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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  • SouthernCDogg

    I can't wait to have a look at that snowy mission where you dive off the mountain-side.

    Posted: May 31, 2010 10:57 AM
  • dr.no95

    the wii version is gonna suck i mean if they could take mw1 one o the best games ever and mess that up this game will suck for wii/ the 360 and ps3 might be okay.

    Posted: May 31, 2010 8:18 AM
  • spartonhero

    this game bad for days i cant wait...

    Posted: May 30, 2010 5:38 PM
  • badgarok725

    COD4=best call of duty ever, never can be beaten. Of course, the doesnt include Respawn's future games

    Posted: May 30, 2010 4:46 PM
  • Shadow_ben_jamin

    Sweet lookin game. Can't wait! Well maybe I can...

    Posted: May 30, 2010 3:38 PM
  • agamer4life111

    Dedicated Servers on the PC. I'm so buying it. Any pre-oder bonuses?

    Posted: May 30, 2010 1:06 PM
  • agamer4life111

    Dedicated Servers on the PC. I'm so buying it. Any pre-oder bonuses?

    Posted: May 30, 2010 1:04 PM
  • Zomboro

    bout time they fixed the PC version and added servers, taking out servers was the worst idea ever... they lost lots of money from the PC gamers.

    Posted: May 30, 2010 11:57 AM
  • FullMetalAlchemistBrotherHood

    we have to get this game! right! full metal oh i mean edward

    Posted: May 30, 2010 10:40 AM
  • Madgame438

    I would've prefered, modern black ops that uses the best technology of warfare. Zombies in CoD, they sorta did that already in a game extra. Ha! All we need now in the CoD series is an invasion of the Borg, where the CoD soldiers conveniently whip out IMODs (Infinity Modulators) from their backpacks and let loose on the Borg. Don't get too close, those nanites are hard on the uniforms! LOL!

    Posted: May 30, 2010 7:57 AM
  • Korrupt

    If they put Zombies as downloadable content i'm frisbeeing my disc into that guys head!

    Posted: May 30, 2010 12:56 AM
  • Consequences

    Thats what i love to hear

    "We are listening to our community"

    The only thing that im worried about with this game is the graphics but thats honestly not a big deal

    Posted: May 29, 2010 6:53 PM
  • MartiansfromUranus

    Did he say they were thinking about putting zombies in this game??

    Posted: May 29, 2010 12:34 PM
  • thePcgamer

    I'm skeptical, Im probably not gonna pick this one up. WaW wasn't my forte.

    Posted: May 29, 2010 10:47 AM
  • EvilShenanigans

    he says uh/um way too much, but that aside, it looks like a promising game

    Posted: May 29, 2010 9:43 AM
  • HighJet

    when i heard about this i was first like, ohh here comes another sucky tryarch game. But now that ive seen a couple trailers im kinda hiped for this. Very interesting setting and it looks pretty good so far to me...

    Posted: May 28, 2010 9:01 PM
  • Deaths_Messiah

    and uh, um, and um , you know like
    maybe that developer should focus on his new game instead of defending his previous studios' failures of games

    Posted: May 28, 2010 8:48 PM
  • ProudFilipino

    Why does everyone bash Treyarch for making a COD game? honestly their are so many developers out there who actually suck. Treyarch can make a good game why all the hate?

    Posted: May 28, 2010 8:07 PM
  • redrumerog

    Zombies!!! =^J

    Posted: May 28, 2010 7:49 PM
  • Luck702

    theyve run out of color schemes to use in their set pieces. weve seen the red in black's in mw2, weve seen the wintery mountains in mw2. weve seen the jungle in wow. this is the problem with making so many games in a franchise. you end up covering old ground

    Posted: May 28, 2010 6:16 PM