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Immersive and Feature-Packed
on November 25, 2012
Overall, this game earns a five-star rating based on five categories: graphics, campaign gameplay, multiplayer gameplay, zombies gameplay, and extra features.
Graphics: 4 Stars
The graphics in the game are not as beautiful as other games on the market, but they are still incredible in their own right. When you have three major, feature-packed gametypes on one disc, you may not be able to have the best-of-the-best graphics. However, Treyarch clearly improved on them from the first Black Ops. From gunfire and weapon detail to facial expressions and maps, the detail in the graphics are awesome.
Campaign Gameplay: 5 Stars
Without spoiling any of the story, the campaign mode is great. Treyarch implemented a few decisions for the player to make which can alter the storyline throughout the game. The story itself is as immersive and compelling as the first Black Ops. As you play, you will be drawn into the story as if you really are the characters you play.
Multiplayer Gameplay: 5 Stars
Improvements to the multiplayer aspect of the game are immediately apparent. The "pick 10" addition to building custom classes makes it so that the player can precisely tune their loadout to fit their exact playing style. For example: if you only use your primary weapon, you can forego a secondary for another attachment on your primary. There are many more ways to mix-and-match, which can only be explained through playing for yourself. The revamped prestige system now gives you the option to permanently unlock a weapon, grenade, perk, or wildcard per prestige level which is helpful to those who want to prestige without losing their "golden child". Other improvements include gamecasting, improved theater mode, and much more. Can be played split-screen up to two or online up to four. One guest per Live account is allowed.
Zombies Gameplay: 5 Stars
The flagship improvement to zombies mode in this installment of the Black Ops series is "Tranzit" mode. This mode allows you to ride a bus between four different maps (which can each be played in survival mode on their own), all while building items which can aid you in the fight for survival. "Grief" mode allows players to team up to see who can survive the longer individually, or as a group. Custom games allow settings like "headshots only", inclusion of "hellhounds", and an "easy" mode for more relaxed gameplay. Can be played split-screen up to two or online up to four. One guest per Live account is allowed.
Extra Features: 5 Stars
Nuketown 2025 for online play, Nuketown 2025 Zombies, two avatar gears (including a zombie suit), and a soundtrack are all included in this purchase. For the Black Ops nostalgics, the two Nuketown maps are a must-have. However, they will be offered as DLC for those who can wait.