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Call of Duty: Black Ops II

by Ariel Ruff - September 14, 2012, 2:31 pm PDT
Total comments: 8

Does the Wii U answer the Call of Duty? Find out in our look at Black Ops 2.

Until yesterday there was much speculation as to whether or not Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 was making its way to the Wii U. So when Activision announced that not only is it coming to the system but that a playable demo was available on the Wii U Preview event floor, as a Call of Duty fan, I was elated.

On the show floor, I got a chance to check out how couch multiplayer works for the system. But before I get into that, lets take a look at how it plays on the Wii U. For starters, from the second I picked up the Wii U GamePad and jumped into a match I felt right at home. In terms of physical controls, the only difference between using a six-axis and a GamePad is the six or so inches of space between your hands. Everything felt right, from button placement (obviously triggers and grenade throws all have the same mapping) to analog controls. In fact, as a mouse and keyboard user, I have to say that the analog sticks on the Wii U GamePad felt especially accurate. Of course the sensitivity of the analog stick is something which is subject to change, but as they had it on the show floor, it felt very free flowing, allowing for greater accuracy. In terms of graphics, this thing looks good. COD is not know exactly known for over the top graphics as is the case with Battlefield 3, but on the Wii U, this will definitely hold up with the 360 and PS3 versions if not surpass them by a tiny margin.

The new feature being touted with this game, is the ability to play couch multiplayer with one player using the TV screen and the other with the Wii U GamePad's screen. I have to admit, I was skeptical… but the second I loaded up a match where I played solely on the GamePad, I was corrected. The game played on the new Wii U controller exactly as it did on the big screen. Granted, the graphics are toned down just a bit, but it plays just as you expect. It really was amazing how little if anything you lost by playing on the GamePad alone.While it wasn't made clear that players have the option to use only the GamePad screen during other game modes such as campaign mode, nothing excites me more than the idea of being able to play the single player campaign or an online match straight from the GamePad while slouched in a comfy chair, not having to be beholden to staring at a TV. One thing I did find is that while playing couch multiplayer and using both the TV and Gamepad respectively as independent screens was that it did seem as if the GamePad's frame rate dropped by maybe 5-10 frames per second, but anyone who is familiar with frame rates can tell you that the difference between 50 and 60 fps is not a big deal at all.

All in all, from what I played, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 felt like it should have. If you had any doubt that it would play well on the Wii U, don't. If Activision confirms that you can play COD from the GamePad alone in other modes, I have no doubt that this might become the version to have in the eyes of media. Have no question… It's Call of Duty Bro!


supergttSeptember 14, 2012

any word on online play?

TJ SpykeSeptember 14, 2012

Quote from: supergtt

any word on online play?

Yep, confirmed to have online multiplayer and eSports CODcastin.  (though no mention of whether Call of Duty Elite is supported): http://www.shacknews.com/article/75764/call-of-duty-black-ops-2-wii-u-preview

Chozo GhostSeptember 14, 2012

COD Elite is just a scam to milk more money out of suckers. I hope it isn't supported, but knowing Activision and their money grabbing ways it probably is.

TJ SpykeSeptember 14, 2012

There is a free version, why wouldn't you want that? If you are really into COD multiplayer, it seems like it is worth it.

COD Elite's free version is great, letting you track your stats and all that. I subscribe to Elite and certainly don't feel ripped off. I've used it plenty for tips, strategies, etc. It's nice to have access to all of that stuff in one place.

ShyGuySeptember 14, 2012

Lindy has never spent a gaming dollar he didn't enjoy!

edit: Let me try another one.

Lindy's gaming budget has no regrets!

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterSeptember 14, 2012

So far everything but Batman's graphics sound great for current gen ports. I remember games from X-Box moving to the 360 and barely looking any better, thinking it was a sign of things to come. Then Gears of War hit. So when Wii U games built from the ground up show up I expect more. More of what I don't really know. Then when PS4 and 720 hit I expect Wii U games to look comparable and in some cases the rare gym that no one thought was possible on any system. For Nintendo this gen that was Galaxy. Man how will that ever look ugly?

So far it seems like Smash Bros and Bayonetta are the first games known that will be almost all Wii U. Granted I know both games started with assets from other systems but chances are when they are finally released they will be 99.9% Wii U.

What's promising about the Wii U release of Black Ops II is how quickly Activision was able to turn around the port.  This tells me that the Wii U architecture isn't that different from Xbox 360, which makes sense as both systems have ATI GPUs.

This along with the existence of the Pro Controller should ensure a pretty consistent stream of multi-platform titles.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Box Art

Genre Shooter
Developer Treyarch

Worldwide Releases

na: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Release Nov 18, 2012
jpn: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Release Dec 20, 2012
PublisherSquare Enix
eu: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Release Nov 30, 2012
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