Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (PS Vita)

The Good Solo missions can be challenging

The Bad Short, aggravating single-player campaignNo save feature in solo missionsDumb enemy AIControl issues exacerbated by dull, linear levelsBuggy MP made even worse with too-small maps

The Bottom Line Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is a huge disappointment that does nothing right.

Editors' Rating
2.5 Overall

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Review

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (PS Vita)

Since the PS Vita is in dire need of a good shooter to take advantage of its nifty two-sticks setup, you would think that a Call of Duty game to mark the arrival of Black Ops II on the system's big-console brothers would be just the ticket. You would think wrong. Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is a ticket to nothing but aggravation. This sad excuse for a portable first-person shooter shoots itself in the foot over and over again. Single-player is repetitive and annoying; multiplayer is a stripped-down waste of time. And various bugs, missing features, and other egregious flaws kick in their own contributions toward wasting a few hours of your life that you will never get back.

Declassified masquerades as a fully featured shooter, but in reality the game is anything but. Solo modes of play are lacking in every respect. The campaign option is highlighted by Operations, which consists of separate historic missions with series protagonists Alex Mason and Frank Woods going back all the way to commando operations during the Vietnam War. There is no story to follow. You just drop in on assignments in Vietnam, both Cold War-era Germanys, Nicaragua, and Afghanistan, usually in the midst of some bloody craziness, and kill a mass of enemies while swearing lustily about the injustice of it all.

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  • Brand Activision
  • ESRB Mature
  • Developer Nihilistic
  • Subcategory Action
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