Call of Duty: Black Ops - Everything you need to know about the new multiplayer


Treyarch have gone to incredible lengths to allow players to stamp their personality on the multiplayer side of Black Ops. From the different clothing you can wear, which ranges from ghillie suits to the uniform of the Vietnamese army to the look of your targeting reticule – the options are plentiful.

There’s an incredibly comprehensive tag editor which can be used to create a specific clan badge for you and your buddies to stick on their soldiers. As an example of the versatility of the editor we were shown a tag being quickly made of a horse rearing up that had pistols where its hooves should’ve been. Lovely stuff.

On a more practical basis there are now a few more attachments for your weapons – most notably the flamethrower. Acting in the same way as the shotgun attachment, you can clip this onto most assault rifles and when the mood takes you, click to the secondary fire to toast some enemy bums.


Out of the 14 maps that will be available from day one, we kicked ass across four new ones. Which ones you ask? These ones...


It’s the obligatory war-torn map that reminds us of several play-areas from Modern Warfare 2. There are disheveled homes and shops to cower in or you can even climb up to a perfect sniper spot and rain down hot lead justice from above.


This level is set inside and around a sprawling factory complete with twisty tight corridors and open expanses that are perfect for picking off folk from a distance with an assault rifle. It also working conveyor belt that will send you to a fiery death if you don’t leap off it in time.


The snow one. Sorry, this map was the most indistinguishable from previous maps in the franchise and, as such, we don't have too much to say about it.


Here’s the map that, for us, is packed with the most personality - thanks to a whopping great nuclear warhead located in the middle of it. After a while the missile will erupt from the silo in a plume of smoke, which leaves an underground area to take the fight into.

We'll be posting even more custom multiplayer footage from Call of Duty: Black Ops – as well as a bizarre behind-the-scenes look at last night's reveal event - over the next few days. Keep refreshing!

Sep 2, 2010


  • oreomonkey - October 31, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    So whoever was playing in these matches SUCKED.
  • PipBowl420 - September 8, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    so... all of that looks pretty neat.. yes.. but I really hope that they include lots of the gametypes from MW2, and most of all.... we've seen these Wager Matches.. Seen a few of the Online maps... but where's the zombies? Where's the bio-genetic mutated monsters, experiments, and super soldiers? This is a game, a game about black operations.. Again... where's the zombies?
  • BrianDowns - September 7, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    Modern warfare 2 was a steaming pile but this looks awesome. The confirmed zombies mode is all that I need to buy this, the alternative game modes are a bonus. Fair play to those who think gungame is a rip off from Counterstrike but let the console players experience it's vast awesomeness.
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  • Stellar91 - September 7, 2010 2:32 a.m.

    All I hear is....blah,blah,blah. It's not Infinity Ward, waah. Every game treyarch has done is better than the last by a mile, so if that stays true than this should be awesome. Just like the people sayin that they were gonna protest Valve since Left4dead 2 came too quickly. 95% of them were playin day one, just sayin'
  • PipBowl420 - September 6, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    Is Call of Duty fresh, new and fun again? I think so!
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  • Limbo - September 5, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    It looks like this game is borrowing everything it can possibly get its hands on. The emblem/clan tag customization reminds me of Halo. The purchasing of guns, equipment, and different clothing remind me of many FPS on computers and also the Reach beta(armory). Gun Game is from Counter-Strike. It has a theater mode that appears to be near identical to Halo's. This isn't all necessarily bad, but maybe a little uncreative. I'd like to see this game bring something unique to the table, but it looks like its a little too influenced from other FPS. The Wager Modes do look fun though. Probably gonna be a Christmas pickup for me, since the only thing that I am really looking forward to in this game is Commie Zombies, which I think is the most brilliant thing CoD has ever had. PS, if you couldn't tell, I like Halo:) Sorry if I came off as a fanboy. PSS, ReCaptcha has gone insane.
  • NanoElite666 - September 4, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    The Wager modes look like a lot of fun, especially the Sharpshooter one. I always loved the swap-to-random-weapons arena rounds in the Ratchet & Clank games, so hopefully this'll be just as fun.
  • Frogger537 - September 4, 2010 7:25 p.m.

    for some reason only the maps will load for me...the rest of the pictures won't. and I know its not my internet I have great service....idk....
  • pat5556 - September 4, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    Man, looks like Trearch really outdid themselves. Even my dad is wanting this when it comes out. (THAT is freaking saying something) Interesting that they use a point-shop system for unlockables. I guess that encourages stylish kills for those few extra points. :D Looking really forward to this. Just freaking looks great.
  • Monoxide - September 4, 2010 11:39 a.m.

    I just joined GR to write this. Did anyone else notice on the customization clip he goes over prestige mode and it says prestige mode unlockes at level 50. I don't like the decrease in levels but the rest of the game looks cool.
  • elpurplemonkey - September 4, 2010 7 a.m.

    This is beginning to get me interested in Black Ops. The customization seems nice, but those wager modes seem especially interesting.
  • MassSaber - September 4, 2010 4:58 a.m.

    I have to admit that multiplayer on CoD MW can be at times the most boring or annoying part of the game, nice to see treyarch shaking things up a little
  • Sickooo - September 4, 2010 4:08 a.m.

    wow wth is up with the people below me... neways this looks so amazing its almost all of the upgrades that i wanted from mw2! also the customizing of your gun is gonna add personality to the multiplayer. i cannot wait to get this game!
  • mausjake - September 3, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    It's still made by Treyarch. So I think I'll pass
  • slowdrum13 - September 3, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    Medal of honor is coming out..... It hasn't even been a year since mw2.... Its set in the past..... It has the Activision name on the box..... Yeah, definitely not buying no matter how hard you guys try and hype it.
  • sheepy94 - September 3, 2010 5:25 p.m.

    Gun game sounds like a helluva lot of fun, who carse if it came from CSS? Wtf is up with recaptcha? I just got one that has missingno in it.
  • kiwimonster5 - September 3, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    I like the customization. They more options they give you to make yourself as crazy or unique from everyone else as possible.
  • BadLadJon - September 3, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Gun Game came straight from CSS...

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