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An unbiased approach,
This review is from: Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Alright everyone, this is my first attempt at a review on Amazon mainly because I think what I have to say needs to be heard and understood. I'm not going to drone on forever, but I'll give you a basic concept of what to expect from Black ops 2.
Like a lot of people here, I have been playing Call of Duty long before anyone else saw it as a viable franchise, straight back to the first title and every single one thereafter.
Like most Call of Duty campaigns, its generic, feels similar to other previous titles, and doesn't necessarily awe or wow you in any particular way. The graphics DO seem sub-par in the cut scenes, but the actual game-play graphics are up to par with previous titles.
Those who buy this game are not likely to be purchasing it for the campaign, so I will conclude by saying I have enjoyed it thus far because it allows you to create your own class prior to the mission, which is a first for Call of Duty. Props for trying to take a step forward.
Again, trying to be unbiased as I can, I will give you my view of the multiplayer. It IS essentially the same thing we have seen in previous titles, but I enjoy it because it takes steps forward and trys to be innovative.
Easy to play, right off the bat, decent guns and perks. They opted not to go with a points system for purchasing items, like in the original Black Ops, but instead, for each level you pass, you gain new guns, perks, killstreaks, and you can use tokens to unlock them at your discretion.
The maps are somewhat smaller than in previous titles, but it doesn't, in my opinion, affect the gameplay so much. There seem to be a lot more maps than in previous titles, and at my current level of 21, I still haven't played them all yet.
The guns feel solid and, with the new Pick 10 system, there are virtually THOUSANDS of combinations for class setups, giving an untold amount of experiment and replay-ability. Some perks like quickdraw and sleight of hand have been scrapped for attachments that now accomplish those themes. The wildcard system of Pick 10 allows you to ditch all your secondary grenades and guns if neccesary in an effort to stock up your gun with up to 3 attachments, which I really enjoy.
One last thing to mention is that this game is very similar in speed to the first Black Ops. Its not as fast as the Modern Warfare games. That being said, if you liked the speed of gameplay in Black Ops, you will enjoy it in this game. Rushing is not as easy, Kill/Death ratio is harder to come by, but you can still make it work for yourself with tons of new attachments and upgrades to class creation.
All of this being said, there are some very general things worth mentioning.
1) Spawning is not that great. You WILL get shot in the back and you WILL spawn occasionally right next to gunfire. That being said, this is easily fixed by being more aware of your surroundings and simply turning around now and then after you make a kill!
Not to mention, this is SOMEWHAT fixable by patches and updates, so stay tuned.
2) It IS reheated, redone, and is VERY similar to MOST other Call of Duty titles. There are elements that change game-play, such a the Pick 10, wildcards, and a bevvy of attachments and new styled kill-streaks, but the game-play and graphics remain relatively the same.
3) The amount of health you have in this game seems lower than other titles. You die somewhat quicker and most shotguns and sniper rifles are one hit kills. This, however, works both ways. You can GET kills easier, but you also GET dead easier.
4) Zombies is wicked fun as always and even for my friends that don't care for the multiplayer love the new zombie additions.
I'm giving this game 4/5 because it comes through with new innovations and trys to renew life into the Call of Duty franchise. It is fun, enjoyable, but certainly not without its minor issues.
I've always said if you get a game and play with your friends, you can have lots of fun even if its frustrating and you don't like every single aspect. Just enjoy it for what it is and that is why people buy Call of Duty. ITS NOT MODERN WARFARE 3 OR BLACK OPS 1. Its a new game with a new style and new adventures. If you are expecting the same exact thing as before, you WILL be disappointed. I think the innovations do a good job of trying to expand into uncharted territory.
I'm liking it, most of my friends are liking it, and you will too if you love gaming and aren't overly critical.
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Initial post: Nov 15, 2012 5:45:29 PM PST
Good review....went over all the aspects of the game, this type of review will convince people to buy the game.
Posted on Nov 16, 2012 6:40:15 AM PST
Sweet! Shotguns and Sniper Rifles finally get the *ass whooping oomph!* they deserve. I mean, who respects a two shot .50 cal sniper rifle? No one, that's who. I was a fan of Black Ops 1 b/c of the guns, frantic multiplayer, and zombies. Thanks for an unbiased review.
Posted on Nov 16, 2012 8:01:09 PM PST
Good review and you didn't rip on it like every other mindless COD hater troll out there...and I doubt many of them have even played this game before rating it.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012 1:23:12 AM PST
The Guy Who Bought That says:
I liked CoD a lot but after playing, since the first CoD for pc, I kind of got burned out during MW2. I just play for the zombies now haha.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 11:50:40 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2012 11:54:46 PM PST
The problem is the maps are so small there's really no use for a Sniper Rifle. Once again SMG's dominate. You should read the negative reviews.
For people who just want to mess around in a game and don't care about actually "playing to win," then this game, to some, is fun.
For those of us who can't really enjoy something if it isn't balanced? It's terrible.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 11:53:34 PM PST
It seemed unbiased, but it didn't actually address the issues, it just mentioned them briefly. I think the author meant well, though, and I don't really doubt much he enjoys the game.
The problem is there's a lot more going on and this game's downsides affect the game in ways this review isn't really addressing, so people need to read the top negative, 1-star reviews to understand more, both sides of the reviews.
Posted on Nov 19, 2012 3:42:47 PM PST
I expected a review that admitted a multiplayer rehash but I do NOT agree that Call of Duty singleplayer are all alike. At their simplest sure, when you look at the big picture they are all alike, but its the hundred subtle differences that make each one end up feeling different and unique. I don't think any COD singleplayer has ever felt generic to me, with the exception of COD3 (ew) (yes COD3 - not MW3).
Posted on Nov 20, 2012 11:06:25 AM PST
Ray O says:
Posted on Nov 23, 2012 12:01:24 PM PST
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Avradi Starkindler says:
For those that are interested in this I am looking for support in petitioning the developers to get the NUKETOWN 2025 play list back as it was promised by Treyarch and Activision.
Check out my Reddit if you support this at all.
Black ops 2 black out!
Posted on Nov 24, 2012 6:27:23 PM PST
Faith King says: