Summary: All the features in the world can't save a game that's not fun to begin with.
Pros: Lots of control options (for the shooter levels), Lots of single and multiplayer content
Cons: And still repeatedly dying because of the slow aiming, Having to memorize level layouts and enemy placement, Muddy graphics and pixelated enemies at any distance, Takes a lot of effort to get online and stay there, Vehicular sequences
Excerpt: It's never easy having a big brother, someone older and beefier who seems to get all the attention. For an FPS title, siblings don't come any larger than Call of Duty: Black Ops - this year's Moby Dick of the Three S's: Shooting, Stabbing, and Shouting. On the evidence of this DS game, however, developer n-Space doesn't seem too bothered by the pressure.
Excerpt: The Call of Duty franchise has been on Nintendo's handheld console for a few years now. Yet more often than not, the DS game is overshadowed by the success of its big brother on the next generation consoles. Call of Duty games for the DS have always been solid but some of the obvious limitations with the DS’ hardware have prevented the series from being considered a must-own for the DS.
Summary: All in all, I think this is a very good title. The online multiplayer improvements are all great as I really enjoy the way that you earn points to purchase the gear you really want instead of waiting to earn it, but the matchmaking system really still needs a lot of work. The campaign is really confusing until you get to the crazy plots twists at the end and start to realize what the hell just happened, but once you do you’ll really appreciate what you just went through.
Excerpt: Call of Duty: Black Ops for the DS doesn't surprise in the graphics department. It's a 3D shooter that reminds you more of Wolfenstein 3D than, well, Call of Duty . It still gets the point across, there's just not much in the way of detail. Not that you normally spend a lot of time looking in these types of games, but you won't be able to see much in the way of facial detail, and there's no real variety in enemy bodies.
Summary: Black Ops is inescapably similar to prior Call of Duty games on DS, but the improvements made to the campaign and wealth of extra features make it the best of the series and one of the top first-person shooters the handheld has to offer. The numerous modes and options may not be hot across the board, but the strong campaign and bountiful multiplayer options provide a memorable blast through the Cold War.
Excerpt: Call of Duty: Black Ops on DS doesn't attempt to perfectly recreate the experience found on the console version of the game. Instead it takes key plot points and mission locations and carves its own low-polygon vision of them.
Excerpt: Die Geschichte ist dieses Mal auf eine völlig andere Art und Weise erzählt. Bisher sprang die Reihe zwischen den Protagonisten hin und her und nur das große Ganze gab die Zusammenhänge preis. In schlüpft der Spieler dagegen in erster Linie nur in die Haut eines einzigen Soldaten. Hin und wieder wird die Geschichte aber auch aus der Perspektive von Bekannten des Hauptprotagonisten geschildert, um den Zusammenhang zu wahren.