Selling 5.6 million copies in 24 hours, Call of Duty: Black Ops has become the most successful entertainment launch in history. Not only did it beat out the previous first day sales record for a video game, topping Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which sold 4.7 million copies, it beat out first day box office sales of silver screen juggernauts like Avatar and Harry Potter.
I have always been a Call of Duty fan and developer Activision got a lot right in its newest release. The online multiplayer matches can be enjoyed by two players at once, via a split screen, which eliminates the hassle of having to hand off your controller and waiting while your buddy gets in a game of Death Match or Domination. Also, when your friend hops on your system to play they now have their own guest profile that they can set up and they can play how they choose without it wreaking havoc on your customized classes.
The challenge system in Black Ops has an interesting twist: Instead of completing challenges, you now have to purchase contracts that require you to complete a task within a certain amount of time in order to gain both money and experience points. This feature allows each player to customize their game and attempt challenges they’re skilled at. Additionally, it adds a little more pressure to each match to accomplish the goal in the required amount of time.
And then there’s the zombies. Who wouldn’t love mowing down a platoon of mindless zombies and hellhounds, given the chance? In this new Black Ops multiplayer mode, it is all about survival. Wave after wave of zombies attack your location and your job is to fend them off before they eat your brains. Good times.
In the campaign mode, you are transported back to the 1960s in the middle of the Cold War, with maps and spaces ranging from below ocean ice near Russia to the streets of Cuba. Assassination attempts on world leaders and secret plots keep you on your toes and beautiful cinematic cut scenes suck you into the world of Black Ops. The end of the game holds some cool secrets, but I will not spoil them here. I will say that there are some interesting Easter Eggs to find in the menu screen. Find them and you can play a classic Activision game.
It’s not hard to see why this game is crushing entertainment sales records and amassing a worldwide fan base, where 250,000 to 500,000 people are playing all over the world at any given time.