Call of Duty: Black Ops was released at midnight last night with hundreds of fans queuing in the cold to get their hands on one of the first copies of the highly anticipated 18-rated game.

Seventh in the hugely popular Call Of Duty series, Black Ops is a first-person shooter set during the Cold War. Players can take part in missions to Vietnam, Cuba and even join in the 1980 storming of the Iranian Embassy in London.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is expected to become the fastest and biggest-selling title in history racking up over one million sales in the first week alone. The previous installment, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, has generated more than one billion dollars (£620 million) in sales.

HMV opened over 100 of its stores around the UK and Ireland at midnight last night allowing fans to snap up the game, with some die-hards waiting for 12 hours.

GAME also opened 314 of its stores at midnights. Head of UK PR, Neil Ashurst, said:

“The interest in Call of Duty: Black Ops is so intense that it could well triumph the achievements of Modern Warfare 2 last year and become the fastest selling video game of all time”.

Call of Duty: Black Ops reviews

Reviews for Call of Duty: Black Ops have been flooding the net. Here’s a round-up of what the gamers have been saying:

Keith Stuart for The Guardian gave the game 5/5 and wrote: “This long-running series of million-selling military shooters is essentially the Inglourious Basterds of the gaming world – a strange, ridiculous, entertaining, fanciful and bloody celebration of man’s interest in violence. And it still works. By some considerable margin, Black Ops works.”

James O’Brien for the Mail Online gave Black Ops 4/5 and wrote: “Despite the most complicated back story to date, Black Ops represents an incremental advance upon what has gone before, with the multiplayer’s attractions overshadowing the single player’s inadequacies more than ever.”

Kevin Lynch for the Mirror called the game “stunning” and wrote: “The moment of realization that Treyarch have somehow managed to pull off the sequel that every FPS fan had been hoping for comes relatively early in the campaign mode of Black Ops.”

Nick Cowen for The Telegraph gave Black Ops 10/10, writing: “To put it simply, Call Of Duty: Black Ops is superb. The experience of playing the game, thanks to the modified World At War engine, is comparable to the best in what the franchise has had to offer up until now. The meaty kick of the guns, the blistering pace of the action and the sterling soundtrack of explosions, gunshots and whistling bullets all serve to quicken the player’s pulse and tighten their grip on the controller.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops details

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, DS
Price: $59.99 ($49.99 on Wii and $29.99 on DS)
Release date: Nov. 9

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