Video game review: Call of Duty: Black Ops

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The graphics in Call of Duty: Black Ops are truly incredible.

JJ Friedman

Staff Writer

If you walk around campus you have probably heard or talked about one of the most highly anticipated games ever, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Treyarch’s newest creation.

Is it worth the buy or does it just fall short like previous Treyarch games? Read below to find out.

Black Ops Review:

Ratings Categories

Presentation: 8.7. The feel of the game is just as expected for a Call of Duty game… great. Even though it’s great there is nothing new in the presentation. The story is one of the best in any Call of Duty Game because of the amazing voice acting. The idea of the storyline of the game just isn’t original enough. I’ve seen the same idea in many different movies and games.

Graphics: 9.5. Although there may be one or two visual flaws, overall I felt drawn into the game and there were a couple times I couldn’t believe how beautiful the game looks. Being able to fly a plane and see yourself going through clouds that look completely real makes the game that much better.

Sound: 8.0. The soundtrack was expected, nothing particularly special. It didn’t enhance the game, but certainly didn’t take away from it. The acting was good and made the story easy to understand. It also brought a lot of emotion to the game like a lot of Call of Duty games. Lastly, the gunfire and explosions sounded realistic, but there still was nothing that made the game “that much” better.

Gameplay: 9.8. As much as I would love to give the gameplay a 10, the single player aspect of the game prevents it from being perfect. There are some glitches in the game also in addition to the stabbing and bullet penetration, which weren’t realistic enough. The multiplayer is unbelievable, the best since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and there is just so much to do.

Lasting Appeal: 10. Lets face it: The game is addicting. The multiplayer is so deep that you will keep playing it until the next Call of Duty comes out.

Overall Score: 9.0. The game overall is just another well-made Call of Duty game. Even though it may have a couple of flaws, they don’t take away from the overall experience of the game. Even though the single player isn’t as good as most COD games, most people who buy it just play the multiplayer. Black Ops is a must buy and is one of my favorite games of the year.

Websites Score: 9.1

Press Score: 8.6

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