It’s that time of the year! First I’d just like to wish everyone happy holidays and hope you guys enjoyed a wonderful Christmas! (If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then I hope you guys had a great time) Seeing as how it is the holidays, I believe many of you are still pondering about what presents, or “video games” you should get. Which brings me to today’s topic. I will be comparing 2 of the most popular FPS (First Person Shooter) games to help you decide on your purchases. What are they? Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. There has been much hype about which of these 2 games is better. Today, I’ll attempt to compare the strengths and weaknesses of these 2 games and provide a unbiased answer to that question. (I’ll try and be unbiased as possible as I do prefer one of these games over the other…) But with all that being said, let’s start!
The campaign in Modern Warfare 2 picks off where its’ predecessor left off. Again, you play as different characters depending on the missions you choose. The AI does not go easy on you (unless you play on easy) and provides a good challenge for new/old players. The campaign focuses greatly on the environment. Terrains, weather effects, textures are strongly emphasized. While these points are emphasized, some texture and environment qualities may not be top-notched. However, with the never-stopping and fast-paced action, such small issues will only seem minimal. There are also a variety of cut-scenes and in-game moments that build on the intensity and quality of the games story. With that being said however, the story line in Modern Warfare 2 is darker than its predecessor. Campaign mode feels more like a non-stopped action movie. One of the “criticized” points of the campaign is the length. Many players will finish it under 8 hours of gameplay, depending on the level difficulty. However, it may seem unfair to say the short-length campaign is a weakness to the game because some people prefer a short, but intense campaign. The storyline seems nontraditional to its past games and may seem far fetched at times. However, with the improved visual effects and level design, you won’t be disappointed with the spectacles and actions.
In Blackops, you play as an elite covert operative, Alex Mason, and the story is set during the 1960s with a variety of settings. Some of which include Russia and Vietnam. The missions you attempt are pieces of your character’s memory so by playing all of them will form a puzzle. This is an interesting way of going about campaign mode. This method provides much dramatic moments which builds upon the climax of the story. The environment is richly designed with many details focusing on the terrains and textures. The campaign mode provides many levels of “fun”, such as urban firefights, blowing stuff up from vehicles, gunning your way through a number of obstacles on the back of a vehicle. The AI is actually rather poor. They may act very stupid at times and may end up harming its’ teammates. And there are many bugs, some of which will make you restart a whole mission. Once again, the campaign is short-length. Many will finish the game under 6 hours of gameplay. Despite the negative performances, Blackops has a well-crafted storyline and the characters don’t seem to disappoint.
Overall, Modern Warfare 2’s campaign mode beats that of Blackops. The graphics are much more focused and emphasized in Modern Warfare 2. The storyline of Blackops is better handled, but the superplus of action in Modern Warfare 2 will not fail to amaze players. Finally, the major amount of bugs presented in Blackops will just frustrate players and make it a less enjoyable session.
MW2 Campaign: good graphics, fun and entertaining, a lot of action, good level design and visual effects, good game mechanics, smart AI, short gameplay,
Blackops Campaign: good storyline, a lot of bugs, less-emphasized environment but still enjoyable, bad AI, short gameplay
One of the great modes in Modern Warfare 2 for “single play” is special ops. The mode consists of many timed missions that you solo or play co-op with a friend. Objectives in these missions vary. You may need to avoid enemies, survive waves of enemies, ride snowmobiles, etc. As you complete missions and depending on your ratio, you will unlock new ones. This game mode provides a good variety of challenges. The game modes in Multiplayer will include the original team deathmatch, the classic free-for all, domination, ground war, search and destroy, headquarters pro, demolition, capture the flag, sabotage, and mosh pit.
