The First Game in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Series
- Genuinely engaging campaign mode story
- Has a range of multi-player game modes
- COD Points upgrade system is implemented well
- Vehicle-based sections are excellent
- Gameplay is more linear than in other COD titles
- Few major changes from its predecessors
- Occasional issues with lag in multi-player
- Campaign is only around six hours long
Single and Multi-Player
The single-player campaign mode is set between the years 1961 and 1968 and focuses on the Cold War. The player is put in control of protagonist Alex Mason, a special forces operative from the United States, and missions take place across a variety of locations, such as Cuba, Russia, Laos and Vietnam. Meanwhile, Call of Duty: Black Ops also offers a number of different online multi-player game modes, including Free For All, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.
An Engaging Experience
The game is not perfect, as the single player campaign mode is only around six hours in length, which is disappointing given it has one of the best plots in the entire series. Moreover, the core gameplay is not radically different from previous COD titles. With that being said, Black Ops does fine-tune several aspects, and the multi-player game modes will keep players busy for months, more than making up for the short campaign.