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Call of Duty Black Ops: Review Roundup for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC

If you still haven’t picked up Treyarch’s newest Call of Duty title, Black Ops, the chances are you are searching around the internet reading various opinions on the game before making that final decision whether to buy or not.

The majority of reviews from the most respected gaming sites are now available to view, and while overall scores are very good, there has been quite a stir caused about the game’s graphics, connection problems and even lag for some users.

Eurogamer has scored the game an 8, saying that the campaign mode is ‘relentlessly aggressive and spectacular’ and the multiplayer mode adds smart tweaks on already ‘working’ formulas. IGN US on the other hand have scored the title an 8.5, saying that Black Ops is ‘certainly worth your time’ and even going as far to say that the Single Player campaign is ‘the best single player in a Call of Duty game’ to date.

Check out a roundup of reviews below and let us know your thoughts on them. Do you agree with these positive review scores, or do you have a different opinion?

Eurogamer 8 – Read

IGN US 8.5 – Read

CVG 9.3 – Read

Game Informer 9 – Read

The Guardian 5/5 – Read

If you have seen an interesting review that you want us to add to the list above, be sure to let us know.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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  • ryan the guest

    it is great but it lags so bad i is from the uk not the usa

  • guest

    cod does lag but i think that it is still a good game i have noticed that nerly all the players are from the u. s. a i am from the uk if from uk join a tdm

  • G Rod

    Definitely the trailers are not the game. Or is the game not the trailers?
    Best mode of this game is the ability to play the muti player offline, allows the non hard core cant aim and slow react types like myself to hone skills.
    Confused with the choice of weapons available.
    Like that boosting has been handle.
    Maps seem to large for free for all
    Like stats that are shown.
    Dont see any benefit to buying guns and gear because if one can ramp up quickly the better they r to get more stuff.
    Graphics are odd I dont know if because the maps are brighter or it's the format.
    Sound is much improved over mw2.
    The remote car is good/bad should have been with more kills maybe.
    One can still play as they may camp, run and gun, or snipe.
    It's definitely not MW2 time will tell.

  • Lucke

    somebody else black ops is laggin for? my shit is laggin even in campaign! please answer if you know how to fix the problem, this on ps3!

  • gaz

    this game is a let down BIG TIME!
    compared to the awesome mw2 which imo was perfect for its release date a year ago (great graphics/polished story line/greta multi player with loads of customization options etc.) this is a MAJOR step back!
    the graphics are poor and outdated, the storyline is linear and uninvolving, multi player maps are just ok, less scope to customize your character etc.

    im sorry i bought this, i'm going back to mw2 – better game all round..

  • bullet

    The Campaign part for me, is the best one I've played from any previous Call of Duty games. Also, the graphics on the campaign are outstanding..Now, for the multiplayer??? I think its a bit choppy in gameplay, the graphics are not the best, and it just feels like a step forward from World at War, but a step backwards from Modern Warfare 1. After playing the Modern Warfare 1 and 2 games, Black Ops feels a bit dated on Multiplayer… 9 for the Campaign, inclusion of Zomies online play and hidden easter eggs, 8 for the regular multiplayer.

  • Bob

    Why do all these reporters, reviewers give the game a good review?
    They must be previous fans or biased in some other way.

    I am new to COD, just purchased my first game. Well, I'd rather catch a COD, freeze it and then beat myself in the nuts with it than go back in the lounge and play another minute of that annoying, linear, pointless game. Returning it tomorrow (To sainsburys not the sea, the game that is, not the fish).

    So my nuts hurt but at least I have a frozen Cod to put on them.

    COD not COD for me 🙂

  • chocbatman

    Foggy u are so correct! This game would have been great 5yrs ago but today it sucks!!!! please infinity ward come back because we need u!!!!!

  • kenny

    The Game doesn't even load , Steam reads waiting time to play 22 Hours ITS a JOKE .
    Why I'm taking it back to ASDA store and getting money back

    • stickmybr

      thats why you dont get ps3

  • jjjjjj

    i think it is the exact same as world at war and the guns are a bit off otherwise from that it is ok

  • Slaine

    I suspect someone at the Telegraph is a fan:

    Preferred the Guardian's angle:

    Good screenshots from Joystick:

  • Neville

    VERY similar to MW2. They could have just released these maps for it.

    • chris madden

      dont talk shit Neville… couldnt be more differnet!! sniper rifles are harder to use and the gameplay is lot different!

  • Claus
  • McRibIsBack

    This is a solid game, but it isn't a 9 or >. The graphics are cartoonish and the gameplay isn't as fluid as MW2. I really like the game, but it's a WAW repack.

    • Stuart Phillimore

      This game sucks big time, really poor graphics compared to mw2, poor single game play you can just rush a enemies without dying, and dont mention the unbelievably poor zombie game!!!!!!!!!!!!1111 we have been rippped off big time.

    • FOGGY

      got the same view mw2 is solid game compared to this wot were they thinking of 🙁 not the game we all were expecting. this is like playing a 5 year old game with lots of lag i have a high end rig and line think unless they patch the lag this game will be in the BIN.

  • derp

    Got any reviews that are unbiased/unpaid?

    • Alan Ng

      Added a review from the Guardian.

      • DCListhename

        its pretty decent man. i absolutely love what they have done with the perks. no more fags runnin around with a nube tube. and its so much harder to camp. i love it. die campers. and die nube tubers. they have a remote control car strapped with c4 as one of the killstreak which makes killin campers even better.


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