I just got my hands on Black Ops again. As if my way, I cruise through games in one or two playthroughs, then forget about them for half a year and end up only remembering key points, so replaying ends up being almost as fulfilling as the first playthrough.
And yeah, say what you will about Call of Duty as a whole... I personally think the hatred for CoD is overblown, I mean, peoples issues with it has nothing to do with the game, but the circumstances of it's release. Its becoming an unwitting poster child for the decline of ingenuity in games. That at least I get, but the Call of Duty games, if ya wanna play them in a cultural deprivation tank, are damned good. They don't do anything new, sure, but they do it well. I mean, you like the Grand Angus line at McDonalds, right? Thats just your tired old McDonalds burgers, buddy, but they made it tastier and bigger. Call of Duty is the Grand Angus of Shooters, and if your a gormand, of course your guna hate it, it's fast food >.>
They're solid shooters, with a decent story, and plenty of level variety. Honestly, almost every level of those games has a neat twist to it. Anyone complaining that the games are dull are fucking blind and lose any right they had to keep on praising Half Life 2, which has about the same level of variety (even if the games playtime beats it like a rented mule)
And Black Ops has gotta be one of the best CoD games so far o.O I mean, MW2 was kind of getting to the point where semi-realism was getting dropped, but Black Ops has gone right off the deep end and proceeded to stop giving fucks. And I love it. This is James Bond remake with Jason Stathom, thats how tits up insane its gotten, and perhaps by some devine joke, it has the best plot of the CoD games! Yes, the one CoD game that gives up any semblance of seriousness is the one with the most coherent and well told plot, and thats with FLASHBACKS WITHIN FLASHBACKS!
Though I will not defend the games way of getting you shot :/ it's excessive and annoying... every time a bullet hits you a big red mark obscures your screen and you lurch backwards. Do you know how annoying that is in the middle of a fight that has automatic weapons? It's like being beaten with 9 pound raw steaks.