Call of Duty: Black Ops super review

  • Coherent story to complement the action
  • Wager modes in multiplayer
  • Buckets of gore at every turn
  • Sticks way too close to old ideas
  • Weaker sense of impact with guns at times
  • Hidden checkpoints are annoying

No Call of Duty review would be complete without mentioning the online side of things, right? While I can’t testify as to how stable the servers were seeing as we were playing in a controlled environment with the other folk doing reviews, but it’s all you’d expect and then a whole load more. Everything we said previously is still valid so rather than me going over old ground check out all you need to know, plus videos, right here 

Above: It's always nice to dig around in new deathmatch maps. Y'know, before everyone knows all the camp spots.

Also, Nazi zombies are back, which you can play from the off but there's a new zombie mode too where you play as one of Fidel Castro, JFK, Richard Nixon or Robert McNamara to defend against the invasion inside the Pentagon. You unlock this mode once you've completed the campaign and the one-line quips, as they dole out death, are a great touch and add a nice dose of personality to proceedings. There's also a thoroughly entertaining Smash TV inspired 2D, top-down, co-op mode featuring a space gorilla. I shit you not.

Above: Ahhh, I love the smell of Killstreak napalm attacks in the morning. And any time of day really.

So Black Ops is quite the package, and Treyarch can finally begin to create a Modern Warfare-esque franchise of their own, built on this sturdy foundation. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that they try to stamp their own ideas on future iterations rather than depending on safe bets from the one series they should be trying to overtake.

Is it better than...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2?: No. It may tell a story better than Infinity Ward's epic but Black Ops uses a lot of the key features from MW2 rather than delivering original ideas. As a result it feels more like a homage to Modern Warfare 2 than a full-blown sequel.



Battlefield Bad Company 2?: Yes. But only just. I really like Battlefield: BC2 as a whole but the campaign left me feeling cold. What Black Ops does well is thrust you into a believable environment throughout while constantly changing your areas of conflicts. Bad Company 2 - for me - didn't.


Call of Duty: World at War?: Yes. This is certainly Treyarch's finest moment in the Call of Duty series, not just because they can use modern weapons but because it all feels much more seamless than their previous game(s).    


Just for you Metacritic

With the hype and excitement surrounding Treyarch's first Call of Duty where they aren't bound by a World War II setting, it's a shame that they went for more of the same MW2. This isn't say it's poor but personally I feel they've missed an opportunity to really stamp their authority with Black Ops. Still, as a complete package with a great story, strong FPS action and a killer multiplayer mode, Black Ops remains unmissable.

More Info

Release date: Nov 09 2010 - PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS (US)
Nov 09 2010 - PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS (UK)
Available Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Activision
Developed by: n-Space, Treyarch
Franchise: Call of Duty
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language
PEGI Rating:


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  • mademan33 - January 10, 2011 2:47 a.m.

    i really couldnt care about call of duty anymore treyarch did a good job with this one but im still bored of shoot this guy in slow mo, blow up this village, its all the same to me...all the more reason to get excited about Bioshock: infinite, but still a good game
  • GrahamC1992 - December 22, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    Hi I am just starting to review games, I am after doing a black ops review please go to the link and check it out and my other reviews :). thank you :)
  • blueapha092 - November 24, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    @deputy326 Shut up dude, Black Ops campaign was amazing but still it will never beat the campaign of Halo CE and Halo 2. I don't think any game EVER will. Black Ops is a fixed MW2 with a MUCH MUCH MUCH better campaign. When I realized why that one dude said, "What the fuck's wrong with you?" in the tunnels, I got chills down my spine. Oh and *SPOILER ALERT* I loved how they hinted that Mason assassinated JFK
  • nathanrcool - November 21, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    want it so bad
  • RogueRED - November 13, 2010 4:29 p.m.

    I refuse to beleive that this game got a nine. While the setpieces were similar, there was also enough variance in the others for it matter. In short, I'm fairly dissaponted.
  • DetailGear - November 12, 2010 1:21 a.m.

    well i will never buy a cod game again
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - November 12, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    Unless it got 12, I waqs going to tell Black Ops to stick it.
  • Alakasam342 - November 11, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    strawberries fly by me
  • Alakasam342 - November 11, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    lookie me I'm cool
  • Alakasam342 - November 11, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    blue green unceunceunce
  • ninjaspartan13 - November 11, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    what about gaz modern warfare and ghost modern warfare2 tha ba's of the games
  • Howetzer - November 11, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    @ JadenKnotor or what the hell ever your name is, shut the hell up. Just had to get that off first. @ NathanGR I know not everyone plays online games man, and I dont have any issue with your reveiw really so dont feel that I do, I just was trying to get my point across that I think the online portion of these CoD games and such is more heavily weighed as the true value of the games by most people who are playing them (as long as they play online of course). I was simply using a James Carville reference a la "it's the economy stupid" to convey that point, oh and no I do not subscribe to James Carville's political beliefs, but nonetheless he did have a good point in that case, but I digress. Oh yeah and Jaden, in case I forgot, shut the hell up =)
  • AGENTJORRRG - November 11, 2010 7:53 a.m.

    But...MW2 blew a fat one.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - November 11, 2010 7:17 a.m.

    @GamesRadar_NathanIrvine I wasn't complaining about Black Ops getting a 9. From what I've played so far, 9 seems like a perfectly reasonable score. I just think if any game this generation deserves a 10 its Red Dead but that's just my opinion. Good review btw.
  • Yeager1122 - November 11, 2010 5:06 a.m.

    Really dont understand why everyone has to come on the comments and act like a buncj of douches i mean say your opnion but dont be a jerk about it but anyway good review will probably pick this up soon when done with everything else
  • Chaoscoolperson - November 10, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    Well that settles it. It copied MW2 therefore it cannot be trusted. Back to REACH!!! HUZZZZZZAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
  • OrionOnyx - November 10, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    Call of Duty games are becoming waaaaay too overrated in my opinion. Especially when all people do is buy the game sit there and play multiplayer all day and not even touch the singleplayer. It just gets a little boring after a while.
  • bonerachieved - November 10, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    Lets Remember Dear T-Dards that everyone of the reviewers of is a human being, and has the right to write and say whatever they want. Just because Nathan gave it a 9 and you feel that its a 10 doesn't need to be spewed all over this article. @Visual217 @sleepy92ismypsn and the rest of you guys criticizing someones oppinion. All of you would be pissed off if there wasn't a review at all. Looking forward to more articles guys.
  • bonerachieved - November 10, 2010 6:56 p.m.

    @FoxdenRacing You can try and be like Tyler Durden all you want, but your just a space monkey.

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