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COD Black Ops Reviews: Graphics Criticized – Better on MW2?

We’ve checked out a few of the early reviews for Call of Duty: Black Ops and we’ve noticed quite a few of them reserve a few lines to talk about the not so perfect graphics in the game.

This may not concern you in any way though, as Call of Duty has always been about the gameplay, but we were definitely interested when we read claims about the graphics being ‘better on Modern Warfare 2’.

Game-Pad has written a short piece on Black Ops and had this to say about the graphics featured in the game:

”Graphically MW2 is a superior game but the campaign of Black Ops is more intense and well told.”

Furthermore, we picked out a review from Dutch site PS3 Sense, who also had something to say about the graphics quality in Black Ops:

”In graphic terms, Black Ops is not much progress made on Modern Warfare 2, the graphics are generally equivalent in quality.”

Are they being a bit harsh on the game, or should we have expected better quality graphics this time around from Treyarch? Don’t forget that World at War wasnt exactly visually stunning either, and that game focused more on the gameplay aspect too. For those of you who are already playing the game, let us know your thoughts on the graphics.

Do you agree that MW2 has better graphics or not?

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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afasanto
afasanto

I liked the grahics in Cod4. I think they should go back to the gun and reloading sounds from Cod4 too

Joshua
Joshua

Black ops graphics are horrible compared to MW2. I bought it because i thought i could get a better game, but MW2 is actually just so much better than Black Ops. It's supposed to be a new game but even COD Modern Warfare 1 are better!

PATMACK
PATMACK

also activition took over infinity ward while they were the original and then activition brought in treyarch…..i can emagine how mad infinity ward was. 😛

PATMACK
PATMACK

Well black ops on camaign has good graphics as much as modern warfare 2 but on live, splitscreen, and combat training it has worse graphics and Modern Warfare 2 has good graphics all around. Also black ops has zombies and a better campiagn, but the live was a big disapointment but is not the worst. modern warfare 2 has THE BEST LIVE out of all the games + it has spec ops.ummmmmmm so ya

Aaron Jepin
Aaron Jepin

what …………………… the graphics of the game is good………………….. but the gameplay is not that realistic as MW2 ……………. but still……….. i dont understand why peolple hate the graphic so much…………… WAW was good ……………… and so is MW2…………….

Mike G
Mike G

MW2 has been hacked worse than the chicks on a Friday the 13th movie. Yes, I do think the graphics are a little bit better on MW2 than they are on Black Ops, but don't you get sick of playing the SAME game over, and over, and over again? There are so many nearly cheating perks available in MW2 compared to Black Ops that it just makes MW2 not even fun anymore. As other posters have said about MW2, the quick scoping is utterly absurd, the melee's wayyy to easy, the Akimbo is too easy, the ability to have 2… Read more »

john
john

Game looks fine to me. Ya'll are a bunch of females.

anddrewww
anddrewww

gentlemen do you have the console version of the game? because i have the pc version and i play it on max resolution, extra texture and shadows and it looks awesome, just like modern warfare 2

aamd
aamd

piss off halo fan boy

Dylan
Dylan

guys it doesn't matter about graphics its about fun and black ops is way better then mw2 any ways and the graphics are about equal

Luke
Luke

I really like black ops but I agree mw2 graphics are just better but I still enjoy black ops a lot even though campers are getting annoying

Justin
Justin

The campaign on black ops is rubbish. It’s a game and games should be played, hated having to wait for the story line to pass so I can play the game.

Graphics rubbish

multiplayer rubbish

only thing I liked the most was making own symbol.

Regret buying the bloody thing and I’m now selling it on,

not buying any games made by treyarch anymore.

I’m back to playing mw2. Even WAW is better

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

News flash,the last 4 Call Of Duties have essentially been running on the CoD4 engine,all be it modified.Graphics won't change drastically with a 4 year old engine. Gameplay beats graphics anyday,just look at Counterstrike or why the PS2 sold so well last-gen.The campaign and Co Op are undebatably the best in the series and the multiplayer is arguably best what with it being "de-noobified" (No stopping power,Commando,Double tap,Martyrdom,deathstreaks,tactical nuke,over-powered dual weapons…etc…the list is endless).The multiplayer is balanced and offers far more variety weapon-wise and gamemode-wise. The graphics aren't that bad,Call Of Duties never been up there with Crysis or Killzone;It's… Read more »

MW2>BlOPs
MW2>BlOPs

graphics on MW2 were amazing, some of the best ive ever seen……then i get black ops expecting the same thing but it looks like im playing a damn cartoon game. MW2 graphics made it intense, i cant take this game seriously at all

Kevin2010
Kevin2010

Wow you guys are crazy and stupid! Gameplay and Story is the most important thing about a game! Its nice to have great graphics but for me its more important that the game is fun! You guys are just a bunch of arrogant Gamers that don't even know what a good game is!

