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Lack of ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified’ reviews explained

“Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified” is just one day away from launch. So where are the reviews for the Playstation Vita exclusive title? Greg Miller of IGN today revealed why his website has not yet review the first-person shooter in addition to urging gamers to “proceed with caution.” (Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, Nihilistic Software, PS Vita)

psp2roundup  +   1184d ago
I think we've already established that the publishers don't want the sub-games (or whatever you want to call them) interfering with the main course, that's despite Need for Speed getting great reviews and AC3 Liberation getting decent reviews and better sales.
smashcrashbash  +   1184d ago
What, did you just make that up or something? Who has established that?
wishingW3L  +   1184d ago
common sense.
--Onilink--  +   1184d ago
they only thing i believe has been established is that when a publisher does not even send the review copies until the game comes out, its because its a pretty crappy game. And well based on what we have seen so far of this game, i seriously doubt this will be the exception
KonaBro  +   1184d ago
considering the people who have played it saying while it's $10 more then what it should be but still a decent game says you're wrong.
Beetey  +   1184d ago
@KonaBro Everything I've read says it looks terrible so far. The maps are said to be WAY to small, even for the 4v4 (or whatever ridiculous number it is).
Tapewurm  +   1184d ago
@Onilink happy to say that from the 4 plus hours I have put in with Black Ops Declassified that this game is an exception. The online was full last voting, perks, kill streaks....a true mini console version of COD...the campaign operations are set up to be quick missions that are perfect for a handheld as well as the time trial wave mode....wish it was zombies, but it is more a kin to modern warfare's surviving the waves of enemies deal. I am sure it will get dinged hard by the "real" reviewers out there for some reason or another, but I was pleasantly surprised with this....CoD in your pocket and on the go....nice.
Tapewurm  +   1184d ago
Meant to call that wave mode "Hostiles" mode (not time trial...that's another mode altogether)....tired lol
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SilentNegotiator  +   1184d ago
Greg Miller? Proceed with Caution if he reviews it.

He crapped all over LBP Karting....go read the review and pretend that it's a review of Mario Kart 7. You could almost forget it wasn't a review for MK7. He complains about the EXACT things present in MK7 and somehow comes to a 5/10.

If IGN never reviews it, nothing will be lost but a heavily bias review.
WalterWJR  +   1184d ago
Gregg is nothing more than a puppet on strings, woven into the shape of an Xbox.
NonApplicable  +   1184d ago

I didn't know Walter Jr. was also mentally handicapped.
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GribbleGrunger  +   1183d ago
'Gregg is nothing more than a puppet on strings, woven into the shape of an Xbox.'

That's such a messed up train wreck of mixed metaphors, it's almost genius!
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Soldierone  +   1183d ago
Ubisoft was really kind with Liberation. They felt it was a good game and so did the reviewers. They had them sent out almost as soon as requested.
Akuma-  +   1184d ago
im glad about this actually and would love it if all games were like this where a game would mostly need word of mouth and a few previews. major reviewers have a stranglehold on the gaming industry and sales most times and a lot of them need to go. id love sequels to a lot of games but sales were hurt by reviews. i cant tell the last time ive played or seen a game that warrants less than a 6 out of 10. most games cant be a 10 and most dont deserve it but a game should be pass a 5 if its playable with tight controls, good enough graphics and some semblance of a story or point to gameplay
Cocozero  +   1184d ago
Well if other Vita games are anything to go by the reviews will range from 4-7/10.
cpayne93  +   1184d ago
Eh... If they still haven't sent out review copies yet, that probably isn't a good sign.
swansong  +   1184d ago
IGN will give it a 1-4out of 10. IGN is worthless for vita reviews,so look to other sites for that. Sony has not been catering to ign.
InTheZoneAC  +   1184d ago
the same guys that made the horrible resistance game for vita are making this call of duty

it will have generic graphics, with subpar controls, and a bland storyline

MP will be very very basic and boring
BattleAxe  +   1184d ago
Actually I think it was the controls in Resistance: Burning Skies that was one of the good points of the game.
MattyG  +   1184d ago
Gameplay was good, and visuals weren't horrible, I think the biggest issue with that game was the value for the money. Multiplayer was bad (when it was even playable) and single player took me around 4-5 hours. Hell, I platinumed it the minute the multiplayer started working!
InTheZoneAC  +   1184d ago
lol @ the disagrees. This was the first vita game I've owned that I sold soon after I bought it.

