Excerpt: As another year passes Activision’s flagship franchise has it’s unsurprising new entry born into the world. This year it is Treyarch’s turn to not only prove that they can match Infinity Ward’s best, but also display a quality that cements their place in charge of the franchise for the foreseeable...
Conclusion: Unfortunately, that doesn’t justify the ridiculous price-tag attached to the game, since you’ll have to pay at least thirty quid for a copy of the game. Buy Black Ops by all means, but don’t expect it to be a worthwhile purchase that will give you a brand new lease on life.
Excerpt: Do golfers love sniping or do snipers love golf? I don't know, but Treyarch definitely suspects some kind of direct correlation between the two. I don't have any bold answers for this perplexing brain teaser, but I can say it is frankly ridiculous the amount of times I've had to leap for cover...
Excerpt: Call of Duty is obsessed with fear. But while Modern Warfare and its sequel exist as a paean to America's current socio-political nightmares, Black Ops chooses to tap into the nation's Sixties terrors: Cuba, the Vietnam War and, primarily, the ever-looming threat of Soviet conflict.
Excerpt: Treyarch has hit back at detractors with a comprehensive take on the Call of Duty mantra.
Pros: Dedicated servers, albeit managed, are better than peer-based matchmaking. Modding potential is good. The array of multiplayer options is impressive, and the Nazi Zombies make a welcome comeback.
Cons: Too many bugs for a full retail release, and no real confirmation that they will be resolved. The campaign is uninspired and completely lacking in innovation. No NZ servers. No ranked Wager servers. Only three new Zombie maps.
Excerpt: For gamers, there is something magical about the Call of Duty franchise. It’s had its fair share of ups and downs, and has taken us through World War II and the modern day. After the fiasco with Call of Duty star developer Infinity Ward, the franchise was effectively put in the hands of developer...
Pros: Excellent single-player campaign and multiplayer. Plenty of fun extras. The best Call of Duty yet.
Cons: Some scripted gameplay. Plot remains convoluted for too long.
Excerpt: Since the second game in the series, Treyarch and Infinity Ward have alternated development duties for Call of Duty games: Infinity Ward did the excellent first two games as well as Modern Warfare 1 & 2.
Pros: Exciting action; Great locations; Works best as interactive cinematic experience; Multiplayer is a reasonable evolution from Modern Warfare 2
Cons: Just plain awful as a single-player FPS; Too short; Multiplayer is nothing new; More hype than anything else; Looking for something truly new in Multiplayer? Forget it
Summary: Treyarch’s got some big shoes to fill. They’re no stranger to the franchise, but the pressure is on them now that they seem to be the primary developers of the series unless Activision somehow revives Infinity Ward with an infusion of talent.