Now On AA Radio: "I'm Gone, I'm Going" by Lesley ...  |   Listen Now!
 

Game Reviews    Movie Reviews    Tech Articles

top10dvds 

Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Activision
Three and a Half Stars 
Purchase

The Short: There are some remarkable innovations with Black Ops II, Im not denying that. But the campaign mode just isnt what Im used to with a Call of Duty game due to its story. Honestly, I hated parts of it and found it to be too ridiculous to wrap my head around. That doesnt take away from multiplayer and zombie options here. But It would have been nice for this game to be called something different than Black Ops II, like Past and Present, something cool like that. But looking past my problems with the story, this is still a great game and a can't-miss for the holiday season.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is getting praised as a landmark game, the best CoD ever, the best game of 2012, and one of the best games of the past decade. There are some great improvements from the past few releases, especially in multiplayer and zombie modes, but the campaign mode lacks some of the power that previous games have had.

First, lets remember how Call of Duty started more than a decade ago. It was a WWII game and the first of it's class. Since then, Activision and it's developers have taken the game to some interesting places. Modern Warfare provided some excellent modern-era storytelling with the Call of Duty formula. Call of Duty: Black Ops was a Cold War era game that mixed CoD with a blockbuster movie angle with tons of talent providing voice work for the game and the end product being an edgy, slightly darker CoD game that was a ton of fun. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a bit harder to figure out. It jumps around from character to character and from time period to time period to assemble a story. Heres where Im slightly torn on the main single player venture of Black Ops II. There are elements to the story that I like, others I dont particularly care for. The older-era stuff that goes back years ago to the guys fighting in Honduras are amazing levels. However, when theyre in the current era, the story and the new gadgets in the game just arent believable. Its like theyve added a bunch of things to make Call of Duty more like Halo, and no sir- I dont like it. That stuff is great in multiplayer, but it just feels too far-fetched in campaign mode. The story all-combined is fine, but Id say its my least favorite out of all of the CoD games. Things would have been better here if they would have called this something different. I think its too different from the first Black Ops game to brand it as a sequel. There are some fun moments throughout the campaign, and the new loadout system complete with the new scoring system give it a boost. Theres a lot of good with this story and what you can do in campaign, but theres also a lot of bad.

The multiplayer is more of a focus with Call of Duty these days than the campaign mode, and for good reason. Its played by legions of peoples, its powered by a social network thats wonderfully integrated and used, and its some of the best multiplayer action you can find on a console. Black Ops II has some serious upgrades in that department. Not only are the new weapons a ton of fun to play in multiplayer, the biggest upgrade is Treyarchs Pick 10 system. At the beginning of each round, you get to pick 10 items for your loadout. With the system you get ten points and every weapon, attachment, explosive, or perk counts as a point. You pick 10 and you hop in a match. The other fun upgrade with multiplayer is the hardpoint mode. You capture areas and defend them as long as you can to earn points. Its easily my favorite option here.

What Ive had the most fun with CoD: Black Ops II is the zombie mode. Its the most polished and flushed-out zombie CoD to date. Theres a cool story that you can play along to or you can just pick up a controller and jump in to try and beat your high score. The zombie system is the best its ever been here and youll get more hours of enjoyment out of it.

There are some remarkable innovations with Black Ops II, Im not denying that. But the campaign mode just isnt what Im used to with a Call of Duty game due to its story. Honestly, I hated parts of it and found it to be too ridiculous to wrap my head around. That doesnt take away from multiplayer and zombie options here. But It would have been nice for this game to be called something different than Black Ops II, like Past and Present, something cool like that. But looking past my problems with the story, this is still a great game and a can't-miss for the holiday season.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


ADVERTISEMENT



ADVERTISEMENT

 

Site Map | Facebook | Twitter | Last.fm | Donate | Privacy Statement | Advertise | Contact Us
2014 Alternative Addiction LLC