Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies – Video review

August 10, 2012
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Assuming you’re done playing Dead Trigger, and what with season 3 of The Walking Dead not hitting the small screen until October, your best bet to get your daily Zombie fix is to play GLU’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies. Now we know that the game is an exclusive for Xperia devices until September 6, but this just gives more time for non-Xperia gamers to prepare. Trust us — killing Zombie takes a lot of effort that the more preparation you have, the less likely you’ll get mauled by those pesky brain eaters.

As promised, our resident game meister Clayton has posted his video review of Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies.  Along with the brief walkthrough, we have also provided additional information for your reading pleasure.

Graphics and Gameplay

Upon firing up the game, you’ll get the option to choose between a single player and a co-op multiplayer mode. The co-op mode lets you create a team of up to 4 players for a Zombie showdown, but it only works on WiFi.

Going solo means you can choose one out the available four characters on the game. Next, you’ll have to choose your battle ground: Kino Der Toten, Ascension, Call of the Dead: Director’s Cut, or Dead Ops Arcade. If this is your first time playing the game, you may want to start with the tutorial.

The basic premise of Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is simple: kill as many zombies as you can and stay alive. Along the way, you can collect coins and points to buy better ammo and to unlock doors to new areas.

GLU has done a fine job in porting the console game to Android. The overall graphics quality, as noted by Clayton, is pretty good. It’s not quite at the same level as the Xbox counterpart, but it’s definitely one of the better looking games available for the platform. Bearing in mind that Clayton is running the game on an Xperia Ion, which is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, we can only imagine that it will run much smoother on a Snapdragon S4 or Tegra 3.

Control

While the game has a solid control set, and is quite responsive to touches, there’s only so much the developer can cram on a small screen before it blocks your view. The left side is reserved for a virtual stick to move the character around, while the right side is where you aim. Shooting requires you to tap the “target” button once to hone in, and tap the screen once more to shoot. There’s also a handy “stab” button when things get a little too crazy. As is the case with other games, it’ll take a while to get used to the controls and master it.

Verdict

For $7, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies may seem a bit much compared to Dead Trigger’s free price tag, but you’re really getting the full Call of Duty experience on your mobile device. With great graphics and solid control, the game is definitely worth the download.

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