Sunday, November 7, 2010

Black Ops Tournament

Tomorrow, my local Best Buy is having a midnight release and is having a tournament.  Apparently, it's all going to be free for all matches and some sort of ladder system is in place and winner gets a free copy of Black Ops. Another cool thing is they have a 3D TV set up and are going to let people try Black Ops in 3D. Sounds awesome right?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Massive Black Ops Info


  • Black Ops hits stores November 9th, 2010
  • Achievements can be found here: http://www.xbox360ac...s/achievements/
  • Only 50 player levels (rank)
  • 15 prestige levels
  • Something special awaits you at the highest prestige level
  • There are even more benefits to prestiging than ever before
  • JD says "It takes about as long to get to 50 as it took to get to 65 in WaW"
  • Scoreboard shows K/D ratio
  • There are pages of in-game stats via the "Combat Record" menu in multiplayer. ie. Heat maps, weapon stats, KDR graphs and more
  • Experience bar is now shown in the start menu vs. at the bottom the screen
  • There is now Party Privacy setting and fine tuned search preferences
  • Press Y to view your friends list while in the pregame lobby and in the start menu
  • Game winning kill now called Final Killcam
  • Ability to turn off aim assist
  • Adjustable audio levels from COD:WaW return
  • Purple hearth death icon returns from COD:WaW
  • When you sprint to prone you do a dive move
  • You can still dropshot though
  • User controlled vehicles come via Killstreak Rewards.
  • System link is confirmed. Split-screen is 2 player local only.
  • Party Chat & Private Chat is enabled in every playlist except Search & Destroy and can be changed at will via a hotfix.
  • You can report cheaters/boosters via their in-game Playercard
  • Treyarch is dedicated to thwarting modded controllers.
  • Treyarch has a record of everyone who doesn't finish games they start. Abusers will be punished.
  • If there is DLC, Xbox 360 will receive it first as per the Activision-Microsoft partnership through 2010 announced at E3.
  • Dedicated servers for PC only
  • Mod tools are available for the PC only
  • Servers are available from (PC)
  • Unranked servers allow full customization (PC)
  • Ranked servers allow map customization (PC)
  • DRM'd via Steam. Mainly done for VAC's Anti Cheat (PC)

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  • Treyarch has tools that should keep the leaderboards clear and free of hackers.
  • Treyarch has structured their leaderboards in such a way to incentivize capping objectives as well as getting kills.
  • Lobby leaderboard and game mode specific leader boards return.
  • Leaderboards are now sorted on Score per minute averages (which will reward objective mode players better for taking objectives and not just getting kills).
  • Game mode objectives show Score per minute followed by key game mode stats. For example, in Search and Destroy it's Plants, Defuse, and Defends.
  • There is also weekly, monthly, and all time variants each with a minimum game played (5, 25, and 50, respective) requirements to be listed on the board.
  • It's Treyarch's most aggressive leaderboard effort to date.

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COD Points
  • Currency and the xp system work side by side
  • Unlocked weapons, perks, attachments, etc will still need to be purchased with COD Points
  • Buy weapons, attachments, perks, backgrounds, and emblems with COD Points
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  • COD Points is awarded every time you play
  • Earn COD Points with kills, wins, K/D ratio, gambling, etc
  • Various answered questions can be found here: http://www.se7ensins...ost__p__2103679

  • Regular challenges still exist
  • Contracts are time limited challenges
  • There are 3 categories - Mercenaries, Operations, and Specialist
  • Each is attached to certain play styles and in-game achievements
  • Mercenary
    • SPAS Cruelty
    • Twin Mags
    • Lord of the SMG
    • AK47u Ferocity
    • AUG Ferocity
    • Assault Rifle Prodigy
    • Smells like...Victory
    • Blackbird In Position
    • Attack Dogs Unleashed
    • MPL Brutality
  • Operations
    • TDM Victor
    • CTF Tornado
    • Headquarters Tornado
    • TDM Bloodbath
    • Domination Blood Bath
    • S&D Blood Bath
    • Free-For-All Warrior
    • Headquarters Barbarian
    • CTF Titan
    • Demolition Warlord
  • Specialist
    • Steel Meets Spine
    • Scorched
    • M72 LAW Killer
    • Ballistic Knife Killer
    • Tears Taste So Sweet
    • WA2000 Expert
    • A True Soldier
    • Elite Precision

Combat Training
  • Requires you to be online
  • Allows you to play against bots (AI)
  • Rank progression separate from online multiplayer
  • Play solo or with friends
  • Great for map tactics, warmups, screwing around etc
  • This is best explained by Vahn himself:

