Hopefully by the time this goes live I should be staring at the smog in Los Angeles. I’m here to play Call Of Duty: Black Ops. More specifically, I’m here to have a go on its multiplayer.
I’m actually quite excited about this. Not because I’m a massive Call Of Duty fan – which I sort of am – but because on this trip I’m about to find out if Treyarch can compete with Infinity Ward. Whatever anyone says about this year’s COD instalment, there’s one irrefutable fact; thanks to Modern Warfare 2 breaking international sales records and “No Russian” putting the brand on the mainstream’s radar, the pressure is on Treyarch to really hit one out of the park. The way they can do this is by creating a fantastic multiplayer.
Let’s face it, MW2’s story was absolutely ridiculous. This isn’t to say it wasn’t fun and it didn’t have amazing set pieces and it wasn’t completely satisfying. It was all those things. But it also made all the seasons of 24 seem entirely plausible by comparison. Treyarch have gone for a campaign mode which, on the face of it, looks grounded in at least some semblance of reality. But no one bought MW2 for the campaign…
The multiplayer is where this battle is going to be won or lost, and unfortunately for Treyarch, COD fans will expect them to go one better than the current gold-standard (at least as far as shooters are concerned). I get to find out if they’ve done just that tomorrow.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on the hulking mascot of Black Ops. I should be staring at something like that in around 14 hours.