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...
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: 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.
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.
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
Conclusion: Los Angeles is aflame. The pavement is red, and the white clouds in the sky have been tainted by the black smoke rising from the skyscrapers. The explosions blind me at first, and then leave a ringing tone in my ears.
Pros: + Multiplayer is better than ever. + Bombastic sound mix. + Exciting future gear. + Brilliant villain. + Ambitious campaign. + Great e-sport focus.
Cons: - Short campaign. - Underdeveloped zombie mode. - At times laughable. - Aged graphics.