Don’t waste your money on this one, critics say.
PS Vita enthusiasts were hoping that Black Ops: Declassified would be PS Vita’s killer app, but reviewers across the board are singing the same song, and it’s not a harmony Sony, nor Activision would like to hear.
The reviewers claim Black Ops: Declassified is only 45 minutes long, with 10 single-player missions which can be completed “in about three to four minutes each”.
In fact, the only reason it took Pocket Gamer 45 minutes to complete was because of some brutally unforgiving levels, so if you’re really good at it, you’d probably complete the shooter in 30 minutes. A shame, we say.
Said GameInformer, scoring the game 3/10:
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified is appalling. In dramatic fashion, it completely fails to live up to the high bar of quality gamers expect from the Call of Duty name. It’s also a discouraging sign for gamers like me who shelled out $250 for a Vita in the hopes of console-quality experiences on handheld. I can’t recommend Declassified to anyone; casual FPS players and Call of Duty fans alike will recognize the train wreck Nihilistic Software has developed.
Giant Bomb gave it a 1/5, concluding:
The game is also plagued with a handful of technical issues. Multiplayer matches are often hard to connect to, and if you’re connecting to what Sony refers to as a “Type 3″ NAT, attempting to select the multiplayer menu at all simply pops up an “Insufficient NAT” message, preventing you from playing the multiplayer mode at all. Menus sometimes seem to freeze up for seconds at a time, preventing you from making a selection and moving forward. Joining multiplayer games often sends you back to the main menu instead of into a game. And the game can get caught in some sort of loop that causes it to pop up a wireless network error message over the single-player action without actually pausing the action. The game’s already seen one patch, which put in an Ad Hoc multiplayer mode, but it’s in need of more.
So it’s a bad game on its own, but the technical issues really twist the knife already buried in Declassified’s dark heart. Allow me to remind you that this game is $50. Do not buy this game for $50.