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Call of Duty: Black Ops Review

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Graphics:

 

8.7

Gameplay:

 

8.4

Sound:

 

9.1

Control:

 

9.0

Replay Value:

 

8.6

Online Gameplay:

 

9.3

Overall Rating:       8.8

 

 

Publisher:

Activision

Developer:

Treyarch

Number Of Players:

1-16

Genre:

FPS

Release Date:

November 10, 2010

After playing Call of Duty: Black Ops yesterday and most of today, I – quite literally – found myself pacing back and forth, trying to figure out if the game is worthy of a 9.0+, a score range we reserve for the elite titles. By all rights, it should haul down a solid 9. Given all the good, given the amount of effort and resources dumped into this production, given the multiple times when I said to myself, “holy sh**, that was awesome;” the answer should’ve been obvious. But in the end, I just couldn’t in good conscience reward a game that frustrated me once too often, that suffers from technical glitches that absolutely should not exist, that leaves me with an “oh man, what if” feeling. The bottom line is that with the tremendous multiplayer, surprisingly solid storyline, and super insane over-the-top intensity throughout, this should’ve held the 9.5, automatic shooter of the year status. But am I just supposed to turn a blind eye…?

Much has been made about the graphics, about how they don’t quite live up to expectations. But while the intro paragraph might indicate that I’m one of those disappointed people, my complaints lie primarily with the gameplay; I actually think the visuals are quite impressive. The sheer amount of stuff on screen at any given time, the nicely detailed characters, the great animations, and overall fluidity of movement is all very much appreciated. Granted, they aren’t as sharp and are even “cartoon-y” in some areas (and in fact, have already been eclipsed by the Killzone 3 beta), but Treyarch really gives us a fantastic atmosphere. Every environment is just alive; there’s no better way to explain it. We get good coloring – especially for a shooter – solid effects, and the attention paid to smaller details; i.e., bullet casings flying out of a submachine gun, is another big plus.

As is typically the case with this franchise, the sound is a major highlight. Punctuated by crisp, realistic weapon fire, bolstered by explosive effects, helped by great voiceover performances, and put over the top thanks to a kickin’ soundtrack, Black Ops will wreck your speakers…in a good way. The music really is fitting and seems to rise to the occasion in all the right spots, and the ambient effects are sweet. The cries of allies and enemies, constant war-oriented audio, and in-your-face weapon blasts keep you pinned to the edge of your seat. My only complaint is that the voices during gameplay don’t always jive with the action, in that your buddies will say something well after the fact. But that’s another symptom of the game’s instability. Overall, with wonderful work by Gary Oldman and Ed Harris (and I could’ve sworn I kept hearing Ice Cube), this one is almost worth playing for the sound alone.  That's not an exaggeration.

You play as Mason, who is being interrogated for unknown reasons. There seem to be a bunch of random numbers in your head, and certain important people are in a “need to know” position. They force you into several flashbacks that constitute various time periods, where you will battle the Vietnamese and Russians in different types of battles and situations. Mason has seen more action than any human alive and each engagement is almost too insane to be believed, but hey, that’s part of the appeal. You will sample dozens of distinct weapons, traverse the globe, face everything from tanks to trench warfare to hot zones swarming with bogeys in every possible direction and in general, survive the most intense experiences on the planet. The control is vintage CoD, in that it’s extremely smooth and always reliable, each vista is loaded with the aforementioned stuff, and for the most part, it’s fun.

Let’s start with all those good elements that – almost – set Black Ops apart. Firstly, there’s the diversity of gameplay that, although too infested with enemies in my eyes, keeps one playing throughout. You always want to see where you’ll go next and you’ll always be impressed by your surroundings. It’s all about survival and pushing through some of the most dangerous areas possible; one minute you’ll be part of a brave and downright ballsy prison break and the next, you’ll be running along a trench, peeking over the edge to see legions of Vietnamese descending upon you. You’ll mark targets for air support, encounter slow-mo sections that reach a Hollywood level of sweetness, and unravel the story’s mystery. My favorite moment was when I broke through a window off a zip-line, entered that slow-mo mode, and took down everyone in the room.

Yep, that last event was one of those “holy sh**” moments I mentioned earlier. The point is, the game always keeps you involved. It grabs hold from the first minute and never lets go, a trait to which few games can attest. When your Spaz 12 shotgun literally dismembers an unfortunate enemy and leaves him with the bloody stump of an arm, or when you make a mad dash through hundreds of bullets in an effort to follow your teammates, you will be smiling. I can almost promise that. In a game where they went out of their way to capture the likeness and voice of President John F. Kennedy (you are granted a personal interview at one point), one can feel the ridiculous amount of expended effort. It just oozes with blockbuster-style entertainment and there’s no doubt that the single-player campaign is a very rewarding experience.

And then there’s the multiplayer, which many will call the true (and perhaps only) appeal of Call of Duty. This one doesn’t disappoint, either. Perhaps the biggest upgrade here is the CoD Point system, which wasn’t part of the Modern Warfare 2 structure. Earning EXP isn’t just limited to your character; you can unlock custom class slots and even whole new modes of play. With more experience – and hence, more CoD Points – you will also have access to more weapons and perks, and this is the #1 reason to keep jumping online. Perhaps the #2 reason is the new oft-discussed Wager Mode, which is sorta what it sounds like- you bet that which is most important to you, and you can bet almost as much as you desire. If you win, big-time score. If not…well, you gambled, right? Plus, there’s more variety here than you might think; Gun Game is an example of a departure from the same ol’, same ‘ol, so give it a try.

Of course, all the expected content is still there. Team Deathmatch has always been my favorite but I started to warm up to Headquarters after a while, which is actually a little surprising. Perhaps the only downside is that with such a heavy emphasis on that Wager Mode and the new CoD Points setup, fans of MW2 will feel as if what they used to adore has been overshadowed. And we can’t really ignore the hitches and glitches that can easily be found in the online play, although we should remember that with incoming patches, the online experience will just get more stable and more enjoyable over time. Obviously, we’re talking about a big highlight, here, despite some changes in focus that may or may not go over well with the CoD loyalists. Let’s just say the multiplayer is immensely popular for a reason...a very good reason, too.

I wish I could leave it at this. I really, really do. It almost feels wrong to deprive this game of elite glory because the production essentially steps up and says, “yeah, I’m bad-ass, what of it?” Yeah, well, the cocky always have a few weaknesses and unfortunately, such drawbacks are painfully evident throughout the single-player (and parts of the multiplayer). Let’s start with the erratic ally AI. Sometimes, they’ll actually do something really helpful; other times, they’ll stand and fire at a wall for half a minute, or get stuck running in a doorway (if you shoot them, they’ll recover…haha). They just can’t seem to take down one lone enemy hunkered down in a hallway, and their long-range aim blows big time. Combine this with the always flawless aim of the computer, and we reach that frustration of which I spoke earlier.

