Black Ops 2 scores lower than Halo 4
It’s the heavy hitter season, but while Activision could very well be seeing tons of sales from Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the first reviews aren’t 90+ only.
- PlanetXbox360: 93
- IGN: 93
- Machinima: 90
- EGM: 90
- GamesRadar: 90
- GameInformer: 85
- Destructoid: 85
- Joystiq: 80
- Official Xbox Magazine UK: 80
- Official Playstation Magazine UK: 80
- Gamespot: 80
- Videogamer: 80
- GiantBomb: 80
The overall average on Metacritic is 85% based on 37 critics, while Halo 4 gets 87% on average from 76 critics. Also worth noting is that the vast majority of reviews is on Xbox360 (currently only 1 review on PC and 3 on PS3!) and Eurogamer.net stated they chose not to attend a “review event” so would be putting up their review a bit later than the rest.
Something’s clearly strange here and it seems Activision may be influencing things (otherwise, why so few PS3/PC reviews?) but still the scores aren’t all up in the 90s as you might imagine. Another interesting fact: both Modern Warfare 3 and the original Black Ops scored lowest on PC and highest on X360.
Anyway, it seems it more of the same, with good to excellent multiplayer, and rather disappointing singleplayer. From Joystiq:
Multiplayer is king in Black Ops 2, offering plenty of in-game and inherent rewards for its ravenous online community. It’s paired with a lackluster story that fails the ambition shown by the branching campaign, reflecting the overall game’s forward-thinking but imperfectly executed ideas. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 isn’t the best or most charming entry in the franchise, then, but it takes risks, exploring more than is strictly required for an inevitably annual franchise.