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NIntendo Wii U Review: Black Ops II

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Released in November of 2012, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the much anticipated sequel to Treyarch’s hit game Call of Duty: Black Ops.

The Sequel’s Storyline
Activision has released a Call of Duty game faithfully once per year, and their success has once again become evident with the exceptional experience provided by Black Ops II. While the campaign does not pick up immediately where the first Black Ops game leaves off, it is a continuance set in the year 2025. The main character is David Mason, son of Alex Mason, who was the protagonist in the original Black Ops game. Over the course of the game, Mason will bond with his father’s old partner, Frank Woods. As the bond between them deepens, the two of them will work together to thwart a terror attack on the United States.

During the course of the campaign, you will find yourself moving back and forth through time, assuming the role of Alex Mason from time to time. This makes for an engrossing experience with a storyline that kept them guessing at all times. Along the way, you will encounter multiple historic figures, including Oliver North and none other than Manuel Noriega himself. During most of the campaign, however, players will find themselves in the shoes of David Mason working alongside Woods to stop a terror attack at the hands of Raul Menendez, who is undoubtedly one of the most terrifying terrorists since Osama Bin Laden.

Multiplayer is still just as exciting as ever and provides players with their favorite game modes, including Team Deathmatch and Domination. While the basic principles are still the same, the additional customizations provide for a much more personalized experience. Instead of only a few customizations, players are now able to have up to 10 personalized components on their loadouts with the ‘Pick 10’ system. This means that you are able to exchange perks for additional weapons attachments and vice-versa. The system is incredibly simple to use and provides players with thousands of possible combinations for perfecting their experiences from map to map.

The zombie levels are a bit more difficult, but if you are a fan of slaying the undead, you will find the challenges provided by the new maps to be quite refreshing. Another element that has been added to the zombie mode is the ability to craft items at workbenches from bits and pieces found lying around in the environment. Treyarch has also included a ‘Grief’ mode, making it possible for teams of up to four to play against other teams—the last team standing wins. We made it through 15 rounds on several maps without unlocking all the secrets.

Overall, while the graphics associated with the game are not as advanced as we anticipated, the gameplay experience is one that simply cannot be topped with any other first-person shooter on the market.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs. This game can also be found on: Xbox 360, PS3, PC.

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