Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review

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Posted 8:21am on Tue 13 November 2012
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Posted 8:21am on Tue 13 November 2012
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Good read Martin The overall reception for this is expected and the review scores won't make a dent in its sale figs. The multiplayer is where its at for me! I'll play the story and more than likely like it and then get bored to buggery.

Does Black Ops 2 suffer with the endless enemy AI until you reach the end of the corridor, checkpoint Martin?
Posted 9:01am on Tue 13 November 2012
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I'm not sure about whether I 'need' this game or not, but the excellent review does a lot to make me think I may give this one a miss unless I make use of GAMEs trade-in deal.

Interesting to note that it was reviewed based on a bought copy and not Activision review code.
Posted 9:50am on Tue 13 November 2012
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Fantastic review. I'd quite like to play the game but i'm just not prepared to pay the £40+ price tag... I just don't see the value in it and i'm not overly enamoured with the franchise nowadays.

One for the christmas list
Posted 10:30am on Tue 13 November 2012
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Excellent review.
Posted 11:13am on Tue 13 November 2012
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Excellent and balanced review! I'm an hour in on the PC version (released a bit earlier in Sydney) and must say I'm actually enjoying the reasonably coherent story and lack of screaming sessions that formed the interrogation cut scenes in the original. I am weary of it becoming a bit same-same and yes when a roller coaster ride such as this starts getting all serious on you, like Sly Stallone in Rambo 2 + 3 (Rambo 1 was untouchable), you begin to raise your eyebrows a little and wonder if this is the future of FPS games and are they really trying to educate you on the horrors of it all---whilst banking untold millions?
Posted 12:32pm on Tue 13 November 2012
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Great read, Gaston.

"Black Ops II has better Feng Shui" made me smirk.

"you're running around as a madman with a machete is really just incomprehensible bollocks" made me snort a laugh bogey.

This game was on my birthday list and should have arrived though my front door by now. The result of this review was never going to persuade nor dissuade me from getting it, but it at least seems to confirm my choice of buying BlOps 2 over MoH 2.

I'll hopefully catch you online sometime.

PS. I actually like the addition of V's post script after each review detailing when you played it, for how long and by what means. This extra level of transparency is most welcome.
Posted 10:15pm on Tue 13 November 2012
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Ok, I'm playing the single player just so I can get used to the controls again (after solely playing EA shooters for the past 18 months). So far it feels like a giant leap back in time. The campaign is terrible.

I tell you what, too. Going from BF3's Armored Kill maps to Nuke Town is a real shock. Makes me appreciate the effort DICE put into their maps.

First impressions... I can't wait for Battlefield 4. I'll give it time though. I haven't got much choice.
Posted 10:41pm on Tue 13 November 2012
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Ok, I'm playing the single player just so I can get used to the controls again (after solely playing EA shooters for the past 18 months). So far it feels like a giant leap back in time. The campaign is terrible.

I tell you what, too. Going from BF3's Armored Kill maps to Nuke Town is a real shock. Makes me appreciate the effort DICE put into their maps.

First impressions... I can't wait for Battlefield 4. I'll give it time though. I haven't got much choice.

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Nuketown's always been a contentious map, but its popularity is staggering - few maps could be used as genuine pre-order incentives. I've never been a big fan.

I think it's a different beast to Battlefield, really. Go into one expecting the other and you'll end up sorely disappointed. I think Blops II does that close-up infantry shootyshooty better than its rivals, but it definitely feels a bit vintage compared to some of its more modern contemporaries.

Heck, I think its TDM is better than BF3's TDM at any rate. And I even quite like the Close Quarters map.

Oh yea, and the campaign is a bit wank.
Posted 3:10am on Wed 14 November 2012
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No one seems to know that Treyarch got a known war criminal for it's advertising....

Can you name who?
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