Reviews and Problems with Call of Duty: Black Ops II
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II
2 September 2013
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.
Conclusion: And so the institution rolls on. Black Ops 2 , in thematic solidarity with the sacrifices of its protagonists, will likely not be remembered among the best of its brethren. And yet, the best Call of Duty installments yet to come will succeed because of the work that Treyarch has done here.
Conclusion: The Call of Duty franchise is notable for several reasons, among them the fact that they have such a huge stable of releases with only a relatively small dip in quality. These dips are not uncommon with long-running franchises, with both developer ennui and publisher restrictions contributing to the problem.
Pros: Zombies!, Multiplayer is much more rewarding, Production value is high, as usual
Cons: Cookie-cutter shooter campaign, Some definite improvements, but no real innovation
Summary: A new height for storytelling in Call of Duty games paired with a remodeled multiplayer component that is as addictive and rewarding as ever makes for really attractive package, despite its shortcomings.
Pros: New height for storytelling in Call of Duty games, Multiplayer has aged with us, remodeling an addictive competitive online component to prioritize customization, There's quite a bit of game here, and something for everyone
Cons: Strike Force missions bog down a surprisingly good Single-Player campaign, PS3 version doesn't run as well as its Xbox 360 counterpart, We miss Spec Ops
Excerpt: Jetpacks with rigid wings. Gloves that can adhere to any surface and support your body weight. Advertisements that feature your face when you walk by. The campaign in Call of Duty: Black Ops II has some interesting ideas about the future of technology, but what about the future of this massively popular shooter series?
Pros: Great campaign scripting, Story choices are often tough and encourage replay, League play offers a new stage for the familiar multiplayer combat
Cons: Zombies mode is stagnant, New codcasting tool is hamstrung
Excerpt: Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a much anticipated first-person shooter, developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. So here we go again the fine folks at Activision sent over the PS3 version Call of Duty Black Ops II for us to check out. As I settled down to check the game over. I mused over the general public, the gaming fans and how funny things have seemed with gamers for the past several games that have come out recently.
Excerpt: Call of Duty has become something of a seasonal affair these days. People expect a new iteration to roll around in much of the same fashion as an Apple addict might await the new iPhone . In even more parallels, each new flavor of CoD usually comes with a handful of new features and a beloved avalanche of sameness. This year, Treyarch has decided to do more than reinvent the wheel, and it’s more refreshing and stimulating than you’d expect.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review | Looking to the Future
17 November 2012
Conclusion: The Short Version: While much of the campaign isn’t set in the future, the action is still frantically paced fun and the story is probably the best seen in a Call of Duty game yet. Zombies mode is currently broken. But what I have been able to play wasn’t particularly impressive, with a lack of interesting stages failing to spark a real desire in me for Treyarch to fix it anytime soon. Multiplayer is reliably excellent fun though.
Pros: More loadout freedom than ever in SP and MP, Campaign has more open approaches to stages instead of usual corridors, Pedal to the metal fun in the campaign and excellent multiplayer matches
Cons: Choices options in campaign not that involving, Zombies mode currently broken, Challenges poorly indicated in campaign