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Call of Duty: Black Ops - Xbox 360

Game Description:Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first-person shooter, high-intensity military video game developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. Set to release on November 9, 2010, CoD is the 7th installment in the legendary Call of Duty series. A sequel to the developer's previous title in the series, Call of Duty: World at War, Black Ops is the first one set during the Cold War era and is a much grittier game than Modern Warfare 2. The two main characters that the player assumes the role of are Mason and Hudson, Studies and Observations Group operatives on missions behind enemy lines. They will fight through varying time periods and several locations, including: the Ural Mountains, Laos, Cuba, the Arctic, and Vietnam as footsoldiers. An impressive feature for players who close in on an enemy is a melee attack, ensuring a one-hit-kill. A new mode, the Wager Matches, will allow players to gamble with their money. A separate ranking structure from the standard online modes will be used for players seeking to be one of the top three (the only ones that receive the prizes).
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Gamescom 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops Hands-On Preview
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Gamescom 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops Hands-On Preview

By Kevin Kelly - Posted Aug 24, 2010

 Gamescom 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops Hands-On Preview

What We Know:

Treyarch has been hard at work on Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is the next installment in the massive franchise that has become a tentpole for Activision. The game takes place partially during the Vietnam War era, as you join the ranks of a covert unit that performs secret missions behind the scenes of the Cold War.

What We're Seeing Now:

At Gamescom, we were shown two different levels. First up was "Victor Charlie", which has your squad investigating Soviet activity in an area near the Huong River. The date is February 5, 1968, and you take control of Sergeant Mason as your chopper crashes into the river. It's a fairly horrific scene as some of your squadmates are ripped to shreds by bullets, and your previously airborne ride sinks slowly into the river.

Remember the beginning of Saving Private Ryan, where soldiers are diving over the edge of the landing boat so they can avoid the German machine gun fire? That's what this scene hearkens back to. You only have a few seconds after the chopper crashes into the water and the Viet Cong approach, then suddenly you're completely underwater trying to escape (and able to really swim!) while bullet trails whiz through the water all around you. Fairly intense! 


 

Completing this level puts you back in the water again to do some stealth swimming, as you can swim behind enemies to take them by surprise. It looks to be a fairly simple swim mechanic, but the re-use of the bullet trails in the water (they were in Call of Duty: World at War also) means Treyarch must really love the water. A love that the soldiers in the water don't appear to share as one of them remarks, "Rain. That's all it f*ckin' does here is rain." But that rain means you're in a lush, green jungle. A truly beautiful environment.

Mason was able to grab an enemy and use him as a human meat shield while he fired back at his attackers in part of the level, and there were some fairly brutal executions as well, including one that left the enemy's throat completely gashed open. Then there are the "bullet-cam" animations which follow a bullet you've fired as it plows directly into an enemy. Well, no one said the covert ops teams were really nice guys. What started slightly stealthy begins with an enormous firefight, as your team gains access to Semtex, and it gets extremely hairy as the ordnance flies, and there are civvies to watch out for.

Throughout all of this, you've linked up with some friendlies, and we then transitioned into the tunnel level that has been shown previously, where you crawl through very tight quarters. You're given the flashlight to illuminate the path, and it isn't long before you're attacked. Advancing, you have to pop the flashlight on and off to confuse enemies, and to keep them from knowing exactly where you are. 

Gamescom 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops Hands-On Preview

In "Payback," you've been captured but have broken free, and you come across a squad of VC guarding a Russian Hind helicopter. Naturally, you take them out so you can capture the chopper and rain fire down on the bad guys in some hardcore revenge. Taking the position is made a bit easier with the use of the Commando Grenade Launcher, the handy firearm that "bloops" grenades into enemies at short range. In short order, you've taken the position and you're ready to fly.

The cockpit has a forward position and a rear position, and you take the latter while your squadmate sits up front. You're given nearly complete control of the chopper: you can pitch and yaw in any direction, but your squaddie controls the vertical. Honestly, as bad a flyer as I am in games like Battlefield: Bad Company, I didn't mind that I wasn't in full control. Turning, aiming, and firing is complicated enough without having to worry about smashing into the group.

The chopper is armed with a 12MM nose cannon and two UV-32 rocket pods, each containing 32 S-5 57mm rockets: guns on the right trigger, rockets on the left. Pitch is controlled with the left stick, while you control the yaw with the right stick. It's fairly intuitive, although you'll find that aiming at smaller targets, like running infantry, can be difficult. Which is where those rockets come in handy. You can fire single rocket shots, or hold down the trigger to "charge" them up and fire a burst of several at once. I prefer that approach.

There's a lot to blow up here including: vehicles, infantry, fuel depots, boats, bridges, a SAM site, and ... basically anything that moves. We played in Demigod mode, meaning we would take damage but never die. Which is good thing, because by the end of the level my chopper was on fire, riddled with bullet holes, and in very bad shape. The damage modeling in the chopper is dynamic, and it will visually let you know how bad things are going.

