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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.
It's brutal, but it's nothing I haven't seen in movies or even tv. It's Vietnam. The war wasn't pretty and it's one of the most inhumane conflicts in human history. To me, this is another step for video games not shying away from sensitive material.
i haven't played the game but from how Annette is describing this, the guys who say that the violence doesn't bother them...well quite frankly you guys have got some major problems that need a lot of therapy and this especially goes to the guy who said that a war game can never have too much violence. thats seriously twisted
For me, no. There were some scenes that surprised me, though.
If you can't handle the violence, then you should not be playing this type of game. It's a war game and rated M for a reason.
if you dont like it dont buy a rated M game... and dont buy any game that has to do with war...
the throat stabbing/slitting scenes had me looking away
It's only a game for god's sake, who cares?
Ya I get that stuff is rough but murdering somebody with a chain saw in gears of war through their skull isn't out of line with good taste at all....
Holy CRAP! I just got through half the campaign I can safely say I've never seen limbs fly off like that... I don't have a problem with it, it's just, the amount of detail is impressive.
Seriously man give it a f*cking break! You want video games to be an art form yet you all doubt your own medium? Thats bullcrap, leave it be! Theres worse scenes in movies and no one complains, games are no different. Give it a rest.
Its a f$@#ing video game who gives a *** if its violent. Thats the whole reason its fun to play.
some parts were a little 'to much'. but for the most part, the flying limbs are freaking awesome.
I played the whole campaign and didn't think it was to violent. I thought Dead Rising 2 was really violent but nobody ever mentioned that because it didn't sell a gazillion copies!!
I don't know, I'm like millions of other unique snowflakes who haven't played the campaign. The online is actually LESS gory than World At War since there are no more Bouncing-Bettys and shotguns and other explosives no longer remove limbs in deathmatching.
I haven't gotten to the torture scene yet, and I'm sure that will be bad, but overall, it wasn't that bad. I didn't see any bone shattering, and I actually appreciated the way the blood spews out. I didn't even realize it until I was like "What was GI talking about, there is no-" and then I shot a corpse, and a bloodspot appeared, and I thought "ohhhh, that's realistic."
the game gives you the option to turn off the gore is in the game and the depiction of the violence is what you would expect the neck stabbing and limbs flying off also occur in war so no i dont think it breaks good taste, its what it should be, if you cringe your normal, you shouldnt be seeing these things and shouting with joy, war is supposed to be terrible and i think the game perfectly shows off the grisly violence. Also the games freaking m for a reason and in my opinon the torture scene and things alike in the game were perfectly warrented, it showed you the sense of urgency of the situations and built up the tension, if anyone broke good taste it was infanity ward with the terrorist scene, i think if you can play that and not be offended or what other bs people want to call something along these lines then this game did nothing wrong for not once in the game did you do any of these acts to inocent people, its war, get f!@king over it u pusses!!!!
It's M for a reason. Ridiculously irresponsible parents will still purchase it for their children without blinking, though.
World at war was more graphic, in my opinion. Much more dismemberment from the heavy machine guns in that one and pretty much any explosion resulted in a ground-up legless corpse. Not so much in the multiplayer of black ops, but the campaign was pretty much the same.
War is bloody. Call of duty games were at least originally attempting to depict war. Censoring what occurs when a man is hit in the eye with a 7.62 would be more disturbing to me, personally. Killing folks is nasty business and it's wrong to try and dress it up otherwise.
Also it was the glass thing that bothered you? I gotta say, that was honestly pretty tame. In my opinion, the most brutal bit of the campaign was probably Kravchenko putting out his cigar in Weaver's eye. Yeech - eye gouging's the worst.
The only scene i felt crossed the line was the torture of Clarke. I really felt bad punching a man tied to a chair w/ glass in his mouth