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Cian Hassett
08 Sep, 2010

Black Ops gets some help from Hollywood

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A press release from Activision has revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops will feature the acting talents of two major Hollywood stars. Trying to follow the biggest selling video game of all time isn't easy, but now Treyarch has a little bit of help.

After playing Viktor Reznov in Call of Duty: World at War, Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, The Book of Eli) has returned for the same role. The second addition to the team is Ed Harris (A History of Violence, The Abyss), who plays CIA operative Jason Hudson, one of the main characters in Black Ops. Treyarch seem to enjoy the latest Batman films, so David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) will be lending his writing skills to this next blockbuster.

Call of Duty: Black Ops will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii and DS on 9 November.

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28 Comments
3 years ago
Great to know that one of gaming's largest modern franchises is turning into mainstream Hollywood trash.

And inb4 >implying the last 3 weren't, because I do not remember boasting about how COD4, COD5 and MW2 were generic Hollywood garbage.

EoR.
3 years ago
Esposch wrote
Great to know that one of gaming's largest modern franchises is turning into mainstream Hollywood trash.

And inb4 >implying the last 3 weren't, because I do not remember boasting about how COD4, COD5 and MW2 were generic Hollywood garbage.

EoR.
If you're not happy you could always play Halo...
3 years ago
That's some good talent being thrown in to the mix. If I was going to be worried about anything, it'd the simple fact that Treyarch are developing this, not that some decent voice talent is being used...
3 years ago
Cian wrote
If you're not happy you could always play Halo...
Yes, I could. Or I could bitch about the future of the industry on a gaming forum. One gives me the satisfaction of sharing my point of view with people who don't care on a non-issue, one doesn't.
3 years ago
Esposch wrote
Cian wrote
If you're not happy you could always play Halo...
Yes, I could. Or I could bitch about the future of the industry on a gaming forum. One gives me the satisfaction of sharing my point of view with people who don't care on a non-issue, one doesn't.
So you're just an attention seeker then? Constantly complaining when big budget titles apparently 'sell out' to the mainstream, but in the end you'll be buying this on release day. Does that sound about right?

And yeah Karai, I'm always very skeptical about Treyarch...but seeing the most recent MP video changed my mind. They're putting a lot of effort into this one.
3 years ago
Gary Oldman is a genius, this actually makes me want to play the game.
3 years ago
Cian wrote
So you're just an attention seeker then? Constantly complaining when big budget titles apparently 'sell out' to the mainstream, but in the end you'll be buying this on release day. Does that sound about right?
I have no intentions of buying this anyway, as I've never liked COD. I was just saying that it's not necessarily a good thing that games (in general) are becoming more Hollywood-ised, as the Hollywood film industry just release cookie-cutter trash year in, year out. They've become so bad I barely ever watch movies anymore. And when I do it's because I'm dragged along.
3 years ago
Someone musta thought it was white boy day. It ain't white boy day, is it?
3 years ago
Getting decent voice actors is not becoming hollywood-ised. It's getting decent voice actors.
3 years ago
Sin Ogaris wrote
Getting decent voice actors is not becoming hollywood-ised. It's getting decent voice actors.
And the hollywood writer?
I'm not saying that the whole gaming industry will become Hollywood-ised overnight but I don't think that even the slightest bit of Hollywood can be good for any industry (from a consumer standpoint, it's great for certain companies).
3 years ago
The recent Batman films were freaking awesome.

Oh, and I'd hate to break it to you but the gaming industry already HAS a "Hollywood" aspect.

Your Gears of Wars', Resistance's, Prototype's, Call of Duty's, etc these are all the gaming equivalent of Hollywood blockbusters. Big budget visual-fests.
3 years ago
Sin Ogaris wrote
Your Gears of Wars', Resistance's, Prototype's, Call of Duty's, etc these are all the gaming equivalent of Hollywood blockbusters. Big budget visual-fests.
Yeah, well...
You win. I was wrong. Happy?

I'm going to go delete my (ridiculous) comments now and make it look like you had an argument with yourself (and yes, I am aware of quoting). Scratch that. Don't know how to. I guess I'll just look like a downie in front of the nation instead.
3 years ago
Gamers are too dramatic, it's just a game.
3 years ago
Cian wrote
as the Hollywood film industry just release cookie-cutter trash year in, year out. They've become so bad I barely ever watch movies anymore. And when I do it's because I'm dragged along.
So EA and the vast majority of developers for the Wii don't do this?
3 years ago
Esposch wrote
Great to know that one of gaming's largest modern franchises is turning into mainstream Hollywood trash.