Bullets will just somehow find you. All the time. I saw several come through what I could’ve sworn was a solid platform, and some dude with an Uzi about a hundred and fifty yards away can nail you if you stick your nose around a corner. This is wrong. It has always been wrong and it has always been annoying. Then there’s the overall instability and here are a few examples: the game almost froze entirely about ten times during the single-player campaign, due to earning a Trophy, picking up Intel, or a big, flashy event. At one point, I was supposed to jump down to a ledge. I did so and died…after I died, the message came up, “You have to sprint to make the jump.” Thanks, could’ve used that info a bit earlier. On the rooftops, tiny little gaps between buildings mean you can step to the left and just fall to your death, which doesn’t really have a place in this game.

Here are a few more obscure ones- I have a 3D HDTV and every time I play Black Ops, it automatically turns on the 3D option. To turn it off, I have to go into the menu and restart the game. Also, the auto-save function almost screwed me several times; once, it saved when a guy with a shotgun was about three feet from my face. And I’m not even counting the well-documented game-ending glitches; I’m not counting them because they didn’t happen to me, but all the above certainly happened, and certainly can’t be ignored. Oh, and there was one time when I accidentally dropped a grenade launcher I needed for a particular plot point (destroying 3 tanks), and it disappeared when I dropped it. Now, all this being said, don’t you think the game would have to be pretty unbelievable to keep me playing? See, that’s the good news: I did want to keep playing, despite all this.

It’s just too bad the problems have to exist at all. Like I said, clean this up, and it becomes what it should be- a AAA Game of the Year contender. But the beta of Killzone 3 - the freakin’ beta – is more technically sound on almost all fronts, and that’s an issue in my eyes. Yes, Black Ops offers all sorts of amazing moments, and there are almost too many good points to count. There’s the engaging element that keeps you fixed on the screen, the almost unparalleled atmosphere and intensity, the hugely robust and satisfying multiplayer, the cool characters, the excellent voice acting and profound effects, the silky smooth and rock-solid control, the pacing, etc, etc, etc. Seriously, all that quality is here and all of it smacks you upside the head from the get-go. Anybody who says it doesn’t exist either hasn’t played it or is dead-set against CoD for their own biased reasons.

At the same time, the technical hangups and instability hold it back. It’s just so disappointing because I know what it could have been; the “what if” scenario is never far from my thoughts when playing. I just couldn’t make it thirty minutes without frowning at something, whether it was a near-freeze, another enemy hitting me from a mile away with a shotgun, a lack of direction, or the over-emphasis on Treyarch’s insistence on a shooting gallery. Call of Duty: Black Ops is undoubtedly a great game but we just can’t keep turning a deaf ear to such glaring shortcomings. Even the stellar multiplayer isn’t free of little issues like lag (although it’s not severe, from what I saw).

But in the end, the product perseveres on the strength of its "oomph" alone and in short, it’s not everything it could’ve been but nevertheless, the entire experience is one well worth your time.

The Good: Almost unparalleled atmosphere. Great control. Awesome sound and voice acting. Large number of weapons. Good pacing and campaign variety. More than a few memorable moments. Decent story. Multiplayer that’s fulfilling in every way.

The Bad: Erratic (sometimes poor) ally AI. Flawless-aiming opponents. Over-emphasis on endless gunfights. Technical problems and overall instability.

The Ugly: Please don’t freeze now…oh please oh please oh please…not now…

11/10/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (130 posts)

PasteNuggs
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 8:55:33 PM
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Im not finished with black ops yet but im having a blast with it. The only time its has almost froze on me was when I got a trophy.
Also Ben, it was Ice Cube you heard. He voiced Corporal Bowman. They have a likeness too.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 8:57:47 PM

I'm still editing...how the hell did you reply so fast? LOL

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PasteNuggs
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 9:03:41 PM

Clicked on the reviews tab.

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chedison
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 9:57:45 PM

Yeah, the same thing happened to me. It was during the level with all the roofs, I don't remember the name lol.

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frostface
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:00:56 PM

Ice Cube is just hilariously dreadful in this game. I'm an old school Ice Cube fan but just can't stop laughing at his delivery of his dialogue, especially in the multi-player.

I just got the game yesterday and it updated as soon as I stuck it in my machine. I know some people have mentioned some game-ending glitches, I'm near the end of the single player campaign and haven't had any of them problems arise. Maybe the update addressed the glitch issues?
Found getting connections to the multi-player frustrating sometimes. Constantly having games migrating to a new host, mid-game or just getting booted from the servers for no reason. To be expected with such a new title but completely fixable and I'm sure they will be fixed soon enough.
It really is a blast and worth a purchase though.

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laxpro2001
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:06:00 PM

Hey Ben just wanted to point out a tiny typo... In the paragraph right before the 2nd video:
"Perhaps the only downside is that with such a heavy emphasis on that Wager Mode and the new CoD Points setup, fans of MW2 will feel as if what USED THEY USED to adore has been overshadowed"

I put the typo part in caps

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:11:16 PM

frostface: I doubt it; I downloaded the update, too.

laxpro: Fixed.

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 4:32:09 AM


Ice T.... Is in the game, not Ice Cube.


Great great game tho, leaps and bounds over mw2. It plays like world at war, it caters for bc2 players... In that 'feel' dept compared to mw2. Damn its good... Really good.

Secret game is fun fun fun... Havent played zombies and only on the 2nd sp mission...
To be honest, i enjoyed mohs sp so much, i know it doesnt matter how Hollywood cod goes, ive had my best sp fps of this year now, so its mp all the way.

..i will play BO sp, but right now its not even on the radar

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frostface
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 6:44:57 AM

@Ben...Ok well thats a shame!Wonder what the update was? Didn't fix the multiplayer anyway.


@Dillon...It's definitely Ice Cube dude!!! I'll bet ya a kick in the nutz that your wrong lol

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PasteNuggs
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 7:38:48 AM

@dillon. No, Corporal Bowman is Ice Cube. Bowman is modeled after Cube to.

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:07:01 PM

I bow to you all, I was wrong!


indeed it was Ice Cube or Tray as we call him... ahem.

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Kokushi
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 9:42:14 PM
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Great review, Ben, did you try the combat training?