A special mode in Blackops is the return of zombie mode. The player must survive endless waves of zombies, and buy weapons and power-ups. There is no limit to the levels. Players are able to play this game solo or co-op. The new combat training lets you play with AI opponents and allows you to set the enemy difficulty to match your skill level. You can gain money and weapons through this mode and is a great way to play multiplayer without having to play against real humans. Another new mode is the Theater, which lets you share your screenshots or videos. Other multiplayer modes include Team Deatchmatch, Mercenary, Free for All, Domination, Ground War, Demolition, Sabotage, Headquarters, Capture the Flag, Search and Destroy and Team Tactical.
Overall, Blackops holds more game modes to play compared to Modern Warfare 2 and it shines in this category.
In Modern Warfare 2, the multiplayer system is straight-forward. Your performance in games earn you experience points. These points increase your level and unlock new guns, new equipment, and new skill-boosting perks. Different classes have different skills so this may prove to be strategical on the battlefield. You are allowed to equip both a rifle and a shotgun and this allows for a variety of gun combination in game. Not only are you allowed guns, you’re allowed other equipment as well. Riot shields, blast shields, insertion flares can be very fun and valuable in games. Perks in this game are upgraded by using them and they will eventually have a second ability. These perks boost your character’s abilities in-game. There a lot of perks so different combination of different perks will allow for more competition and strategies. There are also perks to help people who are getting killed many times in a row, such as painkillers and copycat. This lessens their chance of dying. Finally, kill streaks will yield rewards. Rewards will include predator missiles, AC 130s, and much more, depending on your kill streak. You can only equip 3 rewards at a time so don’t expect to equip a predator missile if you miss frequently.(Haha, sort of like Chris Smoove on youtube. The dude’s a beast but always seems to miss his predator missles :P) These rewards encourage competitive play on the battlefield and getting rewards will satisfy users greatly. You will also be able to prestige at lv.70. This adds a different symbol for your rank and unlocks other challenges. Multiplayer in Modern Warfare 2 is great. The action is always intense and rewards are enjoyable. There is a great level of depth and strategy to multiplayer games and this just makes multiplayer even more enjoyable.
In Blackops, we see the new contract system. You will have to pay to complete goals. If you do so within the allotted time period, you receive rewards. An example would be getting 5 headshots without dying. You pay 250 points and get 3500 points and 3500 experience. You may get points after a level up. However, this system may make leveling less enjoyable because once you buy something with your points, you can’t get them back. This new feature is plenty fun although it may frustrate some new players. There is also the new addition of the wager matches. You pay an entrance fee and play a game mode. At the end of the match, the total amount of money wagered will be split among the top three performers and everyone else leaves empty-handed. These 2 systems function accordingly to points and may make levelling less enjoyable than it was in Modern Warfare 2. The point system allows you to add more customization to your character, but will require you to buy them. The level design is nice in Blackops. There are elements that change every time you play. An example is the target dummies that appear in different spots when you load the map. Overall, the map design has many spots that suit the play style of different players. Snipers will find high places to snipe; campers will find places to hide, etc. The new perks avoid unbalanced gameplay. The additions of the RC Car, gunship, dogs makes gameplay more interesting. Although there are many features in multiplayer that make it shine, the one thing Blackops fails to do is make it enjoyable. The point system is interesting, but is it enjoyable for new/old players? The perks may balance gameplay, but does that make it “fun” to play the game? Multiplayer seems to be more challenging and frustrating with the new point system. The gameplay is more realistic but fails to capture the enjoyable aspect of what made the series so popular.
Overall, the multiplayer in Modern Warfare 2 beats the multiplayer in Blackops. The variety of attachments, guns, maps, perks, is just that much better than in Blackops. While Blackops offers a higher level of customization and realism, it fails to make the game seem fun and instead makes gameplay rather boring at times.
Conclusion: In conclusion, Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 wins this competition. The campaign provides an intense experience that you won’t be disappointed with. The real aspect that makes Modern Warfare 2 shine so much is the competitive multiplayer. The realistic aspect fails but the level of fun is always there and does not disappoint. These strong points make Modern Warfare 2 the better game out the two.