Call of Duty Black Ops: A Flawed & Mediocre Shooter



"A flawed and mediocre shooter let down by some basic faults"  
Review Score: 5/10

I'm sure you can taste the bitterness of my opinion on this abysmal excuse for game. The reality is that I'm exaggerating the flaws of the game to the extent that it obscures my view of the solid gameplay and stunning visuals. But the fact is these flaws are evidently so bad that they make the entire game an atrocious mess that is difficult to play without getting increasingly frustrated at the shoddy execution of what could have be been a great addition to the franchise. The intense action delivers a pulse and a vibe of life which is cut short from the problematic workings of a game that has clearly not been properly tested.

I'll look at the positives very quickly mainly because there are so few of them I want to wallow in them for a moment. The weapons are incredible and the diversity of all new guns and attachments will definitely appeal to the marksmanship players, these range from snipers to light-machine guns and rocket launchers. One minor problem here is that some of the weapons are over-powered and defeats the option of being able to use any weapon in a particular match; unless you are either an expert with that weapon or are prepared to get whipped up by the players wielding the apparently legendary AK74u which slaughters you in a matter of bullets. That and the Famas have partially destroyed this game in terms of multiplayer as you'll soon encounter storms of people wielding these weapons with the ability to gun you down before you've had time to draw your slow and bulky firearms.

The excessively overpowered weapons have partially ruined the multiplayer aspect of Black Ops

They've also patched quickscoping for the sniper rifle. If you are not familiar with quickscoping - It's when you zoom in for a fraction of a second and take a shot using the game's helpful targeting system. Perfect for players who desire the effectiveness of the sniper rifle but don't want to sit and camp and the back of the map, venturing out to free roam and take on opponents. Now when you fire with the sniper, regarding the quickscoping patch, the bullet instead of hitting its target veers of an some weird obscure angle and misses completely. While a brief second of surprise washes over you until the enemy played, now noticing you for firing the shot, turns around and tears your flesh to sheds from seemingly one Famas round.

Yes the problems are only just beginning at this stage sadly. If you're playing this game on the PS3 system then you're in for a shock. Being a port from the Xbox 360 version this game is riddled with major connection issues which logging onto the server. It's a nightmare. My connection and router are excellent and the strength is unmatched - Yet Black Ops is evidently envious of my superior game playing abilities and decides to disconnect me frequently every several minutes for no apparent reason. And this is happening with all PS3 users. There is simply no reason for it other than the negligence of the Call of Duty staff who failed to attend to a fundamental problem and thus it has escalated to many players hating this game with a passion.

Prepare to be bombarded with more connection worries! Call of Duty has the perverted tendency and vision to host the game's players on one individual player naming them the host. Therefore whenever the host leaves the game everyone is halted and put into a host migration operation which is irritating beyond words, especially whilst you're in the middle of combat and about to down an enemy. You lose concentration and all involvement in the game making you feel separated and spoiling the moment of intense game play. What is so hard about hosting the games on a server like Killzone does?

Whenever the host leaves the game everyone is halted and put into a host migration operation which is irritating beyond words.

I'm feeling quick sick with the game already. Slapping another problem down on the table is the ridicules random spawning system they have going on. Specifically this involves randomly spawning all over the map and sometimes directly in front of an enemy firefight causing immediate death. Moving on I don't think it is even possible to have a positive wins/loses ratio in this game - because each game you're automatically placed in the losing team. Which brings me onto the largest problem of all. And this one definitely shoots a round of Famas bullets in the face of all the other stampeding problems that have infected the veins of this puddle of puke they call a game. It joins you into random games that are most often half way through of only have seconds left to end. So you are forced into a game which ends two seconds later and counts as a loss on your profile. What's more this can happen for several consecutive games wasting ten or twenty minutes of your life connecting to matches that have already ended. The game Killzone allowed you to choose the game you wanted to join. And again I'm referencing Killzone.. because it was everything this game was and more. Don't get me wrong I'm an avid Call of Duty fan. Or I was until they launched a game that had probably been designed by illiterate seven-year olds and produced by a brain damaged budgie named Cletus.

