Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (PS Vita) First Review

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#1 Posted by charizard1605 (56297 posts) -

The PS Vita's next savior in line, after the commercial failure of games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, and Gravity Rush, and the critical and commercial failure of games like Resistance: Burning Skies, and Assassin's Creed Liberation, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is here.

How does it stack up?

:lol:

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified is a cynical, half-baked, tired little mess of a game, and Activision knows it. We didn't get a review copy of the game in before launch, or even on launch day. We had to go out and buy our own copy such is the entertainment giant's faith in it.

I'm glad we did, because hopefully we'll save a few potential punters from squandering their hard-earned money on this garbage. You'll need to be the world's biggest fan of the series to derive any enjoyment from this lazy first person shooter offering.

...It's not difficult in the slightest, missions are short, and if you're a seasoned Call of Duty player, you can probably beat the entire story mode in forty five minutes. However, the game attempts to counter this by being brutally unforgiving in certain spots, usually by adding hostages or a timer.

...If you thought that was bad, then perhaps the multiplayer is the worst offender. Though - criminally - only on a technical level. Which is to say: I spent two hours trying to play this aspect of the game, and managed to get in only five matches in that time. Declassified just doesn't want you to enjoy its online. Ever.

Random boots from games in progress, connections getting lost, the game hanging indefinitely and even one spectacular GPU crash that brought up a debug screen. All things I spent my time doing instead of blasting randoms in the face.

Yep, Declassifed manages to fail here so badly that I managed to see its secret inner workings if only for a second before my device hard locked and needed a full reboot.

...Everything about Declassified is a massive middle finger to the fans. It's a £45.00 mistake for you to make this Christmas, driven to purchase it on a wave of excitement from Black Ops II on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.

It serves no purpose but to frustrate and annoy, with lacking single player, little use of the potentially fascinating BLOPS universe, and almost totally broken multiplayer. PocketGamer

SCORE: 4/10

SOURCE

Next up in line, Killzone Mercenary and Persona 4 Golden... both of which, thankfully, look awesome. But for now, the Vita is toast.

#2 Posted by FlamesOfGrey (7509 posts) -
Well no one was expecting anything from this game when they found out Nihilistic was beyond it and there was zero hype at least. Persona 4 and Playstation All Stars Battle Royale next week will be good for the Vita.
#3 Posted by Cherokee_Jack (32198 posts) -
Finalstar's reluctant apologism for this game should be amusing.
Next up in line, Killzone Liberationcharizard1605
That's a PSP game dude.
#4 Posted by Meeeper282 (1602 posts) -

Score?

#5 Posted by Xaero_Gravity (8715 posts) -
R.I.P. 3DS. You had a good run.
#6 Posted by charizard1605 (56297 posts) -

Finalstar's reluctant apologism for this game should be amusing. [QUOTE="charizard1605"]Next up in line, Killzone LiberationCherokee_Jack
That's a PSP game dude.

Huh. Wasn't that Retribution?

EDIT: Never mind, that was the name of the PSP Resistance game.

So what's the Vita Killzone game called? :o

#7 Posted by Jonwh18 (9350 posts) -

DOOMED, DOOMED I SAY

#8 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26380 posts) -

liberation critical flop? game got pretty good scores to mixed ones.

#9 Posted by Cherokee_Jack (32198 posts) -

[QUOTE="Cherokee_Jack"]Finalstar's reluctant apologism for this game should be amusing. [QUOTE="charizard1605"]Next up in line, Killzone Liberationcharizard1605
That's a PSP game dude.

Huh. Wasn't that Retribution?

That's a Resistance game dude.

Not that I blame you for mixing them up because Sony apparently got them all from The Big Book of Generic Subtitles.

The Vita game is called Killzone Mercenary.

#10 Posted by FlamesOfGrey (7509 posts) -

[QUOTE="Cherokee_Jack"]Finalstar's reluctant apologism for this game should be amusing. [QUOTE="charizard1605"]Next up in line, Killzone Liberationcharizard1605

That's a PSP game dude.

Huh. Wasn't that Retribution?

EDIT: Never mind, that was the name of the PSP Resistance game.

