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Call of Duty Breaks Sales Records But Leaves Gamers Out of It

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With the power of a bunker buster, Call of Duty: Black Ops exploded onto the scene last week with a massive sales launch. Activision's bona fide hit sold over seven million copies in the US and UK within the first 24 hours. Expanded to five days, the title earned a whopping $650 million, breaking the five-day sales record earned by the series' previous title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It also helps that the game is available on multiple platforms like PlayStation 3, Xbox, Wii, Windows, and Nintendo DS. (Sorry Mac users)

Ever modest, Activision CEO Robert Kotick said in a release that the game's success "illustrates the mass appeal of interactive entertainment as millions of consumers are choosing to play Call of Duty: Black Ops at unprecedented levels rather than engage in other forms of media."

Interesting admission, Bob. But judging from a recent gameplay video, it doesn't appear that there's much "engaging" in Black Ops either.

Despite the incredibly choreographed action, Hollywood-style script, and complete immersion in the story, the game's first mission in single-player mode doesn't require much interaction from the player. In fact, the following video shows that the player doesn't need to fire a single shot in any of the war-torn areas over the course of 15 minutes.

Sure, it's a marvel to watch, and the action looks intense. Too bad its orchestration isn't dependent on much more than running, ducking, and looking around.
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