Well, just when you think the Call of Duty franchise had reached its peak with Modern Warfare 2, the developers at Treyarch have done it yet again. The fact that co-developer Infinity Ward bolted to rival EA to assist them in development of Medal Of Honor raised a lot of eyebrows including myself. Call of Duty 4 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 were made by Infinity Ward, and were the strongest releases of the game. Call of Duty 3 was the 1st release on a next generation console (xbox360) by Treyarch. COD World at War was released in the middle of the COD4 & MW2 by Treyarch, and was mediocre at best. So with Infinity Ward gone, all eyes were on Treyarch, and boy did they come through. With the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Treyarch has stepped their “game” up so to speak.
As far as graphics are concerned, Black Ops picked up right where MW2 left off. I believe what really sets this game apart from last year’s release is the fact that Treyarch has incorporated there own flavor with an already successful format that Infinity Ward created. With online mode, Treyarch has added depth and substance. You can now earn “money” or COD points as they are called in the game which allows you to purchase equipment such as guns, silencers, scopes, magazines, etc. right away instead of having to wait to get to a certain ranking within the game. You earn your money through game play and a new feature called contracts. This is pretty much a sub-mission while you are playing the game. For instance, using a specific gun to earn a certain amount of kills within the allotted time frame. Also, there is a new feature of the game which allows you to customize your gun to put your clan tag & emblem on the gun. You see the alterations on the gun in the 1st person view while you are playing the game.
In the story mode campaign, whether your character is receiving direct mission orders in the Pentagon for John F. Kennedy (yes our 35th president), or running a covert assassination attempt on Fidel Castro sparking the Bay of Pigs raid you can easily get immersed in the in-depth story. What makes it so interesting is the missions are based on actual events such as the Vietnam War, and the Cold War Era our country had with the USSR. Whether or not the character’s story is based on a true story or not is unknown to me still doesn’t dilute interest.
This game has truly gone above and beyond expectations. There are more new additions in the game that I didn’t get into because this article could easily turn into a small novel, so you’ll just have to see for yourself. As far as the options of avoiding it, trying it or buying it this is a game is an easy pick for a must buy because you rarely get a game where the replay value is so high. You can look up at the clock and several hours have passed and feels like you just began. The Call of Duty train roars on.
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