So what's the Vita Killzone game called? :o

Killzone Mercenary and I expect good things from it because despite what people think Guerila made a two great games in Killzone 2 & 3 (The scores reflect such as well). The PS Vita is capable of a good FPS. It just had a **** developer for it's first two offerings.
#11 Posted by TheDidact (3981 posts) -
[QUOTE="Cherokee_Jack"]Finalstar's reluctant apologism for this game should be amusing.
Next up in line, Killzone Liberationcharizard1605
That's a PSP game dude.

Vita haz no gaems. And what did you all think would happen? It's Nihlistic. Have any of you ever played PS Move Heroes?
#12 Posted by Seabas989 (10136 posts) -

Ouch. SO Red Steel 1 > COD:BO Declassified? :P

#13 Posted by BPoole96 (22785 posts) -

This was the Sony's one shot to have the casuals hop on board with the Vita, and they blew it.

#14 Posted by charizard1605 (56297 posts) -
[QUOTE="Cherokee_Jack"]That's a Resistance game dude. Not that I blame you for mixing them up because Sony apparently got them all from The Big Book of Generic Subtitles.

Yeah... Retribution, Liberation, Ascension... who comes up with these names? :? [QUOTE="FlamesOfGrey"] Killzone Mercenary and I expect good things from it because despite what people think Guerila made a two great games in Killzone 2 & 3 (The scores reflect such as well). The PS Vita is capable of a good FPS. It just had a **** developer for it's first two offerings.

Guerilla is a capable developer, so I hope they finally do the Vita justice.
#15 Posted by LittleMac19 (1638 posts) -
This is going to move some Vita, book it! *laughs*
#16 Posted by charizard1605 (56297 posts) -

This was the Sony's one shot to have the casuals hop on board with the Vita, and they blew it.

BPoole96
I mean, it would have been had the casuals: a) Known this game existed b) Known the Vita existed
#17 Posted by Cherokee_Jack (32198 posts) -

Killzone Mercenary and I expect good things from it because despite what people think Guerila made a two great games in Killzone 2 & 3 (The scores reflect such as well).FlamesOfGrey

It's not a Guerilla game, Sony Cambridge is making it. With help from Guerilla, but Uncharted GA was the same situation.

#18 Posted by FlamesOfGrey (7509 posts) -
[QUOTE="FlamesOfGrey"]Killzone Mercenary and I expect good things from it because despite what people think Guerila made a two great games in Killzone 2 & 3 (The scores reflect such as well).Cherokee_Jack
It's not a Guerilla game, Sony Cambridge is making it.

Yes, but Guerilla are helping with the development of the game.
#19 Posted by senses_fail_06 (6735 posts) -

This was the Sony's one shot to have the casuals hop on board with the Vita, and they blew it.

BPoole96
Yeah, because all the casuals go to metacritic and check out the reviews...oh wait.
#20 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26380 posts) -

This was the Sony's one shot to have the casuals hop on board with the Vita, and they blew it.

BPoole96

if it was advertised well it would have sold. Theres been zero advertisment. I mean people bought MW2 and that game is a piece of crap.

#21 Posted by sSubZerOo (43098 posts) -

This was the Sony's one shot to have the casuals hop on board with the Vita, and they blew it.

BPoole96

They lost that demographic (and pretty much any one elses who is not a huge handheld/sony fan) when they shipped the device at $250 and not come with a memory chip.. A memory chip I might add that can only be bought from Sony for 2 to 3 times the price of a usual SD chip.. Probably one of the largest **** hole moves I have seen by any of the console makers in a long time. AT those prices and limitations I would rather get something like a Nexus 7 tablet..

#22 Posted by BPoole96 (22785 posts) -

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

This was the Sony's one shot to have the casuals hop on board with the Vita, and they blew it.

charizard1605

I mean, it would have been had the casuals: a) Known this game existed b) Known the Vita existed

That's true. Most people probably don't even know what a Vita is. It has yet to get a killer app to make it relevent

#23 Posted by BPoole96 (22785 posts) -

[QUOTE="BPoole96"]

This was the Sony's one shot to have the casuals hop on board with the Vita, and they blew it.

senses_fail_06

Yeah, because all the casuals go to metacritic and check out the reviews...oh wait.

