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Call Of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified Review - GameInformer

Nine months after the Vita launched in North America, it still doesn’t have its killer app. We have enjoyable titles like Tales From Space and Gravity Rush, but nothing has made the portable a must-have for mainstream audiences. Vita versions of the Uncharted, Resistance, and Assassin’s Creed franchises proved to be lackluster, but Sony has one last big name to draw on in 2012. If Call of Duty can’t move units for mainstream gamers, what can? Unfortunately, Declassified is an absolute mess. (Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, PS Vita) 3/10

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Godchild1020  +   1186d ago
I'm enjoying the game and believe it's better than the scores it has received thus far. It's better than Resistance, probable not content wise. I would I have hoped a reviewer would have mentioned that since it's from the same Developer.

"casual FPS players and Call of Duty fans alike will recognize the train wreck Nihilistic Software has developed. "

I'm not one those, that might be the reason why I like the game.
Akuma-  +   1186d ago
this game is amazing . id give it a 9/10. professional game reviewers are useles
-Mika-  +   1186d ago
I noticed this. I think these reviewers have some sort of hatred towards the vita. Every vita game has been getting reviewed horribly even though they're a solid 8 and 9.
Godchild1020  +   1186d ago
@ Mika, I don't think it's hatred towards the Vita, it more or less the exceptions they have for the Vita and some of the titles that have released thus far. So, I think the review and the score may sway because Sony has mentioned and still mentions that the Vita can get you console quality gaming on the go. When a handful of the titles are not. My opinion.

I have been looking at all the Vita games I have and played with an open mind. I can be a little bias, because I want the Vita to succeed and want more games to play on it.

@Akuma, The game is not a 9, that is overrating it. More like an 7.5; it deserves a better score than Resistance, hands down.
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LOGICWINS  +   1186d ago
I think the issue is that people who don't play COD (me and Godmars) won't notice how it pales in comparison to the console counterpart. A person whose never had meat before will believe that a frozen McDonalds patti is the best thing in the world. This looks like a similar situation.
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ShoryukenII  +   1185d ago
But I like McDonalds. :(
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1185d ago
***"I think the issue is that people who don't play COD (me and Godmars) won't notice how it pales in comparison to the console counterpart. A person whose never had meat before will believe that a frozen McDonalds patti is the best thing in the world. This looks like a similar situation."***

Does that change the fact that you liked the McDonald's patty though? Does trying something else and liking it better than patty all of sudden make it the worse thing in the world?

It doesn't matter if it pales in comparison so along as the game itself is good or enjoyable not that that's the case with Declassified in my opinion though.

I'd hate to admit it, but... KZ3 for instance is a... decent... game on it's own right... even though it is complete and utter trash compared to KZ2.
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LOGICWINS  +   1185d ago
"It doesn't matter if it pales in comparison so along as the game itself is good or enjoyable not that that's the case with Declassified though."

I agree with you. Thats why I'm still interested in buying Declassified. The differences between Declassified and its console counterpart don't bother me.
Yangus  +   1185d ago
"..this game looks amazing like a ps3 game.."WTF?
Yet"this game is amazing"

This you say Mr authentic PS fanboy!
Giga LOL!!Poor child...

Another Vita crap game,like a Resistance: Burning Skies....
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guitarded77  +   1186d ago
I'm seriously glad you enjoy the game, but with scores like these from legit sites, the game has to have some serious flaws/lack of content. Even though you enjoy the game, can you honestly say it deserves a $50 price tag? I'm not trying to negate your statement, just honestly asking a question.
Godchild1020  +   1186d ago
For 50 dollars you can do a better, if you don't play online and don't like a challenge. If you bought the retail copy you get two games and since I never had Roads to Victory, it was worth it.

The content you get from Declassified is not worth the 50 dollar price if it didnt come with Roads to Victory IMO. But the price doesn't or at least shouldn't reflect a review or the score given.

There are 3 modes plus the MP with 3 difficulties and 3 requirements for each mission to earn 3 stars. While the campaign has 10 levels and the others have about 4-6, the challenge you get adds replay value. If you play on the easiest difficulty and do the bare minimum then no, its not worth it. Because of how quickly you will run through the Singleplayer content.

