Call Of Duty: Black Ops Reveals Multiplayer

Snowy white ops more like.

Last night saw some new information about Call Of Duty: Black Ops appearing, along with a selection of new trailers. Formerly “the one in-between the Modern Warfare games”, this title is presumably of an awful lot more importance since the Infinity Ward debacle. Most importantly, last night Treyarch revealed the multiplayer mode for the game.

So amongst the new is the offline bot mode, Combat Training. You’ve got a new in-game currency, COD Points, that let you buy new bits and bobs with pretend-o-cash earned as you play, and can be gambled in Wager matches. Ooh, they sound interesting. This is available in four new game modes, being One In The Chamber (one bullet in your gun, and three lives), Gun Game (where you must progress through all the available weapons), Sharp Shooter (everyone gets the same randomly selected weapon for a period of time, which will change throughout the match) and Sticks And Stones (melee and thrown weapons only). The top three players will make money in a game – much like a 10-seater sit-and-go poker game, I suppose. In fact, if you want to learn about that bit, watch this bit.

You can see another montage of these game modes running here:

I love the idea that this is how black ops work, all furiously racing around an industrial complex.

And finally, here’s a montage of the Team Deathmatch mode:

The game is due out on the 9th November this year, and will likely be a whopping Christmas seller. Although perhaps not quite the explosion that saw most other games delaying into the following year when threatened with last year’s Modern Warfare 2.


  1. xxx says:

    who cares

    • robrob says:

      John Walker cares. John Walker cares so hard.

    • rocketman71 says:

      I don’t, except for the fact that this HAS dedis.

    • Tei says:


      300 spartans made this game… wait not… 300 troyans.

      different movie.

    • rocketman71 says:

      MP details:

      there are no public server files

      My interest in this game went from 0.01 to 0. Another year not buying from Acti. Fuck Kotick.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      I can’t even watch a CoD multi video after playing TF2 and BC2. I honestly dunno how it’s such a popular multiplayer series when there are so many better options out there.

  2. Sacred_flame101 says:

    My interest in this has risen slightly ( from not giving a damn to being slightly interested) at the mention of some of the game modes but I am still unlikely to buy it.

  3. HurfDurf says:

    Still just looks like MW2 with extra shiny

    • Mashakosha says:

      On the contrary, there seems to be less shiny, but more stuff. And let’s be honest, what else can you do with a CoD game except add and change stuff?

    • lumpi says:

      Don’t really see the extra shiny. Where is it?

  4. Mike says:

    I feel compelled to comment and vent my frustration at CoD Mod 2. It deserved nothing, the game was shit. It scored too highly in most magazines and sites in my opinion. In everybody elses opinion too it seems. Although are the type of people that visit metacritic there to vote it down? And magazines/sites dont know how bad the multiplayer is going to get when they review it before 1 million players get their hands on it eh?

    Anyway, the multiplayer is still a shambles almost a year on what with the hacked servers, no servers, hackers and plain gameplay unbalance and by extension, lack of fun. CodMod2 is a butt of jokes in my circle of friends now. “Feel like raging on CodMod2 for a bit?” Its the game we play if we want to get really really angry and frustrated for whatever reason. Were masochists.

    In conclusion, ive got to say…Black Ops could be very very good. I get this tingling feeling every time I see it now that Treyarch are going to blow everybody out of the water. They have to after the taste MW2 left in my mouth. Id have paid £15 for the singleplayer at most and not a dime for the multiplayer.

    Come on Treyarch, you can do it…

    • Daave says:

      That’s a little harsh. The single player was forgettable but the multiplayer was good for a few months. It just suffered from some non-gameplay issues and gradual decline in fun as it became more and more annoying to get killed by knifers or shotguns or whatever.

    • Walsh says:

      The decline was the rampant cheating, including helicopter aimbot nonsense. I’ve never wanted to punch so many people in the neck in my life.

    • dethtoll says:

      I must be the only person who enjoyed MW2’s singleplayer more than I’d planned to.

  5. stahlwerk says:

    You’ve bankrupted the enemy!”

    Sign o’ the times, folks, sign o’ the times.

  6. Lu-Tze says:

    I like how they didn’t even bother changing the name from “Gun Game” when ripping off the Counterstrike mod.

    • SanguineAngel says:

      well in fairness, that’s a bit harsh. It is almost certainly taken from that mod and, rightly in my opinion, retains the name. That way it is instantly recognisable and also, hopefully, credits the orginal mod and not attempting to pass it off as their own idea.

