Be warned: one reviewer finishes Black Ops Declassified in 42 minutes
- Posted November 13th, 2012 at 16:31 EDT by Kyle Prahl
- 13 Comments
While our review of Call of Duty: Black Ops II is live right now for your reading pleasure, you won't find the same thing for Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, the series' debut on PlayStation Vita. That's because Activision failed to provide press outlets with review copies of the game, and while we're working on a review of the final retail copy, early impressions from another press outlet should give you some idea of the value proposition that Black Ops Declassified makes.
Game Informer editor Dan Ryckert has put forth some initial thoughts on the game via Twitter, and what he has to say isn't promising. "Wow...I'm learning very quickly why Activision wasn't showing off much of Black Ops: Declassified prior to release," he tweeted first, before going on to post an image of a rather humorous glitch (shown below) and declaring how long the various single-player modes took him to beat. "Well, I just beat Black Ops: Declassified's main story mode (if you can call it that) in 42 minutes," he revealed. "The main single player mode is ten missions that don't have checkpoints, and almost all of them are under five minutes long." Unfortunately, the game's other single-player content took a far shorter amount of time. Ryckert continued: "Just beat the other mode in barely over five minutes. Black Ops: Declassified has less than an hour of single player content in total."
Our impressions of the game aren't ready to publish, but in the interest of informing our readers, perhaps Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified should be approached with caution until further notice. Sony is hoping that Nihilistic Software's final development effort will sell systems, but if the game turns out to be a bad egg, PS Vita may suffer bad press instead.
Soldier 95B | Solder_95B
- 4:36pm EST - November 13th, 2012
So much epic fail there, I don't even know where to begin.
Lol_Lmao | AJL_LEYJA
- 5:33pm EST - November 13th, 2012
Those 42 minutes will most likely be better than all of GTA5.
- 5:45pm EST - November 13th, 2012
That sounds horrible, seems most online shooters are not going as good as I would have liked.
On the bright side Vita is still starting to get great games. I'm enjoying Zero Escape, ACIII and little king's story now.
AaronSOLDIER | AaronSOLDIER
- 6:41pm EST - November 13th, 2012
@2 lol sure. Not expecting much from either but 99.9% sure GTA5 will destroy the entire CoD series.
Logamus_Prime | Logamus_Prime
- 6:51pm EST - November 13th, 2012
I don't see how casually speaking this is bad news. Forty two minutes seems pretty long to me. Especially for a handheld. Mind you, not every gamer out there can speedrun through a level. Who's to say, this particular person skim right through the entire game and oh the game is over. Oh whoopy. We, as gamers have sickening ignored the hard work that goes to making these games. We skim right through and ignore every visual and cranny that goes to make this art.
- 8:27pm EST - November 13th, 2012
Lets keep in mind that just about any game with A-B objectives can be beaten relativly fast. The guy is skipping cutscenes, blowing through check points and likely doing a general speed run. Not that I care about black ops personally but it's silly to even imagine this would be the regular play time for any game made in the last 10 years. Resident Evil games can be beaten in 2 hours, there's nothing surprising about this.
Also ignore Lol_Lamo he's just a GTA troll.
- 9:45pm EST - November 13th, 2012
@3 I'm glad to hear that you're playing Zero Escape! I ***ing loved that game. More people need to know it exists.
- 10:16pm EST - November 13th, 2012
42 minutes is not good for a handheld. No ps vita game is that short and shoot even gameboy games are line get than that. Since the campaign is short I hope online for the game is kind of good. Cod is an online game so I think they worked on that more for the vita game than story mode,persona. 4 golden is over 100 gameplay for the story which means other games for vita could be lineages. Gravity rush is 15 hours of gameplay and uncharted golden abyss is about eight hours
Blacksite | BlacksitePSU
- 10:51pm EST - November 13th, 2012
I know they said a while back on their blog or whatever that they would focus a lot on the multiplayer but this is ridiculous! Lol.
- 4:15am EST - November 14th, 2012
I think some of you are missing the point. I expect this kind of play time with an any variety of app from apple or android but from a full retail game that cost around 40 dollars? Thats nuts. Pretty much every single COD game comes in around 10 hours mroe or less.
Plus 42 mins is certainly not the console experience Vita promised.
Until Sony decides to grab the reigns from these sub par companies, Vita is in for some long, hard, hurt.
- 4:54am EST - November 14th, 2012
I guess "nihilistic" shouldn't do shooters for PSVita, look what they did to Resistanc with burning skies, got a platinium trophy after 5days. Declassified was to supposed to be the shooter that would help sell the Vita, guess we'll need to wait for a Killzone Vita (made by Guerrilla games) to have a descente shooter on the system.
Jackass316 | Yautja_Warrior
- 6:01am EST - November 14th, 2012
I took a chance on this after reading a few forums and people saying it was better than expected and I have to admit it is a lot better than I thought it was going to be, but its not perfect either.
Short single play modes, feel a bit like Spec Ops type missions (would have liked more but its ok) but the multiplayer is fun though. Overall its much better than I expected it to be, Maybe pick it up if its on sale, but If you really love COD its worth a look. 7 out of 10
John Gargan | Johnasu
- 5:22pm EST - November 14th, 2012
no better time for a timesplitters reboot........
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