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Post  Admin on Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:44 am

Thank ABC's Lost for the recent craze of time travel-based storylines seeping into pop culture. With Call of Duty Black: Ops, we could have yet another time traveling adventure. Activision is being very cagey about confirming the exact dates that Black Ops takes place, thus adding fuel to our time traveling fire. The latest battles to be depicted by the hallowed series are centered on the Cold War and Vietnam eras. At least, we think they are. The fact of the matter is that we really have no idea the exact years that Call of Duty: Black Ops spans, and that's one of the many reasons why this latest edition has our complete attention.

In talking to Mark Lamia, president of Treyarch (the developers of this latest COD), I was told that they were intentionally not revealing the specific years or time span of the game because it's an important plot point. Again: time travel, anyone? Regardless of what the plot twist finally turns out to be, rest assured that it will be surrounded by the same classic Call of Duty gameplay. I saw two levels of Black Ops at a recent Activision press event in Los Angeles and can confirm that both guns and blood are still firmly intact and will be seen often.

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Thankfully, it looks like there's going to be a bunch of other, newer elements as well. At least as far as single-player is concerned (Treyarch is mum about multiplayer details). The first piece of gameplay we were shown displayed the SR-71 Blackbird that we all gazed upon with awe in the first trailer. Yes, you're going to fly it. Not only that, but you're also going to be responsible for getting that sucker off of an aircraft carrier and into the sky. Don't worry, the process only requires a few button presses. From there, you're off to relay reconnaissance to the rest of your troops from high above.

The mechanic looked cool -- not all that dissimilar from the AC-130 mission that we all remember from Modern Warfare but without all the killing. Basically you're looking at a thermal view of the ground from the sky, but the twist to Black Ops is that you can command your squad around the battlefield in order to avoid enemy detection. The sequence seemed very guided, with the demoer positioning her squad in between a snow-covered building and the enemy with few other obvious options for cover. Once the troops were clear, the player's viewpoint dropped out of the plane and assumed the identity of some badass with a crossbow on the ground.

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At this point in the demo, I thought to myself, "Who in the hell carries a crossbow into battle when a machine gun seems more efficient?" Well, as the president of Treyarch told me, it turns out that at least one guy certainly did. Apparently the military advisor for COD: Black Ops had a friend who refused to go into battle with anything but his scoped crossbow, so that's what players will see here. Not only can the crossbow kill people from afar, but you can also launch explosives and stick them to the environment for enemies to find. After this quick firefight in the snow, we were shown a repelling sequence that called for the player to use both triggers to make their way down the icy mountainside (on a funny note, the person playing from Treyarch fell and died at this point). That portion was followed by a breach and clear moment where the player had to swing through a glass window and decimate a group of armed guards. All in slow motion, of course.


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