I still have lumines, wipeout, uncharted, lbp. I sold resistance about a week after owning it, simply horrible.
InTheZoneAC  +   1184d ago
are you guys calling me liars? should I take a pic of the listing that shows I sold it?
stevenhiggster  +   1184d ago
People are disagreeing that it is horrible, not that you sold it.

It wasn't horrible at all, yes the multiplayer was and still is broken (though is good when it occasionally works) but the game looked good, handled very well and had a pretty decent story. It in no way at all deserved the damning reviews it got.
CalvinKlein  +   1184d ago
they aer just butthurt that you said a horrible vita exclusive was horrible.

They only accept if you say it was underrated and was better than the reviews said, even though the game was garbage 100%.

I thouhgt that game was COMPLETE garbage from the demo I played. Im just saying there are better looking and playing FPS on N64 and PS1.

Im a huge SP FPS fan and trust me, you are correct that resistance VITA was complete and utter garbage. Of course sony fanboys gonna pretend it some misunderstood bashed game, but the reality is its crap and then they even say "well the multiplayer still doesnt work but the 4 hour souless campaign was worth it since it says 'only on playstation on the box.'"

I thought the game looked really bad and had poor gameplay, horrible animations and sound, non existent AI and pretty much everything except the textures was horrible from what I played of the demo.
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Ju  +   1183d ago
First of all Burning Skys wasnt as bad as you make it out to be and second, would you actually have Declassified you'd know it's nothing like that. its the the first real CoD on the go.
Tapewurm  +   1183d ago
@InTheZoneAC.....go get it and try it....if you do have a Vita and like will love this game.
MattyG  +   1184d ago
Yeah, my review copy is coming tomorrow. That's never a good sign...
DaThreats  +   1184d ago
What website you do?
MattyG  +   1184d ago It's a pretty small gig, which is why I was surprised when Activision decided to send review copies of this and BO2! They're both getting here tomorrow though since I'm getting Declassified too, save on shipping, just send one package. So the reviews will be late, just glad we aren't the only ones. Two games, one day, zero sleep.
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stevenhiggster  +   1184d ago
So it's somehow bad that declassified isn't getting to you until tomorrow but not BLOPS 2? Won't bother reading your review then.
Fez  +   1184d ago
He says the reason BLOPS 2 is delayed is because they're being shipped together.

Ergo, the reason BLOPS isn't getting to him until tomorrow is because of Declassified...and the reason Declassified isn't getting there until tomorrow is because it sucks!

lolol had to do it, it's just so funny seeing Sony fans defending Call of Duty!
PS-ADDICT  +   1184d ago
how do i start my own gaming review thing to get free copies early? what nessesities? are required
stevenhiggster  +   1184d ago
Start a website, get some traffic. Get in touch with publisher PR and blag/beg for review copies and promo goodies. simples.
Knight_Crawler  +   1184d ago
Kiss a$$...Kiss alot of a$$.

Hip Hop Gamers perfected this and his house is full of free swag and games :)
Soldierone  +   1183d ago
They didn't even reply to our request for some reason. We have an alexa in the top 300k (so we get a little more traffic than you lol) and they normally are great talking to us, but nothing. This was for our request on Declassified.
enkeixpress  +   1184d ago
I've seen enough gameplay footage of the title to form up my opinion of the title. Don't listen to these so-called gaming journalists at IGN, bunch of clowns who only care about their wages/next pay check & enjoy playing new releases early.