The campaign has 3 different difficulty levels that can get frustrating because of the AI, but what game doesn't have that. There is the time trial mode, that requires you to run through the course with shortest amount of time killing all enemies and with no civilian deaths. There is the Hostiles mode, that requirea you to run through a set of waves with the enemies getting smarter and using better weapons. Then there is the MP.
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farhad2k8  +   1185d ago
I actually love the multiplayer, it's a mix of Black Ops 1, MW3 and CoD:4. It's kept me busy over the past few days as I travel alot and I've hooked it up to the 4G on my Droid by tethering.
Knushwood Butt  +   1185d ago
Uncharted on Vita was lackluster?? News to me. I had a blast with it. Played it a ton and got the platinum trophy.

Don't really understand this undeserved hate for the Vita to be honest.
majiebeast  +   1186d ago
So glad nihilistic is moving to mobile platforms and is gonna stay away from real gaming.
BigStef71  +   1186d ago
This game is much better than burning skies but its getting far worse reviews. That makes no sense whatsoever. Also are they seriously comparing its console counterpart?
CommonSenseGamer  +   1186d ago
Why should they not compare? Sony has been touting the Vita as a portable console experience since it was first announced. Games like LBP support this argument.

Face it, no matter what supporters claimed many months ago Black Ops is not going to be the shot in the arm the Vita needs this Xmas.
Yodagamer  +   1186d ago
Exactly Sony is advertising the PS vita as console (ps3) quality. People are naturally going to be disappointed when it isn't, just like the psp being compared to the ps2. I'm sure I'll get disagrees for this, but Sony needs to quit advertising it as console quality to get the comparisons to stop.
Kingthrash360  +   1186d ago
Imma waste a bubble on you yoda and common. This game isn't console quality that's true, Sony stated that the VITA can produce console quality also true ( and proven with SFxT & MvC seeing that u can actually fight people who are on a ps3 with your vita.) but this game falls on the middle it's beyond ANY handheld FPS and isn't up to par with TODAY'S console fps ( better than far cry on all levels with the exception of sp length in my opinion). That said HOW CAN THEY GIVE THIS A 3???? Console comments aside a reviewer shouldn't give this a 3.
Hicken  +   1185d ago
Is Sound Shapes "console quality?" What about Frobisher Says? Foosball? Puddle?

Let's leave out Assassin's Creed, BlazBlue, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Gravity Rush, Hot Shots Golf, LittleBigPlanet, MLB The Show, Mortal Kombat, Need for Speed, Ragnarok Odyssey, Rayman Origins, Street Fighter x Tekken, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Uncharted, Unit 13, and Wipeout. None of those games are as good as, or better than, their console counterparts.

Are you SO ignorant that you expect EVERY game to come out for the system to be "console quality?" Hell, all games ON CONSOLES aren't even "console quality," but you want EVERY game on a handheld to be held to that standard.

The only way you'd get a Vita is if it were a 20 million unit-selling tablet, and since it will never be a tablet(sales can't be guessed at this early on), you'll never get one. Damn all the games I mentioned. Damn all the features that just keep getting better.

So, again, I ask: why do you keep commenting?
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1185d ago
***"Sony needs to quit advertising it as console quality to get the comparisons to stop."***

Do you honestly believe that? Do you honestly believe that had Sony not advertize the system as console quality that no reviewers would even think about comparing it to consoles?

The comparisons would have happened regardless. The only difference is that people can justify the comparisons. It's not that Sony should stop advertizing it as console quality to get people to stop comparing the two, it's that Sony should stop so that people can no longer justify the comparison because it will happen regardless.

That being said the game never looked promising since the first trailer was revealed. It did improve since then(visually at least), but things such as 4x4(or was it 2x2? I forget...) mulitplayer was only foreshadowing on what was to come in the future.
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Knight_Crawler  +   1185d ago
@Hicken - "Are you SO ignorant that you expect EVERY game to come out for the system to be "console quality?"

No we do not expect all games to be console qulity but when a game cost $50 which is $10 less than than it console sibling then yes I expect AAA graphics with loads of content.

If they had sold this game at $30 then it would be justified but not $50.
rpd123  +   1186d ago
Well people can't help but complain that it isn't up to par with it's console counterpart. To which I reply- No shit. Games like Resistance, LBP, AC3 Liberation, NFSMW, and CoD Declassified need to be judged on their own not juxtaposed with their big brothers. Clearly the Vita has limitations that home consoles do not and it's still in it's infancy. A lot of them received some truly terrible scores that were totally unwarranted.
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Godchild1020  +   1185d ago
This is my sole reason for not basing my purchases off of Professional, or "so called professional reviews". The gamers are the only people I trust, when it comes to my gaming needs.

