IGN-Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Review

IGN:If you’ve longed for a proper first-person shooter on Vita, one that makes excellent use of its unique capabilities and second analog stick, you’ll be sorely disappointed with Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. Declassified’s clumsy controls exasperate the frustration that comes from playing poorly designed single and multiplayer levels, while the horrible AI and lack of polish makes it feel like it was rushed out the door. No, this is not the Call of Duty you’ve been waiting for; it’s one you definitely need to avoid.

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NYC_Gamer2221d ago

Is the game really this bad?people who own/played the game share your thoughts.

StraightPath2221d ago

ironice sony fanboys hated call of duty but now since its on the vita trying to defend it for life. this is a awful game. destroying vitas reputation even though its struggling this game not gnna help

theres few kinds of people trying to defend this awful abomination.

1. people who dont have a ps vita but are loyal fanboy to sony, so anything on thier platform they must defend even if its the worst game this year worst game this generation or ever. Even if its a exclusive turd like this.

2. people who have a vita but know its lacking games, even thought they dont have this turd game they resulting to defending this title as it was hyped to be big deal for vita.

3. people who brought this turd game but now are trying to justify their purchase. knowing this game is the worst ever.trying to promote a awful game rather then promoting a good game on thier handheld such as gravity rush or golden abyss. vita fans are actually promoting a turd with call of duty slapped on it.

Seraphemz2221d ago

Have you played it? I rather take the advice of someone who has actually played it than someone looking for a reason to troll.

camel_toad2221d ago

The only thing worse than a fan boy is the people that go out of their way to complain about them all the time.

I like all of my consoles and my pc. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. If someone wants to love a particular one then who cares?

Shikoro2221d ago

I haven't played it, but what I read on a few forums is that the game is very, very good, multiplayer-wise. Some of them like the SP, but they agree that it's a little bit short and that the AI is sometimes stupid, but can get you killed. There's a bunch of videos where you can see how the game plays, looks and sounds, but here's one that should convince the ones who are looking for a good multiplayer experience.

Hdz542221d ago

@StraightPath. great post, my thoughts exactly. it's been hilarious reading N4G this week and seeing the result of the convergene of Sony fanboyism and COD hate with the Sony love winning out. some fanboys are even claiming Declassified is a better game than it's full fleshed console counterparts. SMH

for we are many2221d ago

Totally agree with you StraightPath. They defend a lazy port of a game they bash all the time on consoles, only because this port is exclusive for a Sony handheld, some of them even do NOT own a friggin' Vita in the first place!!

tubers2220d ago

and 4th

4. People with low standards for 50 dollar MSRP.

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Anon19742221d ago

Are people really "longing" for first person shooters on their mobile platforms? Honestly? How many first person shooters were on the PSP? Like 3?

Somehow I don't think first person shooters are what Vita owners are chomping at the bit for anymore than it's hurting 3DS sales.

I know I had no interest in this title as a Vita owner. Killzone Mercenaries looks kinda cool but I could care less if I see a single FPS game on the console. That's what I have my PS3/360 for.

Of course, that could be just me. If anyone out there was excited for this game and is feeling let down, feel free to make yourself heard. Personally, I'll probably forget this game even existed a month from now.

KUV19772221d ago

I couldn't care less for CoD but I am really looking forward to Killzone-VITA and will be disappointed if it turnes out bad.

I think there were 'no' FPS on the PSP because the single-analogue-stick architecture made it a bit difficult to get a good one onto the system. It's a whole other story with the VITA.

guitarded772221d ago

I can't say it's bad, but there was enough evidence leading to launch to suggest it was bad, that I didn't buy it... yet.

1. 5-6 month development time.
2. No full campaign
3. 4 v 4 online
4. RezVita dev working on CoD game
5. First screenshots horrendous
6. Only a logo shown at E3
7. $50 price tag

Those were some of the things that kept me on the fence. I'm not surprised it's not GOTY material. The GameSpot playthrough had a system freeze in the first 20 seconds. Is it horrible? I really don' know, and I'm not willing to find out at $50. But I will find out for myself when it's $20 or less.

profgerbik2221d ago (Edited 2221d ago )

CoD has never been that amazing for a long ass time now and why people thought the CoD on Vita would be mind blowing or any different I have no idea.

