|System: X360, PS3, PC|
|Release: November 9, 2010|
|Screen Resolution: 480p - 1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language|
But aside from those minute missteps, Treyarch did an amazing of proving they can innovate within this franchise, and not be held back by their publisher's ongoing dispute. Their new vision for the Call of Duty series is definitely a bold step, but it's a step in the right direction. This game is jam-packed with content that is very well worth the sixty-dollar price tag they're selling it for. The campaign is roughly a six to seven hour ride, and a great one at that, and the multiplayer has a shelf life that will likely outlast the console it's played on.
In all honesty, the multiplayer component is so well thought-out that it could have been released as a stand-alone experience. The new upgrade system, the statistic tracking, and the vast amount of customization is enough to keep players engrossed for hours; and that's not even part of the gameplay. The real fun is getting to play with all the new kill streak rewards. They range anywhere from the incredibly entertaining RC-XD remote car bomb to a pack of gruesome attack dogs, and all are as satisfying as ever. You'll know exactly what I mean when you score your first RC-XD group kill on some unsuspecting chumps in a round of Domination. The wager matches are an incredible step in terms of multiplayer addictiveness and, if gambling against your friends wasn't enough, you can even purchase Contracts to bet on whether you can achieve personal goals during your playtime.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the endless amount of fun you'll have will probably be what tops that list. There are also a ton of great easter eggs to be found in Black Ops, and if you can find out how to escape from the title screen don't be afraid to ask for some "help." Just be careful not to get eaten by a Grue, or you might end up "DOA."
CCC Freelance Writer