Dave
Dave

Hello all. I have the pc version and the graphics are better than MW2 by a mile. The console graphics look like crap because your running a new DX11 game with all the bells and whistles on obsolete hardware. For the best experience try using a pc. Consoles are for little kids who can't afford a pc. My 2 cents.

JAson
JAson

Im not a MW2 fan boy in fact Im a Socom fanboy my favorite shooting game of all time. However last year I played MW2 at my brothers house and I couldn't put it down so I figured I would buy Black OPs and its a big let down. Part of the fun with MW2 was it looked so damn good. Black Ops graphically sucks it does look like a ps2 game I dont know what they were thinking. I play Socom confrontation and the environments on that game are stunning and realistic like you are really there. Black Ops… Read more »

NotAMw2Fanboy
NotAMw2Fanboy

all these comments are absolute bullshit, the graphics are fine, and the majority of it is coming from mw2 fanboys.

go stick to your scavenger claymore camping while you look at the surroundings while playing your BROKE ass game

Rob.
Rob.

Black ops is too animated, and mw2 is really realiatic, feels like shooting a real gun

yftiyfiuk7
yftiyfiuk7

i think mw2 is better all around. I get into it more and it doesnt look like sponge bob

Romulus16
Romulus16

Has anyone who actually says the graphics are shit actually played any of the campaign or at the very least past the first level????

Frank
Frank

I knew from right away after picking up the game at midnight that the graphics looked HORRIBLE and looked way much better on Modern Warfare 2. I said all along the guns look weird and "PLASTIC", and the people look smaller. I went back to play MW2 and I loved how the graphics looked and the gameplay was much smoother. In Black Ops you don't move smoothly, it fills kind of jittery. I wish I didn't purchase this game for the Xbox360 and the PS3, I rather have same my money and kept playing MWF2. Also on Black Ops, why… Read more »

BigD Cantu
BigD Cantu

honestly you all need to quit b**chin cause the graphics aren't bad they're good and if your that big of a hater then go back to codmod2 where everyone only considers you to have skill if you quick scope… btw i play on 360 so i can't judge on ps3 or pc but still get over yourselves and be honest its fun and good no great so quit complainin -BigD Cantu

Mark
Mark

I was expecting a 5 star hotel, instead I got Butlins in Minehead on a cold winters day. I appreciate what everyone above has said, both positive and negative, but the reason I got into MW2 was because I play like I have an actual affiliation, in that I don't want to die and if camping needs to be done because I have tactical advantage then so be it. Black Ops leaves me cold…I couldn't care less! and as pointed out by someone above, I feel no dread when a helicopter arrives. As for that stupid remote control car, I… Read more »

Tom N
Tom N

I was hugly disapointed with the graphics in Black Ops, looks just like COD4 MW if not worse! Really poor bringing out the biggest game of the year without it being properly finished.

Would you buy a new Porshe with the body work batterd in?

Also the respawnin on the combat training is terrible, without UVA your screwed as they respawn from all around you!

Not even managed to get online yet as servers are overloaded and it wont connect, spoke to others and same problem!

Played it for 2 evenings now and tonight i feel im going back to MW2

Tom N
Tom N

I was hugly disapointed with the graphics in Black Ops, looks just like COD4 MW if not worse! Really poor bringing out the biggest game of the year without it being properly finished. Would you buy a new Porshe with the body work batterd in? Also the respawnin on the combat training is terrible, without UVA your screwed as they respawn from all around you! Not even managed to get online yet as servers are overloaded and it wont connect, spoke to others and same problem! Played it for 2 evenings now and tonight i feel im going back to… Read more »

Systemic33
Systemic33

WTF happened to the care for gameplay? If you want a realism simulator, then buy that. Call of Duty Black Ops is a GAME, as in something you play because its fun, not because its eyecandy.
If you are so fucking obssesed with things looking stunning, you are NOT a gamer.