It's pretty a must-buy for any Vita owner who's remotely interested in CoD, first person shooters or looking for a decent MP shooter in general for their system. :)
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dennett316  +   1184d ago
Hate to burst your bubble, but ALL journalists are in it for the money...same as any job.
Hicken  +   1184d ago
There's a difference between being in it for the money, and ONLY being in it for the money.

BIG difference.
bunfighterii  +   1184d ago
Some people just love their job, the money is the icing on the cake.
unicronic  +   1184d ago
gameplay footage and playing the game are not the same. The general consensus will be available soon.
DrDeath  +   1184d ago
Greg Miller is such a tool LOL i liked him at first but now his voice is annoying and he seems to understand everyone less and less. i think people put up with his shit lately because i hear he has cancer. hopefully he recovers from that. but as a journalist i'd say the best is behind him. Proceed with caution? what news has IGN given on this game? none.... why? because they will waint until consumers buy it and love it and then theyll give a low vita score as always and get hits. He talked trash about it earlier this year and wont want to be proven wrong. no no cant let that happen the all powerful greg miller. ive seen enough online gameplay to safely say ill buy downloading it tomorow right when its available.

Also this article didnt really say why there was no reviews did it? also why no news like ever? its out tomorrow and theres nothing. EA did the same thing with NFS but it turned out perfect. i just became most wanted today and its a great game. we shall see IGN
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dennett316  +   1184d ago
Giving Vita games low scores gets hits now? Really? How so? I really need to hear the theory on this one.
Vita owners are some of the most defensive games they expect to save the system low scores is not likely to endear IGN to them. Everyone else doesn't give a crap either way.

Declassified is not what the Vita needs. The Vita needs a new FPS IP that is it's own game instead of a stripped down version of the main game...something that utilises the Vita's features to the fullest and doesn't remind people that a better experience is available on their PS3 or 360.

Not saying IGN's reviews are good or not - don't read them - but numerous Vita games have been getting mediocre reviews from a wide variety of sites. They can't all be wrong. Could it be that some Vita games are just - GASP! - not that good, and owners are kidding themselves due to the lack of quality titles available?

The Vita needs new games you can get nowhere else, not shovelware.
WeAreLegion  +   1184d ago
Let's put it this way. If you owned a Ferrari F50 and everyone told you to trade it in for a Chevy Malibu instead, you'd probably be pretty angry, too.
Fez  +   1184d ago
Whenever I think of Vita owners I start to hear beethoven's fifth with the words...

*buyer's remorse... buyer's remorse*
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Ju  +   1183d ago
Wtf are you talking about. Does any of you tools even own a Vita or are you simply just jealeous ?
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asmith2306  +   1183d ago
The problem is that when it comes to Vita reviews, the games are reviewed as if they ought to be console versions squeezed onto a handheld. They are never gonna be as packed as their console counterparts. They should be reviewed for what they are, handheld versions.
porkChop  +   1183d ago
I agree, we need a new IP. Most FPS these days are either trying to copy CoD, or copy Halo. We need a new IP, with fresh and interesting ideas, something that differentiates itself from the rest. I think that could really help the Vita. And hopefully, if we do get it, it actually has some color to it. Sick of all the browns and greys.
CommonCent  +   1183d ago
You got it all wrong, the general consensus is you bought a phone that can't make calls just to play subpar games on and others are wondering why you didn't just go the cell phone / console route.
Akiba96  +   1183d ago
You calling Greg Miller a tool w/o getting to know him just because his voice may annoy you or his opinions on games usually differ from yours makes you more of a tool than he could ever be.
Rikuson1  +   1184d ago
I know why reviews are not out. It's because the game is probably horrible and the developers know it and the reviewers know it. And they probably have their reviews done but probably got paid to hold back on revealing how crap it probably is for 1 day release gamers who usually listen to reviews. They'll by the game and realize it's horrible and it'll be too late. Then the reviews will come out and tell you how bad it is.
DrDeath  +   1184d ago
Totally possible and sounds likely but anyone who watched footage over the last week will prolly disagree. The game looks. GASP... Pretty good and much improved. Nhilistic I'm sure just doesn't give a damn because everyone shit on their head when they revealed a work in progress. Plus there leaving retail gaming behind.
GraveLord  +   1184d ago
No Black OPs 2 reviews either. Embargo lifts tomorrow. That's the reason.
Godchild1020  +   1184d ago
Their review will be up for BO2 at 12:01am tomorrow, so they had the game prior to release. The still don't have the Vita version.