They probably do. They probably go on MC, look at the number, and determine whether or not they'll buy the game. This is even more so for the one's who do not own a Vita. Just because they aren't really into gaming like most of us here are doesn't mean they're complete imbeciles and go out and fork over $300+ without even looking up a review of what it is they're buying.

#24 Posted by hummer700 (10171 posts) -
no surprise. I really wish the Vita could at least play PSN games. How sweet would that be??
#25 Posted by Samus3D (1675 posts) -

"just wait until AC3 Liberation... It's going to save the Vita!'

*Comes out... Flops

AC3 is turd on consoles what makes you think it'll be better on Vita?

"just wait for CoD BO!"

*Comes out... Flops

What's next, seriously? For the next 5 months what's next?

#26 Posted by charizard1605 (56297 posts) -

"just wait until AC3 Liberation... It's going to save the Vita!'

*Comes out... Flops

AC3 is turd on consoles what makes you think it'll be better on Vita?

"just wait for CoD BO!"

*Comes out... Flops

What's next, seriously? For the next 5 months what's next?

Samus3D
Persona 4 Golden, that game at least is going to be awesome.
#27 Posted by Samus3D (1675 posts) -
[QUOTE="Samus3D"]

"just wait until AC3 Liberation... It's going to save the Vita!'

*Comes out... Flops

AC3 is turd on consoles what makes you think it'll be better on Vita?

"just wait for CoD BO!"

*Comes out... Flops

What's next, seriously? For the next 5 months what's next?

charizard1605
Persona 4 Golden, that game at least is going to be awesome.

Woooooo, LOL.
#28 Posted by game_masta14 (3251 posts) -

"just wait until AC3 Liberation... It's going to save the Vita!'

*Comes out... Flops

AC3 is turd on consoles what makes you think it'll be better on Vita?

"just wait for CoD BO!"

*Comes out... Flops

What's next, seriously? For the next 5 months what's next?

Samus3D
No one counted on BLOPS Declassified anymore after the dev was revealed. Well there's always PSABR and Persona 4 Golden which is impossible to really flop unless they secretly hated the first version of it since this is an enhanced and extended port.
#29 Posted by Samus3D (1675 posts) -
Playstation All Stars and Persona 4... Yay?
#30 Posted by game_masta14 (3251 posts) -
Playstation All Stars and Persona 4... Yay? Samus3D
In terms of 2012 yeah (though there's also Ratchet and Clank FFA). In 2013 there's SLy 4 and Soul Sacrifice. When GS will give Vita it's due, who knows cause I sure don't but you know they won't ever.
#31 Posted by tagyhag (15867 posts) -
"We didn't get a review copy of the game in before launch, or even on launch day. We had to go out and buy our own copy such is the entertainment giant's faith in it." Well that explains the lack of 9-10.
#32 Posted by StrongDeadlift (5149 posts) -

Honestly, god damn. Sony needs to just discontinue the Vita and pretend it never happened. I cant understand for the life of me, whenever Sony f*cks up, they stubbornly stand BY their f*ckups. Like Sony saying that Vita sales are "exceeding expectations" ( :lol: ) , or implying that they are proud and have no regrets of where they stand with the PS3. ( :lol: ).

Its like they are afraid to face the shame of admitting they were wrong, like they will get picked on or something. So instead they continue to torture themselves (and gamble with thousands of families livelihoods) and pretend that everything is going according to plan, while the company is running on fumes. All out of their ignorant pride.

You notice when Nintendo f*cked up with the 3DS, they IMMEDIATELY took responsibility, admitted fault, and rectified it. They didnt continue to support the Virtual Boy either. MS didnt continue to support the original Xbox when it failed. Whenever Sony f*cks up, they always pretend like thats what they MEANT to do,. They are right and EVERYBODY ELSE is wrong.

I will give it to Sony, they do have one thing: Consistancy. They have the consistancy to do the same thing OVER AND OVER, with the SAME outcome every time,and it continues not to work.

