This is probably the place where Black Ops begins to disappoint. After 5 years of service you need to work hard to make an old engine look just as good. Essentially, the game uses the same IW Engine game engine developed by Infinity Ward for the original Call of Duty 2, albeit with a number of tweaks and enhancements.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops runs on a modified IW 3 Engine previously used in Call of Duty: World at War video game. The engine features the following key technologies:
- True world dynamic lighting
- HDR lighting effects
- Dynamic shadows
- Depth of field
- Dynamic physics system
- Ragdoll physics
- Realistic fire
- Advanced weather effects
- Realistic character animation
- High detailed objects
Considering that the game runs as DirectX 9.0c-only software, the list can hardly be called ground-breaking. According to the developer, the main focus of their engine enhancements for CoD: BO was on lighting, special effects and vegetation, which should make the game more exciting.
One key innovation worth mentioning has come not from the graphics department, but from the acoustics. This is the first game in Call of Duty series where protagonist actually has his own voice. Never truly missed in the first place, the game developer itself said that it was the right time and the right place to give some lines to the main character as well.
With limited engine updates we believe that major hardware upgrade may not be necessary. But just what kind of a graphics card is going to be your sweet spot? Read on to find out!