Call of Duty: Black Ops

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Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops cover
Developers
Treyarch
Multiplayer Certain Affinity
Nerve Software
Pi Studios
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Publishers
Activision
OS X Aspyr Media
Engines
IW 3.0
Release dates
Windows November 9, 2010
macOS (OS X) September 27, 2012
Reception
Metacritic 81
IGDB 81
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Cold War, Zombies
Series Call of Duty: Black Ops
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Call of Duty: Black Ops
Subseries of Call of Duty
Call of Duty: World at War 2008
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops III 2015
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII 2018
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2020

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Key points

Windows and OS X versions cannot play online with each other.

General information

Steam Community Discussions for Windows version
Steam Community Discussions for OS X version

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
GamersGate (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Steam (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
All Windows versions require Steam DRM.
Windows and OS X versions are sold separately and cannot play online together.[1]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
First Strike Included with the macOS version of the game.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Escalation Windows only.
Windows
Annihilation Windows only.
Windows
Rezurrection Windows only.
Windows
Rezurrection Mac Edition OS X version of Rezurrection.
macOS (OS X)
Annihilation & Escalation Bundle - Mac Edition OS X versions of Escalation and Annihilation.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename the video files[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\main\video\
  2. Rename, move or delete default.bik and treyarch.bik.


Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42700/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players\save\[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42700/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
In-game FOV Slider for Online Multiplayer.
In-game FOV Slider for Online Multiplayer.
Singleplayer game settings.
Singleplayer game settings.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use Call of Duty: SCZ FoV Changer or FOV Changer
Modify FOV using a key bind[4]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open config.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Add a new line after unbindall
  4. Enter bind U "cg_fov XX", substituting XX with a horizontal FOV value (e.g. 90), and replacing U with another key if desired.
  5. Save and close the file.
  6. Load a campaign or Zombies level and trigger the FOV change with the bound key.
The hotkey must be triggered on every level load for the FOV change to take effect.

High frame rate[edit]

Set the frame rate cap in the config file[5]
Does not work for multiplayer.
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open config.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Find the line seta com_maxfps "85" and replace 85 with the desired frame rate.
  4. Save and close the file.
Set the frame rate cap using the console[6]
Only works for multiplayer and must be re-entered every time a server is joined.
  1. Enable the console in the multiplayer settings.
  2. Open the console using ~.
  3. Enter the command /com_maxfps followed by the desired frame rate value (e.g. /com_maxfps 144 for 144 FPS).
  4. Confirm with Enter and close the console using ~.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Can be changed in the config file. See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Only active during gameplay, controller cannot be used to navigate any menus.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Five button layout presets and four stick presets.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Tracked motion controllers
Razer Hydra works with Sixense MotionCreator bundled profile.[7]
Button/gesture prompts
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Button prompts only reflect controller input.

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Change the setting in the config file[8]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open config.cfg or config_mp.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Find the line seta cl_mouseAccel and set it to either "0" to disable or "1" to enable.
  4. Save and close the file.

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Voice audio settings.
Voice audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Under Game settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Some ambient sound effects still play when unfocused.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Fan translation.
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation, link #1, link #2.
Italian
Japanese
Only available in Japanese retail release.
Retail CD Key gives subscription exclusive to single language.[9]
Polish
Only available in Polish retail release.
Retail CD Key gives subscription exclusive to single language.[10]
Russian
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Spanish
To enhance sound quality download DSOAL and put into the game folder.

Network[edit]

Windows and macOS players cannot play with each other.
Multiplayer settings.
Multiplayer settings.
Multiplayer Game settings.
Multiplayer Game settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Local play is only available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo DS.
LAN play
Versus, Co-op
Supported but requires an internet connection for Steam authentication.[11] Co-op is Zombies mode.
Online play
18 Versus, Co-op
Co-op is Zombies mode.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Servers must be rented from GameServers.[12]
Direct IP
Open the console (~) and use /connect followed by the IP.[13]

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3074, 27014-27050
UDP 3074, 3478-4380, 27000-27030
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See also Helix Mod: Call of Duty: Black Ops.
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
vorpX
G3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest
Novint Falcon

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. An archived version can be found here.

Stuttering[edit]

Disable High Precision Event Timer (HPET) in Windows[14]
This can sometimes cause performance problems.

Method 1:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, enter cmd, right-click cmd.exe in the results listing and select to run the command prompt with administrative privileges.
  2. To enable HPET as the only timer run the command bcdedit /set useplatformclock true
  3. To disable HPET in Windows run the command bcdedit /deletevalue useplatformclock
  4. Restart your computer.

Method 2:

  1. Search "Device Manager" on your PC.
  2. Scroll down to "System Devices" and open the sub-menu.
  3. Scroll to "High Precision Event Timer" and click it.
  4. Click "Actions" at the top of the window, and from that pop-up menu, click "Disable".
  5. Restart your computer.
Use dgVoodoo2 wrapping
  1. Download this: Latest stable version for regular usage.
  2. Unpack on folder with game from MS/x86 folder, only d3d9.dll
In addition, this will eliminate the performance drop after switching windows through the alt tab key combination.

Dark characters on "Victor Charlie" level[edit]

On the level "Victor Charlie" characters may appear darkened when the flashlight is pointed at them.
Edit the config file[15]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open config.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Find the line seta r_allow_intz "1" and set it to "0".
  4. Find the line r_allow_null_rt "1" and set it to "0".

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
32-bit only.[16]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
AMD Phenom X3 8750
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon X1950 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum[17] Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
ATI Radeon HD 3870
Intel HD Graphics 5000
512 MB of VRAM
PowerPC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported.
The following chipsets are not supported: Nvidia GeForce 7, 8 and 9 series, 100 series, 300M series, ATI Radeon X1000 series, HD 2000 series, HD 4670, HD 6490, HD 6630, Intel GMA (950/X3100), HD Graphics 3000 and 4000.
This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/42700/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (42700) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References