On a brighter not at least it's not made by Treyarch this time which is a big sigh of relief. Although the actual gameplay resembles nothing better. In a futile attempt to stop people boosting they eliminated good solid features of the game which made it enjoyable. I am seriously at a loss for words how you can reduce the number of players in game modes and restrict certain matches just to combat this in a failing attempt to thwart their efforts which will never succeed. They spent more time looking at ways to annoy everyone through gameplay modifications than they spend making sure people couldn't hack the game and get to fifteenth prestige. Would it surprise you that they failed to do that also? Did I mention that the game often gets stuck on the loading screen forcing you to restart your console? Must've slipped my mind when I was ranting about all the other brutal disregard for faults that they have shown in this game. You are also jet-packed into random maps where some of which are delicately unideal for utilizing your skills thus you may be forced to quit several games until you find one large enough to equip the sniper and be able to use it effectively. This can cause annoyance since you are restricted quite harshly depending on the map. It's not about adapting to the environment - It's annoying that you can never use your favorite guns.

Good for a cheap thrill, nothing more. The appeal of this game will wear off in a few weeks to a month.

The campaign is not all that good either. And you'll be very game naive to say that is has solid and entertaining  game factors. It's all scripted out of the box and there is nothing to really give a feel that you are involved in the action around you. The artificial intelligence is poor and I had expected much better. Overall a very unsatisfying campaign with a firm story but lacking in thought and creativity making it a very bland and generic shooter. Great for messing around with friends on a Saturday afternoon but boring when playing on your own for any decent length of time without the consumption of alcohol to make it seem less shit. To conclude on the multiplayer the action-packed games can be quite fun at first and you'll be gob-smacked by the variety of weapons, perks and attachments which blinds you from the truth of the flimsy gameplay and library of faults which ultimately make this game a miserable failure beyond all reasonable doubt.

Get back to the drawing board Activision because this is pathetic. There's no nice way to say it. I'd recommend sticking to Modern Warfare 2 for the time being.

Comments

Charles said...

MW2 is better for sure

The Governor said...

i'll be one of the few to agree with you here.

Piepants said...

Man I really need to start playing CoD again. This looks freaking awesome.

PiratesLoveVikings said...

the FIRST CoD was my favorite. I never liked the rest. :(

diego said...

I personally haven't played black ops but i love the call of duty series...thx

2nd_lawl said...

more like call of doody: Black Cops amirite

zabuzar said...

Only 5 out of 10?????

no way

ed said...

5/10? sounds harsh

basesh said...

I dont see what the big deal about CoD is. Killzone FTW

aphoticdark said...

@Piepants lol did you even read the review lmao. I'd recommend you play MW2 if you haven't. Its better than this.

Thanks for the comments guys!

aphoticdark said...

@ed I know its harsh, I may have exaggerated a bit. But its really frustrating because of all the problems.

@basesh Hell yea! Can't wait for Killzone 3 actually.

-_vinyl_- said...

mw2 > bo

rndmg123 said...

still play mw2 everyday.

Minecrafter said...

Finally! A fair review of an overrated game. Got bored of this in about a day. CoD4 ftw. Followed.

Tarah said...

You make valid points, but I def wouldnt give it 5/10.. But then again I've never played any others.

borshevsky said...

very well written
ill def keep up to date on this blog

Thatoneguy said...

Game looks good.

Metamorphiction said...

I wish I had time to play it more. I've played it a couple of times, and it was awe-sum! :)

ebm93 said...

I'll play this eventually.

KUSHtunes said...

I agree with pretty much this entire thing.

Nebberz said...

I've been sticking to mw2 for now. I'm looking at battlefield 3 though honestly. Looks real nice...

Joseph White said...

A friend of mine bought it, I just didn't enjoyed it very much as he kept killing me al the time, the weapons are seriously overpowered!

Alexander said...

Nice review, glad I read this before I made any decisions

Joe Somebody said...

still waiting for the next cod. black ops was just ok.

JH said...

I gave up after MW2, glad to see i'm not missing out on anything.

The tech talk blog said...

things have been going downhill since CoD 4

obi said...

ouch! good review i will look elsewhere for my shooting ;)

-DO- said...

I'm playing black ops for 2 weeks now and it's still freaking awesome

kaboomix said...

Nice review, I symphathize with you. It's these 'small' issues that when put together just make you ragequit the game every time.

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Tasty said...

I played it at my friend's house and honestly it looks and feels just like MW2. I'd think EA made it if I didn't look it up.

l33 v4n cl33f said...

mediocre indeed

Lewis Skolnick said...

can't say i disagree. black ops is meh at best.

Kyle Shankin said...

It is a shame, Modern Warefare really changed the market.

h88mans said...

Heh, just posted something on my blog about these types of games, CoD has been bad for a long time now....generic shooter bullshit.