COD: Black Ops – here’s another opinion for you
This ‘Black Ops’ thing then – apparently it’s quite good. So much so, I gave it a shot. And I came to some surprising conclusions.
I finished the single-player campaign on Call Of Duty: Black Ops last night. I am not going to dip into the multiplayer, as I have no real interest in it, so my opinion here in no way affects our final review – just so we’re clear on that. And anyway, reviewing a COD game based on single-player alone is like reviewing porn solely based on the acting: pointless, but a bit sexy.
Where was I? Ah yes, CODBLOPS. So what we have presented to us here is a thoroughly forgettable experience. At no point throughout the seven or eight hours I was playing the game did I feel truly involved or like I was accomplishing anything. But read that sentence again and you’ll see a shocking discovery: I played the game for seven or eight hours.
Surely if it was bad, I wouldn’t have played it for that long? Well, that’s true. Here’s the dirty secret: I enjoyed it. I won’t ever go back to play it again and I’m glad that I – in my privileged position – didn’t have to pay for my copy. But what I experienced, I enjoyed. Black Ops is a knuckle head; moronic to a level it’s hard to comprehend. In fact, it’s almost so stupid I find it hard to believe it’s not actually genius in disguise.
But that’s something we need every now and then. Holding Black Ops up as the paragon of all that is good and right in gaming is the work of a short-sighted moron. Accepting it as a few hours of your life thrown away, blowing shit up, living out your Arnie fantasies is the right way to go about things. And fortunately, it’s how most people seem to take the game – apart from those looking in at gaming from the outside, who seem to think we all take Call Of Duty super-seriously.
Still, like I said, I’m not going back to it any time soon. I’m hugely put off by the online community – to the point I simply won’t play – and the single-player doesn’t have any real depth, or anything that would force me to come back to it. But you know what? Sometimes that’s exactly what I want in a game. Well done, Treyarch.
The story is pretty much massive baws, though.