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Review: Call of Duty Black Ops

December 26, 2011

Alex Mason. Elite special forces Marine. Involved in black operations in Cuba and Vietnam.
Jason Hudson. Special Agent for the CIA and Mason’s handler during black operations.
They fight communists.

In the seventh Call of Duty installment, you primarily control Alex Mason, a Marine chosen for the CIA’s Special Activities Division, and when you’re not controlling Mason, you take over his handler, CIA Special Agent Jason Hudson. The game starts at the height of the Cold War, 1968. Mason is strapped into a chair, being interrogated about his activities during Operation 40, and specifically during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. This serves as the first mission in the game.

Mason, Marine Sergeant Frank Woods, and Chief Petty Officer Joseph Bowman are inserted into Havana just before the landing of invasion forces in April 17th, with the intention of assassinating Fidel Castro. Things start going downward almost immediately when the bar is raided by Cuban police, and the three have to shoot their way out. They make their way to Castro’s plantation/villa where, after a firefight…

…Mason apparently shoots Castro in the head. The exfiltration goes wrong, and Mason stays behind to make sure that the plane gets away safely. And then things get even worse, as Mason is captured by Cubans and brought before the real Fidel Castro. As it turns out, Mason killed a double, and Fidel is not exactly thrilled. He turns Mason over to Soviet General Nikita Dragovitch, who imprisons him in the gulag at Vorkuta.

And then you have to break out of Siberia, with the help of a former Soviet soldier and the Russian André the Giant. Now, this isn’t the first contact I’ve had with this game. In fact, when I went to help my aunt move this summer, I played some multi-player with my cousins, and it was a lot of fun. I wound up making my own custom class that was subtlety defined: a sniper who carried a claymore and a rocket launcher. I also played some of  the single-player campaign then, and I really enjoyed it. If you’re considering it, I would definitely recommend checking it out.

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