Call of Duty: Black Ops - Xbox 360

Game Description:Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first-person shooter, high-intensity military video game developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. Set to release on November 9, 2010, CoD is the 7th installment in the legendary Call of Duty series. A sequel to the developer's previous title in the series, Call of Duty: World at War, Black Ops is the first one set during the Cold War era and is a much grittier game than Modern Warfare 2. The two main characters that the player assumes the role of are Mason and Hudson, Studies and Observations Group operatives on missions behind enemy lines. They will fight through varying time periods and several locations, including: the Ural Mountains, Laos, Cuba, the Arctic, and Vietnam as footsoldiers. An impressive feature for players who close in on an enemy is a melee attack, ensuring a one-hit-kill. A new mode, the Wager Matches, will allow players to gamble with their money. A separate ranking structure from the standard online modes will be used for players seeking to be one of the top three (the only ones that receive the prizes).
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E3 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops First Look

E3 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops First Look

By Andrew Pfister - Posted May 28, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops is going to be in an incredibly intense spotlight, probably like no other COD game before it. With all the industry drama surrounding the blockbuster franchise, most notably the personnel shakeup at Infinity Ward, many people who fancy themselves analysts will pore over the next Call of Duty game for any sign of franchise instability. Black Ops developer Treyarch, who has unjustifiably been saddled with the reputation of being the series' "B-team" and therefore gets extra scrutiny, has a lot on their plate, but based on the playable demonstration of the game I recently saw at a pre-E3 event, they are lacking in neither intensity nor focus.

We saw two levels, both of which were played on stage by a Treyarch representative (we know this because he inadvertently died during the demo). The first took place in a snowy, high altitude mountain range. But before we got there, we actually started off on the tarmac of an undisclosed airbase, sitting in the cockpit of an SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. Given clearance for takeoff, we cut to the plane already in flight, miles above our ground team and just below the atmospheric limit. Similar to COD4's famous "Death From Above" mission set in the airborne gunship, the pilots of the SR-71 use thermal imaging to track the ground team's movements and mark enemy locations. We're then transported to the ground team itself, and onto the core of the mission. They first made their way through a woodsy area, making sure to be quiet in the crunching snow as a patrol -- complete with canine unit -- strolled by on medium alert. After successfully infiltrating the perimeter defenses, the team rappels down an icy cliff and carefully manuevers through the mountain-side base, completes their objective, and starts blowing everything to hell. An intense escape sequence ensues through the snowy haze, which culminates in a desperate cliff dive and free fall into the frozen valley below.

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The second level switched gears to Vietnam, and was reminiscent of the more intense, destroyed city/corridor-focused battles the Modern Warfare series has been known for. This Black Ops team fought through multiple locations, including frantic gun battles against the fortified Vietcong troops in blown apart office buildings. AK-47s were lying everywhere and grenades were flying a plenty (though not as much spam as I recall in MW2, at least based on my memory).

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If there was any concern about where Treyarch's collective head was at, I took this first look at Black Ops as evidence that all the business nonsense surrounding the brand was extremely low on the priority list. It looked like they're definitely on the right track to recreating the COD feel in a brand new setting. We'll have loads more of Black Ops coverage as we get closer to E3.

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  • 360gAmEr2013


    Posted: June 5, 2010 8:48 PM
  • chromedev

    After the last 2 COD games, i'm a little skeptical of the series. This does not mean I won't give this game a chance. Just because WaW wasn't the best shooter on the block doesn't mean Treyarch can't make a great game. Just look at MW2, very disappointed with this game and COD4 was (and still is) one of my favorite games.

    Very interested in this game though, look good as far as I can see.

    Posted: June 5, 2010 5:33 PM
  • fatboy1790p

    They should have a zombie mode that you have to unlock at the end of the game.

    Posted: June 5, 2010 5:31 PM
  • BallsofFURY

    Infinity Ward already has a new game in development, since they cant brand it Call of Duty anymore, theyre calling it "Duty Calls: Warfare de Modern 3"

    Posted: June 5, 2010 4:21 PM
  • Joeythearm

    Treyarch IS the series B-team. They have yet to develop an engine for a CoD game. They just reskin an already finished game, and take credit. IW may have drama issues, but Activision just whoring out their game is an insult. And they've been doing it since CoD3.

    Posted: June 5, 2010 1:12 PM
  • Christ0bell

    they did well with world at war ..they will with this.

    Posted: June 5, 2010 11:43 AM
  • insomic

    why not just slap Tom Clancy nah i just kid i am worried tho about the cod series even tho this is a diff develp. one thing, they need to get their royalties before activision gets there hands on them

    Posted: June 5, 2010 12:25 AM
  • firecloud42

    the bar set do far is BattleField: Vietnam and it s pretty High

    Posted: June 4, 2010 11:53 PM
  • Gamespazer

    This game is gonna suck its just like world at war because it cuts into the modern warfare games. Its just a filler!

    Posted: June 4, 2010 5:46 PM
  • militarynerd13

    when it comes to CoD, u've gotta buy it!

    Posted: June 4, 2010 5:14 PM
  • YongToo

    INcredible dude, this may be the best one ever! Wow.


    Posted: June 4, 2010 4:21 PM
  • booful

    This game looks great. MW2 also looked great but didn't turn out the way anyone expected it to. MW2 failed on a lot of levels. A lot of people said that World at War is a sucky game but in my opinion it was better then MW2's multiplayer in a lot of ways. MW2 may have had more customization like weapons, attachments and kill streaks but at least in World at War the noob tube was not the 1st thing unlocked with guns.

    Posted: June 4, 2010 1:24 PM
  • darkvoid

    After Modern Warfare 2 being complete garbage, I refuse to give any game with "Call of Duty" A chance.

    Posted: June 4, 2010 1:11 PM
  • bigchair

    looks pretty decent. IMO mw2 was a good game and i don't understand why so many hate it.
    sure it pisses me off sometimes but what game doesn't? cod is a solid franchise and i will be looking forward to all future installments.

    Posted: June 1, 2010 2:16 PM
  • KilledFirst

    And here we see the real problem, NOT TREYARCH HAVING THE HELM, but the series having multiple releases in a relative year. Treyarch did a wonderful job with their last outing (WaW), and I'd expect nothing less but an improvement from before. Activision is KILLING this franchise as quickly as it has become an industry standard, by force feeding the series down our throats.

    Posted: June 1, 2010 11:12 AM
  • dsa0224x

    im done with call of duty games for good. especially all the crap craptivision caused.

    Posted: June 1, 2010 8:17 AM
  • Angelicsin87

    Can you guess how many times he says "Ummm", "Uh", or "Like?

    Posted: May 31, 2010 7:05 PM
  • shadowfoxdemon

    this game is awsom i mean really i love call of duty i mean its so amazing

    Posted: May 31, 2010 3:44 PM
  • xion665

    I might check it out for zombie mode if they have it but the description of the first mission sounds just like modern warfare 2. Don't have high hopes for the single player. Maybe the Create a Class 2.0 will make the multiplayer more bearable than MW2.

    Posted: May 31, 2010 11:11 AM