APP NAME: Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies
GENRE(S): Action, Shooter
RELEASE DATE(S): December 1st, 2011
Call of Duty: Zombies was nothing to write home about, as it was a relatively disappointing title for lack of action, and pointless experience. After a little over a year, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies has been released by Activision. The game features the same survival horror style, but with a whole new Black Ops map. If you’re unfamiliar, the zombies map is a mini-game within Call of Duty, and Activision has brought that mini-game to iOS. The Black Ops version offers similar solo and online play where the zombies are coming at you from different entry points, and you need to survive as long as you can.
The game features only one map at launch, which is definitely disappointing for the price point. The map has extra areas to access, but it’s really all the same each and every time, because you can only unlock new areas in specific order. The game does crank up the action, so you don’t have to wait around doing nothing, like in the original. There’s a constant stream of zombies that becomes overwhelming relatively quickly. With online co-op mode for up to four players, it can definitely be manageable, but again it’s still the same gameplay style.
The Black Ops version adds voice chat to the online component, but in our testing it seemed pretty one sided. There’s an additional Dead Ops arcade mode which presents a top down dual stick shooter with 50 rounds of zombies to blast through. That’s the entirety of the game, and it’s amazing how little there actually is. The game doesn’t seem like it was updated much from the original, including the graphics which really look basic when compared to Infinity Blade II, with both released yesterday. Even the zombie shooting animations are poor with such jagged destruction and blocky blood splatter. After a match or two, you’ve experienced everything in the game, and there’s no incentive to keep playing.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies ($6.99, Universal) is just as basic and disappointing as last year, and the Black Ops version feels like a free update. There’s not much to it by itself, and not much to distinguish itself from the original. The game itself isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s definitely not worth the $6.99 price of admission with many better $0.99 games out there. All you do is shoot zombies over and over, and there are other games that do it better regardless of cost.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is worth skipping for the price as it offers nothing that stands out.