Hey guys, I figure I'd review Black Ops. I had a chance to get my hands on it for the first time (I've been really busy, I know I'm weeks behind).
Firstly, let me give a little background history on my experience;
I've played shooters since well... Duckhunt. Doom, Goldeneye, CS, HL1&2... Just to name a few oldies. Most recently I've played MW1+2 heavily, invested quite a bit of time into the L4D series... and the more recent episodes of HL2.
Where does Black Ops compare to these?
Well, it doesn't change a whole lot, it doesn't push the envelope, and it hasn't created or changed the formula.
What has it done? It's taken tons of elements from Modern Warfare 2 and really polished them. If you're looking for a brand new game here that doesn't feel like MW2, you're looking in the wrong place. This all feels very familiar, but it's the kind of familiar like eating my favorite birthday cake once a year feels like. Yeah, I've tasted this all before, but it's a good taste. Although I really do have to say, I didn't think it's possible to trump MW2 single players cheesy-ness, but Black Ops has definitely taken the cake at over-doing things. A Michael Bay movie on steroids is the best way to describe it.
But you didn't buy the game to play the single player- you bought it for the multiplayer. Which I have to say is just as fun as ever. You remember all those really annoying overpowered abilities? They're either gone, counterable, or just nerfed. It seems like they've listened and swung their balancing hammers.
Other than that, not much else is new, you really just need to go play the game for yourself!