Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

A step forward while dragging along military shooter design.

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For another opinion check out this review from our friends at Smosh Games.

...The hell? I mean, I know cross-promotion is good and all, but really, there are much better people to associate with.

4 stars does seem fair, probably what I would rate it as.

And those Strike Force missions are bloody impossible (at least for me) on Veteran.

Definitely an improvement over Modern Warfare 3.

This review seemed to more or less match my thoughts on it. Though, this guys sounds a fair bit more down on it.

Awesome game non the less.

The game looked really fun. Much better than MW3 trash.

Only reason I haven't bought it yet is because I got no bank money and I feel bad playing 50€ for a game when I can get it for 20 for a key online.

This is a good all-round, fairly detailed review from the Escapist. I don't see many of those.

Looks ok. Indeed, the futuristic levels are the only ones that look entertaining. Most other locations just don't seem anything out of the ordinary FPS though. Not enough to convert me to drop my Japanese games for.

I've been playing for a while and I have to say this review pretty much mirrors what I think so far. It's fun and generally an improvement over the last two outings in the CoD series. That said it doesn't change much at its core, and it won't win any new converts.

ok, so the campaign is pretty much the same. run, shoot and enjoy more explosions the chatters. MP does sound a bit ok that you just cant have everything you want but still doesnt convince me to get it.
i stick with my BF3 premium. thanks.

Gah, was waiting for review, but just bought it.... thank god it wasn't MOH warfighter i guess

Andy Shandy:
4 stars does seem fair, probably what I would rate it as.

And those Strike Force missions are bloody impossible (at least for me) on Veteran.

Definitely an improvement over Modern Warfare 3.

The strike force missions are intriguing but I'd rather they'd taken the idea further, I gotta say I only managed one in RTS mode on Regular and I only JUST scraped through it, need to dive in yourself to suceed.

I must say though Black Ops 2 did bring some fresh ideas they just needed dragging out farther. It's definately an excellent experience though, I'll be replaying the campaign (literally just finished first run through) to see what I can do differently, with the variable loadouts and diverting stories I expect a lot of replay value.

Tons of really fun toys to play with too. Multiplayer I haven't done too much of but it seemed to have a lot more balance and I've yet to play a game dominated by killstreaks (fuck you MW3! Fuck you and your overloaded skies!) there's a lot of back and forth and I like the eSports appraoch they took. The pick 10 system is great too, means I can ditch my worthless secondary for extra stuff I'll actually use.

Zombies I've not done too much of either but it's fun as ever, gonna do a bit of TranZit before bed I think.

Oh and special mention: the OST is fucking brilliant, it's like an old NIN concept album. The theme is like something from The Downward Spiral it's magnificent I've been listening to it non-stop for 3 days now.

Edit: I did enjoy MW3, infact I enjoyed the multiplayer a lot more than previous titles because the scorestreaks suited me better than kills, not because I'm hopeless or anything, but because I like to gamble with my life in FPS's. I could be safe and camp, or I could blow shit up, right?

This is the best Spunkgargleweewee I have ever played.

Phlakes:

For another opinion check out this review from our friends at Smosh Games.

...The hell? I mean, I know cross-promotion is good and all, but really, there are much better people to associate with.

Not to burst your bubble or anything, but Alloy Digital (who also own SMOSH) now own the Escapist.
Source: http://www.gamepolitics.com/2012/11/15/alloy-digital-acquires-escapist

Metalrocks:
ok, so the campaign is pretty much the same. run, shoot and enjoy more explosions the chatters. MP does sound a bit ok that you just cant have everything you want but still doesnt convince me to get it.
i stick with my BF3 premium. thanks.

I...uh....what?

Both games have the same amount of repetitiveness, in both multi-player and campaign. Saying you prefer one over the other is like saying you prefer a Toyota Camry over the Holden Apollo (because they're the same car....just....badged.....differently). *ahem*

Anyway, I have been enjoying Blops2 so far, and this review is actually pretty much how I feel about it as well. First time in a while I have read an escapist review and agreed with it.

Phlakes:

For another opinion check out this review from our friends at Smosh Games.

...The hell? I mean, I know cross-promotion is good and all, but really, there are much better people to associate with.

The only person I can stand at smosh is Mari. She's the only one who does not rely on random, shouty humour. I am never going to watch smosh gaming.

bobmus:
Snippedy-do-dah

I must ask, who or what is a SMOSH? =P

SkarKrow:
Snippedy-ay

That's one thing I forgot to mention. The music, pretty much all round is fantastic. Yeah, there's the one Skrillex song, but besides that I pretty much love all of it. Especially Trent's theme.

bobmus:

Phlakes:

For another opinion check out this review from our friends at Smosh Games.

...The hell? I mean, I know cross-promotion is good and all, but really, there are much better people to associate with.

Not to burst your bubble or anything, but Alloy Digital (who also own SMOSH) now own the Escapist.
Source: http://www.gamepolitics.com/2012/11/15/alloy-digital-acquires-escapist

Oh. Well that definitely explains it.

I still trust the Escapist people to be awesome like always, but that's a little worrying. Hopefully it ends up a good thing.