It is CoD on the Vita or CoD Lite as some have called it.

I am not a fan of CoD, I don't own Declassified and I don't support CoD anymore and haven't since PC.

I have played all the newer ones just from being at friends and I have played Declassified as well at friends. What I don't get is it is CoD, there is no doubt about that.

Sure it isn't console CoD but it is CoD on the Vita, I won't buy it and I am not that interested in it but coming from a hardcore CoD past on PC, it's just amazing to me how much these Vita games get bashed. Especially in CoD's sense, CoD has been this bad for a long time is what I have noticed ever since it moved to console.

Nihilistics CoD is pretty dead on to what CoD has become today, maybe people can't accept such a direct translation of that, I don't know what the deal is but it is just like other CoD's just less features, less to do and what can you expect with a 4GB game card versus a disc that can clearly store tons more data. Not to add the bugs but those can be fixed over time and is not surprising or shouldn't have been knowing Nihilistic.

Thing is it isn't nearly as bad as everyone thought it was going to be yet it's still getting the worst reviews although mainly all who have played it say at least the multi-player is fun and last time I checked even back in the PC days..

That is all anyone played CoD for anyway was the mutli-player.

I mean I don't like CoD anymore to begin with it has become a mindless FPS for noobs if you ask me and Nihilistics CoD is a good interpretation of that. Seems like the only people who are heavily hating on this game hate CoD already or are CoD fans and just can't accept the lack of features Declassified has.

Point being I never thought CoD would save anything let alone the Vita, I also know from playing it, it is at least better than Resistance: BS. The price of the game sucks yes but no one is forcing you to pay that full price and there are plenty of ways to find it cheaper or get it for way cheaper.

You can blame Sony or Nihilistic all day but what it comes down to is CoD fans in general, the same fans that support CoD no matter how many times it's remade and in short bursts.

How can you blame anyone for taking advantage of the stupidity of their fan base, they knew as long as it has CoD on it people will slop it up and pay anything just to play it.

I can't even blame Nihilistic on this one because to me it looks like console CoD's. It has never been the best FPS for a long time now, just the best selling FPS, so to think it would change just because it hits the Vita is just insane to me but whatever.

SpinnerM2221d ago

Here's the truth. I have this game along with several other COD's. Don't buy this game if you're looking for a good campaign mode. I will admit its short. But if you like multiplayer then this is a great game, especially for a handheld. I'm having a great time with it. I'm just afraid there will be no DLC later on with all these haters out there. I'm with many of the other gamers that actually played it...I just don't get these horrible reviews. I give it an honest 7.5 out of 10. And I'm guessing most of the people bagging on it haven't even played it. And no, I'm not just saying all of this to justify my $50 purchase (although it would be nice if it was a bit cheaper).

kopicha2221d ago

agree with you 100%. that is exactly the same thought i have for the game coming from an owner's pov too. I too give this a 7.5/100 overall. what's really lacking is short SP campaign. the Hostiles mode could have coop feature rather than just SP. More MP maps are the most welcome. The MP is actually the most fun part of the game. No doubt. Despite Vita have not sell well, there are actually a lot of people playing this game. At least every time and any time i hook up online, there are a lot of people playing.

GuruStarr782220d ago

Well, that would be true... if only I could get into mp matches... I keep getting kicked out... most of the time before the matches even begin!

obesq2220d ago

not that bad at all!! multiplayer is really enjoyable , campaign and other modes are good too,a bit overpriced though , and the maps lack creativity .

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DrDeath2221d ago

This game is sick, best FPS on handheld. Online is crazy good. Single player is ok but hard and short. Buy it for online u won't regret it. All these reviewers are retarded period. Best game on vita if u like FPS or CoD. It plays exactly like CoD. Reviewers hate it because he vita promises console like quality and so far it hasn't totally given that. Some exceptions but really it's CoD and it should be better and have more content. It's overpriced. One issue I have had is hit detention ok walls with grenades and if u have NAT3 (strict) Internet connection online doesn't even let u in lobby. It works at my place but not my in laws because of the strict Internet. Problem is most people have a NAT 3 Internet and this is first CoD to not support 3. Dumb patch should fix it hopefully

dark-hollow2221d ago (Edited 2221d ago )

"best FPS on handheld"

That's quite the feat.

