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Call of Duty Black Ops Mac Review

It has been almost 2 years since Black Ops originally went on sale for PCs and Consoles. By the way, PC gamers are actually counting the weeks until Black Ops 2 is released. Again, we mac gamers suffer, but that’s another story. Black Ops for Mac was released the 27th September 2012.

Getting back to the game itself, this is a fine Call of Duty game. If you are a fan of the series but own neither a PC nor a console, you should definitely grab this game. It is a more complete and evolved package than Modern Warfare, the other Call of Duty choice for Mac gamers. This game is not as revolutionary as Modern Warfare was back then, but it builds from it to create a more complete, exhaustive package.

Black Ops is the latest Call of Duty game to come to the Mac and as all the others that came before it, it was ported to the Mac by Aspyr.


Enter Call of Duty: Black Ops for Mac

Call of Duty®: Black Ops (Mac)The single player campaign in Black Ops follows the classic Call of Duty formula. You have set-pieces filled with explosions worthy of the next James Bond movie and a sense that you could as well be watching a Michael Bay movie instead of playing a game.

The single player campaign is definitely exciting to play but all this action can be distracting, especially because the story itself is more focused on raw entertainment than genuine storytelling.

Mac games - Black Ops

If you are expecting a story that will make you laugh and cry, then you may be disappointed, but if you just want some over-the-top action scenes where you can shoot everyone in the face and feel like a badass, you are going to do just fine.

The other issue I found is that the campaign is very linear. You are basically guided through corridors where you have to shot everything that moves. You go from point A to point B, then rinse and repeat. You have no freedom to tackle a situation any other way than the one intended by the developer (not like Crysis for example).



Black Ops is a perfect example of how the Call of Duty formula works: very fast-paced action, everywhere, all the time. This is not the place to expect a highly tactical firefight. This is the place to have a fun and create total mayhem. Black Ops builds upon the classic formula and adds more perks, customization and new game types. The multiplayer is brutal and you will die a lot. A LOT. But once you get the grasp of the gameplay and the flow of the maps, you will have a lot of fun killing newbies by the dozens. 😉

Mac games - Black Ops


The Verdict

The Good

  • Addictive multiplayer.
  • Finally a new COD game for Mac!
  • Solid story, with the classic Hollywood-style set pieces from COD games.

The Bad

  • Can feel like too little, too late, as it comes 2 years after the original release. Why not release Modern Warfare 3 instead?
  • The formula works but remains largely unchanged. If you don’t enjoy COD games, this will not change that.
  • Graphics are starting to feel outdated, especially compared with the likes of Battlefield 3.

Final word

This is a great package, with a solid single player story mode, an addictive multiplayer and even a bonus Zombie killing mode where you can have some co-op fun.

If you enjoy the classic COD gameplay, with its trademark over the top style and cut scenes, you will enjoy this game very much. We loved it so much we included it in our Top 10 Best Shooters for Mac ranking.

You can get it from the Mac App Store.

  • Th3taJ

    I’ve found that, when it comes to shooters, there are two types of gamers; ones who play CoD and ones who play BF. I myself has always been a big BF3 players, but since I’ve converted to a Mac and this game is available on the platform, I’ll have to give it a chance!

    • I loved Battlefield 3 on the Xbox 360. But I did find the multiplayer less fun without friends joining the same squad…

      In any case, sucks that nor BF3 nor BF4 have make it to the Mac (and probably won’t anytime soon).

      I do hear newer Call of Duties could make it to the Mac soon though 😉