Review by romansiii
"Call of Duty: Black Op's Review - Australian Reviewer -"
Black Ops is the latest instalment in the Call of Duty Franchise brought to you by Treyarch, as a sequel to Treyarch's last Call of Duty, World at War, by including Reznov, who was featured on the Russian part of the Campaign. This game incorporates many new features and separates greatly from the typical CoD experience. This game features a single player campaign, zombie mode, online and split-screen multiplayer and many secretes'.
The initial impression of the graphics is fairly negative, for not being as shiny and polished' as Modern Warfare 2. But on closer inspection the graphics are superior on many levels. Clean and Crisp. But a few disappointing points, where the smoke doesn't look as good as in Modern Warfare 2 and the fire not as good as in World at War. Overall the graphics are good and do the job well.
I fairly impressed by the sound quality. I was surprised at a few sound clippets that were borrowed from Modern Warfare 2. But the sound is an improvement. Such as the explosion sounds being more of a beefer' sound, as well as some of the weapons from WWII being improved in gunfire sound, the most obvious being the M1911 Colt Pistol.
Single Player Campaign: 10/10
I loved it, I was very impressed. The story was very unconventional. With each level being a flashback, all leading to the climax. The story wasn't straight forward, shrouded with mystery, it keeps you interested to find out why you Alex Mason are being interrogated. The end is a ripper, and there are enough unconventional sequences to mix things up without having the same game play experience.
Great multiplayer, a real leap forward in online multiplayer for the franchise. Customisation of your weapons and character, which has never been attempted in CoD, brings each player a sense of uniqueness and allows them to have there own identity. The maps are interesting and dynamic, with more than just a still map, you find parts of the maps changing, link cranes moving and even a rocket launching from the pad. The CoD points are great not having to do annoying challenges to get one attachment that you want. New kill streaks, tweaks to them and the return of the dogs.
Zombie Mode: 9/10
The new map Kino Der Toten is a map using the old WaW formulae, and is quite enjoyable. Dogs, zombies, Auto-turrets, teleports and both WWII and Vietnam war era weapons, make for more traditional game play, which is very enjoyable. The second map Five which you unlock after the campaign, is the next step for Nazi Zombies, featured in the Pentagon, it has a completely new game feel, with out sacrificing to much of the old formulae which made Nazi Zombies.
There are many secretes in the game, including being able to escape the chair your in; in the main menu, and being able to use a computer to unlock a special top down shooter, being able to play Zorsk and being able to look at some Intel not unlocked during the campaign, plus more.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 11/11/10
Game Release: Call of Duty: Black Ops (AU, 11/09/10)
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