There are 2 areas to look at with C.o.D. Black Ops (B.O.): the single and multiplayer. Unfortunately the two are of a much contrast.
The single player is worth paying the money in my opinion. Based in the Cold War Vietnam era of the 1960s, one can relate to the missions and people who feature in the storyline. The storyline one of the best you will play from a CoD title, and does well even seeings as a chance of a sequal is unlikely. As a one off, the storyline is gripping and runs on flashbacks and memories. This different approach just works. Graphically, the single player is really crisp and precise, and every landscape is well designed. One crucial point is that the run-and-shoot approach doesn't work on this title. Often one needs to stand back from a situation and think about how to hit the next checkpoint. This adds to the authenticity. The continuation of the Zombie mode is not fun on your own, it is with a group of 4, fighting for survival.
However, it isnt perfect. Even though the storyline is actually quite long, can still be completed in a few hours on an easy difficulty mode. Also, the lack of a Spec Ops option leaves the experience lacking and a bit shallow. MW2 was a huge hit because of Spec Ops addition.
Now, the multiplayer, for a 'Codder' since MW, is a big disappointment. It runs on levelling up to level 50 and one can prestige 15 times. Both are wrong: it should be to level 55 or 60, because at 50, you dont spend that long on a prestige and you glance through them before you really spend any time on them, and 15 prestiges is poor, 10 is a much better choice.
The picture only gets worse. The maps have been poorly designed and are really annoying to play on (Only the maps Nuketown and Array will fill you with any joy) and the graphics are terrible. MW looked better than B.O. It really is a mystery how the clean-cut, well-finsihed off single player graphics have been lost. What one ends up with is a pixilated mush of colours and graphics. Even from a distance, the landscapes look fuzzy and PS2-esque.
However, the 2 most frustrating things will leave you wondering why you waste your time playing online. The hit detection is just shocking. The cross hairs will be on someone but the bullets wont, and i dont say this as someone who is bad at the game, seeings how i have a KD of over 2.4. I dont know what went wrong and i dont know why it hasen't been patched! The same goes for the weapon damage. Very rarely will you get a one-shot kill with a sniper rifle, and often you will be scoped in on a players upper body, but the shot will miss by some distance. The whole experience fills you with frustration. The last negative point is the server the game runs on. The connection time is slow, and the host selection is awful Often you will enter a game where only the host has 4 bars. Then, even if the host change system activates, it takes around 20 seconds for it to try and find a new host, or it gives up and disconnects. Often, an even worse host is selected. The situation is made worse when you get into a good game with no lag, but the game will suddenly end with the error of "The server disconnected" or "Connection to the host was lost". How can this be, when MW2 and even WaW never had this trouble?And it isnt like the server is about to blow through so many people online (the peak players online is about 4-500000). MW2 seemed like a much more pleasant experience.
With all this aside, the new additions of multiplayer are welcome. The level of customisation is the best so far in any CoD title. Being able to even select the reticle design and colour is pleasing, and the ability to design your own emblem is rewarding.
B.O. is a missmatch and one should stick with MW2