Theater Mode
  • Theater is for all platforms
  • Slow-mo and Speed up effects
  • Free camera, third person, or first person views
  • View any player's perspective
  • Treyarch out to top Bungie's theater
  • You can make highlight reels
  • All LIVE games are playable
  • Allows tagging and sharing
  • Will be able to get your videos to the web
  • Can watch Theater with parties
  • There is an in-game Sequence Editor so you can string together montages of your greatest moments in a match

Emblem Editor
  • Ability to create your own emblems
  • Emblems can be placed on your weapons
  • 12 layers for emblems
  • A lot of colors to choose from
  • Purchase different emblem stocks with COD Points. Such as a skull, arrows, horse, bunny, and a ton more

Game Modes
  • Wage your COD Points
  • Put your COD Points on the line and wager on matches
  • Top 3 players earn COD Points, rest lose their COD Points
  • In some game modes the kill leader is shown as a glowing gold dot on the uav
  • Hardcore playlists are now unlocked at a certain level
  • Join Session in Progress is disabled only in Wager Match
  • Can edit nearly ever aspect of the gameplay such as custom classes, the health system for specific classes, perks, killstreaks, jump height, movement speed and more
  • Can create custom games, save them and upload them to your File Share.
  • Custom game creation includes a class editor, killstreak editor and perk editor.

  • Gun Game - Same as the CS/Cod4/5/6 mod where you start with a knife and kill to be given a new weapon.
  • One in the Chamber - Start with a pistol with only 1 bullet. Miss and have to rely on your knife. Kill to get another bullet. Only 3 lives.
  • Sharpshooter - All players start with a random weapon, after a certain amount of time everyone receives a new weapon.
  • Sticks and Stones - Crossbow, Ballistic Knife, and Tomahawk
  • Barebones - No perks, attachments or killstreak rewards
  • Team Deathmatch
  • Teach Tactical
  • War
  • RC Car Race
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Flag Rush
  • Waypoint Flag Rush
  • Free-For-All
  • Search & Destroy
  • Domination
  • Headquarters
  • Demolition
  • Capture The Flag
  • Sabotage

Game Mode Options
  • Score Limit
  • Kill Score
  • Death Score
  • Assist Score
  • Suicide Score
  • Leader Bonus
  • Headshot Bonus
  • Round Limit

General Options
  • Hardcore Enabled
  • Allow Killcam
  • Headshots Only
  • Allow Sprint

Respawn Options
  • Respawn Delay
  • Force Respawn
  • Wave Spawn Delay

Lives and Health Options
  • Number of Lives
  • Max Health
  • Health Regeneration

Team Options
  • Spectating
  • Friendly Fire

Target Dummies
  • Friendly Target Dummies (Max 5)
  • Enemy Target Dummies (Max 5)
  • Target Dummy Difficulty (Recruit, Regular, Hardened, Veteran)

  • Map specific challenges. Such as finding a shortcut in a map
  • Choice to vote for two maps or a random map
  • Levels are snowy, urban, jungle
  • Maps when using killstreaks and when pressing start are broken up into quadrants. ie. A1, A2. C3

Map Name: Array
Description: Snow covered landscape. Good medium to long range fighting.
Map Size: Large

Map Name: Cracked
Map Size: Large
Description: Streets of Vietnam. Well balanced for Search & Destroy.

Map Name: Crisis
Description: Cuban base. Epic indoor and outdoor battles.
Map Size: Medium

Map Name: Firing Range
Description: Military practice facility. Hectic Domination games.
Map Size: Small

Map Name: Grid
Description: Russian power grid. Plenty of tactical spots for fighting
Map Size: Medium

Map Name: Hanoi
Description: NVA prison camp. Excellent for Headquarters matches.
Map Size: Medium

Map Name: Havana
Description: Cuban city. Filled with tactical street fights.
Map Size: Medium

Map Name: Jungle
Description: Jungle warfare. Great vertical gameplay.
Map Size: Large

Map Name: Launch
Description: Huge space launch facility. Perfect for any game mode.
Map Size: Medium
Notes: Has a missile in the center of the map that is launched randomly durring each round.

