Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Review (PlayStation 3)
by Gregory Laporte Editor Vice President on November 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST
Call of Duty Black Ops 2 
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch 
Console: PS3
Other Platforms: Wii U, Xbox 360, PC
Genre: First Person Shooter 
Price: $59.99

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is the sequel to one of the highest selling franchises in video game history. Although, the games do come under great scrutiny from gamers for being another rehash of an otherwise tired formula. Does Black Ops II provide enough new content and gameplay features to fight off the naysayers. Read our review to find out!

Welcome to the year 2025, where armies use drones, machines, and robots to do their dirty work. You play the game as David Mason a soldier trying to find the international wanted man Raul Menendez. However, before you find Menendez you must learn of the past events which takes you back 40 years, which leads you into the backstory of the current conflict. If you played Black Ops one, you will notice that the graphics in this game are not much of an upgrade. Where this game excels however, is in the new features of the story line and settings that you are placed in. The futuristic combat of being in the year 2025 allows you to controls drones and other machines to help you out in battle. There are many sequences that will happen will give you that sense of this being a really fun game, but it is not something that will be awe inspiring or stand out for years to come.

Another benefit to the campaign is that there are now side missions that you can do if you need a break from the overall campaign. The side missions are similar to the game’s mulitplayer modes like domination and elimination with you controlling a group of soldiers or drones to attack or defend a location. This is a fun feature that gives the game a fresh breath of life into a franchise that needs to keep innovating to stay relevant. The campaign is a fun experience that has its moments, but maintains the same problem it had with the original Black Ops. The story at times is well paced, but shifting between different times frames leaves the user confused and trying to put the plot together by themselves.

Multiplayer mode is a staple for the Call of Duty franchise. It is a fast paced experience that provides for convenient play for any gamer that has a few minutes to spare. Multiplayer does take a few times to get used to, but overall it still is the same old thing.  A team of friends to play with, will most certainly ensure victory, while being a lone wolf is pretty much a hit or miss situation. The most intriguing feature with a Treyarch developed Call of Duty game is the zombies mode. Zombies this time around has become more difficult and strategy based to an extent. You can now change difficulty levels and choose to enable or disable handicaps to help in your tactics to survive.

You start off zombies with the ability to choose 3 out of 4 maps with the fourth one being unlocked after you achieve the requirements needed to open it. A mode like this is best played with a group of  friends, that way you all can enjoy the strategy that the game requires you to incorporate. You will have the options of pitting yourself against other teams or working together as a whole to reach your goal. This is truly a fun mode that must not be missed.


  • Side Quests in campaign allow for diversity of play
  • Multiplayer and zombies is fun and gives a refreshing change of pace


  • Textures and graphics are not really an improvement and shading looks lazy
  • Hit detection issues in multiplayer along with minor bugs
  • Main story gets confusing from time to time

Final Thoughts:

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 provides a consistent flow of what you would and should expect from the Call of Duty franchise. Its not ground breaking by any means and does have a few faults graphically and technically. The campaign is a delight to play and Treyarch’s trademark zombies brings the survival fun to online with a few new features. All around though, Call of Duty is solid game that fps fans are going to love to play. A game definitely worth renting if you are on the fence and buying if you love fast paced action movies.

Final Score:

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 gets a 8 out of 10.

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