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I used to be really into the run-and-gun of the FPS genre, but it seems I've lost touch with it. The first set of games that really turned me into a hardcore gamer were games in the Halo and Call of Duty franchises. But after the Open-World universes of Mass Effect and such, where I could really sink my teeth into something and call it mine, I guess you kind of get that way.
Treyarch's Call of Duty 3 was decent, but it didn't hold a candle to Call of Duty 2. I've only barely played World At War, but what I did play was excellent. I also liked the fact that someone was actually paying attention to the Western Campaign of WWII (since my grandfather fought on the Western Front). But Call of Duty: Black Ops was one of those games in the group of "Well, this looks cool, but I doubt I'll buy it." (see the Brutal Legend Review). Except, unlike Brutal Legend, I'm still probably not going to buy Black Ops.
I played my step-brother's copy, and it was an okay game.
The story followed a man who was left on the island of Cuba when the infamous "Bay of Pigs Invasion" went wrong. He meets up in a Russian prison with another character, and together they break out of jail; however Mason (the main character) is seemingly the only one who escapes, and the rest of the story is his mind's downward spiral. Although it was relatively short (although that comes from a guy who spent 48 hours on Mass Effect 2), it was still fun to play.
The combat was certainly fun, while almost overwhelming at points. The graphics were state-of-the-art, and the textures were cool.
The sound was mediocre, at best (except for the Zombies Title Theme), unless you don't care about music and just want to hear the overwhelming sound of bullets (it becomes white noise after a while).
The part that turned me off is that it's one of these shooters where it seems that the developer doesn't care much about the campaign, just makes it decent, but the real focus point is the multiplayer. I hate it when a developer does that, because the story is usually the only thing I care about. You know, you can have a game that has an awesome campaign, but totally sucks at multiplayer (*cough*RAGE*cough*BRUTAL LEGEND*cough*).
So overall, Black Ops was an average game, and okay if you want to rent it (but I wouldn't spend $40-50 on it).
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