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Call of Duty: Black Ops

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[Review] Call of Duty: Black Ops

17 December 2010
  • 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 future. Can the studio manage to break the impression of inferiority that has dogged them since Call of Duty 3?
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Overall 8

Call of Duty: Black Ops (PC) Review

zConnection International
14 November 2010
  • 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. It’s just another war game like the last six.
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Overall 8

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

maximum pc
11 April 2013
  • Excerpt: Everyone loves to roll their eyes a t the thought of a “new” Call of Duty game; after all, we’ve played games from this franchise a half-dozen times now, and the bloom is off the rose. But don’t be so quick to judge, because the newest installment of Call of Duty is the freshest version of an old favorite that we’ve played since Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
  • Pros: Campaign has multiple endings; great changes to multiplayer; zombie mode is good.
  • Cons: Slo-mo explosions are overdone; RTS missions are broken and annoying.
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Overall 10

Call of Duty 9: Black Ops 2

Thunderbolt Games
30 April 2012
  • Excerpt: Here it is, the game you’ve all been pining after/patiently awaiting/inherently ignoring is finally here, and doesn’t it all look so very exciting/samey/vomit-inducing? Set once more against the backdrop of the cold war, COD9:BO2 takes the FPS to places you never thought possible… like Cambodia and maybe even Russia! Imagine that.
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Overall 5

Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection review

PCGamer Online
12 November 2011
  • Conclusion: Moon is mad, low-g fun, but four-fifths of the pack is nearly three years old. There are better ways to spend £11.50.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops - Annihilation Review

23 April 2011
  • 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 underneath a golf buggy to escape a devastating volley of enemy PSG-1 rounds.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Review

22 April 2011
  • 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. Part of Treyarch's current problem, then, is the format's inherent need for escalation.
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Overall 8

Call of Duty: Black Ops review

25 March 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 7

Call of Duty: Black Ops Review

maximum pc
12 January 2011
  • Excerpt: Those of you waiting with bated breath for Activision’s fragile, sequelitis-ridden empire to come crumbling down, know this: It won’t be happening this year. Call of Duty: Black Ops is another solid entry in the publisher’s absurdly popular war-shooter franchise. And yet, for all that it is, it could’ve been so much more. Black Ops’ single-player, especially, falls short of its lofty ambitions, leaving us to sigh and ponder what could have been.
  • Pros: Addictive, near-perfect multiplayer; interesting story concept.
  • Cons: Nothing particularly new or groundbreaking; levels overly linear.
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Overall 9
Performance 8
Gameplay 9
Multiplayer 9
Appearance 9
Singleplayer 8

Call of Duty: Black Ops Review

New Game Network
19 December 2010
  • Summary: Smooth and addictive multiplayer experience with an intriguing and frantic single player
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