OXCGN’s Black Ops II: Apocalypse DLC Review
Where it all began
by Arthur Kotsopoulos
©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos
With Call of Duty: Ghosts set to hit shelves in November, it’s only fitting that Treyarch send Black Ops II off with a bang with Apocalypse, the final Map Pack which can be downloaded individually or included with the season pass.
Apocalypse includes 2 brand new maps, 2 re-skinned maps and a brand new Zombies map. It’s definitely a great way to extend the life span of a shooter especially when it’s main focus is its multiplayer component, with a less than stellar single player.
I wasn’t overly impressed with Modern Warfare 3, having not even completed single player to this day. The series is in dire need of a huge refresh and whilst Ghosts is looking as if it is trying to do that, Apocalypse will give fans of the current generation something to tide them over.
OXCGN’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Review
Breaking new ground?
by Kent Sobey
©2012 Kent Sobey
Online gaming would be a whole lot different today if it wasn’t for games like Call of Duty.
They made it easy to get involved, and it’s more addictive than ever – it’s not uncommon to see people with over twenty days of online play under their belt.
In order to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of online gaming, however, franchises like COD now have a yearly release.
Some people like myself love this, while others hate it. Either way, it’s probably going to be a few years before this cycle stops, so you better get used to it.
I have already reviewed the single player component of the game in a separate article – this review is strictly related to the multiplayer.
It’s no secret that I preferred Blacks Ops’ multiplayer compared to Modern Warfare 3, but when it came it single player, Black Ops did not even come close – let’s see how this year’s multiplayer iteration holds up.
OXCGN’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review (Single Player)
Is the story sacrificed on the multiplayer altar?
by Kent Sobey
© 2012 Kent Sobey
Love it or hate it, the fact is that there’s never been a more successful franchise in the history of gaming. Some people might disagree, but Call of Duty has gone from strength to strength – especially when you look at the number of copies sold and the size of the multiplayer community.
Like it or not, Call of Duty is probably going to be around for a while yet.
Fortunately for me, I love it, and have done since the first release of Call of Duty so I expect a lot more from each new release to keep me hooked.
Black Ops 2 may be the sequel to 2010’s Black Ops, but release-wise, it is following Modern Warfare 3.
Since this is a single player review only, I will say that following Modern Warfare 3 will not be easy because it was fantastic.
OXCGN’s Top 10 Anticipated Sequels of E3 2012
All roads lead to E3
by Daniel Geikowski
©2012 Daniel Geikowski
The one thing that makes gamers around the world go absolute batshit crazy.
Some in a good way, where announcements make gamers jump into loving bro-hugging (or the female gamer equivalent….sis-hugging….”shugging” we’ll go with) embraces, others which draw the ire of gamers everywhere.
Over the last few years, we have come to expect a few things are a given at E3; the latest Call of Duty will feature, Microsoft will draw the gaze of gamers everywhere simply by saying “Halo”, some weird and awkward guy on stage will make an ass of himself using the Kinect, and people everywhere detest Valve for announcing/demoing/talking about a game that isn’t Half Life with the number 3 attached.
However, it’s usually the announcement of the unexpected that gets gamers up and about.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Treyarch ‘willing to do what others cannot’?
©2012 Nicholas Laborde
I’m not a new bandwagon critic of the Call of Duty franchise.
I can recall my utter confidence in 2007, stating how Call of Duty 4 would inevitably fail due to the fact that not a single mainstream modern warfare title had been released up to that point (not counting Battlefield 2 or GRAW), and moreso since it was coming from a World War Two-based franchise.
Of course, I was aptly proven wrong.
I’ve been steadily losing interest in the franchise with each title following 4, but Black Ops 2‘s trailer has done the unthinkable: it’s got my attention, well and truly.
And if a Doubting Thomas such as myself can be lassoed back in, what does this mean on a wider scale, considering sales for Modern Warfare 3 were already very impressive?