Mitch
Mitch

Massive disappointment was hoping Treyarch could live up to Infinity Ward's amazing game and I heard that is was using the same engine as MW2 or something like that so I thought it could be possible despite what I saw on youtube. Despite my hopes I was let down, the graphics are just dismal for no good reason that I know of, ruining what a great game it could be. Although it does partially make up for it with its multiplayer player features such as zombies, which basically replaced spec ops so no upgrade here, split screen online like halo,… Read more »

browncub
browncub

For the people who say GamePlay over Graphics its bullshit. Do you really want to play a game just because it has a better gameplay and it looks like a sack of sh!t? Really? Graphics and sound is a part of the as much as gameplay. I waited in the queue for nothing. I do accept the fact that it has more add ons to the MP such as wager matches (I really like this mode) but grphics ruin that fun. Sounds on the other hand terrible I am preety sure those are the same set of sounds were used… Read more »

Game Lord
Game Lord

Modern Warfare 2 graphics + Black Ops gameplay= Hell Yeah!

Game Lord
Game Lord

MW2 graphics + Black Ops Gameplay = Hell Yeah!

PSGeneral
PSGeneral

Sad to say after playing Black Ops I'm sticking with MW2 because to me its more fun. Besides if you $60 for a game the graphics should look like $60. MW2 great graphics/ Black Ops great gameplay

fuzznuts
fuzznuts

Poor graphics in black ops. The gun you are holding looks like they carved it out of a block of wood. Put mw2 in after playing black ops for a couple of hours, looked way better.

climbersaurus
climbersaurus

What throws me off are the hands, and sometimes the gun – they look plain awful. However, everything after the first few missions look great… sort of weird to see that inconsistency. I feel that MW2 graphics are definitely better in some way but I'm unable to conjure up viable proof. I can't explain it but things look a lot less fake in MW2.

However, BO is a fun game and worth picking up.

mook
mook

I think its miserable….feel like im running around in a circle with cartoons. Atleast the remote control cars are fun.

Nick
Nick

Personally i thought that Black Ops going to be game of the year once they going to come out with the, but the graphic is so dull, i feel like i'm playing PS2 not PS3…come on around this time when Halo and other good coming out with killer graphics you throw this at us??? WTF!!!
MW2 has the best graphic in comparison to all COD

alcro38
alcro38

I agree with most here, MW2 has better graphics but Bops has a better story to follow and campaign mode is a hoot to play, however, where on-line multi player is concerned I feel extremely let down. Yes the maps are impressive and are great for the huge team games but the attention to detail with what you see and hear in front of you 100% of the time i.e. the gun is lacking, especially the firing noise. All the guns sound weak and don't give the same varied feel as MW2. And the commanders voice over for both sides… Read more »

Steve
Steve

Looks like they coded it for the Wii and up-scaled it for the consoles and PCs. Never had faith in Treyarch since COD3. And people keep saying its not about graphics then your going to upset people who have invested in a nice PC setup or shelled out on a next generation consoles.

Pete
Pete

Bring back Infinity Ward, i've got black ops but already dissapointed.
I was hoping that there would be a huge improvement, instead I think they've gone backwards…

Eric
Eric

ITs funny because before the multiplayer match starts i feel like it looks like modern warfareish but the second you start moving you know this is the WOrld at War Engine to the T.

crezo
crezo

I have to say it's a HUGE step down from the previous version. Single player looks great, but multiplayer looks like something from a PS2 game. If the quality of models and textures were the same as MW2 it wouldn't be an issue. But in multiplayer the models are incredibly low polly, and the textures are horrendous, extremely low res, no definition and it just looks horrible to play (at least on the 360 version anyway).

Multiplayer feels about 5 years out of date. Straight onto ebay for me, big let down!

aeroart
aeroart

I played the game and the graphics seem the same as MW2, I played it on the same graphic settings as MW2 and it is not much different, except it has some better shader and texture set up, other than that engine is the same.

BC2 Anyone?
BC2 Anyone?

Not very impressed with Black ops – poor graphics, poor UI, slow confined gaming – feels incredibly unntatural. The open freedom of Bad company is much better in my opinion.
Will be trading my copy of Black ops in.

diablo
diablo

i agree big let down surely they must of know before they released it it was going to be a bit of a flop it shoulf cost more like 20 pound

Snake
Snake

blackops graphics is comparable to N64's Goldeneye….cmon treyarch really………..

gman
gman

i guess ill pick black ops for pc. i have a powerful pc with an ati 5970 graphics card, i wonder if the graphics would look better compare to consoles.

