Call of Duty: Black Ops Updated Impressions

Treyarch's upcoming military shooter opens up Microsoft's E3 2010 press conference, and we've got the details

Microsoft opened up its 2010 E3 press conference with a bang; multiple explosions, in fact, thanks to a look at a demo of Treyarch's upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops. The two-part demo gave us a taste of the dramatic swings in mood and action for Black Ops, which puts the action on so-called military "deniable ops."

The demo level took place in what looked to be a South Asian jungle, and the opening portion featured some tunnel action--with the player crawling through a series of claustrophobia-inducing tunnels and encountering a series of close-quarters encounters along the way. Eventually, the soldiers made their way out of the tunnels and encountered an open encampment, full of enemy soldiers and heavy equipment like tanks and, most importantly, a Hind helicopter.

After popping a few grenades to create some destruction (and distraction), the player ran down into the clearing, dealt with the remaining enemies, and headed off to commandeer the Hind. You and your copilot take off and are greeted by the gorgeous jungle environments. Unfortunately, you've got no time to enjoy the scenery because you'll be beset by enemy fire as you wind your way around a river bed. The Hind is armed with missiles and a wicked machine gun cannon on its nose, and you'll put both to good use in your escape, taking out bridges, antiaircraft positions, enemy helicopters, and, finally, what looks to be an oil pipeline.

To say the least, the resulting explosions from all this rampant destruction were visually impressive, as were some of the close calls the helicopter managed during enemy missile strikes. The mix of gritty in-your-face combat on the ground and exciting action sequences in the air also made an impression, and we can't wait to get our hands on Black Ops later this week to see how Treyarch's latest game is coming along.

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53 comments
piyush18
piyush18

Wow.... thats awesome man.. Really want this one. It will be faaar better than MW2. In my sense COD is back again....

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

Get my drift? Oh yeah, add gore, makes it more realistic.

Gammet25
Gammet25

My expectations arent extremely high for a game thats gonna offer weapons and tools from around 1985. Although some stuff they've shown are so not from that era.

barrier100
barrier100

it cant be worse than MW2 so give the game a chance

schawnneo
schawnneo

Not half bad. but it doesn't change my attitude towards Activision.

FlashHawk79
FlashHawk79

@100stars: You can't be serious. Define "path of destruction". Do it now, or your post is utterly pointless.

Sticker704
Sticker704

Since Modern Warefare 1, it's just been the same old same old with a few features added in. Similer multiplayer, the campaign has boring objectives, either to advance or defend. This is the reason I'm not getting the game.

YamiDawn
YamiDawn

@aaron Im sure body decals were removed from MW2 for performance purposes. Either that or the devs didnt find it too appealing to see people shoot dead players on the floor just to see what kind of mess they could make. Yea, I hope they expand on the gritty tone they set with WaW. I found the game to be a lot more engaging when you rush through a narrow hallway to place a bomb, only to find that the man taking point gets blown in half by a Betty. Kinda gets to you though. *shudder*

100starz
100starz

Treyarch made the last good call of duty game, and I trust them to save call of duty from the path of destruction infinity ward set it on.

Vrygar777
Vrygar777

All i'm saying is that if Treyarch makes another nazi zombies type mode, and decent multiplayer, Black Ops will be a lot funner than MW2.

MKFighter19
MKFighter19

i hope this game has as much cuztimation as modern warfare 2

snake8304
snake8304

As a Call of duty fan i had always see tha Infinity ward make better Cod games than Treyarch, so Treyarch is obliged to create a COD game as Good as MW2 or better,otherwise they will be doomed.

ulrich84
ulrich84

There screw up a lot at World at War MP... hopefully this time they improve it. Otherwise IW will still rule the COD.

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

Treyarch has alot of potential with this. I hope the campaign is long like halflife or at least as long as COD2. MW2 was lame how people who get blown up by grenades fall with out a mark on them. And when dumping a clip of a Glock-18 in somebodies face i see there face as clean as day with no holes in it. This game will be gritty from what I can tell so far and it has the potential to beat every fps out there.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

Looks like this will be way better then MW2, MW2 is good but its so overrated

NathanDrake22
NathanDrake22

Its gonna blow MW2 out the water. The environments look better in terms of design and setting than mw2 and it should have similar multiplayer. The whole atmosphere of desperation that I got from the e3 trailer really adds a lot of value for me. Cant wait.

Hellavionx
Hellavionx

I hope they will do the great job as they always do,but if they mess up i really dont know what else i will play than cod titles

ShortCutToHell
ShortCutToHell

Sounds good. Looks like this year will be another fight between shooters. So many shooters.

raphaeljoash
raphaeljoash

So let me get this straight we're getting vehicles and destruction?

takreem95
takreem95

Sir Brian just typed, "headed off to commandeer the Hind" and "taking out bridges, antiaircraft positions, enemy helicopters, and, finally, what looks to be an oil pipeline." IT MEANS WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET actually INTO A VEHICLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CoD HISTORY! Ok, maybe not, CoD 3 had some vehicle missions. But the second sentence, IT MEANS Treyarch awakened their minds AND ARE NOW MAKING A DESTRUCTION ENGINE JUST LIKE DICE's FrostBite!!!

BetardxFoosier
BetardxFoosier

The single player looks good, as usual. I just hope the multiplayer isn't overdone like MW2. I'd prefer a more simple multiplayer experience than having to do unlocks, have people end the game with cheap nukes and the like. Just isn't fun to me.

taino1128
taino1128

@Packgator Which ever one has better combo of good storyline and better class system in mp.

Packgator
Packgator

MoH vs CoD: BO! Who will win??? I guess we have to wait till both are out....

jogunther
jogunther

I agree both of the new games look really good. Its going to be gameplay for the win this time around. Guess we'll see

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Im more excited about MoH, and both are very similar.

siarhei
siarhei

No Vietnamese zombies, Treyarch!

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Treyarch doesn't break it's arm, patting itself on the back or sneak around trying to undermine the company that funds it's projects. They don't want to be rock stars or industry celebs. They just want to make the best CoD games ever made and that's exactly what they do.

360player_eq12
360player_eq12

was that the first time the guy playing the demo has ever played an fps?

SirMordredX
SirMordredX

@dylan417 Best joke eva! Wait...you're serious aren't you...lolz you forgot about "cough cough" kinect "cough"...

BulletsnOctane
BulletsnOctane

My mind has been changed. This game looks like a blast (so far).

chtgamer
chtgamer

CoD4 was the best and anything else after it is just the clones

345tom
345tom

@dylan417, They opened with a multi-platform game yeh, but then added that we get everything about it first... BOO to gamespot though, crapped out on their E3 showing, watched it on E3's youtube, live feed and stuff.

Chinn3rs
Chinn3rs

Looking really good Treyarch!

NavIGOtoR25
NavIGOtoR25

Black Ops amazed, but is it really cooler than MW2?

knifenkill
knifenkill

It was freakin rambo! looks great

dylan417
dylan417

I love how Microsoft opened up with a multiplatform game, this shows that all they have to show is Gears 3 and Halo Reach. Sony on the other hand...

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

This game looked great! The E3 demo was badass! I think I may get this for my PS3!