Today, I did something I didn’t think I would end up doing this year. Like millions of other gamers around the world, I went into a shop and bought Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Why is this strange? Well, it isn’t really, but up until today I’d managed to suppress any desire whatsoever to play Activision’s latest blockbuster. Not for any particular reason. Don’t get me wrong, there are countless reasons why any one person would wish to ignore both Activision and the Call of Duty franchise, but my reasons never became anymore complicated than “I can’t be arsed.” I just couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to play it, a feeling which didn’t really improve even when the game was sat – bought and paid for – on my desk at work. For some of the reasons outlined in my first article as a permanent writer at Tap, I have long since abandoned Modern Warfare 2 and never envisaged myself rushing back to the series anytime soon.
So why did I buy it? I don’t really know. I’m a sucker for good advertising, I’ll say that much, and part of me thinks I eventually caved in as some sort of warped obligation as a gamer. A bigger part of me however wants to think I did this simply for Treyarch. Cast aside as the second studio during the Infinity Ward glory years, Treyarch suddenly find themselves with a golden opportunity to step upto the primary developer plate. I also loved World at War probably more than I’ve loved a Call of Duty game since the PC original, and despite a heap of bad press just for being Treyarch, I thought it featured a better single player than either of Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare outings. What little intrigue I have for Black Ops is founded upon these foundations and these foundations alone.
I’ve played it a little, extending to a solitary campaign mission and about 10 minutes of multiplayer, so I won’t be judging the game just yet. No doubt I’ll follow this up with a First Impressions over the coming days. Unless the game leads me to Modern Warfare 2 levels of frustration first, that is.
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