on November 26, 2012
If you're a call of duty fan, and you're interested in buying the Wii U version, rest assured that it's very much identical to the PS3/360/PC versions. Campaign, Zombies(I haven't played it as I'm writing),and online multiplayer almost all is there.. Online-co op, local multiplayer, 4 player split screen, playing with bots, all online multiplayer game modes modes, all regular maps, weapons, kill cam, kill streaks, player cards, weapon statistics, emblems, theater mode, are in the game.
The only thing the Wii U version is missing, is Nuketown 2025 map, CoD Elite,and livestream features, BUT this isn't an issue due to Treyarch. It's Nintendo. The good news is that Nintendo will allow 3rd party developers to allow large DLC in the form of maps/levels in December through a patch, and is working on getting DLC for CoD, by the time the first map pack comes. Activision is working to get Livestream and possibly CoD elite as well, though I don't know when.
Compared to previous CoD games, this game is pretty great. What's revolutionary about this game compared to previous cod games, is the pick 10 system in online multiplayer. The previous cod games allowed you to pick a primary with 1-2 attachments, a secondary with up to one attachment, 3 perks, 1 tactical, and one lethal. However this time, every thing costs a point, and you don't have to spend your point on a perk, or a primary, or a secondary, if you want. This allows for thousands of different combinations of weapons and perks. Luckily, it's very intuitive. You'll get it down very fast!
Campaign is very interesting, and offers a cinematic experience. It's a direct sequel to black ops 1, and the timeline ranges from 1970s to 2025. 2025 is a year when the U.S. is under attack by a terrorist who remotely controls an army of drones.
Some critics like digital foundry, have cited that the Wii U version's framerate dips from 60 to 30fps during campaign mode, when there is a lot going on the screen(notably in the first mission), but I haven't really noticed, and it really doesn't take away the experience for me, if what they say is true. But they've also said that if you play the game on the gamepad only, the framerate is the actually comparable to the 360 version, which is pretty smooth and almost consistentally 60 fps.
I haven't played the zombies mode yet as I'm writing this, but its been getting favorable impressions. You can play it offline or with people online. You basically travel in this very large map called tranzit, while riding a bus, and take stops to multiple locations and fight zombies for multiple rounds. You can play classic zombie survival or grief mode--which is you and your friends vs another team of players trying to survive the longest. You can't kill the other human team directly, but you can indirectly lure more zombies to come to them.
In regards to online multiplayer(the meat and potatoes of this game), it's very addicting, and it plays very smoothly. No framerate drops, even reported by digitial foundary. It plays just like the other HD versions. There's so much to unlock, and thankfully most of the good weapons are already unlocked for you in the beginning, so you don't have to worry about being outgunned. The weapons in general are probably the most balanced in any CoD game. Nothing that stands out to be overpowering at all ranges, so far. The maps also are interesting, but there's 3 ways to get flanked by an enemy, which is my only complaint about the maps.. Otherwise, great map design and looks beautiful. Wii U's online multiplayer is very smooth.
I only have two issues with online multiplayer, which are relatively minor.
1.The Miiverse says that there are 10,000 people that own the game, but currently you can get anywhere between 400-1000 people online at once. You can find matches very quickily, but the only modes that are populated at the moment, is Team Death Match, Free For all, and domination. This is because the Wii U is a new console, and wasn't even released worldwide. When it gets released worldwide on Nov 30, expect to get twice the amount of people playing at any given time. In addition, after Christmas, there will be a rush of new players online, so expect a huge bump then also. So just be patient until new years, if you want to play other modes besides those three.
2. Voice chat compatibility works really weird, and not many people are using headsets at th emoment. This is more of an issue with Nintendo. Currently, if you want to use a headset, you can't use a headset via USB plug in. It has to be plugged in to the gamepad controller. This is a bummer for COD wii vets who relied on the headbanger headset via usb, which also happened to be the only headset used in the cod wii games. However for this game, several headsets are compatible with this game via gamepad controller(like turtlebeach). If you a headset for your iphone, it will also work, just remember that it needs to have a built in mic.
In terms of exclusive wii u features, that aren't offered in any other versions of CoD:
1. Play this game in 4 different ways! With the Gamepad, the Wii U pro controller, the wiimote+nunchuck, and the wii classic controller pro. In In regards to controls, I'm a CoD Wii vet, and my only gripe with the controls are that the IR controls for wiimote+nunchuck feel somewhat sluggish compared to previous games. I believe its because it's missing the cursor sensitivity setting, which was present in the online cod games on the wii console. Luckily, it IS getting patched, so I'm happy with that.
2. If not using gamepad controller, use it as a touch screen for easier access to your create a class menu, kill streaks, and controller settings.
3. Play the gamepad controller WITHOUT having to turn on the TV! You can also play this several feet away from the console. Oh and here's a secret.. If you're using a wiimote+nunchuck, you can also use the gamepad as a screen, while playing with the siimote+nunchuck. Just aim your wiimote towards your gamepad, as it has an infared sensor bar on each side of its camera lens!
4. 2 player online co-op in which none of you have to share the screen. One person can use the gamepad screen and controller, while one person can use the tv screen. Framerates drop a little, but it's barely noticable from what I've seen, and it runs pretty smooth.
So, there you have it. If you already have a 360/PS3, you don't have to get the Wii U version, if you already have a 360/PS3, unless you have a Wii U and you want to try out its exclusive features like 2 player online-co op in which no one shares a screen. Rest assured that this game is an identical experience to the 360 version, both gameplay and graphics, with only 3 missing things(no nuketown 2025, livestream feature, and cod elite), but that could change soon. Other than that, Only major difference is that 360 version has 100-1000X more players at any given moment over the Wii U version, but that's because most people buy their FPSers on 360/PS3 and they both have a huge install base, and the Wii U is only 2 weeks old, and isn't even released worldwide.
Still a great buy! I'd give this game a 9-9.5/10.