Thursday, September 2, 2010

Black Ops Multiplayer Reveal

The moment that we've all been waiting for has finished! Yesterday Treyarch and Activision revealed the multiplayer portion of Call of Duty: Black Ops.

They kicked the event off with a presentation and then everyone that attended got the chance to play the game. There was no live stream of the actual presentation but it was recorded and will be available online in a few days or so.

They announced that you will be able to unlock weapons and other items with "CoD Points" and have introduced a new addition called "Contracts". Contracts is similar to challenges from previous games and rewards players with more CoD Points once they have completed a certain task.

In an attempt to get Single Player fans and those who don't particularly like or aren't good at multiplayer, they have introduced "Combat Training". This allows the player to play on his own or with a mate in a game with only AI controlled bots. The main aim is to simply give players the experience and confidence that they need on the battlefield.

A new game mode is "Wager Match" which is designed for "adrenaline junkie fun". These matches are separate from the normal playlists and you can take the money that you've earned and gamble it against other players. It features four modes which are "One in the Chamber", "Sticks and Stones", "Gun Game" and "Sharp Shooter".

In One in the Chamber everyone spawns with only a pistol, you must kill the enemy and then receives their bullet but if you miss then you're left with just your knife. In Sticks and Stones you only have a crossbow, ballistic knife and a tomahawk and if you kill the enemy with a tomahawk then you reset their money. In gun game you are given a series of progressive and once you kill someone you are given a better weapon, the person who is first to progress through all the weapons wins but if you get knifed then you get sent back one tier. In Sharp Shooter everyone spawns with the same randomly selected weapon which you get to use for a certain period of time, when the period is other than everyone gets a new weapon, each kill gives a perk and then eventually a scoring multiplier.

A trailer for this "Wager Match" was shortly uploaded to the Internet and you can watch it below.


Perks are a very important feature within the Call of Duty franchise nowadays. Black Ops will not have Stopping Power or Juggernaut and there will be 3 tiers to choose from. The first tier will shape how your character looks, for example, the Ghost perk will dress your character up in a ghillie suit. The create a class screen now also shows how your character looks and the changes in appearance that will happen if you select certain options, such as a tier 1 perk. Pro perks will also return to Black Ops.

Tier 1
  • Lightweight
  • Scavenger - Replenish your ammo from fallen enemies.
  • Ghost - Undetectable by Spy Plane, and Blackbird.
  • Flak Jacket - Higher explosives resistance.
  • Hardline

Tier 2

  • Hardened - Deeper bullet penetration
  • Scout - Longer Hold Breath during Scoped Views
  • Steady Aim
  • Sleight of Hand
  • Warlord - Bling perk from MW2

Tier 3

  • Marathon
  • Ninja
  • Second Chance- Will allow you to be revived and in turn revive others
  • Hacker- "Similar" to SitRep/ Pro Version allows you to "booby trap" enemy CarePackages, and hack enemy electronical devices and turn them into your team's( Claymore, Sentry Guns, SAM Turrets)
  • Tactical Mask- Tear Gas and Flashbang resistant


  • MP5K
  • Skorpion
  • MAC11
  • AK74u
  • Uzi
  • PM63
  • MPL
  • Spectre


  • Enfield
  • M14
  • Famas
  • Galil
  • AUG
  • FN FAL
  • AK47
  • Commando


  • Olympia
  • Stakeout
  • SPAS


  • HK21
  • RPK
  • M60

Sniper Rifles

  • Dragunov
  • WA2000
  • L96A1

The above weapons are just some of the weapons that has been seen at the event.


  • Extended Mag
  • ACOG sight
  • Red Dot sight
  • Reflex
  • Infrared scope
  • Dual Mag
  • Masterkey
  • Flamethrower
  • Grenade Launch Suppressor

Treyarch are keen to stress how much more customization Black Ops offers. This includes choosing the reticle that you will see when aiming down your sights.


  • Dot
  • Semicircle
  • 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
  • yin yang

The colors that you can choose are green, blue, purple, teal, yellow and orange. Thanks to MorganJEast » for the weapons, attachments and reticules lists above!

Both the killcam and winning killcam will be heading to Black Ops. Four maps were playable at the event and this includes Summit (snow mountain base), Launch (rocket map), Radiation (abandoned power station) and Crackled (secluded town in shambles).

As part of the more customization, you will be able to edit your own emblem that can be placed on the gun and your clan tag can also be etched on the gun. Host migration will return and the maximum rank appears to be level 50. Although you start off with 5 custom classes you can unlock 5 additional ones through prestige 1-5.


The game won't feature a game ending killstreak and the maximum kills needed will be 11. Killstreak kills won't count towards your next killstreak.

  • 3 – Spy Plane
  • 3 – RC XD
  • 4 – Counter Spy Plane $1600
  • 4 – Sam Turret $1600
  • 5 – Care Package
  • 5 – Napalm Strike
  • 6 – Sentry Gun $3200
  • 6 – Mortar Team
  • 7 – Attack Helicopter
  • 7 – Valkyrie Rockets $4000
  • 8 – BlackBird $4500
  • 8 – Rolling Thunder $4500
  • 9 - Chopper Gunner $5000
  • 11 – Attack Dogs $6000
  • 11 Gunship $6000

Thanks to BigPwner » for the killstreak list!

The care packages will offer special weapons such as the death machine (chain-gun) and the grim reaper (missile launcher). The ballistic knife and crossbow will be "special secondary" weapons while the shotgun will return to its primary weapon slot, but the game will feature dual pistols.


  • Camera Spike
  • C4
  • TI
  • Jammer
  • Motion sensor
  • Claymore


  • M72
  • RPG
  • Strela
  • China Lake

Lethal Grenades

  • Tomahawk
  • Frag
  • Semtex
A Inside Xbox Overview video was recently released and is definitely worth watching below!


Thanks to those who tweeted, blogged, streamed and passed all the awesome information on.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Black Ops Multiplayer Reveal Today

The day that we've been waiting for months is finally here! Later on today Treyarch and Activision will be holding an event just for multiplayer. The event will be attended by press, community representatives and I believe celebrities will even be there.

This will be a full reveal of multiplayer, so even though a lot will be kept secret for November, you can expect a lot of information and footage to come from the event later today. Whether it be new perks, new game modes, new features and plenty more, you can expect a whole lot of awesomeness.

But of course, the big question is how can you get the best possible coverage? There will be a few live streams, blogs and twitter updates that you can find below.

Live Streams
Live Blogs
Along with the above links, we will have own our representatives at the event and we are working on bringing you a live stream but we can't promise anything yet. Keep your eyes peeled to out Blog », Twitter » and Facebook » for all our updates. We will continuously try and add all the new information and footage onto our blog so stay tuned!

The event is scheduled to kick off at 6pm PDT and you can find a countdown timer here ».

[UPDATED] As we mentioned earlier, we've been trying to set-up a live stream. We can now tell you that Nathan8er will be representing us at the event and that involves streaming what he can. Head over to his Ustream » to watch the stream. We will have more details soon.

[UPDATED 2] As promised, we can now share more details about the live stream. Follow @Nathan8er and tune into for a WePlayCoD look from inside the MP Reveal tonight!