      Mods frequently coin phrases that are later adopted by the industry as a whole.

    • medwards says:

      Then they should credit the source instead of claiming that the idea “came from their community.” Which is utter horse shit.

      Vanilla gungame is a bit punishing anyways, I always preferred to go from best guns to worst guns. Put a bit of a handicap on progression that didn’t feel terribly artificial. We ended on the nade, which in CS wasn’t quite enough to kill you so things could get pretty hilarious.

    • Kadayi says:

      Gungame is great esp when you go down to the knife or nade. ;)

    • Alexander Norris says:

      Reverse gungame is indeed superior. Hopefully, it’ll be modded in within a week of the SDK release since gungame is already in and all they need to do is reverse the order.

    • ShiroGamer says:

      @ Ansob, I kind of have a bad feeling about this whole “open the game to modding” thing
      They said at this event that the dedis will be same as BC2’s and will have one provider as its only provider
      and I am quite sure you cant do mods if you don’t have the server files,
      I fear it will be used for SP then :(

    • Ghiest says:

      Action quake had a version of gun game before even Counterstrike did so, meh well it doesn’t really matter.

      As for black ops
      Steam only – Strike one (not that I am anti-steam but it can be a real pain some times)
      VAC – Strike two, not only did they fail miserably at protecting Mw2 they randomly ban 30k people for no reason and it’s so easy to hack even 10 year olds can do it.
      Rented only Dedicated servers – Strike three you’re outta here. Take a good concept and total wreck it, it’s MW2 all over again so much for being in favour of the PC you are pretty much hobbling it at every turn. I smell activisions grubby little hands on wanting to get more cash out of it.

  7. ChaK_ says:

    sharp shooter looks alright fun

  8. Alexander Norris says:

    I’m hoping against all hope that this is going to be what MW2 looked like it would be before the surreptitious IWnet announcement and the reality of what the game actually turned out like – a better balanced, prettier CoD4 with more toys and less grenade spam.

    Treyarch have already confirmed they plan on releasing development tools at some point (and “confirmed the inclusion of developer console” – the fact that this is something you need to confirm is fucking depressing), but I’m waiting to hear on two things before I consider buying it – whether or not the confirmed developer tools will actually contain mapping tools (a probable sign that Treyarch intends not to try to rip people off with DLC, unlike IW) and any last minute surprises by Kotick, especially along the lines of “surprise! Monthly fees.”

    • Mike says:

      If Kotick pulls anything like that then he can suck a- (5 minutes of expletives omitted)

    • Radiant says:

      Surprise! Buy in game currency?

    • Alexander Norris says:

      This seems to be “surprise! Accumulate in-game currency in-game and redeem them in-game for camo skins rather than having to get headshots with weapon A” which is probably a good thing (especially if they let you buy additional loadout slots with it instead of forcing you to use their stupid prestige system).

      But yeah, I’ll wait ’til we know for sure about that too.

  9. marks says:

    This, like MW2, I will not be buying purely because of Activision’s conduct. You know, despite the fact that it looks like another repackaged CoD game.

  10. teo says:

    Kinda funny to see them rip a game mode straight out of a Counter-Strike mod and then advertise it. I don’t mind it but it shows that mods are still relevant. Good thing they’re including mod tools this time. They’re not as far up their own ass as IW

    • Hallgrim says:

      Are you really placing the blame for MW2’s lack of features on Infinity Ward? It’s painfully obvious that Kotick and Activision were the ones setting the price point. Don’t you think they also demanded no private servers, so they could sell more of their overpriced map packs?

  11. Andy says:

    I was really pleased to see Gun Game in there, don’t care if its a rip off that was one of my favourite things about CS! Will be good to see it in call of duty. Not sure about all this gambling though, sounds like it will cause a lot of rage when I inevitably finish just outside the money in fourth.

    • Mike says:

      About the gambling thing, is it a controversy in the making?

      “Popular shooter franchise now offers gambling incentives for killing each other. Killing and gambling! Is this what we should really be exposing our kids to?”

      Not that any game has ever had entire poker, blackjack or any number of gambling games inside them. Not ever. Not at all. Has never happened. But c’mon, you know what some news outlets are like. And it IS CoD after all:D Especially RPS, those swine are always behind some controversy or another.

