Did you manage to catch Treyarch’s multiplayer reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops last night? Don’t worry if you didn’t as we have a full recap of all the new features and game modes that were announced at the event.
There are so many changes to the game, I’m not sure where to start. I have to admit that I had my doubts on whether Black Ops would offer a significantly different experience to Modern Warfare 2, but I happily stand corrected.
One of the biggest additions to Black Ops, has to be the in-game currency known as COD points, or CP. Aside from gaining regular XP during a game, gamers will now acquire cash for which they can use to purchase new weapons and other customization gear. It looks as if levelling up won’t unlock new weapons just like that, but rather unlock a set of weapons, to which you must purchase to actually use them.
COD points will also serve as a primary feature in Wager mode. This is a brand new multiplayer addition to Black Ops, and will allow users to ‘gamble’ their acquired cash to win more, or lose it all if you fail to meet certain requirements. There are four modes that consist of Wager mode, and players will have to place in the top three position to win more points, if you don’t you’ll lose whatever you bet in the first place.
The Four Wager modes: One in the Chamber: a mode which arms players with just a pistol with one bullet and a knife. One shot kills apply here and if you kill someone, you’ll gain an extra bullet. However, if you miss you’ll have to knife your opponents in order to get extra ammo.
Sticks and Stones: This mode gives players a crossbow and a ballistic knife – two new weapons in Black Ops. You’ll also get a tomahawk weapon, and if you manage to hit players with it, you’ll render your opponent bankrupt and they’ll lose all of his CP that they wagered.
Sharpshooter: In Sharphooter, players will have to contend with a constant change of weapons after a certain amount of time. If you kill people with your current weapon, you’ll gain bonus perks for a limited time, like sleight of hand, or double XP.
Gun Game: This is already my favourite out of the four, and a mode which has clearly been inspired by CounterStrike on the PC. Gun Game will start all players off with a pistol, and you’ll have to kill others in order to move up the ranks and onto a more powerful weapon – i.e, assault rifles and sniper rifles etc. The first player to successfully use all weapons is the winner and will pocket the most CP. There is a catch though, if you get knifed during this match, you’ll get downgraded to the previous weapon you used, so you’ll have to be extra careful with this mode.
Black Ops will also introduce computer AI Bots in a new mode called Combat Training. Think of it as a replacement to Death Streaks, as Combat Training will allow you to practise in an online-style match against the computer – obviously to prepare you for a proper online game when you’re ready.
Treyarch didn’t really go into too much detail on new weapons, maps, killstreaks and perks, but we’ll bring you further details on these specifics as we get them. Treyarch has said that last night’s event showcased ‘all’ of the game’s major multiplayer features, so hopefully they will give another full preview of Co-op mode soon – we’re talking about zombies!
What are your thoughts on the game so far? Black Ops releases November 9th on the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and PC.