Back in Vietnam….ever heard that phrase? Well now you have to chance to live to life of a cold war/Vietnam war veteran! In Call of Duty: Black Ops, you play as a black ops specialist by the name of Mason during the cold war, but get to fight in places like Vietnam. So you wake up in a room attached to a chair, with tons of TV screens playing different things. You’re being interrogated by a mysterious deep voice, and you need to remember your past to give them information. You do several missions each uncovering what’s happened up to the present point of mason being locked up in a chair. The campaign is definitely longer than any other Call of Duty, and can be very confusing in the beginning. As you approach the end, the campaign gets very clear and simple. Overall the campaign is revolutionary and longer than ever.
Single Player Rating: 9.8
Ahh the multiplayer, full of try hards, hit markers, and noob tubes. The online has a few glitches yet but the game just came out, we’ll give it some slack and let it grow up a bit. The matching is decent and the server connections are better than ever! Everything you get in the game, guns, kill streaks, etc. You need to buy with money you earn from matches and from leveling up. You still have the traditional modes of Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Headquarters, Domination, etc. The kill streaks are amazing and very rewarding. Also, a new feature many of us have been waiting for, you can finally do split screen online as a guest player with your friend (or choose to sign into your account with him)! There’s also the feature of customizing your online avatar based on the first perk set you choose from. This was slightly disappointing due to the fact the developer portrayed the customization to be a lot sophisticated, but I suppose it’s better than nothing. There’s also full emblem and player card customization which allows you to fully customize your emblem by combining a great amount of pictures. These emblems, as well as clan tags, can be paid to go on the side of your gun, meaning every time somebody picks up your gun, they’ll see your emblem and/or clan tag. But as many of you may have already heard, there’s a thing called wager match. Now there are 4 types of amounts of money to pay your way into a wager match, $10, $500, $1,000, and for the big boys, $10,000. You put this money on the table as you play a competitive match against 5 others to get into the top three. If you don’t score top 3, you’ll have lost the money you put in to play, if you win of course, a profit is earned. Some wager matches consist of the following: One in the Chamber, Sticks and Stones, Gun Game, and Sharpshooter. One in the Chamber gives you one bullet, a knife, and three lives. Each time you kill an opponent, you receive another bullet. Sticks and Stones gives you a Crossbow, Tomahawk, and a Ballistic Knife. Get killed with a Tomahawk throw, and you’ll instantly go bankrupt in the wager match, meaning all your profit so far will be lost. Gun Game starts you off with a terrible first weapon set. Each time you kill someone with that gun, you get promoted to the next tier, each time you get knifed, you get demoted to the previous tier. First one to get a kill with all 20 tiers wins. In sharpshooter you receive a certain randomized weapon that is the same as everyone else in the match. After a certain amount of time, the weapon set will change, giving everyone the same, but different gun. By the end of the time limit the one with the most kills wins. Then there’s Nazi Zombies. Ahh nothing like killing evil Socialist zombies with a nice hot cup of Joe by your side. The matchmaking in “Zombies” mode is decent, and the connections to the server are usually fine. In the first map, Kino Der Toten (cinema of the dead), you play as the same four you played as in Call of Duty: World at War. The Russian, German, American, and Japanese soldiers. The Nazi zombies have been greatly hardened for so beware, and a new Zombie is now after you! One that crawls on all fours and blows up when it dies. Another map is unlocked after the campaign has been beaten. This map is called “five,” and takes place in the Pentagon. You get to play as JFK (John F. Kennedy), Fidel Castro, Nixon, and one of the senators. The map is very confusing and gives very little room to run from the zombies. Though these zombies are not Nazis. They’re regular Pentagon office workers and Military Police just transformed. The third map has yet to be uncovered by our players here at Legendary Reviews. Overall the multiplayer is better than ever and should be well appreciated.
Online Rating: 9
Graphics sure don’t make a game but sure do make a pretty sight! The graphics on Call of Duty: Black ops for the PC is simply revolutionary to the franchise. The effects are stunning and the campaign gore is just cooler than ever! I mean, C’mon, who doesn’t want to shoot people’s hands and legs off in this generation? Though we were disappointed when playing the console versions. The console versions have definitely been degraded to the point where some customers have complained it’s worse than Modern Warfare 2! But, the decision is yours when it comes to graphics. Anyways, for the PC, graphics are king, for the consoles, not so much.
Graphics Rating: 8.5
Minimum System Requirements:
OS: Windows Vista / XP / 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 or better
Video: Shader 3.0 or better 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT / ATI Radeon X1950Pro or better
Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible