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Platform PS Vita Publisher Activision Developer nStigate Games Release Date 11/13/2012

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified review: dishonorable discharge

The single-player missions fail on multiple fronts. Enemy A.I. is not bad so much as it is absent. Upon walking into a room, guards march to their designated spots while firing mindlessly in your direction. They won't take cover. They won't try to flank you. They will stand there, firing away, waiting to die. Missions in Declassified feel more like shooting tin cans than trying to outwit an enemy force. If there is a challenge to be found, it's that there are no checkpoints Map design matches the lows hit by the A.I. Most of the maps are composed of ugly square rooms or environments. The dynamic mission design of most Call of Duty games, which sees players commanding air strikes or piloting helicopters, is replaced by an hour-long room-to-room turkey hunt. If there is...

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Best Buy has already put up its Black Friday deals online, and plenty of video game software and hardware can be found among them. Those looking for deals on consoles and handhelds won't be disappointed. One doorbuster deal will be a PlayStation 3 bundle featuring a 250 GB "super slim" unit, the Uncharted Greatest Hits Dual Pack and the InFamous Collection for $199.99 ($100 off). Also on offer at that price is the limited-edition Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified PlayStation Vita bundle, for a savings of $50. Best Buy isn't forgetting Microsoft; the Xbox 360 Holiday Bundle, which includes a 250 GB console and copies of 2011 hits Forza Motorsport 4 and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, will sell for $199.99 ($100 off). And Nintendo rounds out the hardware deals with a Holiday Bundle...

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified developer Nihilistic reorganizing to focus on online and mobile games

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is tailor-made for the Vita, says Nihilistic

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is not meant to act as a port of previous Call of Duty games, but is an experience specifically targeted for the PlayStation Vita, Nihilistic Software CEO Robert Huebner told One of Swords. According to Huebner, Declassified isn't trying to center on a big campaign storyline or major cinematics. "It's more focused on the multiplayer essence of Call of Duty and bringing that to a portable device as completely as possible," Huebner said, "and in bringing short, objective-based missions and score-driven gameplay with lighter story elements to create what we call the Operations missions." "The goal was not to make a product that is a port of any past or present Call of Duty game, but to make a tailored experience for the Vita that adds new content and...

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified has had a 'significant visual upgrade' since Gamescom, Nihilistic says

The Call of Duty game being created for the PlayStation Vita has been improving since its debut appearance at Gamescom in August, says Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified developer Nihilistic Software. "I think the most noticeable thing is a significant visual upgrade," says Nihilistic studio head Robert Huebner, "A richer color palette, more detailed models, and better lighting overall. Also we implemented an entirely new animation blending system that allows us to capture a lot of nuanced animation that Call of Duty players are accustomed to." Huebner highlights the importance of that improved animation in an interview with the official PlayStation blog. "You don't notice it all the time while you're playing," he says, "but when you drill down, Call of Duty has an insane number of...

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'Black Ops: Declassified' uses old-school Create-A-Class, not Pick 10

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, the first Call of Duty outing on the Playstation Vita, won't be built around the Black Ops 2 timeline, innovative new multiplayer class system, or weapons, Activision reps told Polygon. Instead, the game's multiplayer will make use of the perks, weapons, and gameplay style of the original Black Ops. That's in part because the game itself takes place in the 60s, 70s, and 80s and is meant to tell the story of what happened after the original Black Ops in a series of Spec Ops-like single player missions. During a demo at Gamescom today, an Activision rep walked press through a lightning-fast demo of the game's features and then dropped into a 2 vs. 2 match-up on a map called Shattered. Shattered, one of the upcoming game's six multiplayer maps, takes...

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Watch 'Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified's' first gameplay trailer

Activision will bring Call of Duty to the PlayStation Vita later this year with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. The Vita exclusive promises covert single-player missions, four-versus-four multiplayer over WiFi, and all-new maps. Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified's debut trailer from Gamescom shows the first-person shooter in action on some familiar territory, including the Call of Duty: Black Ops map Nuketown. Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is slated to be released on Vita this November. Here's our first look at gameplay, should you have missed it during Sony's Gamescom press conference.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified on Vita includes 4v4 multiplayer over WiFi, custom Vita bundle

While Activision isn't quite ready to declassify Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified, the forthcoming Vita release of the historically popular Call of Duty series, it did manage to share some details during Sony's Gamescom press conference today, including a November release window to match its console big brother. Notably, the game will include 4v4 multiplayer over WiFi (presumably not 3G then?) across modes like Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed, on new maps built exclusively for PlayStation Vita. It will also include new weapons and gear designed to take advantage of Vita technology, like the location-aware Near service. Sony will also release a special Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified Vita bundle that includes a copy of the game in addition to a Vita with a special COD-themed...

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North America
  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 11/13/2012
    • Publisher Activision
    • Developer nStigate Games
    • Score 2.0
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