CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS (MA)
PC, PS3/Xbox, $99.95/$119.95
★★★★ 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.