#33 Posted by Seabas989 (10136 posts) -

All I know is Persona 4 golden will be awesome.

Too bad it's on a system that's in serious trouble.

#34 Posted by SpinoRaptor24 (9996 posts) -
It looked like garbage to begin with.
#35 Posted by game_masta14 (3251 posts) -

Honestly, god damn. Sony needs to just discontinue the Vita and pretend it never happened. I cant understand for the life of me, whenever Sony f*cks up, they stubbornly stand BY their f*ckups. Like Sony saying that Vita sales are "exceeding expectations" ( :lol: ) , or implying that they are proud and have no regrets of where they stand with the PS3. ( :lol: ).

Its like they are afraid to face the shame of admitting they were wrong, like they will get picked on or something. So instead they continue to torture themselves (and gamble with thousands of families livelihoods) and pretend that everything is going according to plan, while the company is running on fumes. All out of their ignorant pride.

You notice when Nintendo f*cked up with the 3DS, they IMMEDIATELY took responsibility, admitted fault, and rectified it. They didnt continue to support the Virtual Boy either. MS didnt continue to support the original Xbox when it failed. Whenever Sony f*cks up, they always pretend like thats what they MEANT to do,. They are right and EVERYBODY ELSE is wrong.

I will give it to Sony, they do have one thing: Consistancy. They have the consistancy to do the same thing OVER AND OVER, with the SAME outcome every time,and it continues not to work.

StrongDeadlift

What do you expect them to do? Come out and say, "You know what, we're discontinuing the Vita. Sorry buyers, you now have a $250+ brick in your house. Enjoy!" ? Do you know how bad that would look? In fact, if they did that that would be the end of them. Stocks gonna drop, **** gonna crash and when they asked who suggested to do this, just know

#36 Posted by dragonfly110 (27062 posts) -

I wasn't expecting much out of this anyways, honestly the only game for Vita so far that truly disappointed me was Gravity Rush. I'm not saying everything else was great, it just fell exactly where I predicted it would.

#37 Posted by Blazerdt47 (5661 posts) -

So basically it's full of technical issues. Surely something a patch will fix.

#38 Posted by ms555 (2660 posts) -
Next "savior" in line??? Was lbp vita apparently a flop?!
#39 Posted by Blake135 (3994 posts) -

Next "savior" in line??? Was lbp vita apparently a flop?!ms555

LBP Vita has been said by Critics to be more of the same but the best LBP game so far, plus the Vita's features are used well. I believe its a ...88 or 89 of Meta ? so not bad. WHile LBP was good it won't bring in buyers like COD would have.

#40 Posted by Cherokee_Jack (32198 posts) -

The presentation of their narratives is bewildering, jumping from character to character, not explaining fully where or when they are, or what they're up to in the individual missions - let alone why you should care.

[...]

Maybe there's some greater canonical tie-in, but taken as a separate title outside of the two home console releases you'd be hard pressed to find anything that even tangentially links the seemingly disparate events that make upDeclassified.

[...]

It's not difficult in the slightest, missions are short, and if you're a seasonedCall of Dutyplayer, you can probably beat the entire story mode in forty five minutes.

[...]

There are none of the spectacular set pieces the series is known for, just section after section of totally adequate, completely phoned-in shooty shooty action.Also, the analogue sticks are too twitchy by default, so you'll spend time lowering the sensitivity until you get things just right.

And there are some touchscreen shenanigans thrown in for no discernible reason. To throw a grenade you tap and hold the ever present grenade icon on the cluttered UI, drag to where you want to aim, and release.This requires you to stop in the middle of a fire fight, take your thumb off of the right stick (which controls where you're looking) and faff about smudging the screen with your index finger to hurtle the explosive.

Enemies react in almost the same way each time you tackle a section. This pop-up behaviour has been the same in most of the series, but the generous checkpointing of Infinity Ward's games means it's normally not noticeable.Not so inDeclassified. If you die then it's back to the start of the mission to do everything again same enemy movements, same guns, same tactics, same embarrassing hackneyed voice acting. If you thought home consoleCoDwas linear, you ought to playDeclassified.Review

Surely something a patch will fix.

