Conclusion: Call of Duty: Black Ops is a great installment in the growing pedigree of story-rich, first-person shooters. It does almost everything well, but doesn’t do much to progress the genre or create innovation in an already saturated FPS market.
Pros: Deftly woven story with twists and turns and great performances by well-known Hollywood talent, One of the best FPS online multiplayer games out there, Graphically, Call of Duty: Black Ops is gorgeous "most" of the time, JFK vs Zombies. Need we say more?, Great soundtrack, tracks like "Fortunate Son" really set the tone, Deftly woven story with twists and turns and great performances by well-known Hollywood talent, One of the best FPS online multiplayer games out ther...
Cons: The same old FPS with a new story, A few graphical glitches really can break the scene, Painful moments of confusion and insurmountable odds with little or no guidance, The single-player campaign is relatively short, The same old FPS with a new story, A few graphical glitches really can break the scene, Painful moments of confusion and insurmountable odds with little or no guidance, The single-player campaign is relatively short
Summary: It's that time of the year again. November is officially designated Call of Duty month. It's the reason why this time of the year no longer has a huge saturation of top-quality games, as publishers scrabble to steer clear of Activision's almighty entertainment behemoth. With its power to completely empty launch calendars, Call of Duty: Black Ops sees Treyarch taking the reins from Infinity Ward for another crack at the whip.
[DLC Review] Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation Pack
18 June 2011
Conclusion: Escalation 's maps are great additions to the main game, however the $15 price tag is still at least $5 too high. Ultimately it's a matter of supply and demand, and Activision is well aware of this, but who are we to blame them?
Excerpt: Earlier this year, gamers everywhere bemoaned the apparent nasty divorce of Infinity Ward and Activision, thinking that surely the Call of Duty series was bound to wither on the vine. Treyarch had served as an “off year” developer for the Call of Duty games, but Infinity Ward was always the king. So went the theory, anyway.
Conclusion: Black Ops II isn't a revelation; what you'll play here is largely what you've played before. There's simply so much to play, though, that it's impossible to deny that Treyarch has finally given us a Call on par with the best of 'em.
Excerpt: A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get a chance at a playthrough of the Xbox 360 version of Black Ops 2 while in Carlsbad, California. At the time, I was impressed with how Treyarch managed to introduce some alternate endings influenced by player choice to the single player experience.