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Multiplayer-only review; meh (and it still includes nuketown!),
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This review is from: Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Edit: Just an FYI for people still considering purchasing; the game, as of January 2013, still includes the nuketown 2025 key. I purchased a second copy for my other xbox because my wife has gotten into it and the new January 2013 shipment still includes the Nuketown 2025 code. However, something you should be very careful of if you're buying two copies of this game; make sure to enter the Nuketown 2025 code when logged in as the primary user of each console. I made the mistake of entering the code when logged in as myself on mine and my wife's xbox and that associated both unlock codes with my xbox live account. Now when we travel and only take one, if my wife logs in without me, she can't see the option to play on Nuketown. I contacted Activision, they said to contact Microsoft, MS said the nuketown key is downloadable content and the key tied it to my xbox live account and there's nothing they can do about it. Thanks; glad I gave you both $140 for the two copies of the game and you can't even give me an extra unlock key to resolve the issue.
Only two games in the franchise that I've played are this one and the first Black Ops, and I only play it in multi-player with friends. The positives are:
*) some of the new weapons are really fun
*) kill streaks are now point-based 'scorestreaks' and there are a massive number of them, like 20 or so, with a huge variety of bonuses. I really like this because there are some new game modes, and the classics, that can now benefit non-campers. For example, domination, CTF, demolition, etc. will reward you enough points for a first capture, bomb plant, etc. that it actually makes it worth attempting rather than everyone just sitting back and picking off newbs as they go for their perks.
*) you can make a lot more tradeoffs when setting up your classes. For example, you can do away with a secondary weapon completely for additional perks or attachments on your primary, you can double up on some perk types, again, if you sacrifice something else, etc.
*) The stats on each weapon are higher resolution so you can get a better idea of exactly how they compare to one another.
The negatives; well basically just that BO II is a $70 map pack. Is all the above stuff really a game changing experience? For someone coming from regular BO I game play, not really. I am just as happy killing people with friends in the first iteration as I am in this new one. I still play for what I think is an hour when it's really been three. I still trash talk. The changes just aren't that significant. $70 isn't that big a deal so I don't really care either way, it's still fun, but wouldn't exactly call it five star material. Nice upgrade? Yes. Awesome game if you've never played any of them? Yes. $70 upgrade for experienced players? Hmm...