|System: Wii U*, PS3*, Xbox 360*, PC|
|Release: November 18, 2012|
|Players: 1 (2+ Online)|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs|
The GamePad can also be used as a second screen when you're playing with a friend. So, you can kiss the splitscreen goodbye when you're fighting off a horde of zombies or those other mindless monsters: online gamers.
But if you're not into the GamePad controller, Nintendo has also released its Xbox-like Pro Controller. The Pro Controller feels great in your hands, but there's a tiny snag: The buttons are below the thumb pad, which is different than the 360 and PS3 controllers. You'd think that such a small change wouldn't be a big deal, but it actually takes a fair amount of getting used to if you're accustomed to the other setup.
The only other thing that separates Black Ops 2 on the Wii U from its cousins is the absence of Call of Duty: Elite. Now, I understand that the Wii U is a newcomer, and therefore still has a few bugs to be worked out, but the fact that Elite is missing tells me that Activision doesn't take the Wii U as seriously as the PS3 and 360.
Like I said, Call of Duty acts like a thermometer for the hardcore gaming market, and the fact that Elite is missing makes me wonder if Activision thinks that not enough players will notice the difference to make the port worthwhile. Consequently, I'm forced to question whether or not third-party developers are truly on board with Nintendo's latest system.
But, aside from the difference in control setups and the absence of Elite, the Wii U edition of Black Ops 2 is identical to the others. The single-player campaign is identical, Zombies Mode is the same, and the multiplayer component hasn't changed. So, for the first time in gaming history, a Nintendo console has delivered a strong Call of Duty performance. But given the significantly smaller player base and controller-based learning curve, the Wii U may not deliver the optimum Call of Duty experience.
The real question you'll have to ask yourself when you're deciding which system to purchase Black Ops 2 for is "How often do my bowel movements interfere with my gameplay?"
Date: November 29, 2012