It’s times like these when I thank science that I have working eyeballs, ears, and opposable thumbs. Call of Duty: Black Ops is impressive. Not from a graphics standpoint or even a game-changing standpoint, but it is impressive, nonetheless. Developer Treyarch has managed to breathe new life into a franchise I worried was fading. The advancements throughout Call of Duty 2-4 and Modern Warfare 1 and 2 have been significant technically indeed, but nothing about each series’ subsequent titles warranted any more changes than what could be handled by simply turning it into downloadable content. They certainly didn’t blow our minds like the switch-up between GTA II and GTA III (which, by the way, shaped my pre-teen mind into the hunk of black and dirty coal that it is today).