And, is the game better than MW2?

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 9:52:05 PM

Yes, Yes It Is Indeed.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 9:52:39 PM

Well, the campaign is better, at any rate. The multiplayer is...different.

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rogers71
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:07:17 PM

So far from what I have played, this game rolls over MW2 and keeps going. It is freakin' awesome. I don't play MP so I cannot comment on that aspect but SP is definitely miles ahead.

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Clamedeus
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 6:57:05 PM

Yea i love the SP, so far i have been having a bad experience online for Black ops, a lot of freezing, slow frame rate, stutters, and sometimes even completely freezing my system the menus also freeze often for me but then work after a couple of seconds which is annoying.



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Highlander
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 9:50:03 PM
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Interesting review. I'd heard about some graphics issues and some online problems (including the PC version too).

I guess that cookie-cuttering the game into such a quick release schedule wasn't such a great idea after all.

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 9:52:57 PM

Only problem is Hosts with really bad connections.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 9:53:02 PM

The PC version seems to suffer the worst.

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Qubex
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 6:39:55 AM

I have heard about these issues as well, reading about them in Ben's review just makes it "more real"... Never saw video evidence of them yet... I guess I need to purchase the game to find out...

*Highlander... I added to your last points in the article comments section for, "Analyst: PS3 Will Surpass 360 "By The End Of 2012". Just in case you miss it, I thought I must mention it...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 9:51:23 PM
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"Please don’t freeze now…oh please oh please oh please…not now…"

Black Ops is fun ain't it?
Glad you had fun. But really some of this issues are no biggie. Heck Kz2 Froze after each save for 5-7'ish secs.

Multiplayer keeps getting better & better.... & better.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:07:04 PM

KZ2 never saved/froze while you were fending off Helghast.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:40:09 PM

thats bs jawknee... I had one of the worst freezes in that game... I had to go on the KZ2 forums just to figure out how to resolve it, and so many people had the same issue there was a thread of over 50 posts just on that freeze, at that particular time...

KZ2 had issues also dont go blindly and say it didnt. If you got through it with no issues, im happy for you cus I had to restart my game, delete my game data, and basically start over...

Regardless though, these little freezing issues happen in MoH and it is kind of annoying!

EDIT: wow i put 500 posts on the thread, when I meant 50 at that particular time... I shoulda kept it that way to make it more dramatic. ;)

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:51:45 PM

eh pal, you need to relax. I played through the campaign several times and experienced minimal freezing and only when it saved. NEVER in the middle of a fire fight. Don't go accusing me of "blindly saying" anything. I DIDN'T experience any issues nor did anyone I know. No need to misinform people and put 500 comments. The rest of your comment was dramatic enough champ.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:56:07 AM

Why do I need to relax again lol? was i being hostile? psh nah...!

Anyways seriously, I mean so because you and a few of your friends didnt have issues they dont exist? I feel like I go through something like this with you daily... I said I'm happy your game play didnt have issues, yet you still try and prove a point by telling me cus you didnt have issues then the issues I had are irrelevant?

Atleast I can say I was able to get it fixed, regardless how painful it was, and I was able to finish it. Also want to add it did frustrate me but never would i discredit the game or any other for it.

Also If you would have said "KZ2 never saved/froze while I was fending off Helghast."

Then I wouldnt have said What I did the way I did cus again I dont expect every perseons game to act the same way. But you implied that It didnt happen to him or the next guy/girl when you specifically said "while YOU were fending off helghast". Which indeed it did.

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Jawknee
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:06:07 AM

You accusing me of spouting "bullsh!t" IS hostile. Any problem you had that was cleared up by deleting the Utility Data is likely due to a bad install of game data to the HDD. So NO it's not the same thing as this freezing problem in Black Ops. Per the reviews it seems to be wide spread and is affecting all copies of the game. Now go brush your teeth and go to bed. Your cranky tonight.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:10:19 AM

Well im not cranky for one, Im quite enjoying black ops, and our little conversation at the moment. And Im not comparing KZ2 to the Freezing in Black ops at all.

And when I say BS im using it lightly, I dont want to call you a liar. Cus I dont think you are lying, in fact im sure your not. KZ2 had minimal flaws. And Im also very aware it very well may have been a bad install, but mind you it was actually a patch that fixed it, I just went through the whole processes trying to fix it.

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Underdog15
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 8:26:07 AM

At the end of the very first level in Black Ops... I got stuck on a map because an event happened too early. I couldn't run or move. All I could do was shoot and throw a grenade.

And it auto-saved there. I had to restart the whole level.

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SvenMD
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 9:47:55 AM

Bigrailer - I'm not going to discount the fact that KZ2 might have froze on you, but I gotta go with Jawknee on this one.

I played through KZ2 at least 3 times (Many more if you count individual levels), and put in about 40-50 hrs online....and I can't recall one time when the game had anything close to a fatal freeze(or near freeze for that matter).

So if this many people have encountered problems with CoD:BO in the first few days...then I think it is ABSOLUTELY legal to say that this game is glitchy.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 11:54:12 AM

Yeah black ops is glitchy... Never once did I say it wasn't. in fact the MP has a little lag to it as well, and im not talking like connection lag, its different its weird... Thats why I pointed out that im not comparing what happened to me in KZ2 to Black ops. Jawknee said the game doesnt freeze on "you" when it did, several times. In fact everytime I started my game up until, I went through a process of elimination, and A patch finally fixed it.

I never experienced what Underdog did in black ops, so what does that say? Sometimes this stuff happens with no explanation, which is my whole point! But what he experienced in black ops, is kind of what happened to me in KZ2. Except I had to go through way more trouble to start playing the game again...

But again KZ2 had minimal flaws and I dont expect any of you guys to have experienced anything other than maybe the saving issues. Its not a big deal, really I get past freezing issues so long as I can fix them. Or it doesnt hinder my game play too long! ;)

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laxpro2001
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:09:26 PM
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Hmm. I kind of hate how this got such a high score... I'm still going to have to abstain from playing it. COD is the only game where the online constantly resulted in me being frustrated, and I can just picture me losing it when the glitches roll around and I start unfairly losing stuff I wager.

Who knows though, in light of this review I might eventually come around much later when the price drops. Especially considering the fact that I'm assuming most of the problems like the freezing will have been dealt with by then via a patch.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:12:20 PM

Bear in mind that I never said the game actually froze; they were all NEAR-freezes, in that the game stopped for a few seconds and then continued.

Trust me, if they had been system-crashing freezes, it would've scored lower.

