"Call of Duty: Black Ops II" continues the story from its predecessor, though this time around you play more as David, son of Alex Mason, the protagonist from the first game. The story jumps between the Cold War of the 1980s and 2025, where a threat born of those earlier times has surfaced. The story is fairly well done (written by David S. Goyer) and is well acted by a prominent and talented cast that includes Sam Worthington, Michael Rooker, and Tony Todd. The campaign runs the typical length of single player campaigns in a FPS, clocking in around 6-7 hours. The difference here is that there are choices that result in an alternate ending. It's not quite "Spec Ops: The Line", but it does offer a little incentive to replay the solo missions. Added to the mix are Strikeforce missions, which can be played in FP view on the ground, or from an aerial view, allowing you to move entire units around the map to carry out objectives. It's a nice idea to interject a bit of strategy sim into the formula, but sluggish controls and clumsy insertion into the campaign hold this back from what it could've been. They ultimately don't seem to affect the game's outcome all that much, and if you play them out of order they serve no real purpose at all. Over in the popular Zombies mode, things were changed as well. There's still the expected Survival mode present, along with a mode called Grief (in which two teams combat each other and try to edge one into the zombies' clutches) and a sort of story mode called Tranzit, which allows you to board a bus to visit other areas. Solo these are more frustrating than fun, so you're better off playing with friends or going online. I didn't try the multiplayer, though it's reported to have been tweaked to make it more newcomer friendly but there have been connectivity problems for PS3 owners. Overall, this is a fun shooter with some new ideas, even though those ideas aren't as well realized as they could've been. Worth playing. 7.5/10 stars
posted by Glen1110 (SPRING VALLEY, NY) Jan 20, 2013
Member since Nov 2012
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Everyone knows that Black ops II will become a failure. And it has become a larger fail than expected. First things first, there's nothing special about Black ops II. You're basically running around, doing missions for the same old people in some same old graphics.
Than, we have the multiplayer. Ever since Modern warfare 2 went mainstream, it was both the end of COD and gaming community forever. All I see in COD are 5 year old kids who think they're superior than their elders. The guns are the same like Black ops but just futuristic.
Finally, we have zombies. It was by far, the WORST zombie experience ever. I bought Black ops II to just play zombies. But it turned out to become and epic fail. The maps are too small, Very limited maps and the same old weapons.
Although, Black ops II campaign was a bit impressive like all COD series. The storyline is well written, some decent gameplay, but HORRIBLE voice actors. Could really do better.
To finish this off, Call of duty should return to making WWII games. This current "Modern" day scenario for Call of duty really ruined my experience. The first modern warfare was great and all. But all true Call of duty players know that Call of duty was best during its WWII era. If you're reading this treyarch or infinity ward, go back to creating WWII games. Or at least WWI games. And you should regain your reputation.