Call of Duty Black Ops 2
by Brett Stewart
Call of Duty has monopolized the video game industry for over six years now, beginning their reign in 2007 with Activision’s “Modern Warfare.” Since that time, they have periodically switched developers, time periods and styles to attempt to provide variety in a genre that is, in all honesty, void of variety for a reason: It’s all the same.
Black Ops 2 shoots into the not-so-distant future of 2025, where it switches between 2025 action sequences, and flashbacks into the 70’s and 80’s from a now-elderly character from Black Ops 1. Some of the flashback levels feel like a rehash of Black Ops 1, especially those in Vietnam, but the flashbacks do provide some interesting perspectives into the 80’s, such as the horseback driven level during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan.
The futuristic sequences are elegantly done; Developer Treyarch Studios understood that the futuristic warfare game walks a fine line between cheesy and cool. As a result, the technology isn’t horribly overdone, and you’ll find a lot of joy in the little things it offers like holographic viewfinders on your favorite gun. It sends out a jolt of light every few seconds, revealing enemies behind cover or in the next room.
In the end though, it’s still a pretty bland Call of Duty game. The combat feels exactly the same as previous games, the story doesn’t attract any interest from the player and despite 2025 enhancements, the point-and-shoot model is still monotonous and dated.
The game’s graphics aren’t anything to boast about, either. Black Ops 2 looks exactly like Black Ops 1, and one could probably argue that Modern Warfare 3’s graphics, despite being released earlier, triumph Black Ops 2’s.
The extras Black Ops 2 offers are fun, but expected. We knew there would be a new zombies mode, and it’s still a blast to play, but the maps seem contrived, almost as if they were last minute additions to the game. I was expecting Treyarch to bring new elements to the table to refresh a community that was likely zombie’d out a dozen zombie maps ago, but there are none. At least, none that are notable.
Now, for the multiplayer. Everyone loves the Call of Duty multiplayer. That’s why it hasn’t changed at all, and isn’t even worth addressing in this review. Just go play any CoD game online. Seriously, they’re all the same. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Black Ops 2 is an enjoyable, predictable ride. It’s always fun to get online or hop into a mission with some buddies and wreak havoc; but if you are playing Call of Duty alone into the wee-hours of the evening, chances are you are getting lonely and finding yourself increasingly bored. Just go buy Black Ops 2. Or Black Ops 1. Or Modern Warfare. Hell, just go buy any Call of Duty you don’t already own; you’ll be getting the same experience anyway.
|Title:||Call of Duty Black Ops 2|
|Developer :||Treyarch Studios|
|Consoles:||Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC|
|Release Date:||November 13, 2012|