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Great. Not as great as expected, but great.,
This review is from: Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Black Ops 2 has arrived. Just over two years since one of my favorite Call of Duty titles was released, Treyarch is back at it with the sequel. Rather than taking place in the 1960's though, this game hikes to 2025 and takes you on a ride. Here's my review. Not to worry, there won't be any spoilers... although there will be heavy emphasis on multiplayer.
I won't tell you about the story of Black Ops 2, but I will tell you how this Call of Duty is different from those previous. Rather than going from A to B to sometimes C, Treyarch makes this game less linear this time around. You have options of what you want to do/where you want to go, and they even affect the mission in minor ways. Your decisions won't completely change the story, but they're a wise addition that should have been added at least a couple years ago. This inclusion makes you feel like YOU'RE playing the game, rather than making you feel like the game is playing YOU. Without ruining the campaign for all of you, I can tell you that this is a game that's single player you will definitely want to go through ... especially if you played the original Black Ops.
Zombies. Well, I have to admit -- don't hurt me -- I wasn't a big fan of Zombies in Black Ops because I felt like the first handful of rounds was a complete waste of time and dragged on needlessly. This time around though, there's actually a STORY to Zombies ... imagine that. While I'm still not high on the game mode, I like it a heck of a lot more than I did in the last game, and I can guarantee that those that loved Zombies before will only enjoy it more. Don't think that's possible? Wait until you play the game. Also, for you stat addicts, Zombie stats will be tracked on Call of Duty ELiTE.
And the thing most people buy Call of Duty for ... the multiplayer. There are countless things to say about this. You'll have anti-CoD people tell you that this is the same game as last year. And the year before. And the year before that. Well, that's frankly not true. Black Ops 2 innovates almost as much as Call of Duty 4 originally did. Like the first Modern Warfare, Black Ops 2 may change the series forever. The whole Pick Ten system in this game is an ingenious idea that will seriously make you think when making classes if you want to compete. If you find that you don't ever use your secondary, add a fourth perk. If you don't throw grenades, add another attachment to your gun. The ability to customize your experience in this way will make you hungry for more unlocks and experimentation.
Treyarch doesn't stop there, though. Black Ops 2 has now introduced a brand new thing called League Play. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie to the series, you'll be able to form a clan and face other clans with a similar skill level, thanks to Treyarch's skill-based matchmaking. If competing in heated clan wars isn't your thing, you can of course still hop into a random public match.
Also added to Black Ops 2 is what many people are calling "CoD Casting" mode. With this, you can view live streams (or previously recorded versions) of matches. This is going to be a useful feature to many ... especially those that are looking to learn techniques that the more seasoned Call of Duty players use.
Treyarch has done with Black Ops 2 what many people have long begged them to do: Change the series up. A lot of fans and critics felt that Call of Duty was releasing nothing but $60 map packs every year... I have to say, Black Ops 2 ought to shut those people up. From the ability to make personal choices in campaign, to the better-than-ever Zombies mode, to the most balanced multiplayer experience Call of Duty has probably ever had, there's something here for anybody to love. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 may very well be the best game in the series.
+: "Personalized" campaign; Zombies; Pick 10 system in multiplayer; Awesome weapon/perk/grenade/equipment balance online.
-: This game is nearly flawless and has added a lot of innovation, but I'm beginning to feel some FPS burnout; Multiplayer maps don't feel as great as I thought the Black Ops 1 maps did.
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2012 6:21:21 AM PST
MICHAEL E. ZEHR says:
I just want to say thanks for posting a positive review of a game. I enjoyed how you pointed out all the new things about the game instead of "crying" that this is the same old game redone. It's refreshing to read something positive for a change. Our society has become a bunch of whinners and complainers and always looking for the negative. There is always going to be something wrong with a video game, but instead of focusing on the negative I really enjoyed reading your review on the positives, thanks for taking the time to write your review.
Posted on Nov 13, 2012 7:17:32 AM PST
Did they do anything about quick-scoping in multiplayer? Quick-scoping is incredibly cheap and has been ruining CoD multiplayer for me lately...
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 7:26:32 AM PST
Cody Rosa says:
There is still quickscoping jared. I dont have the game yet but I saw a video online of someone doing it.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 7:32:15 AM PST
That's unfortunate :( Thanks for replying.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 9:18:15 AM PST
I just assume that people are posting negative reviews because they're whining that Ghost is a level 55 unlock and they can't just camp all match when playing online. Get over it, people.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 6:34:47 PM PST
J. Skeels says:
No, people are complaining because all this game is is a camp fest.. The Maps cater to campers and snipers and it sucks..
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 7:22:55 PM PST
Chris R. says:
Yes it IS true...I ready early this year that Treyarch was going to do something to help combat "camping" in their games, but I've play a good 6-hrs on multiplayer and still see the same retards camping in corners. Sooo...what did Treyarch do then?!?!?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 1:40:09 PM PST
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Night Lord 40K says:
@ Everyone whinning about camping.
In EVERY COD you are going to have camping. I hate that crap as much as the next person but there is absolutely no way to stop it. THERE WILL BE CAMPERS IN EVERY COD GAME, SO QUIT WITH THE CRYING. You knew when you purchased the game that you were going to run into it so what is new about it or supprising. Play the game, kill the campers, and laugh or talk some trash when you do it. Happy Gaming
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 6:02:38 PM PST
If you wanna camp and panic knife, then you have to expect to be dropshotted and quickscoped.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 6:05:18 PM PST
You're gonna have major camping in the first 2-3 months of any COD title. You've gotta wait for the "christmas noobs" to get the game too. I've noticed this for the past 4 iterations.
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