Call of Duty: Black Ops

4 Overall Score
Graphics: 4/10
Gameplay: 2/10
Audio: 1/10

Long Campaign

Terrible gameplay | Dreadful audio | Dull

What is Black Ops?

The biggest first-person action series of all time and the follow-up to last year’s blockbuster Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare 2 returns with Call of Duty®: Black Ops.

Game Info

GAME NAME: Call of Duty: Black Ops

DEVELOPER(S): Treyarch

PUBLISHER(S): Activision

PLATFORM(S): PC, Xbox 360, PS3

GENRE(S): First Person Shooter

RELEASE DATE(S): Available Now

Call of Duty®: Black Ops will take you behind enemy lines as a member of an elite special forces unit engaging in covert warfare, classified operations, and explosive conflicts across the globe. With access to exclusive weaponry and equipment, your actions will tip the balance during the most dangerous time period mankind has ever known. – Quote from the Steam Store page for the game

My Thoughts

Please note this is my personal opinion on this game, don’t go off on one just because I don’t like the same things you do. I rated the game a 4 because that’s all it deserves and that’s being generous.

I WILL NOT reconsider my ratings just because of backlash from a few fanboys.

It might be outdated by todays standards seeing as Modern Wank… Sorry… Warfare was released last year but Black Ops is the only recent CoD game I’ve played apart from CoD4 and my verdict on this linear, scripted, ugly mess is not very good.

Now I despise Call of Duty and all of it’s rehashed remakes that keep getting pumped out year after year but I decided to give Black Ops an impulse buy as it isn’t a Modern Wank… Hmm, no I’ll stick with Wankfest game. Now this review will probably anger many fanboys out there who can’t see anything past their oversized, novelty weapons and their hand-holding gameplay but I seriously have no idea how anybody can stand putting up with this over-Americanised pile of crap.

The graphics are outdated, the lighting isn’t too bad but the texture-work itself is a shoddy mess, the weapons take up 60% of screenspace and if you want to alter your FOV you have to bind a key to alter it and press it after every single cutscene for it to get back to your desired FOV and with the amount of scripted cutscenes in this game you eventually get RSI from changing FOV so much.

The audio gives me a headache, the gun sounds are so repetitive that playing this game for longer than 5 minutes straight causes your brain to literally seep from your nose as your mind can no longer take the pummelling headache that you get from the weapon sounds. The weapons themselves are dumb, underpowered and badly balanced, dual-wielding AK47s can’t kill a fly but a single pistol shot can kill an invisible sniper who is 50 feet away, behind steel plating, a barrel……. And some more steel plating.

The music in this game is excessively loud, at times you can’t even hear the games’ characters spouting their over-patriotised, fictional American one-liners and the story is so over the place that any sense of what is going on flies directly out of the window.

I can’t help but feel sorry for any Call of Duty fanboy if this is the kind of awful gameplay, graphics and audio quality that they spend over £40 on every single year, there’s obviously a braincell of two gone astray somewhere.

I would recommend you steer far clear of this cobbled together mess, do not buy it! If you want a modern shooter that is fun to the core and has some great replay value then pick up Serious Sam 3: BFE but don’t buy this or any other Call of Duty game, if they’re as bad as this one then you may aswell stick a rusty fork up your rectum rather than having to play this.

The Good

– I guess if you like playing with the testes of undead humans then the zombie mode could be for you
– The campaign is fairly long

The Bad

– The visuals are dull and boring
– The game is a hand-holding, on-rails mess
– The audio is blindingly awful
– The game itself is pretty boring


People will call me a Battlefield fanboy because of this review but no, I can’t stand Battlefield either. BF3 disappointed me to no end.

Thanks for reading and good gaming.