Call of Duty: Black Ops is one of the numerous Call of Duty games on the market. It is a team based shooter that has a heavy focus on online play. Players take part in short online scenarios where they group up with team mates to take on an opposing team to battle against each other to complete an objective. The objective could be to be the last one standing, to control more points on the map, or to take control of a specific point.
Players in Call of Duty assume different roles based on the equipment they are carrying – for example, someone who wishes to play a medic would carry a first aid kit and some lower-powered weaponry which you can find more at COD Watch. A sniper would have a sniper rifle, and a more offensively focused character might carry a large automatic weapon.
Some characters are engineers that carry utility items to work with vehicles, mines or other more tactical objectives.
As players gain more experience, they get upgrades for their weaponry – bigger clips of ammunition, silencers to allow them to shoot while being harder to detect, and scopes to make the weapons more accurate. Once you reach the maximum level, you can ‘prestige’ which puts you back at level one again, with only minor advantages, but gives you a special title.
It is possible to prestige more than once, and many dedicated players have done so. There are leaderboards that allow you to keep track of the best players, and there are clan tournaments where people who play together regularly can test their skills against others who also play regularly.
Call of Duty: Black Ops is an older game now, but it still has a thriving player base. What tends to happen with the Call of Duty games is that people will move on to the next one when it comes out, but there are some who stay behind on the older ones, either because their computers/consoles cannot run the latest game, or because they have friends that are still devoted to that game, and they do not want to leave them behind.
The Black Ops scene is still thriving, so it is still possible to get matches.
If you are looking to play a game that is popular and that is always busy, you can still expect to get good matches on Black Ops. In addition, because it is not the ‘latest’ game, the player base is a little more mature and level headed. This means that the culture in the game’s chat is positive, mostly, and the game is fun to play. If you are thinking of allowing a minor to play, then this may be an important consideration for you.
There is no need to worry about abusive players or foul language if you can find a server that has responsible admins, and a good community. Black Ops is affordable now, and it offers good value for money for the most part.