Anyone concerned that the Wii version of Black Ops would be a shonky port shouldn't worry. Black Ops on the Wii is more or less identical to its HD brothers in terms of game modes, even if it can't compare when it comes to graphical oomph.
Black Ops is set during the Cold War (mainly the 1960s era) so you'll be fighting through communist countries such as Cuba, Russia, Vietnam as you get caught up in situations involving Fidel Castro and President Kennedy. It's an interesting setting and the globetrotting keeps things fresh.
War D'ya Think Of That
Visually, the game's a huge improvement over last year's Modern Warfare. There aren't too many ropey textures, the frame rate is smooth for the most part (though it does fall apart a bit when things get frantic) and the explosion and smoke effects are decent enough.
Unfortunately, the enemy AI is a bit rubbish with many any of your enemies refusing to take cover, leaving themselves fully exposed. However, poor enemy AI isn't unique to the Wii version of the game.
So the single-player campaign is enjoyable, but Call Of Duty was always about the multiplayer and the Wii version of Black Ops is no different. Like GoldenEye, this can handle loads of players at once with no noticeable lag.
The standard Call Of Duty online multiplayer is present, and earning XP and getting new perks and weapons is still as addictive and rewarding as ever. Possibly more interesting though is the new Wager Match option, which features four multiplayer modes that have players betting 'CoD Points' on the outcome.
These new modes offer great takes on the standard deathmatch theme. One In The Chamber gives you only one bullet. If you hit someone when you shoot, you get another bullet. If you miss, you lose the bullet and are stuck with your knife until you die, so accuracy is vital.
Duty And The Beast
Finally, the famous Zombies mode makes its Nintendo debut. This puts you (either on your own or with a bunch of mates) in a big sealed area as Nazi zombies are trying to get in from the outside. Playing Zombies mode with a few other friends is a great laugh.
The main grievance we have with online multiplayer is the complete lack of support for WiiSpeak. You can use a special 'Headbanger Headset' for voice chat, but this is a slap in the face for gamers who bought WiiSpeak for voice chat in games like The Conduit and now have to spend another £25 so they can do exactly the same thing.
This aside, it's easily one of the best online multiplayer games on the Wii. If you're trying to decide whether you should get this or GoldenEye, it really comes down to whether you want both local and online multiplayer, since Black Ops doesn't have local split-screen multiplayer. Both games, however, are superb Wii shooters that we strongly recommend.
This is an edited version of a review that will appear in the Christmas issue of Official Nintendo Magazine. For more in-depth analysis, screenshots and boxouts, buy the magazine