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#3681643 - 11/14/12 04:34 AM Black Ops II Quick mini review (PC version)  
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When it comes to brainless first person shooters, I really appreciate quick and flexible control customization and FOV (field of view) adjustability.

Treyarch (who also did the orginal Black Ops in the CoD series) has never let me down in that respect & Black Ops II gets a thumbs up in both departments.

I have limited time to try games out but I must say that BO2 is a really polished product right out of the box.

You actually get three products (and three desktop icons) ... Call of Duty Black Ops II (Campaign), Call of Duty Black Ops II (Multiplayer) and Call of Duty Black Ops II (Zombies) (havent tried the zombie one yet).

Bottom line ... if you want to shoot at and/or blow people up of both the internet and/or AI varieties ... BO2 is for you! biggrin

For what it is, Ill give BO2 an 8/10 so far. I'll have to do some more research though so the ranking may vary ...


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#3681686 - 11/14/12 06:39 AM Re: Black Ops II Quick mini review (PC version) [Re: Linebacker]  
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Too soon for me to say, and this is 360, but I don't think it matters on a game like this.
Played campaign about 20 minutes, kind of liked it, although hard to follow. Glad to see, or rather, hear, Sam Worthington and Michael Rooker (MERLE!). Nice to recognize voices of likable actors for some reason. I'll return to that later, with any luck I'll be interested enough to finish it, something I haven't done since COD4.

MP....ugh. Naturally I skip TDM, since I can't stand it, and go for Domination, one of the 3 gametypes I like. The map was tiny even by COD standards. Action too fast. I'm too old for this #%&*$#. I'll try sometime other than late at night when my nerves can handle it. I usually have to tough it out until I can play the gametypes I really like, but it looks like more could be open from the get-go this time. I'll try it out again later this week.


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#3681701 - 11/14/12 07:45 AM Re: Black Ops II Quick mini review (PC version) [Re: Linebacker]  
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Think I'll save my $60 this time. I dunno why they still bother making this series. Talk about beating a dead horse....

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#3681927 - 11/14/12 04:50 PM Re: Black Ops II Quick mini review (PC version) [Re: Linebacker]  
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Because it sells like crazy.


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#3681936 - 11/14/12 05:00 PM Re: Black Ops II Quick mini review (PC version) [Re: Linebacker]  
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They will keep using the same engine for many, many years too as people keep buying it. BF3 and MoH:W are far superior in my opinion.


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#3682079 - 11/14/12 08:13 PM Re: Black Ops II Quick mini review (PC version) [Re: Linebacker]  
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MW3 was my last purchase of this franchise.
It is what it is, a mainly Twitch Monkey (Multiplayer)
shooter of which I'm not.

I've enjoyed their campaigns, the multiplayer is
someone else's style not mine. To me It's Quake/Unreal
in a Modern Warfare Skin.

Right now I'm loving Planetside 2 because it's way
more team based and you have more opportunities to
out think your opponent.

Coming from the Battlefield series(Battlefield 2, 2142 & 3)
I sure don't miss being Tk'd for vehicles or having it stolen
while I'm repairing it.

At the end of the day I respect Treyarch for what they do
because they do it very well.



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#3682234 - 11/14/12 11:09 PM Re: Black Ops II Quick mini review (PC version) [Re: Linebacker]  
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I was positively surprised by BO2. IMO it is the best game so far in that genre...by a large margin.

The SP campaign has a well-written story, and it is not strictly linear....your actions - especially (even partial) mission failures - will have an effect on the outcome of the game (there are six different endings).

Even though it still works like a shooter on rails, the "rails" allow for more flexibility and different approaches, which in turn influence how the missions play out (and therefore how the story will end).

Another nice feature is that the player can customize his equipment before each mission - primary gun, secondary weapon, and attachment for each, plus grenade/explosives loadout and tactical gear.

Shortcomings are - as usual with the franchise - the stupid AI, the sub-par graphics, and the "jerky" character animations (IMO). I also have seen better weapons modeling in other games.

Especially the so-called Strikeforce missions - some kind of RTS and FPS hybrid - are a good idea that suffers from idiotic "friendly" AI behavior: since they are incapable of coordinated combat (or actually hitting an enemy that is 3 feet in front of them), these missions, designed to give the game some tactical depth, tend to deteriorate into frustrating micro-management-fests. IMO at least.

But compared the IMO very disappointing MOH Warfighter, this game is very good. It is the best COD game so far, and here's hoping that Treyarch can improve on that for the next one (better GFX engine, much better AI).

I don't ever play MP with these kind of games, so my observations are strictly SP related.



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#3685055 - 11/19/12 08:36 PM Re: Black Ops II Quick mini review (PC version) [Re: Jayhawk]  
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Originally Posted By: Jayhawk
I was positively surprised by BO2. IMO it is the best game so far in that genre...by a large margin.


Agree! BO2 is a great FPS!


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#3691978 - 12/03/12 02:56 AM Re: Black Ops II Quick mini review (PC version) [Re: PlayerOne]  
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Sorry kinrossian, but I'm going to pick apart your post like a vulture on a carcass LOL! ...

Originally Posted By: kinrossian
I played it for a few weeks so far.

I find it frustrating as it has potential or rather it inherits some good points from the CoD4 daddy in terms of game-play.

BO2 has NO potential.

Originally Posted By: kinrossian
But it fails in cinematics (dying sequence starts after the enemy is actually killed),

Would you prefer the dying sequence to start before the enemy is actually killed?

Originally Posted By: kinrossian
network code (cannot knife anyone as there is always a slight lag),

The network code is rock solid. The only problem is that the game is so fast that any millisecond lag is noticeable.

Originally Posted By: kinrossian
lack of dedicated servers (not even to the BO level). You cannot choose or filter which game types or maps you want to play.

You can choose the game type and vote on one of two maps or random maps.

Originally Posted By: kinrossian
matchmaking service is abysmal. Many of the maps are very small. Smaller than ever.

The matchmaking service is the best Ive seen in this type of game. There are some small maps and some big maps.

Originally Posted By: kinrossian
The game is now overrun by running shot-gunners or knifers which cannot be killed making the game-play very unbalanced, (not easily anyway)

The game is not overrun by running shot-gunners or knifers. You're just getting too close to the enemy for some reason smile (I'm talking about the PC version btw. I'm not sure of the state of affairs on consoles)

Originally Posted By: kinrossian
especially when you're playing the objectives...

You cant really play the objectives in BO2. Playing objectives requires teamwork and there is none in BO2.

Originally Posted By: kinrossian
I already find it boring now. I can't believe I am saying this, but probably BF3 is a much better game overall... based on what I've seen on youtube.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE never compare any game in the Battlefield series to a game in the Call of Duty series.

Thats like comparing Humans to Apes with super-fast reflexes LOL!

Originally Posted By: kinrossian
In short - BO2 is not fun or it gets old and tedious very quickly.

Would you consider the three weeks you spent on it quick?

Originally Posted By: kinrossian
I only regret not double checking the latest on dedicated servers - I only pre-ordered it as I read it will have them. I should have cancelled my pre-order. Never mind. Last CoD for me, back to CoD4.

So if BO2 had dedicated servers, would you be happier? Why?

PS.

Dont get me wrong ... I think BO2 is the stupidest FPS ever and I hate Treyarch for making it so damn addictive LOL!

My "quick review" score stands at 8/10.


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