FluffyWuffy
FluffyWuffy

Graphics much better on MW2. But, Infinity Ward is the only CoD I expect much from.

Chris G.
Chris G.

I certainly beleive graphic and sounds are part of the tangible experience of a game. I fail to get that feeling of excitement when you hear a chopper gunner aproaching or the anxiety you get when your being shot up and the sreens turning bloody. Or the visual enjoyment of seing dust kick up like a scene from a war movie when you lay a grenade. Instead the helos look like high school art class drawings, the grenades pop like little firecrackers, and when your gettin shot it’s kinda like “hmmm I guess I’m gettin shot.” I think sound and… Read more »

Chris
Chris

graphics aren't as good as mw2, but the game is better. Disappointed they couldn't use the mw2 engine, but graphics aren't everything. For me if they re-did mw2 MP and used the same perks/weapons/killstreak combo's BO has, added wager matches, I'd play that over BO. But as it stands, BO is a slightly uglier, but still more enjoyable online game.

George
George

Idd gameplay over graphics, I still love Final Fantasy 7 old skool on PS1 and I would love it if I played it for the first time now (I appreciate at the time of release it was"revolutionary graphics", however that being said, I do think the online gameplay could be better (get directx errors and freezes and lags), campain is very enjoyable tho. However Im playing it on the PC on High settings, which apparently is just as good as MW2 but i dno.But still dont forget that if a game has epic gameplay its graphics only need to be… Read more »

Floyd
Floyd

all of you people saying black ops sucks because the graphics aren’t amazing are fucking idiots. Yeah mw2 looked a little better, not much because the textures were still shit, but the gameplay and story and absolutely everything else about this game is 100 times better than mw2.

big pape
big pape

WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE WHINING the game play is awesome the online is awesome
zombies ..meh but in the begging i couldn't even tell the difference. itz worse but no that bad its still better then most games

mike
mike

What a steamy p.o.s trearch made. They can’t even come with something original for themselves. Visually looks like a ps2 game. God of war 2 looked better than this steamy piece of rotten horse crap. They need to fire all of the trearch retards and replace them with people who give a crap about how the game looks. Modern warfare is not a perfect game but it is a million times better than any crap trearch makes. Back to Mw2.

Alex
Alex

i dont think im going to by now 🙁

WJH
WJH

Piss poor Graphics!!! Very disappointing. MW2 is way better

moe
moe

graphics is terrible its like freakin playin a PS 2 game wtf!!! game playi s great tho lol

MW2
MW2

The graphics on this game are dreadful. I spent $120 on this game for it to look like counter strike which i could've bought for$40…. huge disappointment

Justin
Justin

Ugh, I hate people. I don't understand how graphics can really be that important, if a game has good gameplay, why would LOLGRAPHICS really matter?

I guess im one of a handful of people who don't really care about graphics. -_- Gameplay over Graphics is how it should be.

copperautis
copperautis

Photo-realistic games are what we have seen from the Call of Duty franchise up to this point, each one WOWing us even more than the last (becoming closer to the realism we long for)…but then came World at War and it went backwards. I thought that was a hiccup in the franchise and this latest Black Ops would show everyone what Treyarch can do… and I guess it has… it has shown everone that they can crank out the same old graphics. Treyarch said during interviews that it is World at War's Engine, and that is nothing more than a… Read more »

Kwasi moto
Kwasi moto

I think Treyarch should not be putting this game together.Unless they can step their game up in the color aspects and realism of the game I think I heard cartoonie

Raize
Raize

The graphics are rediculous, first time loading the game I felt like I was playing CS, I mean MOH MP makes Black Ops look 5 years old atleast. I hope Treyarch have some patches incoming asap for lag issues and the clunky movement. If they dont, I think it wont last…

Painkiller
Painkiller

Graphics are a huge disappointment, mw2 is way better :-((
This is my second big disappointment this month, first Medal of Honor MP that keeps freezing my PC (a whole lot of other people have the same problem but still no patch from EA or Dice) and now Black Ops with very bad graphics)

Mike
Mike

Can you play in High Def? Does it play in 1080i at least? I have a 60inch flat screen plasma with a fat HDMI cable, will It take advantage of that? Are the rest of you guys playing low def?

