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Call Of Duty Black Ops Review

One of the hottest titles in the gaming industry, the latest in the Call of Duty series by Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops, sold over 7 million units within 24 hours of the November 2010 release. This amazing video game already grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. It has also scored at the 2011 GAME British Academy Video Game Awards, earning five nominations including Best Action Game and Best Multiplayer Game.

This first person shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops, is on all 3 major video game platforms; the Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii. It is the first of the Call of Duty games to be set during the 1960s, when the Cold War was at its height. The single-player campaign allows players to play as Alex Mason, a foot soldier who is being interrogated for information. As the campaign proceeds, you play as different characters including CIA agent Jason Hudson. In a break from the first-person shooter gameplay, you can also pilot a Hind helecopter and SR-71 Blackbird at various points. Prominent actors provide the voices for the various characters, including Sam Worthington as Mason, Ed Harris as Hudson and Gary Oldman as Victor Reznov, a character who returns from the earlier CoD: World at War game. The campaign game also includes cut scenes that features archival footage from the period, as well as a soundtrack that includes classic Vietnam War-era songs including the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son.

For the multiplayer game, Black Ops allows teams to compete in completing various missions, such as Capture the Flag, in which your objective is to be the first to take the opposing team’s flag back to base and Domination, in which squads capture and hold three areas on a map. One of the major new features in the game is the inclusion of COD points that you earn which allow you to buy weapons and accessories as well as customization options. And there is a Theater Mode that allows you to record clips from online gameplay and upload them online, as well as a Combat Training mode that allows those new to multiplayer gaming and those who would like to try out new tactics and weapons to play online against AI opponents with a separate ranking and unlocking system. Xbox 360 players are allowed a second Gold Xbox Live account to keep track of the second player’s progression through the game.

The popular zombie cooperation mode introduced in Call of Duty: World at War returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops. As many as four players can play in four-player online and two-player split-screen mode, with maps allowing you to play as John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon or Robert McNamara, fending off an invading zombie horde from the Pentagon, as well as a map inspired by the World at War game in which you play as Tank Dempsey, Edward Richtofen, Takeo Maskai or Nikolai Belinski. There is also an unlockable two-stick arcade-shooter Zombies game called Dead Ops Arcade.

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Considering Buying StarCraft 2

It’s nearly impossible to find a real-time strategy game that features both an outstanding multiplayer experience, as well as a quality campaign mode. But StarCraft II does just that, lapping its predecessor with astonishing graphics, features, and much more, while still keeping it’s general Science-Fiction effect.

The game spotlights on three different species: The Terrans, humans banned from earth, the Protoss, who use Psionic power, such as telekinesis, to overcome ordeals, and the Zerg, a race of genetically modified insectoids.

StarCraft II’s campaign opens following the story of Terrans Jim Raynor, the protagonist, and Tychus Findlay. There are twenty-nine missions in campaign mode, which Raynor commands, choosing his fate.

There are seven different chapters in the campaign, Mar Sara, Colonist, Artifact, Covert, Rebellion, Prophecy, and Final. Mar Sara consists of three missions, while the rest have four to five missions. You’re sure to be kept focuses and excited with this hybrid of fun and strategy. The characters are in depth, and more of a story, or sub-plot unravels as you progress through the game. There are over three hundred fifty achievements in the game, most of which can be obtained through the campaign.

The game itself focuses on the multiplayer experience, trying to keep it as original as it’s forerunner, but upgraded, modern. You may play as one of the three races in multiplayer, attempting to over come your opponent(s) with wit, skill, and strategy. There is also a “build your own map” mode where players are allowed to set terrain, time, resources etc… and play them. The multiplayer aspect itself is a major improvement, and will have many expansions in the near future.

One of the most exciting features is the reinvented Battle.net (still free, of course), used to record achievements, progress and much more, online.

Battle.net offers players credits, and for quick battles, without having to search for just the right map. Instead of being in a mach with superior players, to the ones just starting out, it matches you with players within your difficulty allowing a fair match.

Who could resist playing the original Nintendo 64, StarCraft, that started them on RTS’s? You could always run across a copy at a local flea market, or thrift store, and it’s worth the buy.

Next time you’re at Wal-Mart, or any other major retailer, keep StarCraft II in mind. It’s player depths, it’s astounding multiplayer, and it’s excellent campaign.

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