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Call of Duty : Black Ops 2 Review

Cart: Call Of Duty Black Ops 2
Cab: Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii U / PC
Coin: Tyerarch

COD is like a lot of things. And a lot of things are like COD.

It’s like Coldplay because it sticks to a tried and tested formula in a most unashamed and comfortable manner. But people like it. And they’ll pay good money for it. So is that such a bad thing? Perhaps there are lots of magic formulas hidden in plain sight – all it takes is someone to have the confidence to stick by them.

It’s like McDonalds because it may not contain anything particularly well-crafted or even particularly good for you but it still tastes quite nice. And there are times in all of our lives when having something that you know is a second-rate is exactly what you need to feel better about yourself.

It’s like Miss World because it desperately wants to please you and it’s willing to do just about anything to get your attention, even if it’s only for a minute. It doesn’t really want to make you think a great deal but it will sometimes confront you with a string of words that vaguely resemble an intelligible concept.

Stuff. Happening.


It’s like your siblings because no-one else can make you feel quite as thrilled or at home and yet in the blink of an eye deal you a totally unforgiving remark that results in a huge domestic.

It’s like a Friday the 13 film because it desperately wants to shock you and isn’t afraid of being even nastier than the last one you saw. But you like being shocked and appalled. It’s why you watch horror movies in the first place.

It’s like your Mum at Christmas because rather than focus on doing one thing well, it’s determined to do as many things as it possibly can quite averagely in the hope that sheer quantity will leave you incapable of measuring the quality of any individual item.

COD is like a lot of things and a lot of things are like COD. I’m just not sure if I am.

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  1. While this isn’t particularly complimentary, it makes me want to play it to find out if you are right!

  2. I am interested in the Wii U version but purely for the local co-op.

  3. Not keen on any of these comparisons but Friday the 13th films are a bit of a guilty pleasure. Think you may have just sold it to me…

  4. I just found it to be a horrible, incoherent mash of ideas and directions all rolled into a gaudy, blood soaked, sensationalist mess. Coming off the back of Halo 4, which is very much a finely-tuned piece of work with a clear direction and heritage, this just felt like a loud, trashy B-movie – which might be exactly what you’re looking for.


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