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The haters were right
, November 16, 2012
This review is from: Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
I've been a COD fan since the original game came out. When COD 4: Modern Warfare came out, I was proud to call myself a Call of Duty fan with such an amazing release from Activision. Unfortunately, every release of Call of Duty since then has been met with the same response from much of the gaming community: "It's the same game!" I never really accepted those arguments, and was just like "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." When MW3 came out, I started to see the truth in the critics' statements. It really was practically the same game as MW2. So I didn't buy it. But, after hearing everything about Black Ops 2, I figured that Treyarch might finally break the COD stigma. I really believed it would happen. So, I happily put in my preorder for Black ops 2. I picked it up on release day, and excitedly started playing through the campaign. Although the campaign did seem to echo the stale overly-linear storyline of the previous releases, it actually was pretty fun. I especially liked the new strategy-based missions. Unfortunately, the innovation stopped there. I tried out multiplayer and was completely disappointed. Little had changed since Black Ops. I'm not an XBOX Live guy, so this didn't bug me too much. I figured that the Zombies mode would make up for it. It's really what I was most looking forward to. I got some buddies over and we tried out the new Zombies mode. It is not at all what I was expecting and hoping for. The new Tranzit mode is confusing and too difficult IMO. The maps suck. The graphics are glitchy. And the gameplay itself is the same as the original Zombies mode. No new perks, rehashed guns, same old Zombies. Not that it's bad, I just wanted something more... fresh.
I've decided that as soon as I'm done with the campaign, I will be selling my copy of Black Ops 2. No Elite for me. No DLC. No season pass. In fact, this may be the last COD game I buy. I realized something. The haters were right. Since the first Modern Warfare, the Call of Duty series has been the most over-hyped, underwhelming video game franchise in the world. I didn't want to believe it, but Activision officially lost me as a fan with this release. And unfortunately, I'm guessing a lot of other gamers will follow suit. Maybe I'll use the money I get from selling it to get me a copy of Battlefield 3.
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