Largely agreed upon as the best game in the long, seven-game Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Black Ops is an extremely popular game in today’s market. Its sales are good enough that any new copies in retail stores still cost exactly the same as they did when the game was first released. It has a great single-player campaign, as well as strong multiplayer functionality.
The popularity of Call of Duty: Black Ops is obvious from its sales record. Since it released in November 2010, the game has made over $1 billion in sales. It is also available on all 3 consoles – Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii, as well as on PC – making it available to the widest possible audience.
The single-player campaign is set during the 1960′s, in the height of the Cold War. In its gameplay, Black Ops adds helicopter and jet piloting to its standard first-person shooter (FPS) fare. Treyarch and Activision was able to get high-profile actors to provide voices for characters in the campaign, including Sam Worthington, Ed Harris, and Gary Oldman. The soundtrack, too, includes great classic rock artists as the Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival, reminding us older players of those years around ‘Nam, when these songs were at their height of popularity.
Multiplayer game modes include “Capture the Flag” and “Domination” modes. Capture the Flag is an old favorite for many FPS gamers, in which players have to attack the enemy base, retrieve their flag, and return to their own base with it. In Domination, players must hold down three areas on the map for a set amount of time in order to win. Black Ops also includes Theater Mode, which lets players record clips from their multiplayer matches and upload them online for others to watch, and Combat Training Mode, which lets players test new maps, weapons, or strategies against a group of AI units, instead of other players.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is a wildly popular FPS game with good cause. Its versatility, intense single-player campaign, and powerful multiplayer options make it a great purchase for any gamer that’s a fan of awesome, violent war games.