Blazerdt47

Surely.

And surely when/if the MP works, it will exhibit the same quality workmanship as the campaign.

#41 Posted by ms555 (2660 posts) -

[QUOTE="ms555"]Next "savior" in line??? Was lbp vita apparently a flop?!Blake135

LBP Vita has been said by Critics to be more of the same but the best LBP game so far, plus the Vita's features are used well.

Exactly. So idk tho why people are busy still wondering when vita gets a flagship title, if obviously lbp vita has fulfilled that role! The reviews have stressed the marriage between lbp and vita is the best thing that ever happened to both of them!
#42 Posted by super600 (30406 posts) -

You can probably beat the campaign mode in 45 minutes.:lol:

This game must have the shortest FPS campaign ever.

#43 Posted by platniumgamer (4087 posts) -

I guess it wasn't a good 45 minutes :lol:

#44 Posted by dragonfly110 (27062 posts) -

You can probably beat the campaign mode in 45 minutes.:lol:

This game must have the shortest FPS campaign ever.

super600

false

http://www.giantbomb.com/duty-calls-the-calm-before-the-storm/61-34081/

#45 Posted by super600 (30406 posts) -

[QUOTE="super600"]

You can probably beat the campaign mode in 45 minutes.:lol:

This game must have the shortest FPS campaign ever.

dragonfly110

false

http://www.giantbomb.com/duty-calls-the-calm-before-the-storm/61-34081/

Not including that parody web game.

#46 Posted by silversix_ (14129 posts) -
a 4/10 is what i'd rate Vita. What waste of invention.
#47 Posted by dragonfly110 (27062 posts) -

[QUOTE="dragonfly110"]

[QUOTE="super600"]

You can probably beat the campaign mode in 45 minutes.:lol:

This game must have the shortest FPS campaign ever.

super600

false

http://www.giantbomb.com/duty-calls-the-calm-before-the-storm/61-34081/

Not including that parody web game.

Why would you not want to include such a wonderful work of art?

#48 Posted by yonnex (1265 posts) -

I have been playing Black Ops Vita for a few hours and its actually pretty good. Its more focus on online gameplay. Although its 4 x 4 the maps are not large and its actually fun

#49 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26380 posts) -

Honestly, god damn. Sony needs to just discontinue the Vita and pretend it never happened. I cant understand for the life of me, whenever Sony f*cks up, they stubbornly stand BY their f*ckups. Like Sony saying that Vita sales are "exceeding expectations" ( :lol: ) , or implying that they are proud and have no regrets of where they stand with the PS3. ( :lol: ).

Its like they are afraid to face the shame of admitting they were wrong, like they will get picked on or something. So instead they continue to torture themselves (and gamble with thousands of families livelihoods) and pretend that everything is going according to plan, while the company is running on fumes. All out of their ignorant pride.

You notice when Nintendo f*cked up with the 3DS, they IMMEDIATELY took responsibility, admitted fault, and rectified it. They didnt continue to support the Virtual Boy either. MS didnt continue to support the original Xbox when it failed. Whenever Sony f*cks up, they always pretend like thats what they MEANT to do,. They are right and EVERYBODY ELSE is wrong.

I will give it to Sony, they do have one thing: Consistancy. They have the consistancy to do the same thing OVER AND OVER, with the SAME outcome every time,and it continues not to work.

StrongDeadlift

yup discountinue a system cause its not getting 9 games left and right. I have the system I think its a good handheld and so far I played liberation and it was a good game. Im also looking forward to playing uncahrted, gravity rush, ragnorok odyesse, persona 4 ys when ever it comes over and others.

#50 Posted by finalfantasy94 (26380 posts) -

"just wait until AC3 Liberation... It's going to save the Vita!'

*Comes out... Flops

AC3 is turd on consoles what makes you think it'll be better on Vita?

"just wait for CoD BO!"

*Comes out... Flops

What's next, seriously? For the next 5 months what's next?

Samus3D

did you play liberations? I did and it was a good game. Nothing mind blowing but good. If you wanna play the score game then it did score well on other sites.