Last night, in the intimidating surroundings of Battersea Power Station, Call of Duty: Black Ops was launched amid huge media attention and player anticipation. The previous version of the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 earned over £1billion and was the biggest selling game ever on the Playstation3 and second highest seller on the Xbox 360. Black Ops is expected to outdo that.
The first-person shooter once again has single player, multiplayer and the ever popular online modes where gamers from around the world battle it out for supremacy in superbly detailed environments.
Black Ops is available from today and so far reviews have been overwhelmingly positive with only a small number of negative comments – Metacritic this afternoon rated the game at 90 for the Xbox version and 89 for the Playstaiton3. Black Ops is set during the Cold War era from 1960s onwards and sees you take part in a number of covert operations in a variety of scenarios from Russia to Vietnam.
Wager Match is a major new addition over previous versions of the Call of Duty franchise and four new multiplayer games called One in the Chamber, Sticks and Stones, Gun Game and Sharpshooter have been included. Wager Match is one of the most anticipated aspects of the first-person shooter and the trailer for this aspect alone has been watched online almost 8million times.
The game has seen a huge amount of anticipation among gamers around the globe and pre-orders for the game had reached record levels. Last night queues formed outside stores around the country as some stores opened in the early hours to accommodate players who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is available on the Nintendo Wii and DS, Playstation3, Xbox 360 and PC.