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laxpro2001
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:17:51 PM

Ah ok sweet. Thanks for the clarification!

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matt99
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 8:28:09 PM

ya the glitches when getting trophies are a HUGE drawback and i actually got a system crashing freeze in the single player. however, if you enjoy single player and a good story i promise it will not disappoint, though you probably have the right idea to wait for a patch and a drop in price

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Temjin001
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:24:08 PM
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Sounds like it's worth a play through. It's too bad that the game has those bugs that were pointed out. Who knows? maybe they'll be ironed out with patches... you know, the Fallout way of doing things =p
It does bother me that the AI seems to be crappy. I was playing the KZ2 demo today, and I was somewhat impressed by some of the AI behavior the Helghast were exhibiting. They're decently intelligent about hiding their mug when your gun site is set on them. Then when you engage a different enemy, that hiding Helghast pops out for retaliation. Anyway, it doesn't sound like BO CoD has any of that.


I wonder if those same types of glitches happen with the 360 version.
I do know the Digital Foundry put up some comparisons and performance measurements. It looked like, as expected with the CoD stuff, the 360 has a measurably more consistent frame-rate.
Nothing suggested a poor port, as the CoD's tend to hold up pretty good for PS3. Where only the most sensitive will scrutinize the discrepancies--like me ;)

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:08:04 PM

Actually most Call of Duty's are near identical with stable frame rates. Its seems this one suffers more than the rest for some reason.

EDIT: Just wanted to add with the exception of World at War. That game suffered from some slow down. Maybe it's just a Treyarch thing. As far as i could tell the frame rate on MW2 was silky smooth on both platforms.

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Temjin001
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 10:19:05 AM

They are near identical. But I do know the last 3 CoD's have had a measurably more consistent frame rate on 360. This has been observed both in my personal comparisons that I've done for myself which are consistent with DF's findings--who has done a fair and thorough Face-off for Black Ops.
And for the case of Black Ops, it's already been confirmed that the PS3 version renders at a lower sub-HD res and, without a doubt, the frame-rate has a generally lower performance average in consistency.

Really, Jawknee, these issues are relatively minor and ex-PC gamers like me eat this stuff up as I've been observing comparisons like these since the GeForce 4600/Radeon 9800 days. If you haven't perceived these performance discrepancies in your own observations then good. Sometimes I wish I didn't care as much as I do about these kinds of things.

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Jawknee
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 11:32:59 AM

Yea well, I take what DF says with a grain of salt. What are their qualifications? Do they develop for the PS3 or Xbox? As far as I know they don't. And from my personal observations MW2 runs at a consistent frame rate on both consoles. Also if these issues are so minor then why do you feel the need to remind us the Xbox always has better multiplats? Sometimes you sound like a PR guy for MS.

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Temjin001
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 6:09:34 PM

Calm down there, Jawknee. It really isn't worth getting all cranky-faced about ;)

DF takes the time and uses the tools to produce the comparisons they do. Which are usually more detailed than any other website I know of. Over time, I've been able to trust their data and observations as they correlate with my comparisons.

I honestly don't understand why you're so opposed to a site that takes the time and effort to produce comparisons such as these. And I'm not saying they're infallible and always right, no one is perfect--that includes me =p
If you suspect bias, then if it helps any, they've awarded plenty of recommendations to PS3 games, and also, pronounced games like Uncharted 2 and GoW3 as "cream of the crop" this gen.

But if you want another source go check out the "The Lens of Truth."

Now if you'll excuse me, I have an important MS conference call to take =p


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StangMan80
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:24:29 PM
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I wish people can Finnish the game before releasing it. Those little bugs get really annoying. I am on the verge to getting this game, but just because it's a COD I'm having second thoughts. I don't want to think that way but I really hated MW2 and really believe it did not deserve half of it's sells and the hype.
But tryarch made this game, maybe it's a really good game. Nice review Ben. I might end up picking it up, maybe. What are the chances of those "little annoying bugs" getting fixed with a patch or something?
I also love that it becoming harder to cheat playing online, another reason I hated MW2.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:39:43 PM

Patches might help with the near-freezes, but it won't ever fix the AI and a few other issues.

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Shams
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:31:38 PM
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Ben, were you able to check out how the 3D mode was?

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Temjin001
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:36:00 PM

I read that the 3D mode results in some heavy performance penalties.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:39:00 PM

No, I wasn't (don't have the glasses yet) but I have seen it in 3D elsewhere. It's not that overwhelming and yeah, there have been reports of performance issues in 3D.

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crunchy_nut_kid
Thursday, January 06, 2011 @ 2:30:58 AM

i played it in 3d and i didn't notice any performance issues

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:51:17 PM

Tense=crawling through glass.

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Kokushi
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:44:25 PM
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Ben, how long is the campaign?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:08:12 PM

Depends. If you're a CoD veteran, probably not longer than 5 hours. Others may take 6 or 7 hours, it seems.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 10:50:46 PM
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I will of course reserve my own opinions until my cod friends have me play it, but graphics at an 8.7 when it isn't (in the TV commercial) any different or better than old cods? I am teh skeptical. KZ2 already appears to embarrass it, and well 3 might just put it into last gen.

I'm only partially evil though, I really hope the people who love it get what they want. As an FF fan, Id love to get what I want.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:03:49 PM

As would I. Hopefully Ni No Kuni delivers.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:07:45 PM

She's dead man. Gotta let it go. So is FF. So it's time to just turn off what you want and conform and become a CoD fan like everyone else. Besides, it was so nineties to be a FF fan. These days, all we really wanna do is shoot some scrubs with guns =p

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:10:09 PM

Thanks for that incredibly depressing - albeit sarcastic - post, Temjin. I have to go play FFVII now.

World: 8.7 is hardly an elite score for graphics, but I think it's fair to say Black Ops is in the 87th percentile when it comes to visuals. Like I said, there's just so MUCH going on; it's the overall atmosphere and attention to every little thing that gets my vote.

But of course, KZ3 will indeed rip it to shreds in the technical department. That's what 'cough' a PS3 exclusive can kinda do.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:34:32 PM

Some of those idiots in the DF thread will have you believe Black Ops runs better than any and every PS3 exclusive on the market. LOL!

I never bothered the read to comments at that site until today. Its like fly paper for internet trolls and mental midgets.

