Call of Duty Black Ops launches in roughly three hours EST.Â That is, if you bought it from an actual brick and mortar store.Â If you’re like me and the majority of PC players you probably bought it on STEAM.Â Unfortunately, if you buy it on STEAM then you’re stuck on STEAM time which means you can’t play until tomorrow around 10am EST.Â I don’t know why the store copies, which require steam anyway, can play right away but the digital copies are punished.Â Oh well, I have tests tomorrow anyway and should probably sleep.
Modern Warfare 2 was/is an excellent game.Â I loved the singleplayer (I know there are plenty of haters out there) and I like much of the multiplayer gameplay, but it certainly has its faults.Â No dedicated servers was the biggest issue and has remained the number one reason why I haven’t played it nearly as much as I did CoD4.Â Second, the cheating was horrendous and Valve’s anti-cheat doesn’t do crap.Â Â Third, the kill streak perks adding to kill streaks made for some downright stupid gameplay.Â I’m hoping this time will be different.
CoD Blops will have dedicated servers — even if they’re all from one single provider (are they still?).Â Dedicated servers means communities and more importantly server admins to ban the cheaters.Â Dedicated servers hopefully means we get punkbuster (crossing my fingers and hoping we’re not relying solely on Valve).Â Treyarch has fixed the kill streaks compounding kills and fixed a lot of the perks from MW2 that were sketchy or worthless.
The setting of the Cold War era and the idea that you’re more of a special ops/agent sounds like it will make for a cool singleplayer.Â I’m expecting it to match the standard of excellence that I always find in CoD.
Hopefully CoD Blops grabs hold of me and doesn’t let go.Â There’s really something quite crucial about finding a dedicated server or two that you really like and sticking with it.Â Playing with the same people every day really does make it a better experience.Â I’m hoping to find a server like the one I played CoD4 on for a few years: “Hardcore Tactical Real”.Â It had custom rules that you weren’t allowed to do certain things (like no air strikes or noob tubes within first few minutes) that made it more fun.Â We’ll see how it goes!Â I’ve gotten my hopes up.
We’ll be posting in our CoD forum about which servers we play on.Â You can also find our STEAM info in there if you would like to play with us.Â I’ll live stream tomorrow those who want to see what the PC version is like and I’ll post my thoughts in a follow-up.