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Ten Things To Know About Call Of Duty: Black Ops

FPS fans have had an eventful year - they had the excellent Bad Company 2 to kick off 2010, the conclusion of Bungie’s work with Halo later on, and were disappointed with the lackluster Medal of Honor after that. Even after those three big names, the biggest seller of them all may not have been released yet. Treyarch has a lot to live up to with the highly anticipated Black Ops, but our early impressions indicate that it may be every bit as good as we’re hoping. Here are 10 things to know before heading in.

1. Wager matches are a blast

Whether it’s the awesome Gun Game, the intense One in the Chamber, or the bare-bones Sticks and Stones, these wager matches shake up the multiplayer we’re used to in the Call of Duty series. While the gameplay itself is its own reward, the poker tournament-style payouts are a great way to increase your cash count.

2. More customization than ever

Previous COD games had you setting your callsign and title, but Black Ops takes customization to a new level. You can etch your clan tag onto your iron sights, create your own custom emblem out of dozens and dozens of images, and even change your reticule into a smiley face, if that's your thing.

3. Theater mode

First-person shooters have always featured one-in-a-million occurrences in multiplayer matches. Whether it’s a bouncing knife in Modern Warfare 2 or an insane sticky grenade throw in Halo, there are inevitably moments you’d love to show your friends (and the rest of the gaming world). While they’re not the first to do it, Black Ops will feature a full-scale Theater mode for showing off all the crazy stuff you’ve experienced.

4. Interactive environments

Previous CODs have never lacked great maps, but most of them haven’t been interactive at all. With Black Ops, we’ll be able to alter various parts of the environment, such as the blast doors in Radiation. If you’re holding a flag and want to keep the enemy out, just flip a switch and cut off one of their entryways.

5. Experimental weapons

Being set in the Cold War allowed Treyarch to get a little more goofy with their weaponry, as the era was filled with experimental prototype weaponry. You’ll be taking down enemies with ballistic knives, flamethrowers attached to your standard guns, and even a remote control car equipped with Semtex.

  • Awesome cant wait mw2 kept me for awhile but it just ended being the same old same old so i hope all this new stuff will keep me engaged and first

  • All this stuff makes it feel like a game that cant be played.. all these add-ons make it difficult to enjoy. I miss the previous xbox live hits.

          P.S. 4th!!

  • Treyarch is shooting for the moon on this one..

  • I really can't wait for this one. I enjoyed WAW, even towards the end. I feel like Treyarch has had time to pull up their sleeves and give us a solid COD. I am especially looking forward to the weapon etching. How cool is that?!

  • need to get this

  • Treyarch is giving their all on this game. I hope it pays off (which I'm 100% sure it will)!

  • These ten points do reveal what Black Ops has to offer, and I believe that Treyarch has the potential to make an excellent Call of Duty game. If they do deliver I will be a Black Ops purchaser.

  • Lets hope this won't make me regret buying it(if I can..)like when I got MW2.

  • I don't get y peole keep buying this genre of games it's the sameit iteration every time with a new coat of paint & gimmicks. It's the same with RPGs it's the same every time. (except  Fallout series.

  • With all this hype Black Ops better get a perfect 10.

  • I wish I could get this day one... I'm drooling on the computer here!

  • I need to play this....now!

  • want!

  • Holy crap. Customizable weapons, currency, flamethrowers, interactive environments, zombies, and a remote controlled car with grenades?

    At first i was skeptical because i'v never really liked treyarch, but ***, sounds better than mw2 thus far!

  • I can't wait to trade in that POS Modern Warfare 2, to get this game.  Black Ops should blow the doors off of just about any FPS that has been released to date.  Let's just hope they drop the heartbeat sensors, and one man army.

  • The Nazi Zombies are back?!?! I better get ready for this chaos!

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    world at war was one of my fave online shooters and i have confidence in treyarch delivering once more. frankly, i could do without alot of the bells and whistles, but i won't complain about more depth.

    @dan: btw, i think you meant rumors of a paid subscription service for black ops, not world at war.

  • So this game brings some new ideas. But what I really want to know is... is it different from MW2? So far everything Treyarch has done has been a ripoff of IW games, maybe with some extra content. Even zombie mode is just a recycled from WaW. I just hope this is the last in the series.

  • can't wait happy I preordered!!!

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