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Temjin001
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:28:29 AM

Yeah, sorry, it was crass and a little cruel. I even gave myself a thumb down ;)

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:08:58 PM
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8.8 eh?
IGN gave it an 8.5, doesn't like look Black ops is averaging a 90s on Metacritic.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:14:32 PM

To be fair though, IGN ditched the in betweens in their scores. They only give 1, 1.5. 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5 etc. Had it been judged under their old system it could probably be closer to Ben's score.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:18:00 PM

Hmmm.......never heard of the change so does that mean the new system has only been around recently?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:19:46 PM

Yea, it wasn't that long ago they changed it. Look at all their recent reviews. None of them have in betweens. All solid numbers or .5's.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:19:57 PM

Yeah, it's a recent change.

By the way, if people want us to do that here, let us know. I don't really care; I'll do whatever the readers want. But I'm pretty sure we're keeping the 10-point scale.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:30:39 PM

I say nah, i like it the way you guys do it. It's more nuanced which is good in gaming reviews i think.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:38:21 PM

I personally prefer the .5s instead of in betweens.
A game gets a 9.8 and another gets a 10, what's the difference?

But I like it the way it is on PSXE since it's more accurate here than most other site.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:46:15 PM

@Snaaaake, a 10 would be a perfect game while a 9.8 would be a near perfect game with some flaws but very minimal.

@Wreckless, does Ebert use the 4 star system?

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:11:46 AM

IGN only swapped over a couple of months ago. I don't like it. I mean, both systems have their flaws, and the ten point comes from the indiscrepancies in the minutiae (I'm sure I spelt on of those two right). Still, I prefer it, so please don't simplify it Ben.
Peace.

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SvenMD
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 9:56:50 AM

@Wreckless - I was always fond of Star Search

(In Ed McMahon voice) "Our challenger gets 3 1/2 stars, and our Champion gets 3 3/4 stars"

/Crowd goes wild!!!!/

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Akuma07
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:39:03 PM
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Funny.

Infinity Ward never had ANY of these problems.

In MW2, when I watched my gf play it, i sometimes wondered if her AI friends would kill more people then she did. Sucks to hear that its not the same in Black Ops.

And yes, CoD has always suffered from enemy AI's being sharpshooters.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:47:43 PM

Tell me about it. it was pretty bad in MW2's campaign as well. And the strawberry jelly that would splatter on the screen didn't make things any better.

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Akuma07
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:00:47 AM

haha yeah!

What frustrated me the most, was how the camera would dart up into the sky everytime you got shot.

The amount of times an enemy was about 1 meter in front of me...shooting me.... but every single one of my shots missed him.

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Jawknee
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:16:46 AM

Oh yea, i loathed that too. I tried to play the game a second time on hard, the camera jolt made me give up and go make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. ;)

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:50:01 PM
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I really am enjoying the campaign. So far I enjoyed MoH better, but like Ben said it has a ton of "wow that was awesome" moments. Not finished with it yet so I feel like I cant judge fairly. Graphically I'd say your ab out spot on in the review, shoulda been better, but still looks great.

The zombies is also pretty awesome so far, and if you have the zombie maps, from W@W they transfer over, which is an excellent plus.

The mp so far im kind of torn on. Although I enjoy it more I play it, and although it does take a different turn in style than MW 1 and 2, I'm not sure if its for the best yet. But like I said everytime I pick it up, it gets better. The killstreaks are pretty cool (the newer ones), and I absolutely love the idea of buying all your upgrades, and having a cash system along with a point system. So all in all the MP is a win in my book when I get down to it.

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 11:59:31 PM

I have the maps from W@W on W@W, but they didn't carry over to Black Ops, unless I'm completely missing something.

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Akuma07
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:02:23 AM

Having a cash system is just asking to be abused.

I don't know ANY cash system that didn't make it soooo easy to abuse the system.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:49:10 AM

Powerbomber-

ok so I just went to a game to find out for you, and it wasnt there lol... But last ngiht when I was playing they were their My friends and I could even check out the leader board, so IDK... I'ma look into it more.

About the cash system. Well Maybe your right, but now you actually have to earn what you get. I mean you could go 1-15 and still get xp and eventually get some weapons. Now not only do you have to rank up with xp, to unlock weapons, you then have to purchase them with money you've earned also. To me it works.

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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 2:49:12 AM

Ha, I can explain it. Someone who you were playing with bought the Hardened or Prestige Edition, which comes with those four maps -- which is shoddy, I think, since I've already bought them, I don't want to buy them a second time around. But if someone has them, then you can access them while playing together. I unlocked "FIVE" today, and was playing it with my friend and my nephew and neither one of them has beaten the game.

What sucks is that I was going to get the hardened edition, but when I went to go change my reserve at Gamestop, they had ceased taking reservations on it. Laaaaame.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 3:14:44 AM

O what the hell... I feel jipped cus I paid for those lol. For a completely different game, but still...

So since you found that out, is their anyways to play those maps if you dont have either of those editions?

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MadKatBebop
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:24:40 AM
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So far I like Black Ops way more then MW2, from singleplayer to multiplayer. Black Ops is just better.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:54:59 AM
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crap...

well I agree with the review, its a good score for this game.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:17:19 AM
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Sounds good. Although, those glitches must really detract from the experience for an SP kind of guy. The review is enough to sway my opinion on Black Ops, but I can't really see myself getting into it. Replaying Bioshock has made me realise that I almost despise the first person view in games.

If next years CoD is another great one, I may end up getting it.
Peace.

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___________
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:18:53 AM
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its ok, better than what i was expecting but not as engaging as MW2.
MW2s combat overall was slower paced, but it had lots of set pieces to boot the pace up, like the snowmobile race, or the cliff climb, or the heartbeat sensors on the guns that was cool!
i think im about half way through, and the only set piece in BO is the motorcycle race.

its a technological mess though!
honestly, you cant tell it was published by antivision!
game keeps freezing, enemies and friends just stand still.
hey theres a grenade at my feet, lets stare at the sky till it blows me up!

graphics wise i was disappointed, i was expecting it to look as good as MW2 but it does not.
its got allot of visual effects which are seriously impressive, but besides those the frame rate is not very stable, keep seeing jaggies and theres not much detail in the world, walls and such look like there made out of plastic!
sound is what has really impressed me though, it sounds FANTASTIC!
normally when i play games on my 7.1 speakers i turn up them to 50 and explosions sound like someone behind me just farted!
in BO turn the sound up to 50 and the glass windows start vibrating, almost sounds like a freaking movie!

on the story front, what is it with COD games and jumping back from one event to another?
one moment im in one area doing one thing, than all of a sudden the game jumps to a cut scene and now im in a totally different area your like WTF happened!?
why cant we have a normal story taking me from one level to another, one character to another instead of going from character to character, level to level back to first level, to third level than back to first level i have no idea what the bloody hells going on!!!!!!

sound, story, visual effects and gameplay is better than MW2.
but the excitement, the action scenes that MW2 and most games have these days were much better in MW2, and because of those im leaning towards MW2.
BO is a HUGE leap for treyarch, but its still not quite there yet!

