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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.
What did you expect from Black Ops. They are merciless and do things under the governmental reports such as assassinations and more. This is why I was disgusted when I went to a gamestop, best buy, or walmart and went near the game section because I heard little kids like 12 or so asking for the bonus' that came with the game while their parents are next to him. How ignorant can people be the Black Ops are no joke and it was going to be gruesome.
Good, maybe it will make people think. Because no matter how gruesome they make it it will never match what the animal known as mankind does on a daily basis.
I doubt I'd have a problem with it, because look at what other medias and even other games get away with. Slasher flicks, war movies, brutal lyrics, torture... all of this you can see even in a basic news program now and they're doing it for ratings and agendas. *** it, mankind should see the truth.
But anyways, even in gaming... from the beginning we were stomping creatures, blasting people, beating hookers, ripping out spines. In Bioshock you beat Andrew Ryan with a golf club. In Dead Space, you get to see your character being ripped to shreds every way imaginable.
Make it hard, make it gritty, make it brutal. Make it real I say. The difference is that games can offer us a connection unlike any of these other mediums.
maybe you should play care bears instead.
no but my parents think any m game is too violent
besides if they thought it was too violent then why put it in the game any way?
black ops isnt violent enough. the campaign and zombies are good but the multiplayer is lacking the world at war gore. i wanted to see the campaign gore in the multiplayer.
Well than I guess that means that Adam could never play God of War, Gears of War, Dante's Inferno. GI no offence but I doubt you should have chose a reviewer who may have gone into the game with predetermined conclusions. Treyarch wanted accuracy and it seems that Adam doesn't understand that, but hey at least we still have games like Kirby.
I think its depicted how it should be. I mean u get shot blood flies, depending on what type of weapon limbs will fly. this is afterall a war setting and people will do whatever to survive. so I dont think its overly violent but it is violent cuz ur in a violent setting. is this for the 12 year olds that be kickin my ass on here not at all but thats another story!
Seriously? Of all the games (God of War, Postal, Mortal Kombat) you are concerned about gore in Black Ops? Look, the team at Treyarch added the gore because they wanted to create an experience that reflected real life war. If you do not have blood, gore, and the like, you remove the feeling of a realistic experience. And anyways, if you want a great shooter game that DOESN'T have gore, Uncharted is waiting for you.
Its really not that bad. I found Dead Space worse than this, even though Black Ops is more realistic. I wasn't disturbed at all by any of the scenes in this game. If anything, it showed me how amazing graphics were becoming in gaming.
Well its a "reality" game isn't it? That is, based off something in real life. In this case it happens to be a war, and wars are violent, so i think it's perfectly fine.
Honestly, I was expecting much worse after the review. The torture scene was about 5 seconds long. Bowman's death was a little much, but the russian roulette scene really could have been worse
Eh don't like it turn the gruesome graphics option off in the beginning when you open the game up for the first time
Really nothing right now...I think the game is gorgeous, and its not like I haven't seen "Saving Private Ryan"'s D-Day scene. Its meant to depict the gruesome experience of war. That movie is no different than Black Ops. So why should Black Ops be punished for its depiction?
If anyone wants to, feel free to call me an ass when i point this out:
GI is saying CoD:BO is TOO violent, but they were against a law that would limit violence in games? Hypocrite much?
Yeah, WAY to violent. That's why I stick with Halo: Reach. HALO: REACH IS BETTER THAN CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The game is properly rated M, and I had no issue with the realistic gore. Hardly think they took it over board. If anything it honestly felt like they added a little extra and simply tacked on the option to not include it / publicly stated they felt they took it to far simply for extra media attention not to let the controversy over MW2 outshine them.
If they felt like they took it too far they wouldn't have done it, and won't take it further with the next release (But guess what, they will.)