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Not a console game, so don't judge it like one.,
This review is from: Call of Duty: Black Ops - Declassified - PlayStation Vita (Video Game)I'll be the last person to praise the Call of Duty series. In fact, I've spent way more money "hoping this next game will be good" than I'd care to admit. they're not bad games, mind you, just... repetitive. Overly familiar.
That being said, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified's greatest ally is familiarity. Believe it or not one of the reasons I like this game is familiarity. It feels like I'm playing call of duty, but somehow less... insane. For a platform claiming console quality in a portable package, familiarity is good. The fact that I can pick up a portable console and be playing a first person shooter, let alone one from the most popular series of all time, is a great advantage for this game. The controls feel natural and intuitively thought out, but it lacks one of the biggest things I didn't like about the console counterparts - the shier insanity. Be it immature persons trash talking in every lobby you enter, or killstreak perks dominating the enemy team in to submission, call of duty has an air of chaos to it, which this portable version plesantly lacks. That's not to say it's not exciting and competitive feeling, but everything is toned down. The multiplayer maps are smaller, as are the team sizes. But it doesn't feel smaller - It feels just right. Because they toned down the size of the maps, the 4v4 multiplayer doesn't feel slow or boring by any means. In fact, due to the reduced map size, it makes for some pretty intense moments, such as when the entire enemy team descends on you at once, or you manage to get a quad-kill and wipe out the whole enemy team at the same time. You pick the game up and it's familiar - you know what to do, because you've played call of duty before. People are putting down the game's graphics, but I honestly can't see what they are talking about. this game is pretty good looking. Maybe not the best looking game on the vita, but not bad, by any means. Besides, Call of Duty isn't exactly a flagship title in terms of graphics. The campaign feels a little bit more like spec ops than an actual campaign, but it's still linear and not fighting waves. this game does have a wave-based gametype, too, just not Zombies. Oh well, I never cared for zombies much anyways.
All in all, a solid 7.5 out of 10 for this game. This game's biggest letdown is it's price, though. It's definitely not a console seller, but if you're interested in it and don't yet have a vita, get the bundle. The reason I say this is because this is currently the most expensive game on Vita, and quite frankly, it's overpriced. $50 for a handheld game is pretty rediculous (I got mine for half that price, buy used!) But, if you buy the bundle, you get the handheld, the game and the memory card for $250, so it's a pretty solid deal.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2012 9:14:22 AM PST
Justin McFarland says:
How could you not judge this like a console game? When the Vita has put out games like Uncharted: GA, AC3:Liberation and Gravity Rush, it has proven that it can put out solid games. Handheld devices are becoming closer and closer to mini consoles. At this point, the only thing being a handheld should hinder are the graphics.
Being a handheld game in no way makes up for the shotty, rushed single player and the multiplayer with horrible maps and matchmaking problems.
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I do not judge this like a console game because even though they are gaining ground, handhelds are still not on par with the consoles. Until they have R/l 1, 2, and 3 like consoles do, and have the same connectivity and processing power that consoles do, there will always be shortcomings in the games that are caused by the limitations of the platform and are unfair to hold against the game because of said platform's limitations. You mentioned some good games, but they all have times where they are clunky, frustrating, and fall short of their console counterparts due to the vita's limitations or lack of a full set of controls.
If you want to see what a truly awful CoD experience feels like, one that will put this game in to perspective, play BOII on the Wii u, especially in hardcore. host migrations out the wazu, fighting the same group of 20 players over and over again because nobody is online, etc. Until I get a straight port of a console CoD to vita, wherein the campaign and multiplayer is identical, I will maintain my opinion that Declassified is a solid, entertaining game, even if it is not as fun as it's console brothers.
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