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