Mr420
Mr420

After waiting in the cold new England weather for 3 hours after midnight launch at gamestop I nearly broke my ps3 copy on playing. Graphics were better on goldeneye 64! Game play is meh. Insert generic FPS tittle and you have black ops. Guns look cheaply modeled. People look generic. Maps don’t have an identity. In a “sniper” map your totally restricted to small areas. No wide open feel at all, all corners. All in all about a 6/10. Would have been lower… But there’s no hackers yet.

Wally West
Wally West

MW2 Is Way more realistic

nuke1
nuke1

Typical misinformed responses by about half of the comments here. It's not Treyarch, it's the sh*tty consoles which have 256MB RAM (2006 tech), which doesn't allow the consoles to load up superior graphics and all the customisations at the same time.

So choose now, would you rather have had Modern Warfare 2.1, or a different take on CoD (i.e. customisation).

If you guys think it's because Treyarch is sh*t, clearly you haven't played World at War. And I can also guarantee the PC players have superior graphics to even MW2.

Jon A
Jon A

Graphics are nowhere near as good a MW2.. its World at War all over again.. thought games were supposed to move forward?
Have to admit, campain isnt TO bad.. but the graphics for the rest of it ruin it.. 🙁

Good multiplayer concepts, i like the idea of split screen online play.. but really needs to be left with Infinity Ward to make it look good.

and Chris G, its no better on xbox 😛

Mike
Mike

MW1 has better graphics than black ops. FACT. Gameplay is very arcade like. fun though i guess

Phil
Phil

Black opps graphics suck without hdmi cabel (my oppinion) but the gameplay and everything else is way better than mw2

Chris G.
Chris G.

I just spent a couple of hours playing BlackOps and have to say that I’m pretty dissapointed in the graphics especially in the online play. I have the PS3 version and wonder if it’s any better on the XBox? The detail in the maps are pretty bad. I wish there was more attention afforded to detail.

sam
sam

when i first got on the game i was expecting a lot more graphics wise. The online of black ops is good. large maps but encourages camping. could be a bit of a worry..

Paulie-Paul
Paulie-Paul

I queued up for an hour for black ops…. My first impressions were that it looked very poor… I’m sorry but first impressions will always be viewed graphically, and to me it seems that Treyarch have no match to infinity ward’s game engine. Black ops looks ‘cartoony’ with the colours looking more brighter as opposed to mw2 where everything seemed to blend in with the environment, making it more realistic… Black ops really does look like a FPS we would have bought back in ’07

Tom
Tom

MW1 had smother gameplay and better graphics its like playing madden 2011 then going back to 2006

Big Kev
Big Kev

Okay good…I was wondering was it my television. I played MW and MW2 and have been playing MoH T1 for the past month, so when I fired up Black Ops this morning, I was wondering was my television game settings wrong…listening to you all, I guess not. Such a shame b/c if the game wasn't ready, they should have waited. I just think we are in a generation of games where the graphics is just as important as the game play….wait a second, better put the graphics is a part of the game play.

Div
Div

Graphics are Terrible, huge upset really, but honestly I was expecting the Moon with this game after being shown the stars in MW2. No point having a good story when you got no visuals to aid it.

Steve
Steve

MW2 is graphically beautiful game even a year on, I'm surprised Treyarch didn't improve on it, BOps looks a fair bit worse in my opinion.

matt
matt

Graphics are terrible, probably closer to mw1 than mw2, huge disappointment, looks more battlefield than call of duty, leave animation to family guy

brettt
brettt

Ive had the game for… 30 hours now 🙂
Graphics are way better on mw2. Only thing this has graphicly is the 3d.

3D is allright but nothing spectatular

nick lewis
nick lewis

well treyarch already sucks so yea probably has worse graphics

john Doe
john Doe

The graphics should be almost the same as MW2. I t did not raise the frame rate to 120 mhz/sec because most current tv's sold have a 60 mhz/sec frame rate. It will take almost 3 years for this tech to succeed.

Jon-Paul
Jon-Paul

I don't have the game yet. But from the looks of the videos I've seen MW2 has better graphics. I believe that Black Ops will have a better game play aspect to it though. I prefer the game play over the graphics but I would like to see a little more effort in the next game Treyarch releases.

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