Call of Duty: Black Ops

The seventh game in the highly popular Call of Duty franchise is finally here. As Infinity Ward has left Activision, only Treyarch remains as a veteran studio to continue the legacy of the series. Does their first Call of Duty game that isn’t focused on World War II succeed?

Treyarch gets a bad rep for being “worse than Infinity Ward” etc., but I myself have never really put much thought into that. To me, Treyarch’s games are quality through and through and higly enjoyable as well. And this is very true with Black Ops as well, in fact, I’d even go as far as saying that it’s much better than Modern Warfare 2.

Graphic-wise Black Ops looks great. It feels on-par with the high demands of modern graphics and that’s of course a basic requirement for FPS these days. Black Ops is also the first game on Xbox 360 that I actually said at one point “This looks exactly like a movie” and that ladies and gentlemen, is one impressive achievement that Treyarch can put on their resume. The framrate is solid and the animations are worldclass. Only an occasional hiccup or absolut minor glitch was encountered and that’s hardly something worth talking about even.

Though the game is phenomenal in the looks-department it is equally fantastic in the sound area, especially with the proper equipment such as surround speakers. The voice actors have done an excellent job I must say and they feel life-like and it feels right. However, that is not the most impressive part regarding sound in the game. Black Ops has the best soundtrack of any Call of Duty game before – by far. Everything from classics that truly fit the scenario from some real intense music that also is implement flawlessly.

When it comes to gameplay we all know what to expect from a Call of Duty game these days. Black Ops naturally follows the highly successful and popular pattern with macho action and tight control. There are some really high tech situations in this game that aren’t in any other games and that of course is very, very good. It also seems like Treyarch took the critique about the length of the game very seriously as this game is much longer than Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 and as well ass World at War. It probably is the longest of them all, in fact. As great as the singleplayer experience is in this game, the multiplayer is where the game truly makes its impact on the gaming scene. New maps, weapons, perks, items and exactly everything the fans expected is delivered here so there’s not really much that needs to be said about it.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is the best Call of Duty game ever made. There is no doubt in my mind. When you have the best graphics, best soundtrack, best story and the longest campaign out of all the Call of Duty games, you deserve to be king of the hill. If you are an action junkie this game will satisfy you both online and offline. And if you like zombies, this game has that too. This game is a must this year.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Treyarch now rule the Call of Duty franchise.

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