    • Steelfists says:

      Its basically just a rip of of CS. Both having gun game and betting. “bet T all” good times.

  12. Cooper says:

    You have just managed to stumble home from the chippy without a) smearing gravy or chip fat down yourself and b) vomiting in public. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. 25 COD POINTS!

  13. timfraserbrown says:

    How much rim-lighting do these modern war heroes need?

    Lots. Lots and lots apparently.

  14. sacred_flame101 says:

    i agree if it wasnt for Activison, their crappy dlc map packs that are over priced and segragrating the multiplayer community i might think about buying this. And Wasnt Modern Warfare 2 basically a tweeked Modern warfare 1? Also their total lack of respect for the pc gaming audience really pisses me off.

    Sorry about the rant

    • sacred_flame101 says:

      that was aupposed to be a reply to marks above. i havent got the hang of this reply thing yet i think i need to leave more comments till i get it right.

  15. stahlwerk says:

    Oh no! Deleting the spambots’ cuddly post messed up the comment-time continuum! What have you done, John Walker?

    Slightly more on topic: I couldn’t help but laugh at the “Huey and Dewey”-style of the video commentators by completing each other’s sentences. It’s almost like they’re an old couple.

    “I have to tell you about the game we played on that cruise Howard and I took last year. Everybody spawned in with a pistol…”
    “…and only one pistol!”
    “…yes, Howard, only one Pistol… where was I… so everybody spawned in with a pistol and three lives…”

  16. Dood says:

    Wait a minute, a minigun? Okay, the ballistic knife and crossbow were a bit silly, but all the rocket launchers and a freaking minigun make it look fairly ridiculous.

    • Sigh says:

      As the Call of Duty series has always been about realistic simulation of warfare right…

  17. Nallen says:

    I never bought (or downloaded, or played) MW2.

    Feels good man.

    • Malleus says:

      You are my hero. I downloaded and played it, and still regret the time/bandwidth wasted on it.

  18. Lack_26 says:

    ‘If I lose my money, the first thing I’m going to do is hop back in and try to win it back’ – one of the narrators in the first video.

    NEVER let this man near any form of real gambling

  19. Jog says:

    It’s fun seeing Activision saying:

    “It’s allways fun taking somebodies money!” :D

  20. Brian says:

    Meh. Treyarch has Shaquille O’Neil’s shoes to fill, and so far they’ve proven their feet are no bigger than Shirley Temple’s. I waited until World At War was less than half price before buying it and I still regretted the purchase. I’m definitely waiting for the reviews before I’ll even look at this game’s box cockeyed. With sunglasses.

  21. Radiant says:

    MOW2 special edition included night vision googles.
    Black ops SE includes a remote control upskirt cam [that’s in one of the MP vids].

    I wish I was joking.

  22. Chris says:

    I like the looks of the mode with one bullet and melee :) I wasn’t that fussed about getting the new CoD but this sounds fun.

    Oh and for those who comment solely to say they don’t care, or words to that effect; Seriously, get a grip.

  23. Sigh says:

    I believe the “Hardened” and “Prestige” editions will come with a pack of cigarettes and a nip of whiskey beyond the RC car.

    That way in one swift move children can be introduced to gambling, drinking, smoking, and shooting people in the face.

  24. Lavitz says:

    I think im only the really one who noticing quriks already in the game which essenitally lead me to hate the game over time. Day 1 purchase no doubt for me, im a huge cod fan. But what I hated about treyarch games is the weapon. They seem to feel awkward in the trailer not enough recoil, they look very odd outta place. Very little notion of weight and M16 looks horrible.. Like a toy almost .One thing iw does amazing weapon models and how good they feel. FPS games need to have really well developed weapons for emersion.I just don’t think Treyarch is going to deliever that.

  25. dethtoll says:

    I haven’t been this excited for a CoD game since CoD4. I have never been into the series for the multiplayer, so I’m just curious as to what the singleplayer will be like. Hopefully the plot will be crushing.

  26. Vodkarn says:

    I have to admit the entire first video just sounded like Counter Strike to me.

    Only with less realism (somehow), and HUGELY punishing to you if you lost.

    I’ll never understand that design style: Punish the loser AND reward the winner AND one hit kill melee weapons, that can be fired.

  27. Amy says:

    Good they got rid of the tactical nuke. No more destroying the other team only for one idiot rushing the same camper over and over again handing the team an undeserved loss.