And inb4 >implying the last 3 weren't, because I do not remember boasting about how COD4, COD5 and MW2 were generic Hollywood garbage.

EoR.
if you go back to even the first call of duty, they've always had hollywood stars, hell the first had jason statham doing voicework
3 years ago
After IW blowing up I guess I have to put faith into Treyarch. Going by the multiplayer reveal they are stepping up their game. I'm happy their hiring a writer I guess because the MW2 had a horrible story that made little to no sense. I don't really care about the voice as the story is not why I play CoD anyway.

Edit: While Reach looks good I recently went back and played some Halo 3. Dam those are the weakest guns in history. Bungies idea of balancing is to make everythig as weak as possible.
3 years ago
Still.. my favourite of all time hollywood talent in video games still is Mark Hamil (Luke Skywalker - Star Wars) in the Wing Commander series icon_smile.gif
3 years ago
You were expecting black ops to be anything but hollywood trash? Meh, I'm going to play it, I'll probably enjoy it - then I'll go back to playing something more realistic.
3 years ago
I dont see anything wrong here, so games are getting bigger? more attention etc more people playing them... big deal. Its like it was our coveted past time and no1 else was invited? suddenly games got so mainstream that it has mass appeal? is thats whats worrying?

of course, we're all waiting for the 2010 version of et (the cute alien) on atari 2600, arent we? will it be cod black ops? halo reach? <insert blockbuster> or has gaming become so diversified that another huge failure will hardly be a ripple in the gaming pond?
3 years ago
Esposch wrote
Great to know that one of gaming's largest modern franchises is turning into mainstream Hollywood trash.
No one complained when EA started to use real sports commentators for their sports games to attain a sense of higher immersion and authenticity when playing, so why shouldn't a balls to the wall action game (which I am sure aspires at some point to be an immersive playable balls to the wall action movie) employ actors who are probably quite good at providing voice overs?

If you are in any doubt, please feel free to pop in a copy of Arkham Asylum and tell me Hamill's Joker doesn't steal the show whilst kicking seven shades of ass!

It has nothing to do with "selling out" or stooping to any other level. Games these days have progressed far from good old Joust and can now be very powerful storytelling devices. Why not harness a half decent script writer to have a better product with a memorable storyline?
3 years ago
Kurupt wrote
Cian wrote
as the Hollywood film industry just release cookie-cutter trash year in, year out. They've become so bad I barely ever watch movies anymore. And when I do it's because I'm dragged along.
So EA and the vast majority of developers for the Wii don't do this?
Don't bring the Wii into this. The Wii, if you sort through the shit, is 100% pure gaming. No hollywood trash, rehashes of rehashes and yearly franchises.

EA though, they've gone downhill since 2008. They now pump out trash and cake it in draconian DRM and region coded Steam prices.
3 years ago
Esposch wrote
Kurupt wrote
Cian wrote
as the Hollywood film industry just release cookie-cutter trash year in, year out. They've become so bad I barely ever watch movies anymore. And when I do it's because I'm dragged along.
So EA and the vast majority of developers for the Wii don't do this?
Don't bring the Wii into this. The Wii, if you sort through the ****, is 100% pure gaming. No hollywood trash, rehashes of rehashes and yearly franchises.

EA though, they've gone downhill since 2008. They now pump out trash and cake it in draconian DRM and region coded Steam prices.
If you sort though the shit?

just like in movies, if you sort through the shit (twilight, chicks flicks, Fight Club), you get 100% pure movies. Like Scarface, Pulp Fiction and Sin City.
3 years ago
Kurupt wrote
If you sort though the ****?

just like in movies, if you sort through the **** (twilight, chicks flicks, Fight Club), you get 100% pure movies. Like Scarface, Pulp Fiction and Sin City.
My point was that the Wii is the least hollywood trash-ish; there is almost none on it.
And what was so great about Pulp Fiction? Was it meant to make no sense?
3 years ago
each to their own i guess. i thought pulp fiction was boring, but i love the experience single player cod delivers! icon_smile.gif Ive always loved playing single player games where the story was actually NOT written on a napkin at lunch!
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