The ANNUAL instalments of the Call of Duty series are arguably the most anticipated games of our time.
Last year's Modern Warfare 2 smashed several sales records – not only in our own industry, but in the realms of mainstream entertainment as well.
It's a tough act to follow, but Activision remains confident as Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops steps into the limelight.
“Black Ops is released on November 9th and will be the biggest game of 2010,” Activision’s senior brand manager Eric Follio tells MCV.
“It contains a number of innovations for the Call of Duty franchise, as well as the qualities and features you would expect from the latest instalment.”
WAR IS HELL
The first of the Treyarch-developed CODs to leave World War II behind, this title is set during the Cold War and the conflict in Vietnam. Players join a team of elite CIA operatives sent on a series of crucial but classified black operations.
Fans will be pleased to know Black Ops features the traditional epic single-player campaign, throwing them into some of the most intense battles to appear in a Call of Duty game.
And, naturally, an extensive array of multiplayer options are available, including the series' trademark XP progression system, character perks and game-changing killstreaks. World at War fan favourite Zombie mode also returns.
There is a variety of Wager Modes that allow players to bet on the outcome of a match in order to win more COD Points. On top of this there are dedicated PC servers, character customisation and new weapons such as flamethrowers.
If anything can better last year's blockbuster, it’s Black Ops.