Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3 Campaign Review

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I don’t know what kind of campaign to expect from a Call of Duty title anymore. I know what I’ll be doing (shooting dudes), but I don’t know what the context will be. Call of Duty used to mean a close to reality retelling of World War II battles. With Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, it meant a fictional military operation set in the modern day. And then there was Modern Warfare 2 which ushered in the nonsensical over-the-top scenarios that were more ridiculous and more grandiose than anything before it.

All I knew going into Black Ops was that it was situated in the Cold War era and some of it was going to take place during the Vietnam War — and that was it. I certainly didn’t know it was going to turn out to be my favorite Call of Duty campaign.

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Oh, man. This is Doom II on XBLA!

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The memories are flooding back to me now. I played the hell out of Doom II. It was my first ever first person shooter experience and I cherish it deeply. I still think the game looks great for being nearly 15 years old. Probably has to do with the fact that they’re all sprite based or the fact that nostalgia makes everything look great.

I’d get on XBLA, but something about playing this game with a controller seems blasphemous.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 PS3 Campaign Review

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After investing so much time with “the only reason to pick up a Battlefield game”, I decided to take crack open the included single player campaign. My immediate reaction was: “It’s not bad.”. In fact, I think it could help players with the multiplayer aspect of the game, or at least give them a peek at what’s to come. It wasn’t as polished as other shooters and it certainly wasn’t an original scenario, but it had its charms.

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