Andy Shandy:
4 stars does seem fair, probably what I would rate it as.

And those Strike Force missions are bloody impossible (at least for me) on Veteran.

Definitely an improvement over Modern Warfare 3.

Andy Shandy:
4 stars does seem fair, probably what I would rate it as.

And those Strike Force missions are bloody impossible (at least for me) on Veteran.

Definitely an improvement over Modern Warfare 3.

I enjoyed Modern Warfare 3, at least in its Multiplayer. I found it to be one of the most balanced of the CoD Game since 4, although 4 is nigh unplayable now due to hackers and glitchers.

Anyways, do you need to do the Strike Force Missions to get the Veteran Achievement?

I am really enjoying the campaign so far, which is the first time since the original Modern Warfare.

In terms of multiplayer, I havent played a load of it yet, but it seems awesome so far. I haven't yet come across a bad map, which is good because this might have the best map list since MW1. MW2,3 and Blops 1 had a couple of really good maps, then a varying mix of shit and meh maps. Blops 1 probably had the second best compliment of maps, and MW3 the worst, but Blops 2 has me optimistic about it.

Capitano Segnaposto:

I enjoyed Modern Warfare 3, at least in its Multiplayer. I found it to be one of the most balanced of the CoD Game since 4, although 4 is nigh unplayable now due to hackers and glitchers.

Anyways, do you need to do the Strike Force Missions to get the Veteran Achievement?

It's not that I didn't enjoy Modern Warfare 3. In fact

was one of the more emotional moments I've had in gaming. I just didn't like it as much the other games. It wasn't helped by the "shock" moment they went for with the kid to go "Oooh controversy"

And I did enjoy the multiplayer as well, although again, not as much as other CoDs.

EDIT: Oh, and no, you don't need the Strike Force missions.

seriously big yellow objective markers over a tank that tell the player "destroy"? i worry about gamers these days

Andy Shandy:

bobmus:
Snippedy-do-dah

I must ask, who or what is a SMOSH? =P

SkarKrow:
Snippedy-ay

That's one thing I forgot to mention. The music, pretty much all round is fantastic. Yeah, there's the one Skrillex song, but besides that I pretty much love all of it. Especially Trent's theme.

Urgh Skrillex. Mr. Reznor's theme is excellent and the rest of the OST is clearly heavily influenced by Reznor's earlier works, from Purest Feeling through Downward Spiral (huge NIN fan btw).

I'm really pleasanlty surprised by the game. I'm sure the campaign took me a good ten hours on Regular too, which is pretty good :) Need to actually have a day off work and not on a stupid shift to get some multiplayer under my belt.

I have gotten Black Ops II right at midnight when it was first released with my girlfriend and I must say- it's the best Call of Duty game out besides CoD 4. Really loving the multiplayer, the sniper rifles have accurate scopes now where you actually hit the person but you cannot do a cheap 180 turn to snipe someone, and the zombies mode is super addictive. I'm impressed and happy they didn't just make a total copycat where it feels cheapish to the likes of MW3. Good job men, you all deserve a medal.

Oh and I must add- try playing Hardcore Search and Destroy. I promise you, it feels different then the usual matches like Team Deathmatch or Domination. That really makes you feel like you're in danger rather then just wanting to score points or run around like Rambo.

Andy Shandy:

Capitano Segnaposto:

I enjoyed Modern Warfare 3, at least in its Multiplayer. I found it to be one of the most balanced of the CoD Game since 4, although 4 is nigh unplayable now due to hackers and glitchers.

Anyways, do you need to do the Strike Force Missions to get the Veteran Achievement?

It's not that I didn't enjoy Modern Warfare 3. In fact

was one of the more emotional moments I've had in gaming. I just didn't like it as much the other games. It wasn't helped by the "shock" moment they went for with the kid to go "Oooh controversy"

And I did enjoy the multiplayer as well, although again, not as much as other CoDs.

EDIT: Oh, and no, you don't need the Strike Force missions.

Alrighty, thanks for getting back to me!

Phlakes:

bobmus:

Phlakes:

...The hell? I mean, I know cross-promotion is good and all, but really, there are much better people to associate with.

Not to burst your bubble or anything, but Alloy Digital (who also own SMOSH) now own the Escapist.
Source: http://www.gamepolitics.com/2012/11/15/alloy-digital-acquires-escapist

Oh. Well that definitely explains it.

I still trust the Escapist people to be awesome like always, but that's a little worrying. Hopefully it ends up a good thing.

"In accordance with Smosh's creative decisions, the Escapist will replace every show on it's schedule with 5 minutes of the Smosh stars shouting random words into the camera."

-My Greatest Nightmare

Meh, I still stand by my belief that CoD4 is still the best one.

So far, most people I know have gotten BlOps2 just for it's zombie mode. Yeesh.

wombat_of_war:
seriously big yellow objective markers over a tank that tell the player "destroy"? i worry about gamers these days

Can't help but feel like that isn't really something to get worked up over.

so cod has become the new madden for me pick it up once every 5 years and be amazed by the changes or buy every installation and be burned out after 3, oh well not sure if i should get this one or wait for next years modern warfare 4.

