After months of being teased with leaked footage, gameplay trailers and possible new features, Call of Duty Black Ops has finally been unleashed to the gaming masses.
Now that the dust has settled on the midnight launches across the country, we take a look at how the new CoD is being received.
Canadian gaming website Gaming Everything was considered to have the world's first review of the game giving Black Ops an impressive 9 out of 10 saying, It’s tough to hate on something as skillfully executed as Black Ops. Call of Duty remains the smoothest, most approachable first person shooter out there, and I had a blast playing it."
But what have the more notable gaming critics made of Treyarch's cinematic shooter?
See below for our Call of Duty: Black Ops review round up
Official Xbox Magazine UK - “Black Ops could have easily cracked under the enormous pressure to deliver given the unusual circumstances but deliver is exactly what Treyarch has done. When all is said and done, this is the 'proper' Call of Duty fans have been waiting for..” - 9/10
Eurogamer - "The results are never less than entertaining whatever you choose to do, then, but not exactly brave and bold either. Say what you like about No Russian - at least it was something different. ." - 8/10
IGN - "Whether extensive customisation options and inspirational multiplayer makes up for the ragged single player portion is sure to be a subject of controversy in the weeks and months ahead. Maybe next time we'll get the full package..." - 8.5/10
Videogamer - "Black Ops offers its own thoroughly enjoyable romp through some entertaining set-pieces. I've considered myself a Call of Duty fan for many years, and I've held a deep-seated distrust of Treyarch since Call of Duty 3. No longer." - 9/10
Joystiq - "We may all be competitive, but when games of the caliber of Call of Duty: Black Ops continue to be released, nobody has to lose." - 4/5
Gamereactor - "The singleplayer-mode offers a thrilling storyline, the multiplayer introduces currency and the directing is tighter than a pair of tight jeans in a rainstorm. Bravo!" - 9/10
Kotaku - "This is what video games should be, a confusion of interaction and story-telling, of graphics and camera movement, of play and parable." - Kotaku Editor's Choice
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