Russians, Vietcong and zombies! Oh my!

Call of Duty: Black Ops brings the fun back to the franchise

game review by Chris Pike

After the enormous trainwreck that Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 2 became, this year’s installment of the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops, feels fresh, exciting, and fun.

First off, the campaign has headed in completely uncharted territory, the Cold War. There have been a few first person shooters about Vietnam, but it has continued to be an area in American history that needed to be handled with care.

Call of Duty: Black Ops takes this into account and does its best to accurately portray how much carnage and bloodshed there is throughout any war.

Gamers will step into the shoes of Alex Mason, a Studies and Observation Group and CIA agent, as well as CIA agent Jason Hudson and briefly as Russian soldier Viktor Reznov.

Each character is deeply involved with the rather complicated storyline. The basics of the plot are that Alex Mason, along with his incredibly badass partner Frank Woods are on the hunt for Nikita Dragovich and Lev Kravtchenko, who have obtained a chemical weapon developed by the Nazis called Nova 6.

Not only does every mission foster an extreme sense of urgency, but it takes several twists and turns. Unfortunately anyone who has seen an M. Night Shyamalan film will be able to predict the first twist, but the second might just leave you dragging your jaw off the floor.

This is still Call of Duty though, which means a few scenes are over the top, but if people are looking for realism they should go watch Saving Private Ryan.

The bulk of the game is (as it always is with Call of Duty) the multiplayer, and its safe to say that Black Ops is one of the best multiplayer games on the market. The maps feel spacious, but not gigantic. Almost every gun feels balanced.

Unfortunately the snipers are about as useful as nerf guns would be and the level of character and class customization is immense.

The final part of the game is the Zombie Mode. Yes, Zombies. Players are able to either duke it out with the undead as soldiers transported back through time to a German mansion at the end of WWII or as John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Fidel Castro, and Richard Nixon in the pentagon. This is a really fun addition to the already stellar line-up of choices given to players.

All in all, this could shape up to be the best Call of Duty as it feels like the true successor to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. With its mind-blowing multiplayer, and engaging single player Call of Duty: Black Ops will be on many people’s lists for Game of The Year.


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