Published on October 16th, 2010 | by CodCom
Awesome New Call of Duty: Black Ops Information, Single & Multiplayer Footage
For days people have waited for the GameTrailers TV episode dedicated to Call of Duty: Black Ops. And after watching it, we can say that the wait was worth it. So much new information can be found in this episode of GameTrailers TV, presented by Geoff Keighley.
The video starts off with Mark Lamia, Treyarch Studio Head, describing where and when Call of Duty: Black Ops takes place. The most noticeable thing Mark Lamia says is “it is a game that takes place during the Cold War and is not all about the Cold War”. Needless to say, the Cold War does play a huge role in the storyline.
Then Mark Lamia continues to say that Call of Duty: Black Ops uses the same performance capturing technology used in the movie Avatar to make the scenes and gameplay within Call of Duty: Black Ops as real as possible. The technology is not only used for the cut scenes, but as Mark Lamia says “these are in-engine performances”. That performance capturing technology can even be displayed in stereoscopic 3D as you have the option to enable, or disable, 3D in Call of Duty: Black Ops out of the box.
Dave Anthony, Treyarch Director, reveals that you will get the opportunity to take off and fly a SR 71 Blackbird [a plane that can fly three times the speed of sound, or Mach 3] during the Single Player mode. Another interesting aspect of the game Dave Anthony reveals, is that there is going to be underwater gameplay near the end of the Single Player mode. Yes you read that correct, it’s gameplay and not a cut scene.
Previous teasers and trailers have shown the locations in which Call of Duty: Black Ops will take place. Places such as the United States [Pentagon]. Vietnam, Russia, Hong Kong and Cuba. When Dave Anthony talks about Cuba, Geoff Keighley eagerly jumps in and asks whether Fidel Castro will be in game. Even though Dave Anthony won’t directly answer his question, we already know the answer to this question because it was revealed in the Call of Duty: Black Ops achievement list.
In the Single Player mode you will be following a group of soldiers from pretty much the beginning till the end, with a few exception. For those wanting to know the exact story of who you are playing, what you are doing and why you are doing it, an answer won’t come quick. According to Dave Anthony it’s only near the end of the Single Player game where you get answers to these questions. Maybe David S. Goyer had a say in this?
Adam Rosas, Treyarch Cinematic Lead Director, is the man focusing on the cinematic of the game. For Call of Duty: Black Ops, a technique called Full Performance Capture was used. A technique in which the face, body and the sounds are captured. During the recording of the scenes, the actors weren’t in a voice over booth, but there were on an actual stage. And at some point there was even a scene which required seven actors to be there at the same time.
David Vonderhaar is the Multi Player Design Director at Treyarch and is the guru when it comes to the Multi Player. First on David’s list is the new game mode, Wager Match. The Wager Matches can be divided in three playlists.
- Play with your friends. [Something like a poker game with your buddies]
- You and going to Vegas spending money we don’t have [Something like a weekend gambler]
- Playlist for the pro gamblers, this is where most of your COD Points is won or lost.
The COD Points [an other word for in-game currency] you win can be spend buying killstreaks, weapons, attachments and all the other good stuff.
The most exciting part of this video, at least for me, is the part where they show a new Multi Player map for the first time. Havana, Cuba. A map which includes everything you expect from a Treyarch map. Long distances for sniping, close corridors gamers who like close combat and everything in between.
Not that I needed more convincing to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops, but this episode of GameTrailers TV only increased the need of me buying the game. Too bad we still have to wait till November 9th, Call of Duty: Black Ops’ release date.