Cuba attacks "sociopathic" Black Ops

Furious at Castro assassination sequence.

Call of Duty: Black Ops has no doubt found millions of fans this week, but the Cuban government is not among them. On the contrary – it's seething about a sequence detailing a failed assassination attempt on leader Fidel Castro.

According to the Associated Press, an article published by state-run news outlet Cubadebate read, "What the United States couldn't accomplish in more than 50 years, they are now trying to do virtually."

"This new video game is doubly perverse," it continues. "On the one hand, it glorifies the illegal assassination attempts the United States government planned against the Cuban leader... and on the other, it stimulates sociopathic attitudes in North American children and adolescents."

The stage in question is the game's opener, which sees you shooting your way through the streets of the communist island's capital, Havana, in an attempt to kill the young revolutionary. You can see how the mission plays out below.

Cuba's leader has apparently survived dozens of assassination attempts during his leadership, many of which Cuba claims were carried out or supported by the US government.

He boasted in a 1998 speech, "I think I hold the dubious record of having been the target of more assassination attempts than any politician, in any country, in any era. The day I die, nobody will believe it."

He's now 84 years old and still going strong, though ceded the Cuban presidency to his brother Raul in 2006.

Call of Duty: Black Ops launched on DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 earlier this week. Treyarch's Cold War-themed shooter won an 8/10 from Eurogamer's Tom Bramwell.

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