Details from Activision's E3 2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Demo


No question, Activision is laying out the cash marketing Call of Duty: Black Ops. We’ve seen commercials during the NBA Finals (which the Lakers just won, making the traffic situation in downtown LA even worse), billboards everywhere, and even Activisionpalooza with Eminem performing live in front of a massive screen showing off the well-known soldier image from the game (pictured above).

In light of all this, I have to admit to being curious to see a little more gameplay from the upcoming Treyarch title. Today at E3, I got my chance to do just that. We were shown a portion of two levels in a closed-door event, but we weren’t able to ask any questions concerning them at that time.

First off, I’ll say that Black Ops is a good looking game. The environments look really good, with the jungle on the Payback mission being the most impressive so far. Much like Call of Duty: World at War, Treyarch has spent a lot of time on making the environments really feel like you would expect them to. The jungle on the Payback mission sways and is filled with undergrowth, while the snow covered areas of the WMD mission simply feel right.

The two levels we were shown were WMD and Payback. WMD tasks the player with infiltrating a USSR weapons plant in the Ural Mountains during the Cold War years. Payback is the familiar level shown in the trailers featuring the Hind-D helicopter, and set in Vietnam. The helicopter in Payback is something entirely new for Call of Duty, in that it is a vehicle that is not on rails. The player has complete control of the control stick and the weapons.

Since we were not able to ask any questions of the developers, we got very little new information out of the demo. However, we were able to see that Black Ops is at its heart still a Call of Duty game. There isn’t anything that looks entirely groundbreaking outside of the helicopter, but it does look like Black Ops will be a fun game to play through. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

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