Although slightly later than usual, this week’s round-up looks at your mostly short reviews of Black Ops II. The response wasn’t as massive as I had thought it would be, with BlOps II receiving less responses than last week’s Just Cause 2 and the week before’s Sleeping Dogs.
Although I said the reviews were “mostly short”, there was yiddo, who wrote 800 words on the game – that’s more than there were in the original WeView article! So most of this round-up will revolve around his analysis, with comparisons to other people’s opinions. Sound good?
He started off by labelling the campaign as “okay”, as it didn’t reach the heights of Call of Duty 4’s story, although he said that the villain and his use of social media was great. Decent then, but not quite as good as other games on the market. bigbaldwolf also said that the campaign was “ok”, pointing out that it isn’t really what Call of Duty is about. He did enjoy the branching story lines, however.
Eldave0 seemed to quite enjoy the single player, stating that it was “fun” and the “multiple endings [are] a nice touch”, though both gazzagb and tonycawley disagreed, describing the story as “confusing” and “convoluted” respectively.
Back to yiddo now, who described the zombies mode as “brilliant”, even though he didn’t like the Tranzit mode. He really enjoyed the other survival maps, however, and thought that the DLC really brought something new to the mode as they “outshine the original Black Ops II zombie maps”. bigbaldwolf once again agreed, describing the new maps as “pretty good”.
A lot of people seemed to leave the zombies out of their comments, which is fair as it’s probably considered an even smaller portion of the game than the campaign. The multiplayer is where the real meat of the game is and, unsurprisingly, it’s what your comments focused on.
The multiplayer focus took up over half of yiddo’s gargantuan comment. He started off by describing the contrast to the Battlefield series, with less of a focus on teamwork and a much lighter, fast paced feel. He enjoyed the new score streak and class systems, which offered new ways to play, and loved the DLC maps that “outdo” the original maps.
tonycawley stated that the multiplayer “doesn’t let you down” but thinks the maps are “forgettable”, despite the “addictive” gameplay. Eldave0 backed this up, saying that that the multiplayer will “keep you occupied for months,” and praised the new create-a-class system. gazzagb, however, thought that Treyarch failed with the create-a-class as “they tried doing too much with it”, believing that they shouldn’t have changed it in the first place.
bigbaldwolf summed up the multiplayer nicely, saying that it “runs smoothly, is fast paced and is just a blast to play”, whereas MrJimmy loved the fact that it’s “mad as a box of frogs twitchy frustrating but ultimately amazing gameplay”.
As for weaponry, the shotguns are still overpowered according to yiddo, with some poorly designed, “disgustingly cheap” sight attachments such as the target finder and MMS thrown into the mix too. The hit detection could do with some improving too, though overall he recommends it as “the second best CoD game” after Call of Duty 4.
For the final word we turn to MrJimmy, who made a fine point about why you shouldn’t avoid Call of Duty games because you think they’re just the same game year after year:
Every time a new COD comes out I get on my soap box and shout ‘it’s the same damn game AGAIN’ and refuse to buy it on principle. I think I’m over this now, after picking up BlOps 2 a month ago I feel like I’ve missed out on months of gameplay and should have got it on release.
Indeed, I assume many others feel the same. Now onto the ratings – there are five Buy Its this week and only one Rent It from gazzagb. So, go ahead and buy it then – what are you waiting for?
Since we had a tie break two weeks ago, Metro 2033 is the game you’ll be seeing later today. As for next week, it’s E3 so we may well have something a little different planned.