Call of Duty: Black Ops Graphics Or Sound – Which Is Worse?

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Call of Duty: Black Ops has been out for almost a day now, and although a host of reviews showed up online the day before the release, it was the users views that we wanted the most. Now fans of the franchise have started to offer their opinion, and there seems to be a consensus that both graphics and sound is not up to par.

Having played the game for just an hour, I noticed that the graphics sucked, but you have to get past this and play the game for what it is intended for. However, there are those who believe that this is a step back in the franchise, do you agree with that?

There have also been reports that the sound effects are very poor, one reader said that the sound on Battlefield: Bad Company 2 makes Black Ops sound like you are in a sewer, as the sounds just do not go. Do you agree?

COD Black Ops did get great reviews at first, but now the game has been played by hundreds of thousands already, this is where the true reviews start, and things are not too good at the moment.

Which do you think is worse, the poor sound or graphics?

Also See: Treyarch Zombies live stream fuels Black Ops 3 rumors

  • Peccinatorc91

    HOW CAN ANYONE TALK DOWN ON THE SOUND IN BLACK OPS? I DONT LIKE EITHER
    BUT AT LEAST THE GUNS IN BLACK OPS SOUND LIKE REAL GUNS….IN THE MW
    GAMES THE GUNS SOUND LIKE WEAK CORNY LITTLE HALO SPACE BLASTERS….THE
    GRENADES SOUND LIKE A WHISTLE AND WHEN THE CARS EXPLODE…IT SOUNDS LIKE
    A DAMN LASER BEAM

  • chris

    HOW CAN ANYONE TALK DOWN ON THE SOUND IN BLACK OPS? I DONT LIKE EITHER BUT AT LEAST THE GUNS IN BLACK OPS SOUND LIKE REAL GUNS….IN THE MW GAMES THE GUNS SOUND LIKE WEAK CORNY LITTLE HALO SPACE BLASTERS….THE GRENADES SOUND LIKE A WHISTLE AND WHEN THE CARS EXPLODE…IT SOUNDS LIKE A DAMN LASER BEAM

  • damons

    first of all, if u r a cod fan, it is very difficult not to get addicted to any cod game, even if its poorly done.now on to black ops..u need to realize that treyarch didnt use the mw2 engine-which is a generation more advanced than the cod4 engine- to make BO, instead they used a modified cod WAW engine that was originally modified from the cod 4 engine, so the visuals and gameplay and even the sounds are no where near as crisp and beautiful as mw2..i think one of the reasons they didnt use mw2 engine is because of the problems with iw and activision, or because they werent used to the advanced iw4 engine to make a game in a short time frame..either way thats the bad thing about black ops.

    that being said, black ops brought alot of good things on the table, like balanced gameplay..if u played mw2, u will realize that every match is chaos- although fun-..everyone running danger close with one man army and grenade launcher, or commando light weight marathon with a tactcal knife..in black ops the game play is way less chaotic and more strategic..plus it is mod free, no wall hacks and aim bots. so i guess they did a good job on that part.

    the cod point system is a neat addition as well, where u dont have to grind for kills to unlock an attachement for the gun, u can just buy the attachement or camo u need. it reduces the incentive to boost..cod points can also be used to by layers and custimise ur personal emblem that u can put on ur gun, along with ur clan tag and reticles.

    another amazing thing they added is the detailed stats that u can check and compare with ur friends, things like how many kills u got with a certain gun, ur kd with that gun, how many helicopters u called..etc. not to mention theater mode which lets u review every single completed match on the last 100 u played, and even save ur “lucky” no scopes or tomahawks. combat training didnt impress me personally but i guess it is a welcome addition.

    in conclusion, i think black ops did not live up to mw2 when it comes to visuals, crisp gameplay, and sound. but it really balances the experience and adds a variety of new features.plus makes gameplay as mod free as possible..and i believe that if they implement the above features into the new mw3—that will be using the iw4 aka mw2 engine(YAY!)—mw3 will probably be the best call of duty thus far.

     

  • damons

    first of all, if u r a cod fan, it is very difficult not to get addicted to any cod game, even if its poorly done.now on to black ops..u need to realize that treyarch didnt use the mw2 engine-which is a generation more advanced than the cod4 engine- to make BO, instead they used a modified cod WAW engine that was originally modified from the cod 4 engine, so the visuals and gameplay and even the sounds are no where near as crisp and beautiful as mw2..i think one of the reasons they didnt use mw2 engine is because of the problems with iw and activision, or because they werent used to the advanced iw4 engine to make a game in a short time frame..either way thats the bad thing about black ops.

    that being said, black ops brought alot of good things on the table, like balanced gameplay..if u played mw2, u will realize that every match is chaos- although fun-..everyone running danger close with one man army and grenade launcher, or commando light weight marathon with a tactcal knife..in black ops the game play is way less chaotic and more strategic..plus it is mod free, no wall hacks and aim bots. so i guess they did a good job on that part.

