I wasn't that excited about Black Ops coming out if I am to be honest. I really enjoyed the first Modern Warfare, couldn't get into the World at War, and was disappointed with the single player of Modern Warfare 2. My main problem with Modern Warfare 2 was the story wasn't good and it was really hard to follow. That's not the case in Black Ops.
From the beginning I was drawn into the story, so much so that I beat the game with in 24 hours and that's not something I usually do. Most of the game you play as Alex Mason who starts out being tied to a chair and questioned from another room using a voice changer. Mason is having a hard to remembering all of his past and passes out from time to time. That's about as much of the story as I can tell without starting to give away part of the plot.
In Modern Warfare 2 it seemed like you were playing as many different characters and it became confusing who you were. They did a great job in this game of keeping it clear who you are playing as. The story was one of the best I've played through from start to finish. There are also some funny parts that you will pick up on if you've played other Call of Duty titles.
The changes in levels was also handled nicely. There was a nice mix up of different type of levels so you never felt like you were doing the same thing over and over. There are also some nice twist in the plot. Things that at least I never saw coming.
The story was one of the best I've played in awhile. The gameplay worked and I didn't see many if any glitches. Overall the game was what you expect out of a triple A title.
It is a war game so there is lots of blood and graphic killing scenes. Also more F words than I could count. If bad language bothers you stay away from this one.
This is better than most Call of Duty games. There are still the beat on veteran achievements but the majority of them you could get in one play through if you paid close attention. However if you want the 1000 out of this one you will have to work for it.