Well the day has finally come and gone...the arrival of Black Ops 2! I have been impatiently waiting for the release of this game for months. I went to the midnight release last week and was heading home with the game in my hands at 12:05am. I had a few friends doing the same thing, so I was able to enjoy my first night of Black Ops 2 with my favorites.
I think the game is fantastic. It is definitely taking some time getting used to the new score streaks, the new weapons, the new maps, and finding the right perk combination but I'm getting there. Here is a list of all of the perks. I was disappointed not to see Stalker and Sleight of Hand, but I'm digging Fast Hands and Engineer at the moment. Engineer is similar to Hacker Pro in Black Ops, which was my favorite. With the amount of people that have bitched and moaned about the Ghost/Cold Blooded type perks being too overpowered and benefiting campers, Black Ops 2 has them divided up in between four different perks (Ghost, Cold Blooded, Hard Wired, and Blind Eye). Ghost won't even help you if you decide to park your ass in a corner because it only works if you're moving. Nicely done.
There are also wildcards that can be used in order to equip and additional perk (such as using two tier 3 perks for example), but you will have to forfeit a weapon attachment, another perk, lethal grenade, etc.
As for the weapons, I haven't done enough tweaking and testing yet to decide which ones out of the bunch are my favorites. However, I have fallen in love with the SWAT-556 (3 round burst AR) and the good old reliable MP7 makes a faithful return.
The biggest disappointment from the game to me is the Hardcore options. There are only four game modes available for Hardcore players: Free-For-All, Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch, and Search and Destroy. There is no Hardcore Kill Confirmed! That was my favorite game mode back in Modern Warfare 3 and I'm highly irritated that they did not add it to Black Ops 2. They have it available to play in Core, but I greatly prefer Hardcore. I guess I'll just have to make do. I have been playing a lot of Multi Team (3 v 3 v 3), which offers Hardpoint (King of the Hill type game), TDM, and KC. I have two teammates that are fantastic and we work really well as a team (Jesse & Dylan!).
Last not but least, Black Ops 2 has brought back their signature game mode: ZOMBIES! I have never been big into playing Zombies on any COD game (I have this stupid fear of being chased), but I have decided that I would play Zombies on Black Ops 2 since my husband loves Zombies, and so do most of my favorites. I do have to say that Tranzit is freaking amazing. It's so intricate and detailed, despite it being a huge pain in my ass. With Jesse I have almost all of the achievements done in Zombies, minus the Tower of Babble Easter Egg achievement. We have gotten so close to finishing it though, and hopefully we will be done with it soon.
For those of you that haven't tried out Tranzit yet, here's a brief run down: There is a bus that takes you around the map with five bus stops. You have the Bus Station, the Diner/Gas Station, the Farm, the Power Station, and the Town. The stops are all surrounded by a dense fog, so if you miss the bus and don't want to wait for it, you have to run through this crappy fog. However, there are also these evil monkey type zombie things that like to pop out of the ground and jump on your back. They also like to scratch the shit out of your face, but all you have to do is knife them a few times and they'll run off. The only thing that sucks is that if you run into some lava (yes, lava) or a pack of zombies, you can very easily die because the stupid monkey thing inhibits you from using your weapon and eats away at your health. The zombies follow you from one bus stop to another, so if you plan on jumping out of the bus (or if you get smacked by a tree branch while on top of the bus) be careful! The zombies can also jump onto the bus and pry off the wooden boards, so don't think you're completely safe from harm once you're traveling. In each bus stop there are work benches you can utilize in order to create beneficial items, such as a turret and a turbine. You just have to make sure you find all of the parts and grab them again if you get downed at any time.
There is also a 4 vs 4 mode in Zombies. The point of the game is to get the other team killed by the zombies before your team goes down. You can't kill the enemy team, so don't bother trying to. This mode is pretty fun, especially once you round up a pack of flesh eaters and run them towards the other team.
So what do you guys think about Black Ops 2? I still need to try out the campaign, so unfortunately I don't have anything to report on about that aspect of the game. I instantly fell in love with the game, and I don't see myself getting tired of it just yet. There's a lot to do, and hopefully they will add in a few more game modes (like HC KC!) to keep everyone interested.