Call of Duty: Black Ops set to break records

Call of DutyThe seventh installment of the Call of Duty video game franchise was released on Nov. 9, and it’s predicted to be not only one of the biggest entertainment launches of 2010, but of all time.

“I thought it was really cool, the physics, the graphics, and the animations are awesome,” said Jayda Kyle, a first-year ACAD student.
Analysts predict Call of Duty: Black Ops, developed by Treyarch Studios and published by Activision, will sell over 12-million copies worldwide, joining its predecessor Modern Warfare 2 as one of the largest media releases in history.

According to Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising for gaming retailer Gamestop, Black Ops has already surpassed the previous record holder, Modern Warfare 2, in pre-order sales.
Black Ops sold 2.7-million copies in the Americas alone before hitting store shelves.

“I’m stoked for the new Call of Duty, although I didn’t pre order it,” said ACAD first-year student, Stephanie Sanders. “I figure that if I did order it I wouldn’t get any work done.”

This title marks the third installment in the Call of Duty franchise for Treyarch, and Activision enlisted Hollywood talent to solidify its success. Actors Ice Cube and Ed Harris both lend their voices to the game, while The Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater Revival provide the soundtrack.

Black Ops – which drops the player into the boots of Special Forces soldiers during the Vietnam/Cold War era – also enlisted military advisors from both the American Army and the Soviet Spetsnaz to reach militaristic authenticity.

“Almost everything about this game looks better than the last Call of Duty,” said Kyle.

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