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Review: Call Of Duty: Black Ops - PC, Xbox 360, PS3

by Steven Williamson on 11 November 2010, 16:20 4.2

Tags: Activision (NASDAQ:ATVI), FPS

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Set to break records

Version Reviewed - Xbox 360

The Call Of Duty games cost a small large fortune to develop and are among the most expensive video games ever made. For us, that money means we're guaranteed a high quality production. We're talking about the sounds of war blasting out of your speakers like there's a tank practising for battle in your back garden and sights that bring home the chaos of war, like a bunker rattling with the impact of a grenade and team-mates caught in the blast of shrapnel dropping to the floor like bloody rag-dolls.

Call Of Duty is a franchise that offers a complete sensory experience which impressively captures the horrors and intensity of war and tugs at your emotions with a display of such potent imagery. Though having wads of cash certainly helps to create such a cinematic production, you've got to hand it to Treyarch: it certainly knows how to put on a show; the greatest in town, some would say.

It’s like anything in life though. If you’ve got cash in your pocket, you can make yourself and everything around you look good - nice cars, great looking wife, or 42" plasma - but it doesn’t change who you are inside. This theory applies to Call Of Duty Black Ops. On the outside, it represents the pinnacle of modern day shooters in terms of production - a glorious spectacle that bridges that gap between fantasy and reality impressively. But on the inside, when you look unblinkered at the core gameplay, it’s practically the same Call Of Duty experience that we’ve been playing for years.

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