It's not just this game, there's been others. Some on the PS3, 360, Wii, 3DS and Vita.
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HellzRazor  +   1186d ago
Funny i couldn't tell which game he was talking about, black ops 2 or Declassified. I find it suspicious that the same problems that exist on a multiplatform game are ignored yet its little brother exclusive to sony is slammed for those problems.

"On launch day, I was rarely able to connect to a match. When I actually got into one, it was filled with enough glitches to make it unplayable."

"I was frequently kicked out of lobbies to a background screen that I couldn’t exit out of"

"maps are claustrophobic and uninspired battlegrounds."
sdozzo  +   1186d ago
I usually don't disagree, but these guys got it totally wrong. This is a good game.
OmGitsRussleCrow  +   1186d ago
I'm really tired of these poor reviews on this game. It deserves a good review after Resistance.
chazjamie  +   1185d ago
it doesn't deserve anything.
NoTheMama  +   1186d ago
The game is a dud, suck it up guys. Not the end of the world. But lets not pretend that it is just because its on our platform of choice, thats just sad!
ger2396  +   1186d ago
So you already finished the game?
ape007  +   1185d ago
who the hell want this game when there is black ops 2 on bigger better consoles, it's kind of a luxury
spok22  +   1186d ago
7/10 for me. If they fix the bugs and give us more maps it goes up to an 8.
knifefight  +   1186d ago
I don't think I've ever seen a bigger gap between fan reception and critical reception. This is crazy to watch.
chazjamie  +   1185d ago
i have seen many delusional fanboys on this site. usually they trolls, but for some some weird reason nobody here is declared a troll. This is possibly one of the worst games of the year, and probably the worst game on the vita.

I dont know why the attempting to justify a 45 minute game (esp for that price). its probably due to the fact that they wasted their money on the game. you can get the same experience on a cell phone for 1 dollar.
Dante112  +   1185d ago
@ Chazjamie

Funny, ESPECIALLY after taking in how many people were upset when unfavorable Halo 4 reviews came out here recently. Plenty were complaining that the reviews were wrong, the critics were stupid and that anybody who agreed with the reviews were trolls or fanboys. Guess that was different, huh?

If someone doesn't agree with a review let them share their opinions.
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tubers  +   1185d ago
Don't let it get into you much.

The verdict is obvious: Not worth the current asking price (unless you're an FPS portable enthusiast that needs tactile control and serviceable MP.. and have decent salary).

:) :) :)
ALLWRONG  +   1185d ago
It's funny watching PS3 fanboys defend this to the death then flip flop and diss the console version. If you go here they whine about Activision and the 360 and call COD overrated then come back here and say this is the best game out simply because it's on the Vita.

flip flop
flip flop

They are the Republicans of the gaming world.
Sithlord-Gamble  +   1186d ago
This is ridiculous.

I hate COD & only purchased this by default bc its the only viable fps on vita for now.

I actually like this game, especially compared to R:BS, and alot of other people ive played with online also share my sentiment. I give it a 7.5 or 8/10.

Besides, they totally lost their credibility when they said Uncharted on vita was lackluster. That game was awesome, and im also enjoying AC:L.

All these glitches they speak of i have yet to experience during my time playing.
Sometimes i wonder where they come up with this crap.
Kingthrash360  +   1186d ago
Lmmfao! What's up! These ratings are getting disrespectful! This game is awesome, I give it a 8.0. This is gettin awful. I actually respect GI reviews but this.... Wow that means resistance vita is better?? Psp's cod better? What is this bs? I know what Sony said... Console quality .. That doesnt mean it IS a console, how could they expect this to mimic consoles?? Cod is only 2 gig compared to its 13 gig console brother. its a handheld with handheld restrictions, the size of the game is a major restriction. It's a handheld game made in 5 months. hands down best ever handheld fps and u mark it a 3? Wow. Reviewing is dead to me.
Gordon_Shumway  +   1186d ago
N4G on COD: Overrated crap, paid off reviews

