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Reviewed: Call of Duty: Black Ops
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: December 19th, 2010
Page: 2

Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

Let's face it, the single-player campaign is a throwaway. Add in the fact that "new", lesser-skilled players will probably never reach certain gameplay modes, and there are definite limitations. Still, the mechanics are solid and there's an interesting take on leveling up.

Graphics:

It's Call of Duty, so expect stellar visuals. Extra perks include zombie world leaders and the option to customize weapons with visual tags. Treyarch also spent quite a bit of time on "full performance" motion capture for some of their animations, and it shows.

Sound and Music:

Expect some cheesy voice acting, but the soundtrack is quite solid.

Difficulty:

For single-player, the AI's got some nice touches to keep things from being just "peek and shoot." As for the rest, well, power differences for multiplayer will be part skill, part grind time.

Controls and Interface:

The only complaint I'd have is the occasional difficulty lining up a headshot sneak attack (there's an achievement for those).

Overall:

Quite a solid title, but Activision is running the risk of burning out the genre with the constant issuing of new Call of Duty titles. Some of the leveling mechanics may also be destined for a post-patch revamp, especially where wager matches are concerned.

 


Added:  Monday, December 20, 2010
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Score:
Page: 2/2

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