I have the Vita version on me and I played the tutorial. Can't say much yet, but it does look better than the first trailer but not by much.
Blankman85  +   1184d ago
Reviewer gives Black Ops 2 a 9, N4G jeers and boos. Reviewer gives Black Ops Declassified a 9, N4G cheers and coos!
N4G, home of hypocrisy.
WeAreLegion  +   1184d ago
I don't believe humans are allowed to use the words "jeers" or "coos" unless they have a note from a doctor.
GribbleGrunger  +   1183d ago
Actually I would have to agree with you there Ndivhu. Most people hate on COD but suddenly people want it to do well on the Vita! I would imagine it's because people want the Vita to do well and they know that COD could help... that's my guess anyway.
kopicha  +   1184d ago
whatever IGN. their reviews on games exclusive to Sony are the last thing on earth that matters.

the online is actually surprisingly fun. graphics has been upgraded by quite a margin from the last trailer shown. cant say it is very good looking. but decent. definitely better than Resistance for Vita. Kinda surprise that the game actually still have the COD feel intact, especially the online portion. Single player is just ok I would say. Anyway as the dev ever mentioned, online is where the game actually shine. which i have to agree. despite 4v4, with the rescaled map, you hardly felt its an issue. have not try the hostile mode yet, so no comment for that. OVerall decent. Especially I aint comparing it to the big brother BO2. They cant be compared. No that it's not up to standard. But just unfair to compare the 2 being different scale. For a handheld FPS. Pretty good experience. Probably the best FPS handheld experience at the moment.

For what I have tried so far, I personally give it a 7.5/10
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tubers  +   1184d ago
Lack of Duty: Classified..

I bet that the campaign won't be even near as "epic"(cinematic) as the the 1st "Modern" CoD.

It's pretty sad that Modern Combat 3 looks better.

for 5 dollars!

Oh and 12 People MP!

I do have some sympathy for BO:D though as it is the first CoD for VITA.. and MC3:Fallen Nation is probably the 4th iteration for the Apple devices.
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Kingthrash360  +   1184d ago
How are the controls on modern combat??? Looks only go so far, see MOH.
porkChop  +   1183d ago
That actually does look way better than BlOps Declassified. Graphics are much better, and the gameplay just looks much more fluid and fun. When a Gameloft game looks better than CoD there's definitely something wrong.
Kingthrash360  +   1184d ago
I'm loving the fact that this article attracted people who sees things like I do. "The ign hates vita saga" is what I come to call the ultra-bad ign reviews on vita games. I read them for a laugh as I play and enjoy the games they rated sooooo low. COD is lookin fine right now, seen a few YouTube vids and from that ill buy. It looks better than resistance and I enjoyed that game, so this will be better. Ill admit the multiplayer sucked but I still enjoyed the fact that I was playing a multiplayer fps online in my hands. I guess I'm not as picky as most. I don't really care about how a gun sounds on a handheld its not like I hook it up to my surround sound system or somethin. Ill leave that complaint for the console version of the game.
No review copy's are ok with me most reviewers have already reviewed videos of incomplete gameplay **cough** ign... Just to down it from the start. I hope it's great, if so a lot of haters owe nilg an apology.
unicronic  +   1184d ago
There are over 30 Vita games rated 7.0 (GOOD) or higher on IGN of which almost 1/3 are 9.0 or higher. That's hardly a Vita hatred saga.

Too many people are hung up on 7.0 being the starting point for a good game at IGN.