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Jawknee
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:51:23 AM
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LOL! 42% so far for "Call of what now?" Comedy.

by the way, i submitted a PSP user review to Ben for God of War: Ghost of Sparta if anyone is interested. ;)

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 2:16:10 AM

Hehe, I voted that way. And yes. BTW is there going to be a PSXE official review for Ghost of Sparta?

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 3:15:19 AM

I had to vote that one also. Thats pretty funny! Couldnt resist!

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kraygen
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 3:56:25 AM
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You know what is incredibly mind blowing to me? So many psxers are always railing about the downfall of gaming due to the overflow of CoD's coming out. Yet it never fails a new one releases and it seems psxers far and wide are playing it.

I'm also surprised that the score is this high on a game that still uses hosted multiplayer instead of servers. Servers allow for larger maps, more players, and smoother gameplay. People say that hosted games are only bad when the host has a bad connection, but so many ppl have bad connections that even with only 18 players it can often be full of lag.

If CoD wants my money they're going to have to have more than just 5 hour campaigns, structural rehash, bigger maps, and more than 18 players. By now 32 man battles should be at least standard.

I also have to wonder why sequels that have little to no graphical improvement over their predecessors are getting such high graphics scores. Fallout new vegas came out 2 years later than fallout 3 and it got the same graphics scores even tho the graphics are identical, same thing with black ops.

Just goes to show 360 is holding back the gaming industry, multi platform games have not been improving over the past 2 years. It's sad and makes me glad to still have ps3's exclusives on hand.

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Geobaldi
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 4:10:30 AM
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Though I haven't played the game, and probably won't, I see that the 360 version is pulling in higher ratings than all the others at the moment. And Gametrailers has a side-by-side comparison of the 360 and PS3 versions. Though they pretty much are exact, there are a few subtle differences but in my opinion the PS3 received the lesser of the two versions yet again :(

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FM23
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 4:19:22 AM
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I rented it today and I'm probably more than halfway through...and lets just say I am not enjoying the game as much as you. I'm not sure how you had any "holy sh*t" momments when so much crap is going on. This game didn't pull me in with it's cliche military story, horrible graphics for a modern day release and the over emphasis on endless battles. Seriously though, I am having fun with this game and the MP isn't bad at all, but I just don't get the hype with CoD. Compared to MW2, this game has some weak weak graphics. And the quality is very low in my opinion. It feels cheap just like MW2. PS3 exclusive games have ruined my taste for mulitplaform games because their quality exceeds the compettion. Any way, I think my main problem is my lack of interest in military shooters. More of a sci-fi guy at the end of the day thats why Bioshock is more appealing to me. Black Ops may be a great game for others, but for me, it's not my cop of tea. Looking forward to ACBrotherhood next week and maybe NFS.

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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 4:23:59 AM
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Been playing this a lot, and I'm loving every minute of it. Dead Ops Arcade is a hoot, Zombies is intense and awesome as always, the single player was a romp, and the multiplayer is a great heaping deal better than MW2s is/was.

If anyone wants to play some time, add me on the PSN. War-Donkey is the name. Ha.

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ValdiPS3
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 4:43:34 AM
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huge pass for my, never have the cod or halo fever, saving for Killzone 3, and beware, the PS3 and PC version of the game is the worst, it seems that they focus in the 360 version and after made a port, the grafics in the PS3 is full of low textures, see in digital foundry (i am little concerned because they are 360 fanboys), is better wait the Lens of Truth guys.

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SubjectiveTruth
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 6:48:57 AM
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Crap, I new I should have rented this for the Xbox because I saw the lower review scores on gamerankings. Too late now, but I prefer to play stuff on my PS3 anyway.

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 7:16:31 AM
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Totally called the 8.8 :D
So I started the single player and I'm actually quite enjoying it, I haven't had any glitches(yet?) nor freezes, maybe it's because I keep my PS3 cold, since it's cold outside and I keep my window open, so my room is really cold as well, not that I mind, since I'm used to it, even though I know it's bad for your muscles...

But yeah, I hear people hatin' on the characters, saying you can't remember them and all, switching main characters the whole time, but all I've been playing with is Mason and Woods and Bowman keep returning and I remember them and that Dragovich guy just fine, also that Reznov dude, with his awesome crowd pumping speeches.

The main point is, I'm liking it more than I thought I would, which is a good thing.

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dante_zero
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 7:22:41 AM
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i agree with Ben about the going "oh my god please dont freeze" as unlike Ben mine has crashed quite a few times mid games. especially when i've tried to access the XMB to see what trophy popper up or responded to messeages. I've also the game give me a error message in game when finishing Vortuka on verteran and then watched as the game crashed from there. I rebbot ps3 and continue the campaign only to find i have to do the whole level again. I was definately impressed.

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dante_zero
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 7:29:26 AM
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also it is worth noting that if your not in COD for your FPS. MAG went platinum the other week and thats a great FPS and if your intrigued buy a FPS economy system outside of XP MAG has that aswell. IT actually surprised me to see that COD had implemented a simular system. The only reason i can think of Activision adding the COD points system in is they are testing the water for possible future subscribtion services or DLC where you can buy points packs and get a head start etc.

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Nynja
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 7:33:12 AM
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F this game. F Treyarch for the crappy port.

F Activision for letting it happen. You have just proven to me that quality is NOT your priority.

Thank god I still have Medal of Honor.

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Oxvial
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 7:33:45 AM
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I didn't bought a fps game in ages , I'm better than any of you.

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STAY3R
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 7:46:28 AM
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wo wo wo wo, killzone 2 got 9.8 for the gameplay and u guys gave black ops 8.4?
we want an arnold review, this is just bs, ben u r a ps3 fanboy and it shows in ur articles and reviews. f u man

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Orvisman
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 9:09:29 AM

I hope you're joking!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 10:22:09 AM

Based on the 12 posts you've made on this site, all of which are only barely readable, and several of which promote the 360, I'm guessing your game knowledge is sort of...low.

As is your intelligence.

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Beamboom
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 10:22:33 AM

I wouldnt accuse him of being a fanboy but he sure has a lovin' for exclusives - as he admit himself. :)

It's like I said, the black ops review would get approx half the praise it would receive had it been an exclusive and I stand by that. Im 100% sure Black Ops would receive a STELLAR review had it been exclusive. However in all fairness I think this review is pretty balanced. Appreciate that he at least noticed the atmosphere and gives credit to the visuals with consideration of the insane amount of stuff happening at the same time.