Dread  +   1186d ago

Sony fanboys as always

N4g what do u expect
rpd123  +   1185d ago
Haha, true. I like CoD on home consoles well enough, they're always pretty fun. I can understand people not liking the yearly releases, but what are you gonna do? I didn't like MW3 that much (MW and MW2 were good) but Black Ops actually had a compelling story (multiplayer sucked). Haven't gotten either BLOPS 2 or Declassified yet, probably gonna be Christmas presents. BLOPS 2 could be hit or miss with all the future stuff and I don't know how Declassified will feel with only 4v4 and tiny maps.
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1185d ago
It's funny because whenever a PS3 or vita exclusive gets a low score and people criticize, scream media bias, say the reviewer is paid or say whatever people on N4G like to bring up how... people on N4G won't let the reviewer have his/her opinion and leave it at that. But when said people give their personal opinion on the game which happens to be positive, people on N4G say "you only think that way because it's exclusive to PlayStation," "can't you see the game is bad," "every major review site says the game is bad so it must true," "your a blind Sony fanboy," etc. instead of letting the person have his/her opinion and leave it at that which was exactly what they were preaching that they should do in the first place. Quite ironic and quite entertaining to watch.
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izumo_lee  +   1186d ago
Do you know what discredits this is in the paragraph description.

'Vita versions of the UNCHARTED, Resistance, and Assassin’s Creed franchises proved to be lackluster...'

That right there single-handedly makes this persons opinions a mute point. Uncharted Golden Abyss....lackluster?! Sure buddy.
Sithlord-Gamble  +   1186d ago
I agree. I said the same thing.
HellzRazor  +   1185d ago
Or the part where he says "Releasing on the same day as the solid Black Ops II, Declassified in no way resembles that game’s level of quality."

Pretty much proves he didn't play black ops 2 or is PR for activision. He really needs to see all connection problems/bugs/glitches/hackers affecting the game and using same tired old graphics before he says that. Just strange how declassified gets low scores for these problems but not black ops 2.
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tubers  +   1185d ago
It's all relative.

Sony kept advertising it as a "PS3 on the go".

Compared to the PS3 titles, those are objectively lack luster.


Again, it's all relative.
aquamala  +   1185d ago
they are lackluster compared to console versions, Sony's mistake is to advertise Vita as having console quality graphics, now gamers have that expectation and are disappointed with the games. and I have a Vita.
braydox21  +   1186d ago
yeah Im incrediably confused reviwers say its bad but gamers are saying its good, as far as i know its at least a 5/10 or a 6/10 maybe a 7/10 if everything is fixed. i haven't played the game yet and am thinking of buying it but i just don't know im confused which makes actually want to buy it and see for myself, maybe ill wait until its price down to either 40$ or 30$ which does seem alot more reasonable but i suppose you have to give crediblty (haters gonna hate) to acvtivision to pumping a call of duty this fast to match with its console counterparts release date. (yearly FPS sport, i see COD like Fifa. so hopefully it will be improved with dlc maps and bascially more time to work on sequal)
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Gordon_Shumway  +   1186d ago
C'mon guys, you are starting to sound desperate. Most on this site hate COD with a passion but since this was supposed to be the big vita system seller of 2012 it seems the Defense Force had a last minute briefing to make COD some kind of pariah. For christ's sake, the campaign in 40 MINUTES LONG. Besides a few blind fanboys on this site who are all the "gamers" saying this is a great game? Am I seriously to supposed to believe that Game Informer, which is probably the most respected and professional gaming publication in the world, has some hidden agenda and wants the Vita to fail? Do you not see how stupid that sounds?
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RickHiggity  +   1186d ago
Oh wow. Even a copy paste of the console version could ear a 6-7 at least. This game can't be that bad
objdadon  +   1186d ago
So what? Campaign 40 minutes? Who gives a fuck? It's Fucking call of duty! Multiplayer all day! Fuck reviews make up your own mind! If people don't get this fun ass game because of reviews then that's their loss! As for me and many others online, we're having a fucking ball!!!!
Janitor  +   1185d ago
I would like to present to you the "Most Fucks In One Comment" award.
ger2396  +   1186d ago
Who cares what reviewers think, if you bought the game and are enjoying it then that's all that matters.
Janitor  +   1185d ago
Actually, a lot of people care what the reviewers think. Most people don't just throw down that kind of money with their fingers crossed hoping that it's good. This is not a new development, I assure you.
objdadon  +   1185d ago
Well those who buy games based on what a reviewer says are brainwashed! If I did that, there would be a slew of games that would never have gotten to enjoy! Anyi don't have a problem with many reviews but these vita game reviews have been blatantly biased! Anyone who owns a vita knows about certain games that are just great that haven't gotten the fair review! Be your own reviewer! Hate all you want mothafuckas the vita is here to stay and that is a good thing for us gamers!
GuruStarr78  +   1185d ago
I've got this game.. I'm sorry to admit, it really blows..
T1mb3r  +   1185d ago
Even though CODBO: Declassified doesn't look like the CODBO that we wanted on the Vita, it's still fun. Also I believe the main reason people are hatin' on CODBO is just the graphics. Although that is a pretty important factor it actually doesn't matter that much. For example, look at Minecraft, one of the most popular games ever, does it have good graphics, no way. Therefore why do graphics matter?
tubers  +   1185d ago
Graphics do matter.

