Summary: Seven years on and deeming the latest in the annual Call of Duty franchise to be the most innovative instalment to date seems incredulous. However, by dispelling of the pomposity of its contemporary warfare brethren and finally putting to rest the exhausted landscape of WWII, Black Ops is one of the freshest first-person shooters in years.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, that doesn’t justify the ridiculous price-tag attached to the game, since you’ll have to pay at least thirty quid for a copy of the game. Buy Black Ops by all means, but don’t expect it to be a worthwhile purchase that will give you a brand new lease on life. It’s just another war game like the last six.
Summary: If you’ve gotten tired of the Call of Duty games, we know the feeling. That’s exactly why developer Treyarch tweaked the formula so much this time around, and the results are largely successful. Though it’s not a perfect game, it’s one that FPS fans certainly won’t want to miss.
Pros: Campaign has multiple endings; great changes to multiplayer; zombie mode is good.
Cons: Slo-mo explosions are overdone; RTS missions are broken and annoying.
Conclusion: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 tries to implement many new things into the old Call of Duty formula, from side objectives, to Strike Force missions, to the revamped strategy for the multiplayer. While some work out better than others, Treyarch’s actions are commendable. You’re in for a great multiplayer shooter as well as for a pretty good, albeit a bit complex, single-player campaign.
Excerpt: Here it is, the game you’ve all been pining after/patiently awaiting/inherently ignoring is finally here, and doesn’t it all look so very exciting/samey/vomit-inducing? Set once more against the backdrop of the cold war, COD9:BO2 takes the FPS to places you never thought possible… like Cambodia and maybe even Russia! Imagine that.
Excerpt: World War II strategy PC games are “a dime a dozen.” The war’s immensity and destructiveness fuels its fascination among the masses. There is no wonder why there are many out there who wish to play out the war their own way. The most popular of these games have been Paradox Interactive’s Hearts of Iron series (Hearts of Iron, Hearts of Iron 2, and Hearts of Iron 3).
Excerpt: If there’s one thing Homer taught the world in ‘Treehouse of Horrors V’ (in the memorable storyline where he accidentally time-travels while trying to fix a toaster) it's that messing with the past can be both very troublesome and extremely fun. Swedish developers Paradox Studios seem to have taken this lesson to heart and elevated the notion almost to an art form with franchises such as Europa Universalis , Vic toria , and Hearts of Iron .
Excerpt: Call of Duty is obsessed with fear. But while Modern Warfare and its sequel exist as a paean to America's current socio-political nightmares, Black Ops chooses to tap into the nation's Sixties terrors: Cuba, the Vietnam War and, primarily, the ever-looming threat of Soviet conflict. Part of Treyarch's current problem, then, is the format's inherent need for escalation.