... Not to mention that it looks like ol'Ben is slowly starting to appreciate multiplayer gaming? ;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 10:40:37 AM

That's crap, Beamboom. Absolute crap. I don't care what platform it's on; CoD would've gotten the same score had it been a PS3 exclusive. No, actually, it might've scored LOWER as I would've considered other PS3 exclusives to be in direct competition, in which case, I would've harped on the problems even more.

And what about all the other sources that gave CoD about the same score? What about IGN's 8.5? Hmm? Guess they must be PS3 exclusive lovers too, because they obviously didn't give Black Ops "half the praise it deserved." Your logic seems broken.

A game is a game is a game. I'm not about to ignore the obvious problems regardless of whether or not it's exclusive. Maybe you didn't notice I gave GTAIV a 9.9? Or Assassin's Creed II a 9.4? Or RDR a 9.3? Gee...no exclusives there. I also did NOT do the reviews for Killzone 2, Uncharted 2, MGS4, etc.

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Jawknee
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 11:41:26 AM

Lol, stupid. Black Ops, or any Call of Duty is no where near KZ2 quality. It's amazing to me that you can't see why exclusives tend to be better Beamboom. You sound like a anti-Sony fanboy when you spout your anti-exclusive nonsense.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:34:38 PM

Its pretty unfortunate... ;)

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Nynja
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:56:04 PM

I have always valued and respected PSXE's opinions, but more so those that belong to Ben. Not because there seem to be any bias towards one platform, but because they are far from that. It's very hard to find video game news sources that don't have blatant favoritism. Keeping in mind, even though this is a PlayStation focused site, praise is always given to other platforms and games when deserved. This site is first and foremost about Video Games and the industry as a whole.

That being said, I disagree with the comments about minor graphical differences. In my eyes, Modern Warfare 2 had minor graphical differences on PS3 and 360. The issues that are currently present in Black Ops do effect gameplay, such as the frame-rate. Performance tests have been done to prove the terrible coding by Treyarch on the PS3, but I don't need those results as I have seen it myself.

A less game crippling issue I have with Black Ops is the lower resolution used on PS3. Sure, it's minor... until you are trying to snipe targets across the map. Nothing but a pixelated mess. If I wasn't such a trophy whore and cheap scape about online services, I'd pick up the 360 version because those issues bother me that much (and the PC if I wasn't so anti-k/m).

What irritates me is how the series' quality is like the stock market. Up and down. For some reason, I just seem to never care for the Treyarch installments. This, however, is their best entry yet. Technical flaws aside, a great game for those who are fans of the COD franchise.

If you were looking for a reinvention of the series' gameplay, you won't find that here. If you want more of the same, with a new leveling system, this game is for you.

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sirbob6
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 6:47:41 PM

Wreckless, we might be in luck next year because there will be 2!

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crunchy_nut_kid
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 7:49:55 AM
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i really enjoyed this game because it has little things that make it better than other Cod games. i discovered that you can have split screen for online gameplay. also, i cool thing is that if you jump and go prone mid air, you perform a diving action which is so fun. i dived and quicked scoped fun friend!!kill cam was aweome!!!

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Underdog15
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 8:38:18 AM
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After playing I was anticipating a 8.1 or so... I guess I encountered more glitchiness than most or something.

Seriously, I got stuck on the environment in the very first level near the end. And it auto-saved there too. Had to restart the level.

Multiplayer and single player froze solid for well over a minute before kicking back into action. The PS button on my controller didn't work during that time.

Multiplayer bullet detection is laggy. With Roger's 15MB/sec. download and 5 MB/sec. upload service, I doubt it's my internet connection... cause it happens 24/7.

What you see is not what other people see. If an enemy has an elbow around a corner, and it's all I see, they can still see me fully. Dumb glitch that is... And if the only thing showing is a dudes head, how can it NOT be a head shot?

Multiplayer spawning is rediculously BAD. BAD BAD BAD BAD!!! Once (to my advantage), guys from the other team spawned all around me. Once an enemy LITERALLY spawned right in front of me. I knifed him before his feet hit the ground!! And they KEPT spawning around me, too. (Racked up quite a killstreak, but if that was me spawning, I'd be pissed!)

The auto-save function is not intelligent at all. Like Ben said, it will auto-save at the DUMBEST times. Sometimes you have to completely restart the level.

Anyways, I do agree that it's a spectacular game on most fronts. But there are SO SO many glaring technical issues... it's a high production value game that was obviously rushed to make the annual November CoD graduation.

Seriously... if they weren't obsessed with releasing annually... they could have taken 2 or 3 more months and tightened it up a bit.

On the flip side, it's a lot tougher for people to be cheap in this game's multiplayer. No quick scope glitching, no more easily accessed invincible noob-tubes, shotguns are no longer secondary weapons, perks are a little more realistic, and no more superman knife kills...

Since I only die via cheap-kill in MW2, I've been cleaning up with this one. Right before bed last night, took a TDM game 19-0! I definitely find the multiplayer, for the most part, more fair. Still though... so... many... issues...

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bigrailer19
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:38:08 PM

19-0 sheesh... Yeah I feel about what you do with this game. Although im pretty happy with it altogether...

If you wanna play w me and my buddies or visa versa sometime let me know, the more the marrier... BigRailer19 is my PSN

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Underdog15
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 2:51:36 PM

Yeah, 19-0 is a little unusual, but I'm not having any trouble so far. I'm running about a 1.8 something on the KD so far. At level 25. I'll add you a little later whenever I get around to turning on the ol' system.

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t4_robz
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 9:07:59 AM
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8.8 that better than what IGN gave it!

oh and i guessed the right score on the poll, yes

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Orvisman
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 9:12:06 AM
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Black Ops codes for those who want them:

UNLOCK ALL INTELS

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Code: 3ARC INTEL

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To unlock all levels in the campaign, zombie and dead ops mode, simply enter the following code.

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PLAY ZORK

Simply enter the code ZORK in the terminal.

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Steel
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 10:21:10 AM
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I didn't have any glitches or near freezes when i went through the campaign. I dunno, maybe I am lucky. I almost wish PSXE would stop talking about any COD related news whatsoever, because I can't help but feel like the fans vs the haters stuff totally is F-ing up the community. Debates are good. alot of went on here, is crap.