Map Name: Nuketown
Description: Nuclear testing grounds. Fast-paced action on a small map.
Map Size: Small

Map Name: Radiation
Description: Fully operating plant. A well balanced map for any play style.
Map Size: Medium

Map Name: Summit
Description: Research facility on a snowy mountain. Fight from all angles.
Map Size: Medium

Map Name: Villa
Description: Urban estate. Good corridors for long range firefights.
Map Size: Medium

Map Name: WMD
Description: An old Soviet base. Intense Capture the Flag matches.
Map Size: Medium

Create-A-Class 2.0
  • Described as "Gun Porn"
  • Start with 5 custom classes
  • Gain an additional 5 from prestiges 1 - 5
  • Can customize the appearance of your character model
  • Customize your weapon with your emblem, etched clan tag, reticule, reticule colors, lens color, and more
  • Gun customizations are separate to each weapon
  • Colored clan tags unlocked at prestige level 18
  • All purchased emblem images, backgrounds, and layers remain through prestige
  • Accolades are replaced with Awards

  • Deathstreaks are gone
  • No commando, danger close, one man army, stopping power or juggernaut
  • Bling returns as Warlord
  • Pro Perks return
  • Tactical Insertions are restricted from all Free for All variants but will remain present in Team variants.
  • Pro perks are unlocked by completing a Challenge Set; they also have to be bought too
  • All equipment can be picked back up and re-positioned (including claymores).
  • Scavenger no longer replenishes noob tubes
  • Tactical/Lethal grenades are thrown with RB
  • Equipment is placed with LB

Tier 1

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  • Move faster
  • PRO: +No fall damage

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  • Pick up ammo from fallen enemies. Replenish lethal grenades.
  • PRO: +Start with extra mags. Replenish tactical grenades.

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  • Undetectable by the Spy Plane and the Blackbird.
  • PRO: +Undetectable by aircraft, dogs, IR, and sentries. No red crosshair or name when targeted.

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Flak Jacket
  • Reduces explosive damage.
  • PRO: +Immune to fire damage and allows you to safely toss back frag grenades.

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Killstreaks require 1 less kill.
PRO: +Change the contents of a Care Package.

Tier 2

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  • Bullets penetrate better.
  • PRO: +Bullets do extra damage to aircraft and turrets. Reduced flinch when you are shot.

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  • Hold breath longer.
  • PRO: +Faster weapon switching.

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Steady Aim
  • Increased hip-fire accuracy.
  • PRO: +Quicker aiming after sprinting and quicker recovery from knife lunge.

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Sleight of Hand
  • Faster reloads.
  • PRO: +Faster aiming down sights with non-scoped weapons.

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  • Equip two attachments to your primary weapon.
  • PRO: +Start with 1 extra lethal and tactical grenade (except smoke).

Tier 3

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  • Longer sprint.
  • PRO: +Unlimited sprint

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  • Silent movement.
  • PRO: +Louder enemies and you're completely silent.

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Second Chance
  • Pull out your pistol before dying.
  • PRO: +Survive longer, and any teammate can revive you.

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  • Ability to detect enemy equipment and explosives.
  • PRO: +Can sabotage enemy equipment, turrets, and crates. Invisible to motion sensors.

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Tactical Mask
  • Reduces the effects of flash and concussion grenades.
  • PRO: +Reduces the effects of the flash and concussion grenades. Reveals the position of a flashed or stunned enemy.

Killstreak Rewards
  • Killstreaks only go to 11
  • Gunship is the highest killstreak
  • Dogs are back
  • Killstreaks don't count towards other killstreaks
  • There is no game-ending killstreak
  • Killstreaks will carry over to other rounds
  • Killstreaks do not count toward your highest leaderboard kill streak
  • Killstreaks seem more balanced
  • RC car has no set time and is easy to control but leaves the player very vulnerable and can be destroyed easily
  • SAM Turrent can take out helicopters
  • Dogs and the gunship can be found in care packages
  • If the care package helicopter is destroyed the care package will be dropped where the helicopter was destroyed at.
  • The Gunship is a fully-controllable helicopter (fly it and shoot) while as the Chopper Gunner, you're just gunning it.
    • 3 – Spy Plane - Shows enemies on minimap, can be shot down
    • 3 – RC XD - Remote controlled car strapped with explosives
    • 4 – Counter Spy Plane - Temporarily disables enemy mini-map
    • 4 – Sam Turret - Airdrop a placeable SAM turret that destroys aircraft
    • 5 – Care Package - Airdrop a random killstreak or ammo crate
    • 5 – Napalm Strike - Airstrike that covers an area in napalm
    • 6 – Sentry Gun - Airdrop a placeable sentry gun
    • 6 – Mortar Team - Target three locations to bombard with Mortar Strikes
    • 7 – Attack Helicopter - Call in a support helicopter
    • 7 – Valkyrie Rockets - Launcher with remote controlled rockets
    • 8 – BlackBird - Shows both enemy position and direction on the mini map. Cannot be shot down.
    • 8 – Rolling Thunder - Carpet bombing airstrike.
    • 9 – Chopper Gunner - Be the gunner of an attack helicopter.
    • 11 – Attack Dogs - Attack dogs that hunt the enemy down.
    • 11 – Gunship - Pilot an Attack Helicopter.

