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.