DrDeath2221d ago

Haha ya I guess your right there. Quite the feat indeed lol. Even still tho it's a great game for the vita and reviewers are being ludacris. I don't care if people don't wanna give it a chance ill be levelling up and having fun with everyone else that bought it. I could care less about justifying my purchase I new it wasn't a CoD on console. I got exactly what I expected if not more. Again fun and addictive game.

Merrill2221d ago (Edited 2221d ago )

If it was an Xbox handheld exclusive it would be 9+.

WrAiTh Sp3cTr32221d ago

9+ because as usual COD is better on an MS device, at least that's what I gather.

Merrill2221d ago

Hard to know otherwise, as IGN doesn't review the game on any other platform if it's not given to them.

God forbid they actually purchase one on the PS3 and then acknowledge the problems the game actually has. But clearly Activision wouldn't want that to happen, so IGN doesn't do it.

ambientFLIER2221d ago

If it was an xbox handheld would be a much better game. Lol. Just saying!!!

swansong2221d ago

I own both Resistance:Burning Skies and this game CODD, and CODD is better in every way possible. Online play has pretty smooth frame rate and the controls feel good to me. Why game sites have given RBS higher scores than CODD is a mystery. Is it worth $50,maybe not to most,but I have enjoyed it a lot. To me it shows that the Vita can handle FPS and with the right developers(guerrilla)it would truly shine. Bottom line in my opinion,CODD is fun and looks,plays so much better than RBS.

Seraphemz2221d ago

Whats weird is that its getting smashed cause of single player, when almost anyone knows that its all about MP with COD. Most people I know dont even touch the SP of COD games.

DrDeath2221d ago

So ign complained biut the missions being short and no checkpoints (unit 13 had this and everyone was fine with that. Touch controls were awkward ( ever play metal gear solid 3 Hd and equipe the knife as a weapon. Ya that's more frustrating and that game didn't get hurt for that) I ait I accidentally use touchscreen sometimes but it works fine enough. Also the aim acceleration can't be changed? Umm change the aim sensitivity idiot. Maps are too small this i agree with but team deathmatch works fine. Deathmatch spawns are worse obviously. The controls are fine it's the smaller analogs they don't like. They said resistance's only good part was its controls and these were literally a much improved version. So little contradiction there. Basically he played it for an hour and didn't get used to the smaller analogs and that's the games fault ( not his or the system, ever use guns in MGS? There way harder to aim because of the smaller analogs. What I'm saying is these reviewers and looking for console quality and barely played the game to review it properly. Biased

himdeel2221d ago (Edited 2221d ago )

I have to disagree with the "clumsy controls" because they are far from it. They feel fantastic. I only use the touch to melee and I use my left thumb on the screen (anywhere on the screen) and melee action is performed.

The AI being poor is typical of most FPS. Not an excuse just typical. The enemy advance to your location and shoot you. There are some places where the enemies seems very aggressive but I'm playing on the medium difficulty.

As someone who's never played a COD game I'm seeing this game for what it is a stand alone product on the Vita. I have nothing in the COD franchise to which I can compare it.

From all the ranting and raving I've read over the years about COD I didn't expect much in the way of story or length of campaign. However I did expect the mp to be fun which it is.

I am curious what support if any there will be for this game and if any patches or DLC will come along. However even with all these horrible reviews I'm curious what the sales will end up looking like when the dust settles.

murkster-dubez2221d ago

Unit 13 missions are not short and some have checkpoints.

Kingthrash3602221d ago

I don't even think he played it for an Hour, I'd say 30 minutes. He was hearing his co workers playing bo2 or halo or wiiU while he was stuck with a game that he had (months earlier) bashed in an article. He had his mind made up way back when he saw the early screen shots of it before it was finished. There was no way he'd contradict himself. so he turned on his vita played the first level, played mp for ten minutes. After that he hopped on halo. Reviewers need to start showing trophy / achievement points with 35% minimum awarded. I heard The guy who reviewed SFxT only had 19% of the trophies, didn't even have the "play 30 online games" trophy. How can u review a game you've barely played?

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