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★★★★ IF EVER there was the gam­ing equiv­a­lent of a Michael Bay film, this is it. Call of Duty: Black Ops is one flashy piece of en­ter­tain­ment, with ac­tion that never stands still. Play­ers barely have time to breathe, let alone think, be­fore they’re whisked from one breath­tak­ing set­piece or in­tense shoot-out to the next.

Within the first cou­ple of hours, play­ers will have tried to as­sas­si­nate Fidel Cas­tro, rap­pelled down cliff faces, har­pooned a heli­copter, leapt from the back of a truck on to a train, chat­ted with JFK and es­caped a Rus­sian gu­lag.

The pre­sen­ta­tion is jaw-

Ac­tion: Black Ops has all the ex­cite­ment of a Michael Bay film. drop­ping, but the dizzy­ing pace al­most leaves Black Ops feel­ing like a car­i­ca­ture of an ac­tion game at times.

Set mostly dur­ing the Cold War, the story that an­chors the sin­gle-player game deals with a threat to Amer­ica from a deadly bioweapon and is pre­sented as a se­ries of flash­backs. It’s a neat way to tie the many char­ac­ters and lo­ca­tions to­gether, and the voice tal­ents of Ed Har­ris, Sam Wor­thing­ton and Gary Old­man give it more sub­stance.

While the cam­paign may be light­weight, there’s a lot more to Black Ops. The mul­ti­player com­po­nent is first-rate. In ad­di­tion to per­sis­tent ex­pe­ri­ence and ranks, play­ers also earn COD points dur­ing mul­ti­player games, which en­able them to buy weapons and perks.

Wa­ger Matches let play­ers bet on the out­come of games.

A wealth of game types pro­vide op­tions aplenty in­clud­ing Gun Game where play­ers move on to a new weapon with each kill. Black Ops even has a co­op­er­a­tive zom­bie mode, where four play­ers must shore up their de­fences while fight­ing wave af­ter wave of the Nazi un­dead.

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