Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Features for Xbox 360

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Martin Gaston, Reviews Editor - Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

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Still playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, sorry. I've also had a few games of Dota 2 with the usual dream team, but you'll all be bored of that by now. So it's all Call of Duty: Black Ops II all of the time. Here's a rare, valuable and insightful peek into my last week:

Monday: Dave managed to prestige over the weekend, which meant he was totally smug as he turned up to the office. I was both furious and jealous. I demanded Nellis make this week's Live Show about Black Ops II so I could catch up. Treyarch announced that evening they were pulling Nuketown 2025 and I was so cross (I don't like Nuketown 2025, but it's just the cheek of it) that I didn't play any.

Tuesday: Did the Black Ops II livestream with the rest of the VG crew. Was still quite irritated about Treyarch yanking Nuketown 2025 off the playlist, even though I don't much care for the map. Built a few new classes, unlocked a few weapons, managed to get a few levels. Success.

Wednesday: Played four matches in the evening and won all of them, but then realised I wasn't playing on my profile. Inside I was consumed by anger but on the outside I was totally cool and not at all childish about it.

Thursday: Tried to play the game in our games room during lunch hour but the Internet connection was complete junk, and kept ruining everything. In one game I only had one bar. One bar! Our internet connection at VG Towers is supposed to be incredible so lord knows what was going on. Either way, total bust. Minimal XP gains. Level 49.

Friday: Played some Black Ops II in the evening. Probably. We write these things on Friday afternoon so I haven't actually done it yet. We'll see what time I manage to make it back after the mandatory Friday afternoon post-work pub trip.

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rbevanx@ Clockpunk

Well I would try out the Desmond Sequances, if you like them go for it would be my move. But I didn't like them so I gave it a miss but hopefully someone here has tried it out and can give you better and more fair advice on the DLC.
Posted 14:37 on 25 November 2012
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Clockpunk@ rbevanx

Hmmm... just trying to decide if that is worth 800msp, Richard... but thanks for that clarification!
Posted 13:54 on 25 November 2012
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rbevanx@ Clockpunk

It's very much the Desmond sequances from what I have seen and been told James.
Posted 13:02 on 25 November 2012
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rbevanx@ tvr77

I'm finding the mp very laggy when I tried it earlier and is the worse part of the game which is what people buy it for really.
It's also not very busy so you may end up playing the same people over and over again.

Might get busier and better in the future mind as it comes as a download in the new bundle's but I will be selling to soon.
Posted 13:01 on 25 November 2012
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Still catching up with Assassins Creed: Revelations this week - want to finish it completely before commencing with ACIII, which I am told I will likely really enjoy. In its defence, the earlier title isn't as dire as the opening sequences made it out to be. The different bomb effects add their own useful mechanic, but the one area in which it really lacks, IMO, is the platforming sections - unlike its immediate predecessors, there seems to be far less opportunity to explore long lost tombs and caverns, with just precisely timed platforming providing a challenge. Which is the biggest let down. Alongside dodgy enemy detection, and the fact that renovating shops raises awareness against you - how does that come about?

On the whole, very much worth the £4 I paid. Has anyone tried the Lost Archives DLC? A cursory glance at the achievements for it suggests that it could be mostly comprised of the platforming so bemoaned above...
Posted 12:38 on 25 November 2012
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tvr77@ rbevanx

Yeah my brother in-law said the same thing about black ops on vita but i'm more shocked that your kind of defending a Vita title! i didn't think you had a Vita. How does the multiplayer fair on the vita regarding connection, lag and finding matches etc.
Posted 11:56 on 25 November 2012
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Finished The Walking Dead on Friday and loved it, very much GOTY material for me and also did this weeks Halo 4 Spartan Ops on Monday I think.

Now playing Black Ops 2 on PS Vita and PS3 and I think I'm half way on both of them. The Vita version is not as bad as people have made out in all fairness, I think people went into it expecting a full PS3 Black Ops game. It's forgettable but not terrible in it's defence...blimey, did I just try to defend a game by calling it forgettable lol.
Posted 11:01 on 25 November 2012
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Not much on my play list just a little more Borderlands Almost completed the Secret Armory and then onto Claptrap Revolution.
Posted 10:27 on 25 November 2012

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Release Date: 13/11/2012
Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Activision
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 512 11
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