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The best COD title yet?,
This review is from: Call of Duty: Black Ops II [Standard edition] (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This review will focus mostly on the Campaign, as there are plenty of reviews focusing on the Multiplayer and Zombie modes. It will be spoiler-free - I may allude to some things, but I will not exclusively ruin anything for those who haven't played yet.
Black Ops 2's Campaign follows nicely on from Alex Mason's story in BO1. Similar in style, the narrative is propelled forward with every mission. There are even more gadgets and gizmos to get your head around, which I found refreshing for the most part! Guns too, are widely varied and you will even experience various transport combat (if I can call it that): from riding on horseback, to flying a V-Tol plane. Overall, the frame rate seems smoother, sound is excellent, and those little annoyances that featured in earlier titles (such as dying every two minutes from a stray grenade or exploding vehicle) are reigned in.
For me, what makes this the best title for COD to date, is how in a large way, the story is tailored to how you play. This has never happened in previous titles; in the past, COD games would have a set mission objective which you would either do by the book, or you would fail the mission. In several points throughout BO2, you are able to make moral choices which will affect future levels and ultimately, how your story ends (some of these choices can have drastic consequences for major characters - so take care with these).
Also worth noting are the new (optional, but advised) Strike Force missions, which add a very interesting, strategic-based side-piece to an already very strong game. Slap smooth, fun Multiplayer gameplay and Zombies mode on top of this, and you have a title not to be missed. Worth every penny.