For whatever its worth though, I agree with your review score Ben. :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 10:24:13 AM
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For the record, the differences between the PS3 and 360 versions are extremely minor. People are overstating the differences; it really wouldn't matter in the slightest which platform you played it on, unless it was PC, which seems to have the biggest stability issues.

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STAY3R
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 11:31:50 AM

hey ben sorry for that, but i was soo pissed off, i mean i thought you would give it a solid 9, cause i loved it more than mw2 or 1
anyways don't matter, sorry for that bro

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:12:46 PM

It's fine. I just don't take kindly to the "fanboy" comment.

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STAY3R
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:18:12 PM

lmao, playing a lot of god of war surely has it's downside, sometimes it's really impossible 2 lock our emotions :P

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 10:37:06 AM
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Solid review, I wish I could say the same for the game. The lag and hit detection is about to make me go nuts, thank god Dead Ops is surprisingly entertaining, and President Evil will rock!

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Godslim
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:18:50 PM
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niceish review....i'd give it a solid 8.0 i think the sp is alot better than w@ws and alot more like the mw ones but mp wise its broken

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Alienange
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 12:40:05 PM
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Freakin' Treyarch. Can't Activision afford a bottle of polish for these guys?

Nice review though. Can't wait to get back home and play.

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Godslim
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:02:45 PM

i lol'd at that :D
true tho the game does lack the polish cod4 had

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Jawknee
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:08:51 PM

Activision should just make IW and Treyarch kiss and make up so they can help Treyarch fix the problems they are having.

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Alienange
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 2:27:39 PM

I'm nervous for IW. I doubt they still have the talent to help out Treyarch. I guess we'll see next year?

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Xplaced
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:09:53 PM
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I guess I'm just not a COD guy. I thought MW2 was ok, but when I played multiplayer games like Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Medal of Honor, I just looked at Black Ops like "Wow, this is nowhere close."

To me, CODBO multiplayer is MW 2.25. It looks the same, plays the same, and feels the same. It feels more like a huge expansion pack than a new game.

I know they have to keep it similar or they'd lose what make COD, COD. But this is such a direct clone of MW2 that I am really surprised about it.

IMHO, BC2 and MoH are just leaps ahead of CODBO and MW2 in multiplayer immersion. They look a lot better, sound a LOT better, and feel better when aiming and firing guns to me. I am trying really hard to get into CODBO because I want to enjoy it and have a new FPS to play with, but it just feels so "off" to me that I'm just not enjoying it so far. It's too much of an "arcade style" shooter for me to enjoy it I think.

I know I'm in the minority here apparently, but I have 3 other friends that picked it up that I regularly play with, and we all feel the same way about it. We all prefer MoH to this, even though we like the extra guns and stuff that CODBO provides. We just don't like the playstyle, look, sounds, or feel of the gameplay itself unfortunately.

Edit: I'm speaking from a total multiplayer perspective, btw! Haven't tried SP yet, it might be great. I'm just an MP type of guy.

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Jawknee
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:37:05 PM

So far i have enjoyed Bad Company 2's multiplayer the best out of any FPS. MoH not so much.

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DjEezzy
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:14:16 PM
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i swore i wouldn't buy another activision game besides dj hero 2 but i think i'm going to buy this. Main reason... Split screen online multiplayer. Thats what i've been waiting for in a shooter. It just seems so bad ass to play with a friend on the couch against the world. LOL. And i also heard about a top down kind of arcadey mode. That sounds fun as hell. Oh and lets not forget Zombies!!! I gonna eat my words and purchase this. Sounds to good to pass up.

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tlpn99
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 1:46:23 PM
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The game so far has been very laggy but this is not surprising seeing how everyone will be hitting it online at the same time so the servers are going to be getting a hammering. It will calm down in a few days/week.

Single player is good really good.

Multiplayer im a bit disappointed with. I dont like the buying everything I keep forgetting to buy stuff I unlock it and go to use it oh bugger I need to save up now and buy it. So annoying.

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CrazyCrisps
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 2:38:57 PM
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Well, the A.I. is the most annoying for me, but all the rest are minor flaws. The game never froze on me, the graphics are great I think and yeah, the instability is a little bit dirty. But I think the story is absolutely awesome, Reznov is maybe more bad-ass than Captain Price. I love the story, and I didn't even play multiplayer yet. In my opinion it deserves a solid 9, but then again that's because the game never froze on me!

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Zorigo
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 2:53:12 PM
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Ill probs get this if the price drops. because by then, if at all (and it will only drop on ebay if im lucky tbh) the patches should fix the muck ups.

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thj_1980
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 5:38:15 PM
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I know cod got's alot of stupid fanboys. They hype up sh** which is dumb. But really this site takes too much of a bash against cod. I think you guys should give the game a chance. I think this is the best cod ever. Nazi zombies is improved, and the gameplay mechanics and online gamemodes are roburst. Really ge tthe hardened edtion and you may know with the 4 map packs from W@W they are better and revamped with modernweapons. It's freking awesome!!! I know there's lot's of typos in my statement but really you guys take the fanboys to seriously. Give the game a chance, this review to me is unfair. I know reviews are quite biased, but still and 8.8 too me doesn't cut it. IGN may have givin 8.5 but they are cod fanatics, and they had prettty good reason. Bunmp this score up too a 9.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, November 11, 2010 @ 6:15:48 PM

If you'd like to explain why IGN had "good reason" to give the game an 8.5, but somehow, we only gave it an 8.8 because we hate it, I'd be all ears. There's a pretty long review up there. Perhaps you'd like to actually read it.

Maybe you hadn't noticed, but we don't give high scores and recommendations to GO BUY A GAME when we hate it.

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vawulf
Saturday, November 13, 2010 @ 1:52:15 AM
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No disrespect, because this site is usually dead on when it comes to reviews for me but this game is rated too high. I think if this were not called Call of Duty people would not be as generous. The lack of polish was evident as soon as I started my first mission. Horrible graphics. This was the worst of the next gen COD games imo.

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FM23
Saturday, November 13, 2010 @ 6:23:17 PM
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Finished the game...underwhelming is the bestway to describe it. KZ2 and BC2 kill this game. Even MW2 is better.

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aaronobst
Saturday, November 20, 2010 @ 10:47:27 PM
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Enjoyed it but, as always the campaign was TOO F@#$ING SHORT

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crunchy_nut_kid
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 @ 1:58:53 AM
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i like the game and i dont care that 99% of boys ages 10-21 have. i have played this game in 3D and it was awesome!! i esecially like that when your sprinting you can hold circle and do a dive!

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