â€œCall of Duty: Black Opsâ€ was probably the most disappointing game Iâ€™ve had the displeasure of playing in a long, long time. When big name, big budget sequels come out, I expect an overall better product.
Producer Treyarch completely dropped the ball and took a huge step backward in the â€œCall of Dutyâ€ franchise. The only thing Treyarch did right with this game was copying the controls straight from â€œCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and 2â€ because almost nothing was fun in â€œBlack Ops.â€
This game might be made off the same graphics engine as the â€œModern Warfareâ€ series, but it looks like a step back in the visual department. Even with brightness levels up way too high, I canâ€™t distinguish enemies from friendlies or parts of the environment.
Plus, all these ridiculous graphic shocks or whatever the developers wanted them to be during the story-telling of the game made me want to trash the disk and play â€œHalo.â€ I would have too if it werenâ€™t for Blockbuster threatening to charge $60 for a broken game.
The sound was utterly average and the voice actors in â€œBlack Opsâ€ tried too hard to live up to â€œModern Warfare 2â€™sâ€ intense and memorable voice actors. Nobody in â€œBlack Opsâ€ compares to the likes of Soap, Gaz, Ghost and really any of the other characters from â€œModern Warfare.â€
Lucky for Treyarch, the â€œCall of Dutyâ€ franchise comes with a fluid and simple first-person shooter control scheme or they would probably be SOL in this department too. Honestly, I havenâ€™t seen one good â€œCall of Dutyâ€ game from Treyarch to date. I donâ€™t know why Activision trusts Treyarch to make any games ever.
If it werenâ€™t for the few innovative customization additions to â€œBlack Opsâ€ in multiplayer and the Zombie mode, I wouldâ€™ve scored the game at a zero for game play because this game falls flat on its face in the fun department. I havenâ€™t come close to finishing â€œBlack Opsâ€ and Iâ€™m already bored out of my skull.
Everyone should save their money and buy â€œModern Warfare 1 and 2â€ because â€œBlack Opsâ€ is a complete failure.
Video game reviewer Ian Hopkins can be reached at email@example.com.