    the cod point system is a neat addition as well, where u dont have to grind for kills to unlock an attachement for the gun, u can just buy the attachement or camo u need. it reduces the incentive to boost..cod points can also be used to by layers and custimise ur personal emblem that u can put on ur gun, along with ur clan tag and reticles.

    another amazing thing they added is the detailed stats that u can check and compare with ur friends, things like how many kills u got with a certain gun, ur kd with that gun, how many helicopters u called..etc. not to mention theater mode which lets u review every single completed match on the last 100 u played, and even save ur “lucky” no scopes or tomahawks. combat training didnt impress me personally but i guess it is a welcome addition.

    in conclusion, i think black ops did not live up to mw2 when it comes to visuals, crisp gameplay, and sound. but it really balances the experience and adds a variety of new features.plus makes gameplay as mod free as possible..and i believe that if they implement the above features into the new mw3—that will be using the iw4 aka mw2 engine(YAY!)—mw3 will probably be the best call of duty thus far.

     

  • BC1991

    Totally agree about graphics being a joke. My friend thinks he knows all about games and says it's the same as MW2. He is clearly blind and just agreeing with the hype that goes around the game. Don't get me wrong… it is still a really great game… but why did the graphics have to get worse. I personally think WAW was better graphics. I have back ops for 360 and the wii… although wii is worse for graphics… there really isn't too much of a difference. MW1 and MW2, I was blown away by the graphics… but black ops… pfft… more like spongebog

  • Clint

    I thought Modern Warfare had better graphics, but when I went back to play it, I saw how black ops had improved. One of the major improvements was character's idle movement. In Black ops, they ducks down and shit, but in Modern warfare Soap stoof sock staright in the middle of a firefight waiting for me to follow him. I didn't love Black Ops, it got old way faster then Modern Warfare. I think it's because the guns are all pretty basic. There's not much variation. Different guns had different tactics in Modern Warfare.

  • Harkirat

    my game does not play sound while i am playing but it does when showing the pre-mission viseo

  • STOPPORNOEMBLEMSBO

    what the **** is up with the shooting? i shoot a guy with all my ****ing first round of ammo and he doesnt die, the killstrikes like napalm look ****ing flat, if i have ghost, silent walking, silencer for my gun, some random fucking dude still comes and kills me like he knows were i am, i saw it on killcam, im hiding in a corner with only one door, no kills he just runs in and throws a granade! how the **** did he know? and the emblems have innapropriate pictures, which offend me, how the hell do they even make these things? i have everything unlocked and i dont see ****, im getting the feeling theres modders, and online theres little kids that have emblems with sexual content on it, black ops is like a porno for children(talking about emblems) the cops could get on your *** for porno for children, i suggest stopping this and making a super tech age confirmanation machine. thats all thank you

    • damons

      if u have silenet footsteps, then u can still be detected by motion sensors, that person who killed u probably had amotion sensor placed, or he saw u runnig into the building from far away..go to theater mode and watch gameplay from that persons perspective, and see what he did.

  • Ghostleader100

    BO f**king sucks more than the disaster in Japan !! Good luck stabbing someone, shit perks, worst game play ever (and i saw "halo"), shit unreal killcams, go suck a **** BO if you can even aim with a sniper properly ! For a +18 game, WHERE is the F**king blood ?!! F**k BO and go back to a PROPER GAME, aka MW 2…

  • DJ2

    YOU DUMBASSES THIS GAME WAS DEVELOPED BY TREYARCH NOT INFINITY WARD DON'T YOU PEOPLE KNOW ANYTHING?

    TREYARCH HAVE NEVER MADE A GOOD GAME.

  • ken

    If not for Campaign and Zombies, I wouldn't bother playing this at all. And $70 ? I expected alot more bang for your buck.

  • Cyclance1

    If black ops had better levels and better snipers like on mw2, black ops would actually be useful.

  • silencer

    Graphics were a disappointment fo rme after MW2 but you get used to it. Sound is also not as involving as MW2, but again, you get used to it. The main reasons I play BLOPS instead of MW2 is the facts there are no quickscopers, noobtubers, commandos, boosters, hackers etc etc that RUINED MW2. I loved MW2 but all the crap that went with it forced me to BLOPS. I just hope that the next in the franchise takes the best of BLOPS and MW2 and gets rid of the crap for good. Time will tell…..

  • Guest

    The graphics are OK, but they are not up to par with Modern Warfare 2 or Bad Company 2 (which in my opinion is the most realistic FPS ever) which have far better texture detail, larger maps and better scenery. Also in Battlefield, although the multiplayer games are pretty chaotic, a building can't survive a noob tube, let alone a carpet bombing like in MW2 and Black Ops.

    The worst part about Black Ops though is the sound. The guns all sound tinny and pathetic, and they all share about 3 gun sound effect. Even worse are the explosions, which not only look ridiculous, there are 2 explosion sound effects which are pathetic and unrealistic. I don't like the gameplay either, the single player is far more linear than Modern Warfare 2 and there are far too many cutscenes. The multiplayer is not more balanced than Modern Warfare 2 and it is completely chaotic, where enemies are everywhere and campers have loads of opportunities to kill you.

