Reviews and Problems with Call of Duty: Black Ops II
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Uprising
2 September 2013
Summary: So far in Call of Duty: Black Ops II 's lifecycle, we've had one map pack , which wasn't quite the revolution that was promised to augment that expensive $50 Season Pass . But of course, in true Activision fashion, we have three more to go before we call the Pass a wash, and next on the hot plate is Uprising . I'll cut to the chase: provided you're already a fan, it's one of the best Call of Duty map packs yet.
Summary: Treyarch has taken a unique approach to Call of Duty games that I've always admired. Essentially developing three games in one, their idea to meld campaigns, zombies, and multiplayer into one giant package in Black Ops II is intriguing, considering all three components feel fairly meaty in their own right.
Summary: If you're keeping score, Call of Duty: Black Ops II has offered up one so-so and one stellar map pack so far -- and now, we're on part three of the four-piece Season Pass, Vengeance . In typical Treyarch fashion, four maps are on the plate, alongside a new zombies level that takes place in an old west setting. All in all Vengeance gets the job done, and should scratch that itch until the arrival of Ghosts and next-gen consoles, even if it's far too safe for its own good.
Excerpt: You hear that? That’s the sound of another Call of Duty map pack marching to the field of battle. The latest Black Ops II map pack, Uprising, features four new multiplayer maps and a brand new zombie scenario called Mob of the Dead. Boasting celebrity voices, magma-filled maps and even a nod to the original Black Ops does this unique package make for a compelling purchase, or should you leave this DLC MIA?
Excerpt: Another year, another Call of Duty . Activision's crown jewel is still going strong, despite the countless feelings of déjà vu each one tends to inspire. Don't get me wrong: I've stuck with the series since the very beginning. But there's only so many times I'll go through the same experience before calling it quits. Though Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was a great game, it brought me closer to that point than any other installment.
Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Sony PlayStation 3)
22 December 2012
Summary: Call of Duty: Black Ops II does enough to put itself above its predecessors without alienating series veterans who have come to expect certain things from the franchise. The new Scorestreaks, Pick 10 system, and campaign changes have made this a good step in the right direction. More importantly, it offers the same tight gameplay, addictiveness, and replayability the series is known for. This is about as safe a purchase as it gets.
Excerpt: The developers at Treyarch are asked every two years to produce a better game than the last. If the last game they produced was any other game, their task would be a much simpler one, however, this year they attempt to improve upon the wildly successful Call of Duty Black Ops. The latest installment in the Call of Duty series, Black Ops II by Treyarch games, hopes to positively contribute to one of the greatest franchises in console gaming history.
Breaking down the four different games in Call of Duty: Black Ops II (review)
9 December 2012
Excerpt: My arms feel like they’re permanently vibrating from all of the machine-gunning I’ve been doing lately. I’ve played just about every aspect of Call of Duty: Black Ops II , and I have the sore wrists to prove it. As the holidays approach, Activision Blizzard is launching its ninth installment in the Call of Duty military combat series, and this one is as violent, action-packed, and as full of adrenaline as ever before. So much for peace on Earth.
Summary: We've already had three quarters of the Season Pass on offer so far in Black Ops II 's lifespan, and we're finally on the last bit of DLC. Apocalypse is a curious prospect, with two remakes, two brand new maps, and a zombies map that features giant robots with the reunion of the original four World at War stars. But while Treyarch is generally known for their original map design, they played it a bit too safe here, and the package falls a bit flat.