You know, I don't understand.

Coming off of the review-apocalypse for Medal of Honor, how it was lamented for being the "worst thing about gaming today", I'm kind of surprised they gave *any* praise for Call of Duty. It's exactly the same, and is everything that is boring about gaming today.

Multiplayer is the same, and I can't speak for the singleplayer, but you're telling me it's that much different than what it was before? I doubt it.

Medal of Honor was universally panned, Call of Duty is universally praised as always. Both games are equal suck. Critic sites are not applying the same issues they had with MOH to the COD reviews, it is rather jarring. Basically the setting is "futuristic" so it's okay?

Andy Shandy:
4 stars does seem fair, probably what I would rate it as.

And those Strike Force missions are bloody impossible (at least for me) on Veteran.

Definitely an improvement over Modern Warfare 3.

Finally figured out the first two strike missions on veteran. On mission 1, I stacked all my soldiers on C, took control of the mech and guarded A. I would lob grenades up at B as much as I could to knock out the hackers. Eventually B and C fell with 1-2 minutes to go, and the computer had no chance to take D with all my spawning soldiers (including one controlled by me) flooding the room at D.

On strike 2, I threw strategy out the door. Your stupid teammates AI will get them killed before they ever reach your target. Not only that, but the computer cheaply drops reinforcements in between your spawn point, and your next target, assuring your retarded team-mates will die by getting shot in the back. Assume the quickest soldier (one with an M8),and rush A. Take out any soldiers guarding the immediate area, and drop a hacking device within the sight-line of a hiding place(a crate/doorway etc). Go hide and only pop out to destroy anything targeting your device. Mostly, they will ignore it, so you can repeat with B and C and generally have 4 minutes to spare.

Dangit2019:

Phlakes:

bobmus:

Not to burst your bubble or anything, but Alloy Digital (who also own SMOSH) now own the Escapist.
Source: http://www.gamepolitics.com/2012/11/15/alloy-digital-acquires-escapist

Oh. Well that definitely explains it.

I still trust the Escapist people to be awesome like always, but that's a little worrying. Hopefully it ends up a good thing.

"In accordance with Smosh's creative decisions, the Escapist will replace every show on it's schedule with 5 minutes of the Smosh stars shouting random words into the camera."

-My Greatest Nightmare

It is far, far, FAR more likely that I will insert random pictures of kittens and/or otters into every show on our schedule. :)

...

Actually, now that I say it, that sounds kind of brilliant...

dumbseizure:
I...uh....what?

Both games have the same amount of repetitiveness, in both multi-player and campaign. Saying you prefer one over the other is like saying you prefer a Toyota Camry over the Holden Apollo (because they're the same car....just....badged.....differently). *ahem*

Anyway, I have been enjoying Blops2 so far, and this review is actually pretty much how I feel about it as well. First time in a while I have read an escapist review and agreed with it.

Eh, I'll have to disagree here.
Whilst BF3 is far closer to CoD than the previous installments, at least IMO, it is still a very different game in the multiplayer.
Sure, pure infantry deathmatches on the smaller maps might feel the same, but full 64 player matches with aircraft, armoured infantry and a playstyle that is more often than not based around capturing bases, rather than simply killing each other, on large maps [Even if all the bases are stuck together stupid Dice *grumbles*], different balancing of instant kills [They usually don't exist without vehichles... usually].
From the outside, they look very similar. In the campaign, they are very similar. In large scale PC multiplayer matches, they are quite different, though that often depends on the map and mode.

Susan Arendt:

It is far, far, FAR more likely that I will insert random pictures of kittens and/or otters into every show on our schedule. :)

...

Actually, now that I say it, that sounds kind of brilliant...

Well, lets start.
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While I have yet, to get this game, I will reserve my judgment until I see their approach to DLC. Instead of spending 15 dollars on DLC, my money would be better spent on watching the suffering of those participating on desert bus.

An excellent review I thought.

It's made me sure about getting this game on payday.

Two things though, how much of the futuristic weaponry made it into the multiplayer? And how do killstreaks work exactly.

nexus:
You know, I don't understand.

Coming off of the review-apocalypse for Medal of Honor, how it was lamented for being the "worst thing about gaming today", I'm kind of surprised they gave *any* praise for Call of Duty. It's exactly the same, and is everything that is boring about gaming today.

Multiplayer is the same, and I can't speak for the singleplayer, but you're telling me it's that much different than what it was before? I doubt it.

Medal of Honor was universally panned, Call of Duty is universally praised as always. Both games are equal suck. Critic sites are not applying the same issues they had with MOH to the COD reviews, it is rather jarring. Basically the setting is "futuristic" so it's okay?

Judging from what I've seen of both games, Medal of Honour is buggy as hell, linear, hand holding to the point of which it doesn't let you shoot very much, and it's story is lack luster in terms of the way it's told.

Blops 2 has more diversity in terms of weaponry, enemies, path routes, a better story, and has generally more content consisting of Campaign, Strike missions, Zombie survival and Multiplayer.

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