  • Mike

    The biggest problem with Black Ops is one that I find a lot of people arguing a case for the game – it’s difficulty. Loads of comments I see read something along the lines of “stfu noob get better skills”, and that’s exactly the problem. It’s almost as if Treyarch have gone on to a few COD fansites, seen what all the pro gamers have suggested and followed suit. There’s no “pick up and play” about this game at all. You have to be shit hot to get anywhere, and if you’re not, you’re fucked.

    I disagree with the thousands of comments regarding graphics though. The visuals COULD be stunning, my only concern is that the colours used in the game are far too bland (too many greys and beiges), the only map that impresses is Nuke Town, and even that has a degree of “meh” about it.

    The game’s okay, but MW2, even with all it’s noob tubers and campers, is far superior.

  • bbc2ogexecutioner

    I think when you say this game is good: youre just a nice person that has not played all the better games out there. just to mention a few. MW2, Killzone 2, bad Company 2, medal of honor., and so on………. even resistance 2 is better.

  • Neverusedthis

    Has anybody heard the sound of the left weapon while using dual wield weapons ? It has a significantly lower volume than the other gun. The gameplay's alright, graphics and sounds completely terrible compared to BFBC2 and MoH, i only really play this game for the zombies.

  • hu^

    are you guys retarted in real life most guns sound the same. for example a .308 sounds simalar to a 7.62 because they are ballistically similar

  • fabulous19785

    First off yea i agree you guys have to do better with the graphics I thought infinity wards was going to do this one. The shooting sounds like someone throwing rocks at a piece of metal. You have to definitely improve on the movement and the Effin Lag we pay 60 bucks for movement that sucks soooo bad I feel sometimes as if we're given cheap servers for the money we spend. Other than that please work out some sort of anti camping method cuz these dudes suck sooo bad they make the game easy for themselves. Umm adding to that we need more flexibility with the characters the diving is cool but thats the only cool thing.. Ohh and I didn't know bullets can go threw certain things like a brick wall or other obstructions that if i shoot in real life would not in no effin way penetrate. Now going into the zombies who in the world designed such a game that when your running on a solo game zombies just seem to appear anywhere they want which seems pretty effin retarded and they hold quite a few clips who was the moron who hired these people to make this game if it were up to me i'd do a better job with it. Please take matters seriously its our money that makes your company a success lets not forget that because I am a call of duty fan and I definitely can't sit here and watch you guys destroy it. You need people to gather information about a game before you design it like keeping the graphics the same adding new weapons and making the game a bit more different and keep the customers coming.

  • Mikael

    the grenades sound like a joke… They sound like those party streamer poppers its ridiculous

  • http://NONE Jason Ta

    If this game is so bad, why would you play it?

    And instead of getting all mad over a game because of its content, why don’t you make a better one?

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      Do you like fish dicks?

  • xXIHATEBLACKOPSXx

    Why did Treyarch make a game worse than cod 1? How is that even possible! TREYARCH SUCKS!

  • xXIHATEBLACKOPSXx

    Black ops has crap grphics and the the sound sounds like from a bebe gun

  • Michael

    Just to contribute my thoughts after about ten hours of play…

    Bad graphics. CoD4 was better, I kid you not. Just low-res, low-polygon effects.

    Bad sound effects. Grenades sound like firecrackers and reloading sounds like sticks breaking. The reload sound effect for the RPK is especially annoying. Gun shots in many cases sound pretty fake, and in the Final Killcam when everything slows down, an automatic gun sounds like it's firing multiple rounds for each single round it fires. Footsteps are also pretty quiet.

    Poor spawning. MW2's spawning had issues from time to time, but Black Ops is far worse. Ever killed someone just to have them respawn ten feet behind you? How about the entire enemy team? Yeah. That's Black Ops. Not CoD4, not WaW, not even MW2. Black Ops.

    Lagg. Lag out the ass. Treyarch promised dedicated servers, but the connection on MW2 is better, and IW didn't even assign dedicated servers for that game.

    Abysmal weapons. Shotguns went back to primary and pistols are all there is to use as your secondary. Both are pathetic. Pistols take around 4-5 shots to kill, and shotguns fail to kill in a single blast unless you're point blank.

    Boring. It feels like there's less customization somehow, probably because there's less choice in what you can be. In MW2, however cheap it was, you could have fun revolving entire classes around being an OMA noobtuber/Semtexer/claymore-setter/sprayer/smoke grenadier, quickknifer, quickscoper, shotgunner, akimbo sprayer, or just a plain old aim-and-shoot class. The killstreaks in Black Ops are boring and lack oomph, the environments feel dull (unhelped by poor graphics and sound effects,) and the fact everything is now bought instead of unlocked gives players little to play the game for in the long run. You have nothing to show for your skill and hard work like you did in MW1 and 2. The callsigns are weak, they, again, don't reflect any part of your playstyle or skill like they did in MW2.

    Summary: online is shit. 4/10

    This game might've broken the record for the number of copies sold on release, but I'm sure it also broke the record for number of games returned by the next day.