4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A lost cause,
This review is from: Call of Duty: Black Ops II [Standard edition] (PS3) (Video Game)
I've been trying to give this game the chance that it's needed over the last few months, but ultimately it's come down to this:
Call of Duty is a lost cause. It wasn't doing great before or after MW3 came out, and this game hasn't helped.
Look, this is a Call of Duty game. It does everything that Call of Duty has done for the last 10 years. But it isn't fun. It just isn't. It's hard to place the blame, to be honest;
*Treyarch have put a huge majority of their effort into Zombies - however when looking at the number of players online, the usual case is that Multiplayer will have around 350,000-400,000 players playing; Zombies will typically have around 20,000 players. They make huge maps, and Zombies always appears to be the centre-piece of their DLCs, but Treyarch need to look at the numbers.
*They've made Multiplayer fair. And, suprisingly, this is a bad thing. As a casual player (not a prestige-master junkie), I still like to have an aim to play towards. But there is no weapon or impressive attachment to work towards, apart from challenges (which I don't really care about) and the Diamond Camo. But any casual or new player won't give a damn about this stuff - I certainly don't. There's no "ultimate weapon" - the final SMG you unlock is abysmal, along with the shotguns and sniper rifles.
*The campaign isn't really "outlandish" or exciting - it's a campaign. It's full of cutscenes, and just feels really artificial.
It all falls down the the fact that this is Call of Duty. The pressure and expectations that have befallen the developers since CoD4 have been drastic, and this is the first CoD for years that I've felt has let me down. I just don't enjoy it.
People will see me criticizing the 1-star reviews, because they usually complain about lag etc. I myself never suffer from lag (though I do get the occasional host migration, but that's unaviodable). I don't have any problems with the servers or game mecanics - it just feels OLD.
The reason I'm giving this game 3-stars, over one or two stars, is because to any new player, this game will be enjoyable! It's not BAD, there aren't any in-game glitches or errors that are noticable. It's just not as fun to the rather more experienced players.
There's a certain sad feeling surrounding this game. The current "generation" of CoD has reached its end. The engine is old, and I think that's what's holding the game back. A few days prior to writing this review, I heard that Activision are developing a next-gen engine, which I look forward to greatly. I'm not going to go all OTT and say that this is the last CoD I'm gonna buy - it's not. I still have faith in Activision.