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Prior to the highly anticipated launch of Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops, animation director Dominique Drozdz said in an interview that Black Ops' new facial animation system and realistic visuals made the team feel that some of the more violent scenes have gone a bit too far. Our very own Adam Biessener said in his Black Ops review that Treyarch crossed the line in terms of violence as the game "pushes the lines of good taste."
"The campaign puts players neck deep in the close-up brutality of combat. Limbs shatter disgustingly as bullets rip apart flesh and bone. Gore flies in all directions as combatants are popped like meat balloons by the vicious weaponry of the ‘60s. In one uncomfortable sequence, the player has to torture a restrained prisoner. This is an emphatically mature game (in the ESRB sense, anyway). Everyone should make their own judgment on what they are comfortable with, but Black Ops crossed my personal line in its bloody depictions of violence, particularly the torture sequence. I wasn’t able to compartmentalize it as enjoyable cartoon violence like I have with so many games over the years. Call me a wuss if you want, but the realistic gore is distasteful in the absence of a discussion of what should be a careful decision to employ lethal force. I realize that Treyarch isn’t trying to put on a morality play here, but Black Ops pushes the lines of good taste."
What do you think? Did the amount of graphic violence in Black Ops make you uncomfortable? Was it even necessary? Or are these graphic depictions of violence just an element of the war experience that we should expect in a game like this? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.
don't know i haven't really played it yet...other than a few minute preview at a friends....i do know it provokes violence cuz i actually bought it today but my girlfriend started bit*hing because i spent 64.00 and we started fighting....wasn't like i spent my last dollar on it...i just got payed and had close to a grand in my pocket but since tomorrows her birthday she threw a bit*h fit in the gamestop parking lot that resulted in me breaking the freaking disc, the case and the plastic wrap that hadn't even been ripped off yet...sure i could have returned it but i was making a point. there was plenty of cash to go around but i guess she was mad that 64.00 wasn't going to be spent on her birthday....crazy girl even locked me out of the car and pretty much dragged me up the street while i was holding on to the door handle...its ok though cuz now i'm taking the money i'll save from not having to pay her car payment, insurance and birthday surprise i had planned and i'm gonna buy the game again along with a new 250 gig 360 slim, possibly upgrade my ps3 to the 320 gig and have her hottest friend who is a cod addict *** over and play with me all night on her birthday tomorrow. YES THIS REALLY HAPPENED TO ME TODAY BECAUSE I BOUGHT THE GAME!! plus i done got her friend lined up for an all night session tomorrow...been getting some pretty interesting phone messages about the latter part all afternoon!! God I Love Life.
no i dont think its to violent, for one the intoragation scene wasnt even the worst part SPOILERS it involes sticking glass into someones mouth and punching them not nearly as bad as the dismemberment END OF SPOILERS its pretty much just as violent as world at war, other games have done intergation such as the punisher, that was just as violent if not more, i think that black ops is getting more attention just because of its popularity ; the violence in black ops is nothing compared to the most recent rambo , and the saw movies. it doesnt push the line of good taste because its essential in creating the atmosphere, but thats my oppinion everybody has a limit in what degree of violence they can comfortabley see, but it comes down to - if you dont like the violence dont play the game , its not like it doesnt clearly display on the box that theres blood and gore, maybe the ESRB should add other descriptions such as " graphic dismembermant" or something to further display the degree of violece cause blood and gore is displayed in games such as halo which is not nearly as graphic as black ops. i also dont get this arguement because THERE IS A FEATURE IN THE GAME TO TURN OF THE GRAPHIC CONTENT just put that on end of problem . i think it is a good idea for delvopers to add this feature in all games to widen there audience
Maybe Treyarch did cross the line of too much violence, but that doesn't mean you have to play the game. Sure, it made me feel uncomfortable with all the things I had to do to proceed through the game, but I knew what I was getting my self into. It IS Call of Duty.
i was upset when i read the review because im sure when you reviewed manhunt you didnt say it was in bad taste. read the esrb if you cant handle it let someone else review it or let me deside if its in good taste and just tell me if its fun and all the features mesh and its worth the pricetag.
i think the people on this page have spoke anyways!!
Is it uncomfortably violent? Yes. Does it cross the line of good taste? Possibly. Is it "too violent?" Not at all. The violence in this game is right where it should be. I very uncomfortable with certain sequences, but at the same time, I felt like I was in a very realistic setting doing what needed to be done to survive.
The violence wasnt over the top gory, it looked like I was shooting someone point blank with a rifle. Thats something no other game as made me feel. Like I was actually causing harm to an enemy, and not "enjoyable cartoon violence".
It totally changed the experience for the better. It made me think of what you or I would actually do in that setting, with so much on the line. Not that it made the game more enjoyable, but I've never been made uncomfortable by a game like this, and considering I'm mowing down wave after wave of people, I think I should be more uncomfortable with what I'm doing.
i must have gotten immune,because if there was anything "too"graphic or over the top compared to other games or movies i didn't notice
No. The game wasn't too violent at all. Was it to violent for children? Hell yes. This is without a doubt not a game for kids. But for a grown adult, who has seen R rated movies? Go see a single R-rated action movie and you'll find more violence than is present in Black Ops. Others may feel differently, but personally just because I am playing a more active role in a video game than a movie, doesn't make it feel anymore violent. In fact, the torture scene in Black Ops did not disturb me even a little bit. On the other side of the coin, torture scenes of any kind in movies usually leave me disturbed. Hell, even an accident on the side of the road makes me feel more uneasy than all the violence in Call of Duty put together. So no, I don't think they pushed it too far. And I hope that they don't scale it back in future iterations because some people felt discomforted.
Ya I thought it really enhanced the games realism and you are a bunch of pussies. Jesus people many games are way more gory than this. Or what about the SAW movies? Stop trying to make everything controversial.
The gore is limited to arms getting blown off. That's it. The zombies are gorier, but they dumbed it down in the campaign.
People are so sensitive. Get over yourselves. People and the world are incomparably violent. If they can't handle a little video game like this, then they should probably either not be playing video games, or are unfit to deal in this world.
Seriously? Half Life 2 zombies are gorier.
Jesus guys, my mother could handle this.
No seriously my mom plays black ops and she is 54 years old.