Gamescom 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops Hands-On Preview

There's a pipeline running through most of the level, and shooting it produces nifty spouts of fire, and little details like this are what makes Black Ops feel like a visceral experience. The flying was extremely satisfying, mostly because it's a nice change to be the guy up top instead of just calling in an airstrike. I'm not sure if there are many other vehicle-based levels in the game, but "Payback" delivers loads of revenge-fun. 

Our time with Black Ops was brief, but fun, and has us already looking forward to more. Sadly, we didn't get to experience any multiplayer action, although the main show floor had a four-hour line just to watch the multiplayer trailer. There will be a lot more multiplayer details revealed on September 1, so keep yourself tuned to G4, and follow community manager Josh Olin on Twitter for more tidbits to come.

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  • KillerOfMen

    Looking forward to playing it, I am just so worried about another HUGE screw up in the multiplayer action, which has ruined MW2 for me, and I am currently back to COD4 due to the "DAMN HACKERS" everywhere in multi, it just ruins it, man I hope all I have heard is true, and we can back to what we know they can do for the gamer ( fingers crossed ladies and gentlemen).

    Posted: September 23, 2010 9:49 PM
  • ipodfreak0313

    Supposedly, Zombies are going to be back. IDK what their race is though... I friggin loved CoD: MW2. The multiplayer is the best that I've ever played. I expect Black Ops to be even better!!!!! I am camping out with my dad at a GameStop to get this game at midnight. I am certainly hoping that this breaks the 24-Hour sales record that MW2 so highly set. $310M just in the US and UK! I am eager to play the multiplayer on this game, and have high hopes for it.

    CALL OF DUTY!!!!

    Posted: September 18, 2010 9:44 PM
    ipodfreak0313
  • ipodfreak0313

    Supposedly, Zombies are going to be back. IDK what their race is though... I friggin loved CoD: MW2. The multiplayer is the best that I've ever played. I expect Black Ops to be even better!!!!! I am camping out with my dad at a GameStop to get this game at midnight. I am certainly hoping that this breaks the 24-Hour sales record that MW2 so highly set. $310M just in the US and UK! I am eager to play the multiplayer on this game, and have high hopes for it.

    CALL OF DUTY!!!!

    Posted: September 18, 2010 9:42 PM
    ipodfreak0313
  • lelouch_zero666

    This game is gonna be freakin awesome i hope it beats da crap out of halo in sales in da first day

    Posted: September 16, 2010 9:04 PM
  • Harvster0fSorow

    ok so i know that they are bringing back the old maps.. How about new maps and black ops guns to go with the old maps?????

    Posted: September 14, 2010 9:36 AM
    Harvster0fSorow
  • Juvon

    cod sux. the storyline isnt what anyones looking foward to, cuz theres nothing iconic or note wothy that comes from them. what people want in this this game is just new weapons killstreaks and maps. witch is the only thing they have been adding for the past 5 years. yeah theater mode is cool. it was also cool 3 years ago on halo 3. these so called new features make the game to me a hard sell considering many of it new features have been around for a long time. kind of like when apple makes a 3g iphone a year later and people think its the best thing ever when 3g phones have been around way before it

    Posted: September 12, 2010 11:49 PM
    Juvon
  • GHOSTofWAR

    NOOB PARTY like MW2

    Posted: September 11, 2010 3:48 AM
    GHOSTofWAR
  • CrazyNomad

    Get the Lube for the noobs.

    Posted: September 9, 2010 1:46 PM
    CrazyNomad
  • Shadowhawk4735

    I really hope that the final release versions allow the option of turning off the bullet-cam feature and separate sound controls for music, effects, and comms sounds.

    Posted: September 5, 2010 7:02 PM
  • jomonj

    obama is dead

    Posted: September 4, 2010 2:07 AM
    jomonj
  • TATTED_ARCHANGEL

    CANNOT WAIT!

    Posted: September 1, 2010 3:55 PM
  • chitio

    HEY DID ANYBODY PRE-ORDE : CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS PRESTIGE EDTION

    Posted: August 31, 2010 2:22 PM
  • dustmite3

    I all ready put it on hold it is going to be awesome when i play online

    Posted: August 31, 2010 10:21 AM
    dustmite3
  • gt11

    Iheard
    that
    thre
    bringing
    back
    old
    zombie
    maps
    from
    w@wlike
    derrise
    and
    new
    guns
    andcharters

    Posted: August 30, 2010 8:53 PM
  • Killswitch2010

    Can't wait to hit someone in the head with a crossbow, just to see it go boom, can't wait for it to come out

    Posted: August 30, 2010 4:55 PM
  • SneezeAllOver

    I really hope they can stop the hackage that happened to cod 4 - MW2.

    Posted: August 29, 2010 5:57 PM
  • GrimReaper7

    cant wait for BLACK OPS whos with me

    Posted: August 28, 2010 6:23 AM
    GrimReaper7
  • ColonelCampbell

    So much stuff to abuse in this game

    Posted: August 27, 2010 11:23 PM
    ColonelCampbell
  • iamimportant

    gay sex is fun!!!

    Posted: August 27, 2010 7:08 PM
    iamimportant
  • linktothepast86

    Can't wait!

    (PS: why is my avatar not showing up???)

    Posted: August 26, 2010 9:14 PM
    linktothepast86
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