Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Call of Duty: Black Ops REVIEW

Black Ops… everyone plays it, but not many people are good. This is an epidemic that is sweeping the world near its feet. Most people I know, with a few exceptions can even get a kill to death ratio of 1 or higher. I know I have a 0.45, which is terrible, in Modern Warfare 2. There is only one person that I actually can remember that is higher than a kill to death ratio of 1. This person has a kill to death ratio of 15.27 in Modern Warfare 2 which is mind blowing.

But anyways, let me get back to the main topic. Again, if you already forgot that main topic is Call of Duty: Black Ops. I do not own Call of Duty: Black Ops. I have been trying to borrow it from someone that I know; I will not point fingers at anyone. But this “reliable” source has been “forgetting to bring it”. Next time I see him, I will demand that he gives me back the game that he borrowed from me which is Assassin’s Creed 2.

I am completely off topic again. Probably the best map in Black Ops is firing range, for domination, or launch for team deathmatch. Yes I know that there are many mixed opinions about both these maps, but you have to admit that they are both really good maps.

However, on the other hand the map known as Jungle is probably the worst map in the game. There must be unanimous agreement on the fact that the map Jungle is terrible, it is literally impossible to get a kill, due to the fact that there are way too many camping spots in this map.

A medium good map is probably WMD. This is in part due to the fact that there are only one or two sniping spots in this whole entire map. Another medium good map is also Grid. The map itself was brilliantly created. This is probably the first and only time that I will say this but “hats off to the maker of this map”.

But the game play in this map is to say “like a needle in a haystack.” It is quite hard to get a grasp of the map.

The actual game play is, on a scale of One through Ten, probably in my opinion, an 8.5. The idea of COD points is a great idea. But a problem with it is you can never actually tell how many points you will be receiving after a finished match. For example, if you get a 1200 score, you might get only 700 cod points one time, but another time you might get 2000. It just is too hard to actually figure out how many you might get directly after the game finishes.

The game of Call of Duty: Black Ops, in my mind was a little bit rushed, if they had waited two to three months, they might have been able to get, maybe a perfect score from me.

Gameplay: 8.5 Graphics: 8 Multiplayer: 9.0 Single Player: 6.5 Overall: 8

Assassins Creed:Brotherhood REVIEW

Assassins Creed Brotherhood is a game that follows the lead that Assassins Creed 2 gave it. The game play is relatively similar between the two games. Assassins Creed Brotherhood’s story is shorter but, that is because of the time spent on the multiplayer. The story itself is a good story although the previous installment had a better story. The multiplayer is probably the most fun I have ever had since Modern Warfare: 2. The multiplayer is completely unique from all the other games, and that is why it is about one of the best. Throughout this review I will be pointing out the highs and lows of Assassins Creed Brotherhood.

First off, let’s start out with the game play. Although there are a few differences in this game with AC2, the game play is pretty much the same. The fight system has been changed, as you do not have to counter-kill everyone. After getting one kill, if you can attack fast enough, you can initiate a kill streak, which makes long battles a whole lot shorter. Another addition to this game is Borgia towers. When you destroy one, the shops in that district become open for purchase. An addition to this game is being able to have Assassin recruits. Along with being able to buy shops, when you burn a Borgia tower, you can recruit one more citizen. Then during a battle or when you need to assassinate someone, a press of a button will kill the people in the area, so the more you have the easier battles become.

*SPOILER* after the attack on Monteriggioni, you lose pretty much everything, including the ability to climb leap. Later in the game, you can buy gloves which allow you to do it once more. *SPOILER END*

The multiplayer is one of a kind. Unlike Black Ops, you actually do not shoot a gun in first person. In the multiplayer you are pretty much assigned a target to kill, while someone is assigned you. The way to win is to be patient and to kill without the target knowing you are there, which gives you max points, rather than just running up and killing him or her. As you level up you earn more perks such as disguises. During chases, there are chase breakers, which pretty much give you an escape.

There are a few glitches in this game. Sometimes there is overlapping audio, but that is very rare. However, during one mission, when I decided to swim even though it says not to swim for full synch, I fell straight through the water and could see Rome from underneath it. Most of the time the game runs flawless, other than those two glitches, which are extremely rare.

The graphics in this game are much better than the ones in AC2. The city of Rome was advertised to be 5 times bigger than Florence in AC2, and it is, if not bigger. Although you only get to stay in Rome, and for one mission you get to go to Viana, Spain, it is worth it. The viewpoints in this game are breathtaking when you synchronize them.

If you are a fan of Assassins Creed 2, then this game is 100% for you, but if you are not a fan of the series at all, then you should still get anyways because it is one of the best games of all time.

Overall, the follow-up to one of the best games ever, is, well, one of the best games ever on its own. Everything in this game is top-notch. Ubisoft has come out with another great game. Looking forward to Assassins Creed 3!

Game play: 9 Graphics: 9.25 Multiplayer: 9 Single player: 8.5 Overall: 8.9