Well, it’s finally here. After all the hype, all the preview videos and all the predictions of record breaking sales, Call of Duty: Black Ops is now available. The long awaited Call of Duty: Black Ops was officially launched at midnight with hundreds of GAME, HMV, GameStation and supermarket stores selling the game to eager Call of Duty: Black Ops enthusiasts as soon as November 9th arrived.
A big Call of Duty: Black Ops launch event held at Battersea power station saw celebrities, the press and gamers counting down the hours until the all important clock strike of midnight. The launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops means that the review embargo has been lifted, with the latest Call of Duty title currently getting very positive reviews. Currently, Call of Duty: Black Ops has a score of 90 on Metacritic.
So what do some of the major gaming news websites have to say about Call of Duty: Black Ops now the review embargo has been lifted? Well, GamesRadar have given Call of Duty: Black Ops a review score of 9/10. They say:
“With the hype and excitement surrounding Treyarch’s first Call of Duty where they aren’t bound by a World War II setting, it’s a shame that they went for more of the same MW2. This isn’t say it’s poor but personally I feel they’ve missed an opportunity to really stamp their authority with Black Ops. Still, as a complete package with a great story, strong FPS action and a killer multiplayer mode, Black Ops remains unmissable.”
IGN also appear to suggest that Treyarch have stuck to a very familiar formula with Call of Duty: Black Ops. They give Call of Duty: Black Ops an 8.5/10, and suggest the multiplayer mode is better than the single player campaign.
“Call Of Duty: Black Ops is a classic game of two halves. Perhaps even more so than last year’s Modern Warfare 2, the gulf in quality between the two game modes has rarely been as apparent or as exasperating. With Treyarch seemingly content to tread water in the single-player arena, it feels like its focus has been well and truly on ensuring that its multiplayer offering is right up there with the very best. To that end it has succeeded, and thanks to its superb run of Wager Matches, Treyarch has literally raised the stakes. Whether extensive customisation options and inspirational multiplayer makes up for the ragged single player portion is sure to be a subject of controversy in the weeks and months ahead. Maybe next time we’ll get the full package…”
Eurogamer also follow a similar pattern in their Call of Duty: Black Ops review, praising the multiplayer mode but suggesting the Call of Duty: Black Ops single player campaign could have been so much more in their 8/10 review.
“Call of Duty has long since settled into an enormously successful rhythm, and the good news for Activision is that Black Ops does little to disrupt it. The campaign is relentlessly aggressive and spectacular – a Jerry Bruckheimer tribute act stuck in permanent encore – while the multiplayer modes are a mixture of smart tweaks to working formulas, as focused on protecting that guaranteed bottom line as the campaign’s yellow objective cursor is on making sure you never falter. The results are never less than entertaining whatever you choose to do, then, but not exactly brave and bold either. Say what you like about No Russian – at least it was something different.”
In their Call of Duty: Black Ops review, CVG suggest the opposite to reviews above and say that the single player campaign is the best yet, but the multiplayer modes feel too familiar.
“A thrilling and brutal single-player campaign that’s one of the series’ best. But will you be blown away by multiplayer the fourth time around?”
VG247 are providing a full list of regularly updated Call of Duty: Black Ops review scores, so if you want to see more judgement on the latest Call of Duty title, check it out.
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