By Skald 5 Comments
Well, Black Ops is alright. I mean everything here is so... by-the-numbers. At least, that's what I thought as of 12AM today. What happened just after that was no less than amazing.
I spent yesterday playing a whole cocktail of game modes. A bit of campaign here, a bit of zombies there and a long stretch of multiplayer in between the two. I tried bots, I tried Xbox Live, I even tried local. Everything was par for the course. I put in the code to get Zork, Five and Dead Ops Arcade, and I thought those were cool additions to the game, even though they're all pretty easter egg-ish. In general, I was having fun, but it was such an average experience. Hadn't I done this exact same thing every year for the last three years? When Treyarch took COD4's engine and some of it's assets, the thing that prevented it from being an entirely stale experience was the addition of a zombie survival mode and a multiplayer rife with flamethrowers, dogs and drum magazines.
And that's when I fired up multiplayer same as ever, with one difference: instead of player match, I went to wager match. Why? I don't know. I chose the room with the lowest buy-in. (10 COD points to get in, with 30 points going to the winner) I know what you're thinking: that's really stupid, 20 minutes to get AT MOST 20 COD points? That's very obviously a waste of time. Why would you do it?
Well, it's fun, and the lower betting rooms are safer and less competitive.
Now, I know I won't win you all over with this blog post, but for anyone who's interest I may have piqued, try Gun Game. More than any other mode, Gun Game gives you a hilarious competitive experience. For those that don't know, players in Gun Game start with revolvers, and for every kill they move up a level, and every new level, they get a new gun. There are no grenades or sidearms, so you have to use gun that you're given. Being killed by a melee attack or suiciding yourself brings you back down a grade. The optimal Gun Game match takes place on Nuketown or WMD, so if you get those levels, vote for them.
Also, if you have an Xbox 360, get Scott Pilgrim while it's five bucks. PS3 users: it's still $10 bucks on the PS Store, but it's definitely worth that anyway. I'm already rocking the Knives Chau/Dodgeball DLC pack. Great downloadable game, definitely my favourite of the year. Try the demo if you're unsure.