Little bit awkward now.
Black Ops 2
Really enjoyed it, it's your typical CoD campaign, explosions, traitors in the mist, cocksuckers, explosions, slo mo room breaches, cocksuckers, plot twists, explosions, crappy AI, cocksuckers, explosions, cocksuckers, explosions, you get the picture. I thought Treyarch did a good job of building the story up, yes the action is pretty much non stop but I liked that the first half is spent trying to flesh out the story, characters, motives, explaining what happened between end of Blops and the future sections of Blops 2 then the second half sees Menendez finally unleash the inevitable armageddon on US soil.
I liked Raul Menendez as the villain, rather than just trot out another generic Bin Laden style terrorist Treyarch created a charismatic villain with character and motive, a villain you could almost empathise with. I know it was the guy that worked on the Nolan Batman movies that wrote the story for Black Ops 2, I think Menendez is clearly inspired by the villains of Nolans Batman movies and to an extent the old Bond movies too.
For the first time playing a CoD game I haven't thought "God it needs a new engine." Treyarch have pushed the engine more than I thought possible, Black Ops 2 looks great, sounds great and runs great. The character animations look better than before as does lip syncing, environments look more detailed, fancy visual effects have been added, levels seem bigger than before too. I thought the future setting worked well, the ability to choose a loadout before missions start, been able to take control of drones and things (still not learned the names lol) via the 'Access' areas in levels was a nice addition and added more variety to the firefights.
The only real negative I had with the campaign was the Strike Force missions. In theory they sound good, in practice they failed hard for me. My main complaint was with the structure. You're given a time limit, you only get a select amount of troops, you only get a select amount of attempts to complete the missions and the friendly AI are completely useless to the point that you end up just having to "go all Rambo" which will fail miserably when you're faced with ten IOD bots each with a machine gun and a rocket launcher. Somehow I made my way to the final mission where you have to kill Zhao but I never even threatened to get the job done. Cool idea, poor execution for me, if it's to return then it needs lots of work.
As far as CoD campaigns go it's probably lacking in standout moments (my highlights would be the Battle of Los Angeles, the floating city chapter and the flooded chapter in Pakistan I think it was) but it made up for it with an excellent new villain, a better than usual plot and more variety in combat.