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.