For my birthday i received black ops 2 from my family. I did not buy it because with each call of duty i enjoyed it less and less. My friends all still play it so i installed it to grab a game with them every now and then. Right now ive leveled up to rank 53. Which gave me enough of gametime to pass judgement on it.
Before i continue i must say that ive been playing first person shooters for about 20 years now and ive played everything from wolfensten 3d, doom and unreal tournament to battlefield, call of duty and crysis and everything in between. Fps games are my first choice of games and eventhough i never turned pro i can say that no matter which shooter it is i lead the ranks in public games. Bragging or not, it is what it is.
With that said i must rage a little about black ops 2. Not the game or gameplay in general, this is at least better than modern warfare 3, but about what they have done to what seems to be lag compensation. For those who dont know, this is something put in a game to counter lag and make a game 'more fair'. The game calculates the lag and makes a descission based upon that. Battlefield 3 has such a compensation in place but im not sure if black ops 2 has this as well. To me it is the only explanation to the following...
Because of years of gaming my hand eye coordination is pretty good. Well above average at least. Yet in black ops 2 everyone out guns me. Im not exagerating here either. Even the slowest trigger of our clan has above human reflexes these days. 9 out of 10 players are aimed at me before even coming around the corner. And i know pre fire like no other. Previous call of duties and other games have been filled with it. This is something completely different.
There are moments where i draw a full second faster than my enemy, he is standing still, 2 feet away from me and he still manages to kill me. Only for my bullets to disappear without even getting a hitmarker. One or two times its weird, but after 20 hours of the same experience i can honestly say it doesnt matter how fast you are. The game decides wether you live or die. At least in battlefield 3 you both die.
To me this is extremely frustrating. I still get good scores and end up on top a lot of times but it is totally unsattisfying. It makes me weary for future games. It almost seems like its programmed to meet the masses. So everyone can feek like a winner. And if thats the case than i have a very bad feeling about the next generation.