When a really big videogame title comes out, it scares off everything around it. Other games have their release dates moved forward or backwards out of the desire to maintain sales. This is one of those weeks.
On the plus side, one of the biggest games of the year is coming out for just about every gaming system available. On the downside, there’s very little else worth talking about.
The ‘Call of Duty’ series has transformed into a marquee title in the last few years, and ‘Black Ops’ is no exception. It scares other releases away and is bound to take over the November sales charts.
‘Black Ops’ is made by Treyarch, the same company behind ‘World at War’. That’s important to note, since the incredibly popular ‘Modern Warfare’ series was made by ‘Infinity Ward’, a completely different development studio.
The new ‘Call of Duty’ game brings back the familiar multiplayer advancement system and adds the ability to wager points on each match in specific modes. It brings split-screen online multiplayer back, and it even includes dedicated servers for the PC versions.
Don’t let that system list trick you, though. Five games called ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ are being released, but only three of them are the ‘Call of Duty’ that everyone’s talking about. The Wii version and DS version might be good – only reviews will tell for sure – but they’re definitely not the same.
The Sly Collection (PS3)
There’s one more release worth talking about, even if it isn’t entirely new. ‘The Sly Collection’ brings together the three ‘Sly Cooper’ games and updates them for high definition televisions by upscaling the textures and expanding the picture to 16:9. The third game (Why just the third? I have no idea.) will also be playable in 3-D. The ‘Sly’ games may not have made a huge splash initially, but if you’re looking for a solid action-stealth-platforming that’s even appropriate for the kids to play, you could do a lot worse.