Wait a minute: Black Ops 2 Wii U is...good?

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia 5 Comments 5 Likes 861 Views 03/12/2012 Back to Wii U articles Call of Duty: Black Ops II

I’ve been firmly embedded in the “I am skeptical about every Nintendo does” moniker for a while now, so as you can imagine I haven’t been especially open to the idea and release of Wii U as some people have been. That mentally has changed post-release, and I love the fact I can play almost every launch game at my desk. And no game is as effective at lowering productivity in the workplace than the Wii U version of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2.

To say I’m pleasantly surprised is an understatement: early reports of a low online population (by Call Of Duty standards) raised skepticism, but reading about and engaging with that community are two different things, as I’ve come to learn. That’s because a small community of 1000 turns out to be a lot more fun to play with than a community of 50,000+.

I’m committed to Black Ops 2 on Wii U not just because I like the game, but because I prefer the community. Throw in the convenience of playing on the Gamepad, and suddenly a Call Of Duty game feels more “new” than any game in the series since 2007’s Call Of Duty 4.

The Gamepad

Playing Black Ops 2 on the Gamepad isn’t something you’ll come to love immediately. It takes some time getting used to, but I found it to be a very rewarding way to play once your master it. The controller’s lightweight design makes holding it not much of an issue, and while I felt that my hand was a bit tight after using it for the first few hours, I eventually became used to it.

MMGN.com member 1wiierdguy I feel sums it up well:

“Originally tried playing with the Wii remote/Nunchuck but couldn't find a setting that felt comfortable and accurate. I got got close, but not quite close enough. I play with the Gamepad now and it's great. Amazing how quickly you adjust. Whilst initially I felt my hands were to far apart, I went from the Gamepad to a Classic Controller Pro and felt my hands were to close together!”

I never thought I’d say this, but going back to the Xbox 360 controller and I felt like I was trying to re-learn how to play Call Of Duty. I had so quickly become accustomed to the fantastic portability of the game on the Wii U Gamepad that I’d come to appreciate that style of gaming more than the “traditional”, “Pro” method with a standard controller.

The Community

At first I was admittedly quite critical of such a small community playing such a big game. Having played Black Ops 2 on Wii U for a few hours, I’m quite surprised at not only the quality of the opposition I’m coming up against, but the pacing of matches. They don’t feel like the killfest monstrosoties we’re all accustomed to on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

Rather, they’re slowed down considerably, and sometimes I feel like I’m playing a match of Call Of Duty 4.

It’s hard to put my finger on what it is exactly that makes the Wii U version of Black Ops 2 so different, but it’s definitely a unique experience. It looks and plays the same, but it feels like more of a grind. And even with a smaller community, I definitely think it does a great job of introducing gamers to Nintendo’s online framework.

Check out MMGN.com's full Black Ops 2 Wii U Review

What do you think of Black Ops 2 on Wii U? Sound off in the comments below!

By Gaetano Prestia

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Wait a minute: Black Ops 2 Wii U is...good? Comments

  • KieranT878 7968 XP 03/12/2012
    The online community whilst small, they aren't as annoying as the people who play the 360 and PS3 versions, and majority of them don't have mics. Other than that I just like playing it on the GamePad, Pro Controller and Wii Mote.
  • M@ndyz 239079 XP 03/12/2012
    Might get this
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  • Tano 327870 XP 03/12/2012
    Activision should make a CoD exclusive for Wii U imo. Nintendo needs to offer a different experience rather than just do what Xbox 360, PS3 are doing. It could generate reputability among Western gamers as an online gaming service. IMO we'll get that from Nintendo. I think this launch lineup is peanuts compared to what is coming for the console. I hope so at least. And we know Activision doesn't really do console exclusives, so do it a timed exclusive. IMO this is what Nintendo needs to do to get a gaming community so large that its first party games (Zelda, Mario) return to the top of gaming culture relevance.

    This is my plan for Nintendo.

  • metalliguy 54087 XP 03/12/2012
    I'm definitely getting this on the weekend now. Going off the reviews of the Wii U version has made me really keen to get it, despite the fact I've never bought or played a COD game before :P

    Go Wii U! =D
  • xXNitroXx 2766 XP 24/12/2012
    Wow this is a surprise, after seeing horrible past ports.. :D
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