Why Call of Duty: Black Ops can kick Modern Warfare 2’s ass

Modern Warfare 2 might have enjoyed the biggest entertainment launch of all time (Yeah, profitability!), but it didn’t please everyone. While Activision suits achieved epic boners staring at opening sales pie charts, the rest of us were sifting through a story with more holes than a sieve and a borderline broken multiplayer.

That’s why we’ve decided to champion Treyarch’s recently confirmed Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is set to take place during the Cold War in Vietnam, Cuba and the Arctic. Below we’ll look at what the occasionally derided developer’s upcoming shooter can learn from Modern Warfare 2’s problems and why it can ultimately kick its megaton keester.

Black Ops can fix Modern Warfare’s online problems

We know it. You know it. That dude your third cousin occasionally hangs out with at parties definitely knows it. MW 2’s kill streak system is bust like Owen Wilson’s hooter. With attack helicopters soon chaining into tactical nukes, it gives certain players an unattainable advantage. In short, it’s horribly unbalanced.

Above: "Would you kindly... scrap the bastard tactical nukes?"

While Treyarch’s last COD (World at War) pretty much just copied the blueprint set by the original Modern Warfare, we suspectTreyarch will have the sense to fix its sequel’s online mistakes. We expect the game to have dense jungle environments (Vietnam) and sunny Caribbean climates (Cuba), too. And these could potentially provide the multiplayer maps with an interesting blend of ultra tense claustrophobic locations, where sneaky stealth kills rule, complimented with some good old fashioned homicidal fun in the sun.

It’ll hopefully craft a more coherent story than MW2

Yeah, not hard this. Treyarch doesn’t have to pen a Pulitzer Prize-winning script. All it has to do is create a campaign that doesn’t have a story with as many holes as a sieve. We’re not saying MW2’s single-player wasn’t awesome (it was, and then some). But the confusing, logic-leaping plot was a huge letdown that no amount of Captain Price face fuzz could save.

Above: Seriously, a sieve

In contrast, WaW’s story was definitely less bombastic and exciting, but at least its simple plot made more sense. Although, admittedly, it was pretty much dragged to the finish line by Kiefer Sutherland shouting loads and Gary Oldman hamming up a Ruskie accent that world curdle the Kremlin’s strongest vodka.

Still, Treyarch has a history of pulling in some heavyweight acting talent. And coupled with the potential the Cold War setting has to be emotionally jarring (Metal Gear Solid 3 is a total tear jerker), we’re hopeful Black Ops’ story will trump MW2.

Its lo-tech weaponry could be a breath of fresh air

This is still just speculation, of course, but we reckon Black Ops will contain one of the COD series’ more interesting weapon sets. UK retailer GAME are quoted as saying the game will feature 'unconventional weaponry'. If it tows the historical line and goes with period guns that were used during the Cold War, we could see a diverse armoury including flamethrowers, white phosphorous hand grenades and classic guns like the Smith and Wesson ‘Hush Puppy’. God bless you, Wikipedia.

The Vietnam conflict specifically also included a broad range of different vehicles across land, sea and air. The North Korean Army had some interesting tanks, too, including one that was amphibious. So we’re expecting a sprinkling of fun, potentially on-rails vehicles sections. And considering how awesome it was to man the guns of a Catalina flying boat in WaW, we’re could be in for all kinds of vehicular-based win in Black Ops.

Above: Amphibious tanks - officially the only way to go when you want to murder a shit load of trout


  • dsmith1984uk - January 4, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    Black Ops is the best Call of Duty yet. I run a blog which provides a lot of high quality content for people struggling online.
  • iBikeSA - November 15, 2010 1:39 a.m.

    BTW it does have thermal,@SeattleSound is a retard
  • iBikeSA - November 15, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    Just finished Black ops Campaign, Best FPS out there. I like IW games and i wasnt a big fan of WaW (i bought for nazi zombies), But treyarch really outdid themselves on this one! The multiplayer is much better than MW and MW2 and the campaign is great. I also love how you can play sppitscreen online, beats all the battlefields and halo which sucks anyways
  • meanstreak - August 25, 2010 2:20 a.m.

