Not to be outdone by this year's smash hit and direct competitor Halo: Reach, Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops is being outfitted with a similar credit system that will allow players to purchase perks (Call of Duty modifiers), weapons, and cosmetic changes. Fans of customization - like myself - will find delight in an array of gun skins, facepaint patterns, custom red dot reticles, and an emblem generator a la Army of Two: The 40th Day.
Unlike Reach, however, "Call of Duty credits" are not persistent across all modes. Obviously customization will be heavily featured in the competitive multiplayer; all indications point to an exactly replicated - but separate - system for Combat Training, the six-player 'bot match'. There is currently no information about the inclusion of customization in any of the other confirmed or rumored modes.
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