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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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: I don't get why everyone seems to complain about the fact that a new Call of Duty game comes out every year? Yes an annual release makes it look like the same product over and over again but I am one of those who enjoys playing them. But unlike others, I am not engrossed on the multiplayer side of the game. I am more partial to the single player campaign and seeing how it unfolds.
Conclusion: I can say I’m more impressed by this game than any other Call of Duty game I have played before. When I first heard about this game I was like… “What they’re going to go into the future?” That means they will have to actually create a story and not just use historical references to build one around. Wasn’t quite sure how this would work or if it would work at all and I was pleasantly surprised.
Excerpt: snuck onto the scene…wait. That doesn’t sound right. Ah, I wrote the opposite, the antithesis of the true phenomenon that has become the mega-blockbuster CoD franchise. Sorry ‘bout that. Anyway, there’s no doubt that fans of the series should be satisfied with Treyarch’s latest effort, as the campaign is solid, the multiplayer is still stellar, and despite a few new ideas that didn’t quite fly, at least it
Excerpt: Right when you were thinking you could skip the annual Call of Duty release due to franchise fatigue or simply wanting to take a year off, Treyarch delivers one of the most full-featured and best games in the series. Call of Duty: Black Ops II makes improvements to the formula in every single one of its game modes--from its incredibly balanced and thrilling multiplayer to a campaign that's engaging and full of surprises and a Zombies mode that could pass as its own...
Pros: The branching campaign story, Exploring the wide-open Tranzit Zombies mode, Customizing your multiplayer loadout with the "Pick 10" system
Cons: The unresponsive AI in the Strike Force Missions, Not having friends to play Zombies with, Players who use the Guardian Scorestreak effectively
Excerpt: While the Modern Warfare franchise tends to play it safe, Treyarch was especially brave with its shepherding of the Call of Duty brand in the first Black Ops. Including its patented zombie mode along with a top-down shooter and other hidden goodies, it wasn’t afraid to break the mold of the traditional modern military shooter. Now it’s taking a step into the future with Black Ops II, but is this journey into the unknown worthy of the Call of Duty name?
Breaking down the four different games in Call of Duty: Black Ops II (review)
13 November 2012
Conclusion: Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia said in an interview with GamesBeat that “we wanted to push the boundaries. … Creatively, what we wanted to do making Black Ops II was turn some of those expectations around.” It accomplished that, even though they only had two years to work on this game. The common thread of all of the subgames is that they are very hard to master. Most of them are easy to pick up and start playing, with the exception of Strike Force.
Cons: The story isn’t easy to follow, and it’s improbable The evil Raul Menendez gets under your skin. He is clearly insane, yet he’s also supposed to be this great leader who can inspire a billion oppressed people to rise against the superpowers. It’s hard to believe that he can rise to power, gather giant, technologically advanced armies to send against the U.S., and pull off surprise attacks over and over again. We can certainly see how Menendez became such a monster. Bl...