Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Activision - Shooter
In stores: 11/09/10 (Xbox 360, Wii, PC, DS); 11/11/10 (PS3)

To paraphrase The Rock, it doesn't matter what we say! The fact is, the latest installment in Activision's Call of Duty franchise will win just about any video game wars waged during the holiday season. The setting may take us back to the Cold War era, but Black Ops' enhanced features and modes undeniably offers state-of-the-art gameplay at its finest.

High Spots:

  • All new Killstreaks, including Napalm Strikes and an explosive RC racer (which is packaged in the game's Prestige Edition) gives gamers fun new ways of making things go kablooey. Plus, it's all 3D-compatible!

  • Earn in-game CoD points through new "Wager Matches" to purchase equipment, attachments, and all sorts of customization -- in other words, make war profitable for yourself.

  • CoD: World at War's Zombies co-op mode just killed us (in a good way). Thankfully, they're back from the (un)dead for Black Ops.

Hard Bumps:

  • Love the story, the graphics, the weapons and the characters. Still, unless you're a pure multiplayer at heart, the CoD series to date offers too little gameplay to love, time-wise. Activision has to give us more than a memorable weekend of Black Ops.

  • Game developer Treyarch has a lot to live up to after 2009's megapopular Modern Warfare 2. Infinity Ward may be gone, but its war efforts won't soon be forgotten -- especially if Black Ops proves to be a dud in this grenade-laden franchise.

  • Chrysler has produced a Call of Duty-themed Jeep Wrangler to commemorate the launch of Black Ops. Sadly, it's not included in the game's pricier Hardened or Prestige Editions.

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