Dec 082010
Authors: Ian Hopkins

“Call of Duty: Black Ops” was probably the most disappointing game I’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 “Call of Duty” franchise. The only thing Treyarch did right with this game was copying the controls straight from “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and 2” because almost nothing was fun in “Black Ops.”

This game might be made off the same graphics engine as the “Modern Warfare” series, but it looks like a step back in the visual department. Even with brightness levels up way too high, I can’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 “Halo.” I would have too if it weren’t for Blockbuster threatening to charge $60 for a broken game.

The sound was utterly average and the voice actors in “Black Ops” tried too hard to live up to “Modern Warfare 2’s” intense and memorable voice actors. Nobody in “Black Ops” compares to the likes of Soap, Gaz, Ghost and really any of the other characters from “Modern Warfare.”

Lucky for Treyarch, the “Call of Duty” franchise comes with a fluid and simple first-person shooter control scheme or they would probably be SOL in this department too. Honestly, I haven’t seen one good “Call of Duty” game from Treyarch to date. I don’t know why Activision trusts Treyarch to make any games ever.

If it weren’t for the few innovative customization additions to “Black Ops” in multiplayer and the Zombie mode, I would’ve scored the game at a zero for game play because this game falls flat on its face in the fun department. I haven’t come close to finishing “Black Ops” and I’m already bored out of my skull.

Everyone should save their money and buy “Modern Warfare 1 and 2” because “Black Ops” is a complete failure.

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