At first glance, Black Ops 2 seems like it’s a entering a new frontier for the Call of Duty franchise with its futuristic setting, but in actuality, the game is a rinsed and repeated version of its predecessors with a few improvements.
Similar to any Call of Duty game, Black Ops 2 contains a campaign mode. Those who enjoy a world-war-like plot, a thrill ride of a story line, and explosion-filled levels will take a liking to what Black Ops 2 has to offer.
Call of Duty is renowned for its online multiplayer game mode. It’s been the same for pretty much every game released--with the exception of new guns, maps, and perks. People looking for a large evolution from previous games may feel disappointed by Black Ops 2. The only big changes that make any difference to how the game plays would be the attempt at eliminating annoying aspects like campers – even though people still camp – and also a new system for creating a class. The create-a-class system gives much more variety to how a character can be customized, which helps Black Ops 2 keep away from being trite, for the meantime.
Another feature in Black Ops 2 is the Zombies game mode. This game mode is unique to Treyarch Productions, and is what separates Treyarch from Infinity Ward, another developer of Call of Duty games like the Modern Warfare series, as well as being one of the main reasons why some people purchase the game. This game mode obviously consists of zombies, lots of zombies. The mode hasn’t strayed too far from its roots in Call of Duty: World at War and Black Ops 1, which many feel is a good thing. The game mode not only includes classic survival against infinite waves of the undead, but also features a new “TranZit” mode, where you travel from location to location on a bus while mowing down zombies, unraveling the story behind the zombies catastrophe.
Holistically, nothing seems to feel different. Black Ops 2 is created from the same template that all of the other Call of Duty games, although that is how Call of Duty should be and the reasoning is understandable. People prefer the format to stay the same for Call of Duty, and regardless of the name of the game, people are going to buy it. A big change in the game would make or break the game’s popularity, which is something too risky to do for any game developer.
If you enjoy the Call of Duty games regardless of change, then I suggest that you consider buying the game. Though, don’t feel hesitant to try the game otherwise, you might find yourself entertained.
Written by: Joey Nguyen