Nov 18, 2010)
Call of Duty: Black Ops is exactly what everyone expected it to be—Modern Warfare 2.5. Actually, let’s call it Modern Warfare 2: Vietnam, to reflect the new setting. This is what the previous owners want and love, so those of you who love it probably already own the game and are fragging every night. For those of you who avoided the craze and didn’t like it to begin with, stay far away. So long as this game keeps selling 10 million copies, the formula isn’t going to change much, as Black Ops proves.
Absolute Games ( (Nov 15, 2010)
Black Ops шагает по планете. Очередной шутер в серии Call of Duty побил прежний рекорд по продажам за первые 24 часа среди развлекательных продуктов, обогнав Modern Warfare 2Краткая информация об игре на $50 млн. Судя по прикидкам, эти цифры — далеко не последнее его достижение. Сила популярного бренда и ураганная рекламная кампания, помноженные на стремление угодить каждому, творят чудеса.
Game Critics (Nov 26, 2010)
Trying to put "yeah, it's OK" into a full article is harder than one might think. Games that stir strong feelings are much easier to write about, simply because I'll have a ready supply of superlatives to churn out into paragraphs. In this case, there's really not much else to say here—the FPS is a somewhat stagnant genre nowadays, and Black Ops is Exhibit A as to why. There's no real creative risk being taken, and while that might be just fine for sales figures, it doesn't bode well for Call of Duty: Black Ops' ability to stand out artistically in the immensely flooded FPS market.
Destructoid (Nov 10, 2010)
I honestly, truly wish I could say more in Black Ops' favor. This is the first Call of Duty in which Treyarch has stepped out of the shadow of Infinity Ward, but the triumph has been ruined by an unbearable PC port, and this is coming from a game that had promised to do much more for PC gamers than Modern Warfare 2 did. The truly stunning single-player campaign offsets many of the multiplayer's flaws, and the Zombie mode is tons of hilarious fun, but neither manages to be lengthy or deep enough to make Black Ops the truly great game that I know it should be. This is an incredibly well-made game that, once patched, will easily sit among the hottest titles of the year. Once the multiplayer is fixed, feel free to pop at least two more points, most likely even three, into this review's score. I can only review what I've got in front of me, however, and what I've got is a superb game that has pissed all over itself.
Gaming Nexus (Dec 01, 2010)
Call of Duty: Black Ops does many things right on the PC such as dedicated servers and high resolutions, but it's just really buggy. I shouldn't be experiencing lag or performance issues with the computer I have, but it's there. Let's hope Treyarch fixes them up quick. If they do so, the PC version does warrant a higher grade, but right now I can't give it a better grade for the product that's delivered to me.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun (Nov 09, 2010)
It’s Treyarch’s best game in a long time, but there’s still a sense it’s a game made by committee. That said, there’s a certain prideful backbone to it. Spanning as it does the Cold War, Vietnam and World War II (thanks to a flashback-heavy narrative structure), it quietly puts the boot into all previous – and perhaps even future – CODs. Black Ops does all the wars, and I can’t help but read that as a forceful statement of “Call of Duty is ours now.” Even though the gutted corpse of Infinity Ward is surely working on Modern Warfare 3 even as we speak, Treyarch are probably right. At last, they’re not the guys who got Call of Duty wrong – they’re the ones who pulled it back from the brink of hatefulness.