Yesterday I picked up my Xbox 360 controller and played Call of Duty: Black Ops. I know it isn’t very original but this is the only game I have played all week. As usual, I played the multiplayer online and enjoyed my game play experience. I like how they made the actual battle reasonably realistic. It doesn’t take an entire clip to kill an opponent, depending on the gun, and when you are shot your character reacts by flinching and changing your line of sight slightly. Even though Call of Duty didn’t invent multiplayer online through the Xbox LIVE system, they are the ones who are making it popular today. The fact that they give players the ability to earn many new guns and attachments by leveling up and earning point via game play is what makes it so enjoyable for so many people. If I want to make a sniper class I can, but it can be totally different from someone else’s sniper class. I can add a suppressor and the “Ghost” perk and make my character invisible on enemy radar, or I can get the “Hardened” perk to get extra bullet penetration and add an infrared sight to take down enemies hiding behind cover. The weapon load out is almost totally customizable all the way down to the gun camo and face paint. I also enjoy the variety of maps used in the multiplayer. They made a good mix of small maps for fast paced, action packed matches; and larger, slower, strategy based maps which need a high level of familiarity and experience to do well. One thing I know is a large selling point for Black Ops, but that I personally do not enjoy is the zombies game play. I personally enjoy playing towards a goal; whether that goal be finding the enemy leader and taking him down or just kill the other team more than they kill me, I need to have a goal. The type of play where you just keeping going until you die does not appeal to me so I try to avoid it, but maybe that’s why Black Ops is so successful. They provide many different versions of game play and different options in each of those different versions. They make sure there is something everyone will be able to enjoy. If they keep that up we could see COD: 10, sometime in the future. I’m excited to see what COD will do next to keep itself alive in this ever changing gaming environment.
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