The sad reality is that if we buy games that aren't the best they can be just to show the middle finger to reviewers we don't like, we're actually just giving that finger back to ourselves by financing sub par work.

If COD Vita (hardware limitations aside) doesn't stand toe to toe with its bigger brother then we shouldn't just accept it.
kopicha  +   1184d ago
it is not about getting hung up because IGN gave 7 to a Vita game. I would respect any score they give out to a game. But seriously their rating system is just broken these days imo. If you have the right mind to look at how they rate games on different platform clearly show they have some bias in there. Which makes their whole rating system very not creditable. Want some example? Go look at SSF4 on consoles then SSF43D on 3DS. Then SFxT on consoles follow by SFxT on Vita. You will get the answer straight from there. End of story.
Kingthrash360  +   1183d ago
I was gunna explain this to unicronic but kopicha handled that. Great example.
DivineAssault  +   1184d ago
8 at the very best i think but i would love to be wrong... Might get 5s n 6s like resistance.. I think Killzone for vita is gonna be bad ass tho
DrDeath  +   1184d ago
So its officially out.... what do people think?
Ju  +   1183d ago
I like it. It's CoD portable. Looks and plays like CoD. If that's what you are looking for that's what you are getting.
boybato  +   1184d ago
people in GAF had been praising it(first impressions)... though it could be because of setting a low expectation for the game. ;)
unicronic  +   1184d ago
One thing that Vita is missing is a killer FPS. I'm hoping, at the very least, that COD Vita raises the low bar set by Resistance.

Initial previews were very poor but subsequent reports have mentioned a lot of positive reaction to newer builds.

Nevertheless "proceed with caution" doesn't mean much, it is not the same as "stay away" or "run in the opposite direction".

We'll find out if COD Vita is a headshot or a misfire soon.
sdozzo  +   1184d ago
Agreed. I hope this is a good showing and maybe something we all can actually enjoy for a multiplayer experience.
unicronic  +   1184d ago
Thanks. Everything is crossed in the hope this will be a positive FPS experience on Vita.
sdozzo  +   1184d ago
I think we all can agree that if a review is not out yet, the people reviewing it have not had the opportunity to review it.
ThEcReAtIoN7  +   1184d ago
or the activision doesn't want to give us a taste of the game because they are not proud of it...
abzdine  +   1184d ago
who cares about those damn reviews.. you like the game you buy it you dont like it you dont buy it.
SaffronCurse  +   1184d ago
This game is 10x better than Burning skies..and i truly hate Nihilistic!

This game is awesome, it has some funky glitches but it holds true to the name, although it only runs at 30fps it still feels like a call of duty game.
Sithlord-Gamble  +   1184d ago
I agree. I was pleasantly surprised by this game. It plays quite well.
The people i was playing with online also feel the same.
This game is what Burning Skies shouldve been.

I personally give it a 8/10

But, as we know, the Vita haters (IGN) will tear it to pieces, which is a shame.
kopicha  +   1183d ago
agree.... played it a little more and start to get a little addictive. The Hostiles mode is pretty awesome too althou how much I wish that can be played in Co Op style. But still challenging when trying to survive the waves while thinking of the best way to do so.

as previously said I still give the game 7.5 / 10. Definitely not a bad game like some who probably dont even have own Vita and try to act like they have the game calling it bad.

I would give this higher than 7.5 / 10 if the SP mission are good. I some how felt that it is the weakest thing in this game. I personally felt Hostiles mode seems better than the SP mission. Also the sound from those bullet shell sounds a little annoying after some time. Could have include more Maps for online rather than just 6. Althou they do have a few different modes to play with. Also if the Hostiles mode actually have co op capability. If all those are in place, I would be glad to give this at least a 8.5 or 9 / 10.

Can't say this is a must buy game for Vita. But those who want a decent FPS on handheld. This is it. Also I am kinda enjoying it when lying down and play it in my bed. :)
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megamanX2  +   1183d ago
worst game on vita my ps2 games are far better than this.
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megamanX2  +   1183d ago
lololol the game still sucks
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