Games need good one depending on the "current standard" and gameplay.
DivineAssault  +   1185d ago
The problem is that these games are being RUSHED out to the public because of the outcry of nothing to play.. More dev time means it will be polished up & even more features.. $50 for this is plain ridiculous to me but i dont like shooters.. I also dont like anything nihilistic has ever done..I liked uncharted, gravity rush, liberation, n some others on vita.. Be happy when u see devs delay titles to make a finished & great product cuz if u bitch about it, this is what happens
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OmGitsRussleCrow  +   1185d ago
This game was not rushed. Activision was working on this game a year before nihilistic was brought in to the picture.
tiffac008  +   1185d ago
I think Nihilistic should have been given more time in developing this game because clearly Activision was not making this game their priority since they have COD:BO2 on their plate. So we do not know where they were at with the development progression of this game.

More than likely Nihilistic got caught between a rock and a hard place when they were given this project to finish.
DrDeath  +   1185d ago
Its very good for a first generation FPS on vita. Online works near flawless for me only get kicked from a few games here and there. maps could be a bit bigger. This game is a solid 8-9/10 .dont let reviews spoil a perfect handheld title because reviewers had to go buy their own copies and are pissed about it.! They love to bash it because Resistance was kind of a stinker atleast online was 100 percent. Everyone who is actually playing is having a blast. it truly feels like CoD. These reviewers are pathetic and ignorant. Resistance got a way better score from everyone. and this is 100x better than that. so ya broken review system right there. how could a game thats way better get half of the score? or even less? resistance got 60 average review scores on meteoritic and a 67 from users. everyone needs to pull their head out of their asses. Yup thats the problem
izumo_lee  +   1185d ago
Here is a question for you guys.

Ignore the fact that Nhlistic made this game, would COD : Declassified get the same review scores if it was made by say Activision's studios like Treyarch.

One has to wonder if the reputation of Nhlistic has clouded the judgement of the reviewers. Not saying that the game is great but compared to other mobile COD games & Burning Skies it is better than many people thought it would be.

Been watching a lot of user reviews on Youtube & the vast majority of them thought the game turned out better than expected since seeing that first trailer.
profgerbik  +   1185d ago
Their judgement is obviously easily clouded as it is, so that would not be surprising.
Loki86  +   1185d ago
5 months in development this is clearly milking the product with no sense of pride in development. Just throw some footage together, tack on mp, use the same graphics and ship it out the door. Embarrassing this is the kind of effort put in a game to push a system.
strigoi814  +   1185d ago
im just sad how gaming went this days..that some of us buy games based on some peoples review..not like before when we buy our games because we want to play and enjoy
SpinnerM  +   1185d ago
I don't know what these guys are talking about. I'm having a hell of a lot of fun with this game. Hope they come out with some new maps soon. Go buy it.
OmGitsRussleCrow  +   1185d ago
The only thing I was expecting good was the multiplayer and I think we can all agree that they did a good job on it.
senas8  +   1185d ago
Fuck your review.
Loki86  +   1185d ago
Why because it is related to Sony, everyone has given the same type of feedback regarding this game. It was a rushed product with a multitude of problems. I love how everyone is quick to defend this because it is on a Sony system and a Call of Duty game. Very sad indeed.
tubers  +   1185d ago
LOL Sony.. where's your 10M Vita sales now. That was so delusional and a good thing they have lower expectations now.

I just hope Sony doesn't give up on the VITA yet.

I truly loved the PSP and I hope the VITA gets the same treatment.
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