Call Of Duty: Black Ops
Oh, hell yeah it is time to review the original Call Of Duty: Black Ops! This is the game that started it all and the game that really thrust Treyarch into the spotlight as the main Call of Duty developer. We are now into the fourth installment of the Black Ops series, but let's look at how this first entry holds up.
Action Movie Star
While it is “cool” to hate on the Call of Duty campaign, I feel that there are far more good ones than bad. The original Call Of Duty: Black Ops campaign was truly something amazing. It was like you were part of an action movie and if this alone had been the game, I would honestly say that it would have been fine! With a Cold War setting and taking place in locations such as Cuba, The USA, Russia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and even the artic! This is a game that really takes you all over the world. I found that it kept me guessing the whole time and it was an edge of your seat kind of experience.
What About The Multiplayer?
When it comes to COD, most folks just want to know about the multiplayer. Thankfully, Call Of Duty: Black Ops nails the multiplayer aspect just as much as it does the single-player. While going back to this now, it can be a bit jarring as this uses a system that was started in Call of Duty 4 that is based around experience points. It is not bad or anything like that, however, I do think the progression system that we have now has improved things.
Thankfully if you just ignore the progression system, playing a round of team deathmatch is just as much fun here as it has ever been. At the time this was released, Call Of Duty: Black Ops felt much more fast-paced than its predecessor and I found it still fun today. I actually played through most of the game modes again with my son recently and we had a blast doing so.
You cannot talk about Call Of Duty: Black Ops without talking about Zombies. While this was not the first COD game to have a Zombies Mode. I do feel that Black Ops set the tone for what the series would become. They managed to put a bit more “cinematic flare” with this Zombies Mode and as a result, it really is a fantastic experience.
Plowing down hordes of zombies, opening up new areas and getting new weapons is just as addictive here as it is in Black Ops IIII. I was surprised at how well this original Black Ops Zombies Mode holds up. It does not feel as basic as I thought it would and I ended up spending quite a few hours with this last weekend so it must be good.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is a tremendous game. It was when it was first released and I feel that it still holds up very well now. The problem I am having reviewing this is that while it is a great time. I do feel that its sequels did improve on it. Which is not to say that this is a bad game, far from it. I just feel that each one got better, but it is still fun to go back and see where it all started.
- The campaign is truly incredible stuff
- You feel like you are the star of an action movie
- Multiplayer mode is a lot of fun with friends
- Even for an “older” COD game, it is fun to play
- Zombies Mode holds up phenomenally well
- The progression system is not as good as what we have now
- As good as this is, I feel the sequels upped the ante in every way
Download Call Of Duty: Black Ops
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP