11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
More focus on fun than realism,
This review is from: Call of Duty: Black Ops (PC DVD) (CD-ROM)
I have been playing Call of Duty since the start of the Modern Warfare franchise, mainly for the multiplayer, which I will focus on for this review. Despite a slight disappointment with Modern Warfare 2, I believe Black Ops is a great improvement to the franchise and have clocked up almost 100 hours since release.
Black Ops, seems to cater more for casual gamers than previous versions, this however doesn't damage the 'hardcore' package for players that want to be challenged. Most of the guns in the game are fun to use despite some of them not very useful at all, and only a few can be used as a 'one gun does it all' style of gameplay, which hardly a game breaker, I presume will be patched and tweaked as time goes on. The special weapons are great fun to use also. The customisation, despite limited, is a welcome touch. I love aesthetic touches to my 'character' and Black Ops does a great job in allowing people to create an identity both with artistic skill and in achievement.
Gold guns are back in Black Ops, previously seen in 'COD4 - Modern Warfare' and require a similar if not more level of dedication to unlock (Prestige 14), a great incentive to keep me hooked on prestiging, something 'Modern Warfare 2' lacked.
The single player mode is well crafted if the player enjoys more linear gaming experiences, the story is gripping and well written although a little unbelieveable at times, the zombie mode is a nice touch and with all these extra's make the game definately worth the price. (There is even a 'full' minigame called Dead Ops - Arcade).
No game is without it's shortcomings however, and this is no exeption, where the multiplayer is concerned, glitches have been found and are being exploited by players, they are also spreading faster due to the 'theatre' mode that allows you to watch players in every game you play. This mode does have it's perks however allowing you to gain evidence of foul play very easily, I forsee swift bans to be placed on accounts in future.
Speaking of foul play, this brings me onto my next point, cheaters/hackers, they are in game, however not in the swarms that lots of people describe. Also as I have mentioned before, players using aimbots can easily be caught so it's not a huge problem.
There are 'lag issues' for some, but the majority of issues have been fixed recently, lower-middle end PC users are invited to use the console command '/stoprecord' (without quotation marks) in game if they still have problems with lag. I run this game laggless on an i7-920 stock clocked, Nvidia 295GTX, 3GB system at 90-150FPS constant on full settings.
The 'noob' weapons and perk(s) of the past games surprisingly return (without any noticable balancing) despite their usage being widely disapproved of in all incantations of the Modern Warfare franchise, these include the underbarrel grenade launcher, 'Last Stand'/'Final Stand' style perk and RPGs.
I also find that normal mode requires far too many shots to gain a kill and needs to be altered as it will entice 'quick scoping' trends due to a sniper rifle being easier to kill with in close quarters than an assault rifle. (I already gain high kill death ratio's using only ballistic knives in normal mode and this shouldn't be possible)
The pro's far outweigh the con's in my opinion however and I recommend this game to anyone that enjoys the 'Modern Warfare' franchise.
Buy and join the fun :)