    MW2 is the best fps game ever hands down. I'm sick of these naysayers saying WAW, battlefield or halo is better. The truth is you suck at the game if you think it isn't the best. WAW you sit and wait for someone to cross your path so you can shoot, wow that takes skill. Campers love waw because they can't run and gun. No reflects and can't shoot a straight shot while moving. Battlefield feels like your character is carrying 10 1 gal. milk jugs. the controls are so sloppy. Halo is a joke, jumping 15 ft and firing weapons that look like a childs cartoon. MW2 controls are crisp and your reflects need to be sharp, there is no room for 2nd rate players. All you mw2 haters just need to come clean and just say the truth; which is your weak at the game. Like I said competition is fierce and everything you do determines if your a good player; personal skill, loadouts, knowledge of the maps. I have no clue if black ops will be better but there is definetly room for improvement just nobody has been able to top the best yet. By the way EA is the true whore, always late tot he party with there games and never has a true leg to stand on.
  • hereticdonutboy - June 11, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    @burnttoshreds thank you, fucking thank you, YOU just made my day. MW2 just had one or 2 great moments. P.S. i got my first and second nuke on PS3 with harrior, stealth, and nuke on at level 20 and 22. i can go 40 and 5 with a USP (not UMP). Than i got the game for the 360. I got the shit knocked out of me when i tried it. P.S.S. Ive given up on MW2 and im playing WaW again (GT is NecromorphBrute).
  • Rastaman20 - May 7, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    ok first off leme explain sumthin to you children who complain that CoD WaW story was boring and dumb ahem.....ITS CUZ YOU FUCKs DONT CARE BOUT HISTORY!!! WaW had a fantastic story line espically at the end when u rasied the flag that was EPICNESS 101 also i agree the onle need sum work but Nazi Zombies-Shino Numa and Der Riese those are the reason i played the shit out of that game also anyone who complains that war games should b balanced leme explain somthing WAR IS NOT BALANCED!!!!!!! if MW2 was realistic warfare and the game had vehicles you could operate here is how it would be TF-141 Navy S.E.A.L.S. US-Marines all these factions would have tanks and other dangerous equipment now people who played as OP-FOR would get this a horse IED's Civilian Cars there's your "Realistic" warfare also making the under-Mounted 870 Master-Key and the Model 1887's the farthest shooting shotguns in the game?? come on get real all those shotguns should shoot same diffrence unless CoD got realistic to where we could adjust the CHOKE!!!!
  • Joshin69 - May 4, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    Dont mean to through a spanner but your wrong! and here is why. No one has ever made a good viatnam game, all that have tried has promised far more than was delivered. I may be wrong but the weight of history backs me up.
  • SeattleSound - May 4, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    Yup, there is going to be no thermal in Black Ops, thank god.
  • awil117 - May 3, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    HELL YEAH! That's all I want! Is some Zombies! Whoo!
  • BurntToShreds - May 3, 2010 5:31 a.m.

    Sure is Treyarch hate in here. What is everyone's problem with them? You realize that so many people left IW that their next game won't be the same? It'll be a zombie; A shell of its former self. @Zeipher You bayonetted people crawling on the ground without their legs, you torched snipers as they writhed in agony, you actually exploded the enemy's head with an anti-tank rifle. The enemy tried flooding the metro, sending torrent of water at you. There was a sniper duel, a chase through a burning building, an outright Zerg Rush from Japanese pouring out of a castle. You planted the Soviet flag on the roof of the Reichstag after getting stabbed in the chest. If none of those moments are "epic", please correct me.
  • lukel127 - May 2, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    @kachigop I totally agree. On PS3 not many people have mics so even if some 8 yr old were playing you couldnt hear them. Also, i've only seen 7 nukes. 7 out of 400 is not that much
  • Zeipher - May 2, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    It seems that most people forget that WaW had no epic moments. None. Zero. Zip. You could tell how each game was gonna go by the beginning. COD4: Stealthily infiltrate an ocean liner in a storm. Escape and jump into a helicopter as it sinks. WaW: Get knocked into last stand and be dragged into a boat. Trey has no creativity. Their only claim to fame is zombies.
  • slowdrum13 - May 1, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    After the way Activision acted toward iw, call of duty is dead to me. Not buying. Besides, I'll be playing cod4 and mw2 for years, I don't need more.
  • jambo22 - May 1, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    The Cold War is a setting that hasn't been covered much??? Of course it hasn't! There was no fighting in it whatsoever, just political tension. Yeah that'd make a great your research!
  • danganado - May 1, 2010 4:37 p.m.

    this is how shit happens every time a new cod is announced we get all excited about how much better it's going to be we say how crap the prequel was (even though it got a 10/10 NOT EVEN MGS4 GOT THAT!) then we play the game and say it's the best game ever Then rpeat tis crap the next year and @draco1400 I completely agree with you, 100% and onyxoblivion, you must be funnyjunk's admin who ran away
  • kachigop - May 1, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    What people need to understand about the MW2 multiplayer is that it's a very different experience on PS3 from XBOX 360. There are less seven year olds running around on PS3 and nukes are very rare on any game type thanks to the overall more consistent gameplay of everybody. It can be frustrating trying to get a nuke on PS3 when every player is more than capable of ending your streak in an instant, but I think its closer to what Infinity Ward envisioned for the game. If you want evidence: PS3 hasn't had to ban cage match because its not all boosting and nuke boosters in team games are much more rare than nukes themselves.
  • philipshaw - May 1, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    More excited for the new MOH that the new COD
  • Wolverine08 - May 1, 2010 10:31 a.m.

    @Silverstone But the first COD came out ages ago, I just don't want him to be in EVERY COD prior to COD4, to keep Price in MW could be a selling point also for the games
  • Jacko415 - May 1, 2010 2:59 a.m.

    MW2 was a broken, unbalanced, over hyped letdown. COD 4 was a milestone WaW was pretty bad ass (and i liked realistic dismembering gore) a COD in Vietnam? ive been waiting for this. such a diverse and contraversal war plus COD is an instant win. Personally playing the vitcong would be more fun than the U.S. army because of the traps and tunnel systems and the parkour in the jungles. IT GONNA BE BOSS!
  • TURbo - May 1, 2010 2:52 a.m.

    I've played COD 1, 2, 4, WaW, and MW2 to completion. Treyarch has done a solid job making shooting games. The nice thing about the Cold War setting, is that it could be anywhere. Proxy wars were fought all over the place (Black Ops). I want the single player campaign of Black Ops to have some good stealth action sequences, and have a more coherent pacing, than MW2 such as your in Brazil, and back to Washington D.C., and then your on an oil rig. Besides gamers posting about how much COD sucks, and Treyarch sucks is the minority. Treyarch sold just as many copies of COD as Infinity Ward due to having more ports. Black Ops is going to sell 10,000,000+ copies on the 360 and PS3 just like COD WaW.

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