Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review

  • Posted November 13th, 2012 at 07:01 EDT by Don Oliveira

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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A new height for storytelling in Call of Duty games paired with a remodeled multiplayer component that is as addictive and rewarding as ever makes for really attractive package, despite its shortcomings.

We like

  • New height for storytelling in Call of Duty games
  • Multiplayer has aged with us, remodeling an addictive competitive online component to prioritize customization
  • There's quite a bit of game here, and something for everyone

We dislike

  • Strike Force missions bog down a surprisingly good Single-Player campaign
  • PS3 version doesn't run as well as its Xbox 360 counterpart
  • We miss Spec Ops

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(continued from previous page) ...from slightly blurrier textures and slightly lower (and less consistent) frame rate throughout. It didn’t ruin the Single Player experience, but side-by-side, the PS3 version just seems to pop less than the 360 version. You do have the option to install textures to the hard drive, but that does little to help the overall look of the game.

In the end, I’m surprised to hear myself recommending another Call of Duty game after so many have been released this generation, but my craving to play the game speaks for itself. Even after the time I spent playing the game for review, I’m still eager to jump back on and rank up in multiplayer or see each different ending and how different scenarios play out in campaign mode. If you’re a big fan of Call of Duty games, you’ll probably buy this game anyway. However, even if you’re not, take comfort in the fact that Treyarch didn’t drop the ball with Black Ops II. Instead, they showed that there’s still more juice to squeeze from this formula and that it not only works, but is still fun and very welcomed. Sure, the changes in Black Ops II feel more like alterations that make things feel less stale instead of actually evolving the franchise to its next level, but that’s okay so long as it feels this fresh.

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