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Call of Duty Black Ops1We had the first glimpse of the multiplayer of new Call Of Duty title, Black Ops, last month.

This time, we’ve got all the news from the full reveal event, including some impressive new game modes and other neat additions. You’d be surprised how far Treyarch are pushing the boat here. Without further ado…

For the first time in Call Of Duty, you can now customise your character on a whole new level. On the create-a-class screen, you’ll be able to select an outfit relevant to your class. Not only this, but there’ll be gun customisation like you haven’t seen before. Aside from the obvious sight selection – scopes, red dots etc. – you can now create a camouflage for your weapon, complete with emblems. Emblems that you can fix up and edit yourself. That’s right – your own unique gun. Your old trusty is going to become a hell of a lot more personal, with the ability to add clan tags, names and lots more on your barrel.

If you’re one of the 30% (Treyarch figures) of Call Of Duty players who doesn’t venture online, then you’re catered for aside from the single player mode. You’ll now be able to play multiplayer against AI bots in a standalone mode, inventively named Combat Training. It’ll still feature all of the maps and modes of the real multiplayer, but with separate progression. Think of it as a practice centre. Or maybe just an ‘avoid screaming kids’ centre.

Call Of Duty is getting its own currency system in the form of COD points. You’ll be able to bet this currency against other players in some of the new game modes – most prominently, the ‘Wager’ game types. Players can gamble – by placing a bet upon their final finishing positions in these special free-for-all type games; gaining or losing COD points depending on the result. You can use the COD points to purchase upgrades that XP would normally get you.

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There’s more, though. The Wager type matches are all governed by specific rule sets. Some of the coolest include one which sees all players start with a simple pistol, and move up the gun ladder with each kill. That means that you’ll get a bigger and better gun in your hands every time you make a kill. The winner in this mode is the first to go through all of the guns and make it to the highest level.

Another involves players having only a pistol and one bullet with every spawn. If you waste your bullet, you’re stuck with melee weapons only until you can kill someone and take their bullet. Shooting someone also gives you their bullet, allowing the rampage to continue.
Learn more about the three Wager match types – and some of the awesome variations of the modes, including weapon limitations and cycles – in this video.

More about the currency. You can also buy ‘contracts’ – which are challenges in the same vein that Call Of Duty players will be familiar with – but limited to those who purchase them. It’s an extra opportunity to gain some XP. Better complete that challenge in time, though, or you’ll have wasted your COD points. The challenges are split into the three classes of Mercenary, Specialist and Operations. Each classes challenges reflect their respective play styles.

Other bits and bobs…

You’ll be able to get a motion sensor and a signal jammer.

Care packages will occasionally yield special weapons, two of which are the ‘Death Machine’ mini-gun and ‘Grim Reaper’ grenade launcher.

Don’t forget the theatre mode – which looks to be lined up with a raft of options perfect for avid directors. Very similar to Halo’s theatre mode.

Dogs are back in Black Ops. Dobermans will be killstreak rewards in the game, and they’ll frequently be found stuffed (humanely) inside care packages. Joining the mutts will be a napalm strike, a player-controlled gunship, the RC car seen in the teaser trailer, SAM gun and mortar team.

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For more on Black Ops, check out 
this Inside Xbox visit to Treyarch, which will tell you a bit extra about the theatre mode, Combat Training, COD points, customization options, contracts, wager match types and the emblem editor. Hit up these two videos (1) (2) for some team deathmatch footage.