With all of the hype and glam surrounding the release of Black Ops II, it's no wonder that the sales are enormous. On it's midnight launch alone, the game sold over one million copies. But with the reviews and opinions beginning to role in, impressions have not been so high.
On Amazon alone, the highest number of ratings for the game are 1-star reviews. Considering the reviews have just started coming in, this is an ill-omen for the game.
That's not to say that Black Ops II hasn't been trying. Being a sequel to the first Black Ops game, the description from the company sounds exciting, action-packed, and futuristic:
“Pushing the boundaries of what fans have come to expect from the record-setting entertainment franchise, Call of Duty®: Black Ops II propels players into a near future, 21st Century Cold War, where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare between old and new foes. In this conflict, the mechanized creations of men reign supreme, facing off against each other as their creators stay safe and unconflicted, and in the process grow ever softer. In this scenario an important question will be asked: What happens when enemy steals the keys? To understand such a possible future, you must understand where you have been.”
Alongside of this thrilling premise, there is an alternate game style. Black Ops II features zombies. Built right in is one of the most extensive zombie vs. humans elements in a game that's not at all about zombies. The game features three different zombie-fighting modes: storyline play-through, survival, and 4v4 team mode. Excitement has been building since they announced the sans-modding zombie content, and folks were ready to spring into action with the release.
The reviewers, however, are not so excited. One such reviewer, S. Joshi, commented that, “It's isn't like Black Ops or Modern Warfare 3.” Many are agreeing, which leaves the new title homeless in a market that thrives off of it's familiarity. Some even mentioned how they weren't that excited about the zombie content, as they had been long-time fans of the series and it's original theme and content… not some gimmick to get people buying.
Only time will tell if the response turns positive, but the initial waves of angry reviewers spells a near doom for the title. With the departure from any of the previous games, will the Call of Duty series be able to hold on to it's fans.