Reviews for Call of Duty: Black Ops II

60

Meh

rjb789 | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »

Its the same CoD formula with some aspects such as drones, ripped straight from Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. The graphics, although a step up from Modern Warfare 3, are nothing compared to the likes of Crysis 3 and Battlefield 3. The campaign is fairly short but some great moments can occur and make it feel like you are in a real futuristic world. The multiplayer is the same sort of stuff as previous game.

82

A Step In The Right Direction

Joe_Crow | Aug. 28, 2013 | See all Joe_Crow's reviews »

The difference between MW3 and Black Ops 2 is by far the largest leap we've had in Call of Duty since COD3 to COD4. With a new setting, a vastly improved class system and some interesting single player gameplay, I felt like I was getting my money's worth.

The single player campaign is for the most part, a standard 7 hour COD affair, with various characters to play through a cinematic, almost on rails story. The new Strike Force missions offer a somewhat more mentally demanding experience however, as you deploy troops from the sky, before dropping into various military shoes. You're able to choose your weapons for the single player missions this time, too.

Most of my time has been spent in multiplayer of course, with new and interesting weapons and equipment. The new "pick 10" system offers much less restrictive loadout choices, giving you the option to have multiple perks per tier and to switch out your secondary for more equipment or perks. The maps are quite small for the most part, encouraging CQB. While they're all fun, none of them seemed to stand out to me as classics, unlike in previous games in the series. The 8 player Zombies mode also offers some replay value.

Visually, the game is similar to it's predecessors, with very little in the way of advancement. If you like Call of Duty, it's worth picking up Black Ops 2. You'll enjoy the additions, the new futuristic setting and having more freedom in your choices. If not, it's unlikely you'll be convinced this time around.

85

Good Fun

paddyg | Aug. 15, 2013 | See all paddyg's reviews »

Multiplayer is where the fun is in the Call of Duty franchise and this does not disappoint. Varied perks, many more weapons and better kill streaks allows for a very gripping and addictive multiplayer game. The story is as good as the first Black Ops, with Mason back in the game. Worth a purchase even if you just want hours of fun shooting friends!

90

Black Ops just got better

Avesomeofthat13 | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all Avesomeofthat13's reviews »

I bought this game thinking it would just be another "Call of Duty" game, but it really is different! The game is much more interesting and has a more delicate and exciting campaign set in the future - plus the game has much more to offer in terms of multi-player. The game really is more involving and has a better game engine than the original Black Ops.

95

SO GOOD!

StephenNandLal | July 22, 2013 | See all StephenNandLal's reviews »

Bought during the STEAM Sale and I cannot stop playing this game! It's lighting and graphics are amazing, and work pretty well on my low spec (i5 processor) laptop! Only drawback would be the onlineplay; there's a huge amount of hackers and the lag seems to be awful sometimes :S

9.5/10!

100

amazing game

jthresh123 | May 29, 2013 | See all jthresh123's reviews »

this game is amazing well priced too the graphics are astonishing and love the new story

76

A Call of Duty which tries new things, with mixed results

Profoundly_Mad | April 22, 2013 | See all Profoundly_Mad's reviews »

Call of Duty is a series which many have complained was getting stale and samey. Black Ops II introduces new mechanics to change things up, with somewhat mixed results. Nevertheless, the game is still a Call of Duty game at it's core. It's cinematic, somewhat linear and scripted and there is lots of shooting and explosions.

Graphically the game is okay, nothing spectacular but it can show how aged the IW Engine is by now. The new single player gameplay mechanics involve picking your weapons loadout before starting a mission, picking various perks before starting a mission, choices in the game which ultimately affect which ending you get and the somewhat RTS like Strike Force missions. Most of which are welcome additions to the series but the Strike Force missions, while great in theory are somewhat lacking in execution as friendly AI is very, very stupid and are very likely to get themselves killed. As such it is a better idea to control units directly and play it as a standard shooter.

Multiplayer is more of the same as you'd expect from Call of Duty, though the class system has now been revamped. Previously players would pick a main weapon, a secondary weapon, grenades and up to three perks to define a class. This time around you are given 10 points to spend on customization slots as you see fit, making it entirely possible to forgo a secondary weapon in exchange for an extra perk.

Topping all of this off is the Zombies game mode which is returning from World at War and the first Black Ops. Now it supports up to 8 players and the game mode is more involved than just surviving, as you can travel to various areas and find items which you can use to solve mini-puzzles like turning power on. This game mode is great fun with friends and will keep you occupied for hours.