Yesterday Activision revealed a ton of information about the multiplayer component of Call of Duty: Black Ops; something players have been begging for since E3. And guess what, the details are excellent.
Producers Dan Bunting and David Vonderhaar explained at a press event that the three pillars of Black Ops multiplayer are “compete, customize, and create.” Competition is the obvious selection here, but it’s not just about competition between human players. An offline mode called Combat Training has been added that lets you compete against AI controlled bots to better your skills.
The Combat Training mode has its own ranking system separate from the online multiplayer. Treyarch said that it found that between 30 and 40 percent of single player gamers had never even tried multiplayer. “[This mode will] introduce the Call of Duty game to an entirely new set of players who we feel are missing out,” said Vonderhaar.
In a break from tradition, there will be no stressful grinding to level and unlock items for play. Instead, Treyarch introduced a monetary system that lets you purchase upgrades whenever you can afford them. Call of Duty Points, or CP as they are called, are gained the same way XP is gained in previous games. Each item has a CP value allotted to it so if you wish to save up for that really sweet gun right off the bat you can.
In Treyarch’s opinion, currency is useless if you can’t gamble with it. So, with that in mind, they have introduced four different types of multiplayer matches that revolve around gambling your CP called Wager Matches. In these modes, everyone antes a number of CP and only the top three players get paid CP at the end of the match.
“One in the Chamber” matches pit players against each other with only a pistol armed with a single bullet, but killing another player grants you an extra bullet while missing leaves you to fend off gunshots from other players with your knife. “Sticks and Stones” arms you and your opponents with a tomahawk and a crossbow. When you die, you lose all your money. “Gun Game” lets you upgrade your guns by getting kill streaks. For every kill your gun goes up one grade, for every death your gun goes down one, first player to reach the top of the gun tiers wins. And finally “Sharp Shooter” starts out everyone with a random set of weapons and re-selects the set at a certain time during the match.
All of the Wager Matches are separate from the normal online ranked play. “These game modes were designed to be pure, kind of adrenaline junkie fun,” Vonderhaar said.
Additionally, Treyarch has introduced “Contracts” into the multiplayer game. This is yet another way to gain more CP. You can, for example, take out a contract to kill 50 players within a certain time frame. It costs you an amount of CP to take the contract and if you fulfill it you get paid more CP than you put in. If you fail, you lose the CP you put in in the first place.
Finally, perhaps the most exciting for some players, is the ability to record and play back matches. That’s right, you’ve got a video recorder built into the game! You can save your matches, share them with your friends, and browse videos of other players. Although it’s not quite as good as the Halo match recording has been, it’s still being tweaked.
And finally, here’s a list of Killstreak Rewards you’ll be earning in the game while you’re busy killing folks. Find out what they are now so you don’t have to think about it later!
3 Kills – Spy Plane
3 – RC-XD (RC bomb)
4 – Counter Spy Plane
4 – SAM Turret
5 – Care Package
5 – Napalm Strike
6 – Sentry Gun
6 – Mortar Team
7 – Attack Helicopter
7 – Valkyrie Rockets
8 – Blackbird
8 – ‘Rolling Thunder’
9 – Chopper Gunner
11 – Attack Dogs
11 – Gunship
Call of Duty: Black Ops releases first on the Xbox 360 on November 9th. Pre order your copy today or pick it up on release at any of these stores around Anoka County.