  • Weapon damage was compared to that of Call of Duty 2
  • You can now see more detailed information about each weapon you’ve used; such as kills, deaths, K/D, wins, and more
  • Extended Mags extend your magazine capacity. Dual Mags are two mags taped together for faster reload every other reload.
  • Akimbo weapons return
  • Famas is fully auto
  • M16 is 3-round burst
  • Shotguns are now primaries
  • Shotguns have fair range
  • Sniper Rifles guarantee 1 shot for headshots
  • Some snipers have selectable zoom
  • No red dot for snipers
  • Grenade launchers cannot be used with Warlord

Primary Weapons
  • Assault Rifles
    • M14
    • Famas
    • Enfield
    • Falil
    • Aug
    • AK47
    • FN Fal
    • M16
    • Commando
    • G11 (Classified)
    • Attachments
      • Extended Mag
      • Duel Mag
      • ACOG sight
      • Red Dot Sight
      • Reflex
      • Masterkey
      • Flamethrower
      • Infrared Scope
      • Suppressor
      • Grenade Launcher
      • Low Power Scope (G11 only)
      • Variable Zoom (G11 Only)

  • Submachine Guns
    • Skorpion
    • MAC11
    • AK47u
    • MP5K
    • Uzi
    • MPL
    • Spectre
    • PM63
    • Kiparis (Classified)
    • Attachments
      • Extended Mag
      • ACOG Sight
      • Red Dot Sight
      • Reflex
      • Grip
      • Duel Wield
      • Suppressor
      • Rapid Fire

  • Shotguns
    • Skateout
    • Olympia
    • SPAS
    • HS10 (Classified)
    • Attachments
      • Grip (Stakeout)
      • Suppressor (SPAS-12)
      • HS10 (Duel Wield)

  • Light Machine Guns
    • RPK
    • M60
    • HK21
    • Stoner63 (Classified)
    • Attachments
      • Extended Mag
      • ACOG Sight
      • Red Dot Sight
      • Reflex
      • Infrared Scope

  • Sniper Rifles
    • WA2000
    • L96A1
    • Dragunov
    • PSG1 (Classified)
    • Attachments
      • Extended Mag
      • ACOG Sight
      • Infrared Scope
      • Suppressor
      • Variable Zoom

Secondary Weapons
  • Pistols
    • M1911
    • Markarov
    • ASP
    • Python
    • CZ75 (Classified)
    • Attachments
      • Duel Wield
      • Upgraded Iron Sights
      • Extended Mags
      • Suppressor
      • Full Auto Upgrade
      • Snub Nose (Python)
      • Speed Reloader (Python)

  • Launchers
    • RPG
    • M72
    • China Lake
    • Strela

  • Special
    • Crossbow – Explosive rounds are always 1 hit kill
    • Ballistic Knife

  • Tactical Grenades
    • Nova Gas
    • Flash Bang
    • Concussion
    • Decoy - A non-lethal grenade that creates false radar blips by shooting
    • Willy Pete - Smoke

  • Lethal
      Semtex Frag Tomahawk - Throwing axe

  • Equipment
    • C4
    • Tactical Insertions
    • Claymore
    • Camera Spike
    • Motion Sensor
    • Jammer

  • None
  • Dusty
  • Ice
  • Red
  • Olive
  • Nevada
  • Sahara
  • ERDL
  • Tiger
  • Berlin
  • Warsaw
  • Siberia
  • Yukon
  • Woodland
  • Flora
  • Gold (Classified)

Face Paint
  • Clean
  • Stalker
  • Crom
  • Highlander
  • Sidewinder
  • Mantis
  • Militia
  • Apache
  • Sandman
  • Zulu
  • Blitz
  • Commando
  • Tundra
  • Banshee
  • Dutch
  • Ranger
  • Smoke
  • Black Widow
  • Death
  • Reaper
  • Jester

  • Dot
  • Semi-circle
  • Line with dot
  • Circle
  • Smiley
  • Arrows horizontal
  • Arrows vertical
  • Arrows with dot
  • Boxes
  • Burst
  • Circle within a circle
  • Circle with dot
  • Circle with crosshairs
  • Circle with inner line
  • Circle with outer line
  • Circle with arrows
  • Circle with triangles
  • Outer crosshairs
  • Small crosshairs
  • Large crosshairs
  • Diamond
  • Diamond outline
  • Heart
  • Radiation
  • Skull
  • Square
  • Square outline
  • Star
  • 3 dots
  • Treyarch
  • Triangle
  • Outer triangles
  • X
  • X with dot
  • Ying yang

Reticule Colors
  • Red
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Teal
  • Yellow
  • Orange

Lens Colors
  • Clear
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Yellow