Jumping directly into the Zombie mode with Call of Duty Black Ops was great fun, and as expected we loved the new map and new options in COD Black Ops. The fun part is always getting used to a new map, being completely lost at first is part of that fun.
After an hour or so you start to learn the layout, and find a few areas that are good places to hold up when the you-know-what hits the fan. Graphics are the last thing on your mind, and the zombie gameplay brings people together socially, while being second to none for a FPS.
Next up we hit a few multiplayer maps, the first was the “Nuke” map that felt like I was dropped in the Simpsons with a gun, the graphics were better than a cartoon but not far away. Trying to put that aside, the sound of guns failed to impress when compared to those of Medal of Honor. Were we surprised? No.
Call of Duty graphics may be worse than MW2 but the gameplay will be a winner in multiplayer with most players, the customization is amazing and the type of player the game attracts will be happy, well most of them. The game is not realistic in sound, graphics or gameplay but this was expected although some players are complaining that the sound and graphics should have been a bit better, even for Call of Duty.
The game is a winner for most people because it gives them what they want, although the flip side to that would be hacking and impatient people running around stabbing, amongst other things. You saw it in MW2, and as this video shows — someone at 15th Prestige — it’s happening in COD Black ops.
If you want a game where patience is needed and is realistic, you will not find it in Black Ops multiplayer. The arcade approach will be a winning formula for most gamers, but not for all.