So its been exactly two weeks since the launch of yet another Call Of Duty game – Black Ops 2, being a first person shooter and CoD fan (note: a fan, not a fanboy!) I had to get it. There were two reasons why I bought the game the very first day, Zombie mode and the fact that the story takes place in the near future with futuristic weapons and gadgets.
I’m not going to go into details about the story but it follows what was left behind in Black Ops with Mason. The first half of the single player was pretty boring as it was basically a flash back, for once I nearly fell asleep as I watched all these in-game cinematics. I was tempted to skip some of them but I thought since I was playing the single player, I had to follow the story. The pace of the second half ramped up which was a good thing, things just got really intense, which I thought was what made the game a Call of Duty game – fast pace and action packed. I actually like the fact that in Black Ops 2, you get to do a lot more than just run and gun. You get to fly in a fancy high tech glider suit and horse back riding shooting RPGs (I still think it is ridiculous to reload an RPG while riding a horse) just to mention a few. Again its nothing special but at least its somewhat different from previous Call of Duty games.
You can expect the same level of graphics from previous series, no surprise there as the developers don’t really have an incentive to improve on that at all since there will always be people buying their games. To be fair, there were impressive moments but they were rare.
Multiplayer is ok and expected, but it does take a while to get used to the load out, or class system. You are now given 10 points to spend on your class with different perks, weapons and weapon attachments. You can spend most in a single weapon, like me where I put most of my points on my primary weapon with 3 attachments. I think this new class system is a positive change in my opinion as you can focus more on a single area of a class. One thing they seriously need to fix is the spawning, I have lost count how many times I got killed as soon as I respawned after I got killed two seconds ago! I did not notice this as much in Modern Warfare 3 though, only in Black Ops and Black Ops 2.
Zombie mode is always fun playing with your friends, now it supports up to four players on a single system which is another big plus. I played with two of my other friends and we all had a good laugh throughout the night!
So here is my quick review of the latest Call of Duty – Black Ops 2. Was it worth buying the very first day? I honestly don’t think so unless you are absolutely in love with the series or you are new to the series. Although I see it as a long term investment with its multiplayer and Zombie mode since I usually play for more than a year online based on past games. It will more than make up for the $60 dollar plus tax price tag. Just don’t expect anything too revolutionary, expect it to be the same as the rest of the series with a different story and weapons.