Call of Duty: Black Ops not only features a compelling narrative, but it's also an extremely inventive, interesting and daring first person shooter that will have you hooked from the moment it fires up on your PlayStation 3 with you controlling Alex Mason in an interrogation chair being forced to divulge everything he knows about top-secret missions. One moment you'll find yourself hunting enemy troops in the jungle battlefields of Vietnam, before being thrust into a high speed motorbike chase in a huge military compound. It's fast, furious and action-packed from start to finish just like every Call of Duty game that has come before it.
Controlling Mason is simple, and should feel familiar to players who have dabbled in the Call of Duty series on PlayStation 3 before. You move through each of the environments using the left stick, and look around with the right stick. Once you have a weapon in hand, fire it by holding down the R1 button. For a more precise aiming view, hold down the L1 button. It's much easier to hit your targets while firing this way, otherwise you end up spraying bullets in all directions and run the risk of perishing more frequently in battle. Mason has a melee attack that can be performed by pressing the R3 button when up close to an enemy. It's a swift and deadly knife attack that takes out an enemy instantly, so should always be used if you find yourself in a tight spot.
There is a massive range of weaponry in Call of Duty: Black Ops, all of which you'll get the chance to wield at one point or another. Weapons range from pistols, shotguns, mini-guns, sub-machine guns, shotguns and rocket launchers to a series of deadly explosives, all of which can be used as a tactical advantage when planning attacks on enemies. As well as a well stocked arsenal you'll also get the chance to pilot a gunboat and even take flight in a helicopter during a daring escape from the bowels of Vietnam. There is also an added bonus if you have a Stereoscopic 3D TV at home because Call of Duty: Black Ops is playable from start to finish in jaw-dropping 3D, which makes for an even more immersive experience in what is definitely one of 2010's biggest blockbuster releases on PlayStation.