Does Black Ops Declassified for $50 warrant a zombie mode?

By Alan Ng - Jun 20, 2012

We finally have some more information on the elusive Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified game on the PS Vita for you now. Sony had basically shown nothing during their E3 conference, but thanks to some retailer listings some additional information has now slipped out.

Firstly, behold the box art above! It looks pretty good in our opinion and dare we say it – even better than the Black Ops 2 box art? You can see the full thing over at Amazon and Walmart, but the main point here is that both retailers have now posted some blurb about the game’s campaign mode.

It appears that Black Ops: Declassified will be set in the middle of Black Ops 1 and 2, with an ‘exclusive’ Vita story mode possibly leading up to events of Black Ops 2. The important part to pick out from the text is that Declassified is set to be comprised of a series of ‘Special Ops missions’, while we also get a written confirmation that multiplayer will be included as well.

Would you be satisfied with short Spec Ops missions though? It seems to have worked very well for Unit 13 in our opinion, but obviously all eyes are on that multiplayer mode and whether it will be as good and similar to how console and PC multiplayer plays out.

Interestingly, there is also no developer listed yet so it remains to be seen if Treyarch will be developing, or another team like Neversoft (THPS2) who recently said that they are working on a Call of Duty game. We doubt it will be Treyarch though, as they have their hands full with Black Ops 2 and they would have announced this at E3 if they were developing.

Another major point of observation is the price. Both Amazon and Walmart have slapped a $50 price on the game, making it one of the most expensive Vita games ever and just $10 short of a full blown console game. With this in mind, should gamers be expecting a zombie mode as well to make the game more value for the price, or are gamers just paying for the fact that this is Call of Duty on a handheld?

So many questions still need to be answered on this game – we hope Sony has more for us at GamesCom. Let us know your initial thoughts on Declassified. Will you pay $50 for just Spec Ops missions and multiplayer, or are you expecting a zombie mode as well?

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  • Rc123

     i’m pretty sure that they will try to make the best handheld call of duty possible, so they would want to ad a zombies mode or why not put the survival mode on the black ops series?

  • Jim Leyhe

     So I saw a few leaks for this
    upcoming Vita game.  IGN and GameInformer have articles on it, with
    possible price and possible release date.  Seems like it will be $49.96,
    as listed by both Wal-Mart and Amazon.  The details for this game
    listed under the description states: 
    “Before the future could be won, history had to be written. Exposing
    that story exclusively on PlayStation Vita, Call of Duty: Black Ops
    Declassified explores original fiction in the Call of Duty Black Ops
    universe with an all-new campaign of Special Ops missions. Optimized for
    gamers on-the-go, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified delivers the
    most intense handheld Call of Duty experience to date, including both
    Special Ops Story mode and Multiplayer combat tailored for the PS Vita.”  Now
    I have noticed some things with this description that really have
    thrown me off course with wanting to purchase this game and has given me
    a couple of concerns.  Firstly,
    I dont want another Unit 13.  I don’t want to have to have a bunch of
    just mini shooter missions that tie in to one thing.  This shouldn’t be
    like that.  It’s pretty much the reason why I didn’t pick up Unit 13.  I
    dont want to have to click which mission I want, just give me a regular
    good ‘ol campaign with a good story like Resistence: BS that has a good
    flow like a ReGUlar CoD. This is a concern that I hope I am mistaken
    by, however, IGN is stating that it will be like Unit 13….”What does
    it all mean? Well, it appears that Declassified is going to play much
    like Unit 13, the Zipper Interactive-created PlayStation Vita game that
    revolved around bite-sized shooter missions (albeit in third-person)” 
    Second, Multiplayer combat tailored for the PS Vita.  I am concerned
    that this will be pretty lackluster.  Resistance: BS multiplayer was
    fun, but small maps, small amount of players, and hardly any
    customizations or really anything to work for… I hope they will really
    make this robust. Lastly,
    I have already put a post up as to why I am upset that these are not
    FULL games like CoD:BO2 will be.  I have stated that I wish they just
    gave BO2 instead of this along with AC3 instead of AC3:Liberties.  Why
    do Vita owners have to get these mock-up washed-bland games?  The system
    is much more capable of delivering (or porting) these bigger named
    games and it would help the handheld console definitely sell more
    units!!   I
    seriously will not be picking this game up if it is following suit of
    Unit 13, and now I have to worry about how AC3: Liberties will be cut up
    and washed out…. sigh… Hope I am wrong…

  • Comeon

     Who the F@#$ cares because i am not paying $300 just for more COD. Where is Move support for blackops 2?, that is what i want.

  • it better have zombies or it wont be the “full experience” they promised and for $50 it would not be worth it. if it don’t have zombies ill wait till it goes down a bit

  • Eh519pp

    cant wait troll