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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, Play Multiplayer Your Way !!, November 14, 2012
This review is from: Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
It seems like there will be those that complain about the multiplayer aspect because of all the changes and those who welcome them. I am probably one of those who welcome some of the changes to the multiplayer aspect and so far am really enjoying them but before I get into it, here is where I stand on some of the other aspects.

Controls - in my POV, if you have played one, you have played them all. CoD thankfully has not had much under the hood done and whatever minor or major tweaks you want to do with the controls is easily done.
Graphics - Again, when you get a CoD game you get a AAA title that looks great on the screen, small noticeable differences in shading are well noted in this game as well.

Multiplayer maps - maybe it's just me but it seems like there were more maps in BLOPS I but the ones they give here seem to be a bit more tight and give way to more run n' gun type play, very frantic movement with little chance to slow down.

So, what's my take on MP? First off, I think this is the 1st CoD game that really takes the time to walk in newbies, amateurs and veterans without the pressure of feeling like you are being dropped right into shark infested waters. I am one of the very few who can admit to not being that guy who eats sleeps and breathes Call of Duty. I am not the guy that studies each of the game maps religiously nor am I the one who sole aim is to rack up all the kills on screen. While I do enjoy playing this game, I have found it frustrating that the multiplayer side can be so lopsided. You are a level 5 soldier being dropped in a map with everyone's skill levels all over the place and it seems more like you are just playing to survive. I have hated the fact for years of playing this game having to hear someone's 9 or 10 year old child at 2am on CoD using words that would make a sailor blush sometimes ruining a good online moment. I am one of those people now who play online without using my mike because most of the time I really am not up to playing with strangers who don't know how to act and because me and most of my friends are married, have kids etc, it's difficult for us to get together and play together. yes, there is life beyond video games!!

So, yes, I welcome the idea of at least the 1st 10 levels being completed with everyone close to the same levels. I think it's a great idea and wonder why this hasn't been done sooner. I even like the idea of now being able to set up private modes with yourself and AI bots to practice on with everything at your disposal for times when you don't want ( or can't) play for hours upon hours feeling that need to level up, not to mention when all of your other friends are busy, those who are on and able to play, you can squeeze them right in and still have a full map with all the game has to offer. Treyarch has taken that dangling carrot off of the stick and has finally made a CoD that is accessible to anyone who wants to play it the way they want to play it. If you want to play online, great, if not that's great too and you still have access to all the modes needed to get a lot of variety out of the game. There are also some "Party" games that friends can play together. Some of you reading this will probably think that it's crazy to get this game and not play multiplayer but I am also willing to bet that a lot of people who haven't wanted to play this series for years have had that same frustration and can now find a reason to play without the push of having to play with others.

There are going to be many detractors out there that are probably saying that playing with bots are lame but the AI is pretty sharp in most levels and you can set the intensity before you start.

So in summary, if you ever been intimidated or just didn't want the frustration of trying to keep up, this Call of Duty is for you.
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Initial post: Nov 14, 2012, 7:18:08 AM PST
B. Ashlock says:
Good review..

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012, 8:29:12 AM PST
thanks...if you are one of those that finally want a CoD to play without the hardcore it is.
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