A new trailer for the upcoming blockbuster Call of Duty: Black Ops has hit the internet thanks to Activision and Treyarch. This time the game’s currency system used for multiplayer customization is detailed. Not only does the trailer detail some facts about how currency is used for customization — like how it is only part of multiplayer — but it also shows some of the customization possibilities in game. And man does it look like there are a lot of possibilities.

Check it out:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0_r4-eTmlA

I think it looks pretty impressive. I also think it is interesting the way currency is not tied to your level or rank per se. I am not exactly sure how the two are distinct, in that, is it possible to have a really low rank but tons of currency, or vice versa? For example, could you earn tons of currency in a match without leveling up much or at all too? I think that could be cool. Maybe certain actions will be tied to currency, while others are tied to rank. Regardless, it still looks like there is going to be a lot of grinding or hours spent in multiplayer for those that want to have all the customization options available to them. And I do not think that is necessarily a bad thing. It just gives players one other reason to play, “one more match.”

I also think it is interesting to compare Black Ops customization to that found in Halo: Reach. While Reach offered players credits, providing the carrot on a stick to keep playing, the customization in Reach was purely aesthetic, tweaking your armor, etc. The customization in Black Ops appears to cover that aspect of personalization — even taking it a little further in letting you customize the way your guns look too, for example — but also customizing how the game plays, in changing¬†how powerful your guns are¬†and which killstreaks you can use, etc.

I find these different approaches interesting. And while I personally like the way in Reach all players start out each match with equally powerful guns and equipment, I know some prefer the Call of Duty: Black Ops system, and perhaps view that as more of an incentive to keep earning currency versus just playing dress up — even if the dress up options are cool too.

What do you Ranters think? Do you prefer one style of customization over another? Are you excited about the endless possibilities in Black Ops? Let us know in the comments.

Players can start customizing away in Call of Duty: Black Ops when it drops November 9.

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