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POSTED 14/11/10


CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS

Activision



We’d like to dedicate this review to Bob Gunnagunyadown of the Northern Territory Gungunenmorgun tribe, who we’re reliably informed is the sole person left on Earth that hasn’t picked up CoD:BO yet.

So, this review’s a tad superfluous, we guess, but hey, that’s never stopped us before!

As anybody – except perhaps Bob - knows, the Call of Duty series has essentially become the biggest gaming success story ever. Never underestimate peoples’ desire to kill, it would seem. But it’s not just an ability to satiate bloodlust (and there’s some serious gore here, often in super-slow-mo) that’s made the CoD games so popular, it’s also the fact that, well, they’re really bloody good.

This latest instalment is no exception, as we delve into the type of Cold War, Yanks versus Russkies stuff that always gets our boat floatational. After a numerical thing that we first thought was this week’s Tattslotto results, we discovered we’re a soldier named Alex Mason who’s undergoing some pretty major torture-infused interrogation. This triggers flashbacks, and kicks off 15 globetrotting levels that deftly meld real history with fiction. We’d tell you more, but then we’d have to kill ourselves for being spoilerific.

Really CoD:BO is just a remarkably spiffy on-rails shooter, but it’s done so electrically that it doesn’t matter – unless on-rails shooters give you the shits, natch. If you want more freedom you have two options. You can take your chances finding non-eejits online (there’s even gambling now), or launch the bonus game which we’ve spent WAY too much time on… Zombies! Yep, those scumbag undead bastards are back, in what’s basically Capcom’s Dead Rising without all the interminable cutscenes.

If you’re a fan of CoD then you’ll already have this. Bob, we hope we helped you make up your mind.

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