“The Numbers!? What do they mean!?” you scream to yourself in pain as you look down at your wrists, strapped to a chair. “Mason, wake up Mason.” You hear the deep voice of your interrogator through the loud speaker. This is one of the many questioning scenes you’ll see as you play through Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game always keeps you questioning with many scenes jumping through storyline plot variations. But I won’t spoil the story for you; let’s get onto the review.
The campaign in COD: Black Ops is a very in depth and confusing one. Throughout the story you’ll take on many different parts of the Vietnam and Cold War. You’ll meet unforgettable characters, amazingly crafted landscapes and vistas, and a story that will keep you guessing as to what’s really going on. Now the campaign is the one place I feel fell short. The story at times felt rushed, it was confusing, and some things needed use of the internet to make any sense. And while the game may be fun to play, the campaign experience is downright horrid. I found myself unsure of what to do with it was because a checkpoint was missing, I was moving too fast or other stupid and silly glitches.
Now while the campaign experience may not be the best, Zombie mode returns much to fanfare and applause. In Zombies the player and up to 3 others face up to wave upon wave of Zombies and Zombie Dogs with the fight growing ever tougher. Out of the box Black Ops comes with 2 Zombies maps, a map set on the Pentagon where you play as Lincoln, JFK, Castro, and a Scientist and Kino Der Toten, A map set on an old auditorium over run with Zombies. With these two maps the player can have quite an experience, although he Zombies does get old at times.
The multiplayer in Black Ops is spectacular to say the least. Instead of traditional unlock methods of past Call of Duty games you’re now awarded to purchase weapons, camouflage and other items similar to Halo: Reach’s credit system. Black Ops also adds in a new mode called ‘Wager Matches’. These are matches where players gamble their COD Points in multiple game modes. Another amazing addition is the Private Match System. It appears Treyarch took a hint from Bungie and allowed for wider customization of the private match system. While full customization isn’t available, it is a pretty wide spectrum. The multiplayer is where the game truly shines. While campaign may take up a good ten hours, Campaign will keep you busy for days.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is an amazing game with a brilliant multiplayer and a greatly crafted campaign. The game will keep you busy for hours if not days upon days and is definitely worth the 59 Dollar investment.
Final Rating: 8.5/10