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Submitted by -Mezzo- 1182d ago | opinion piece

Halo 4 vs Black Ops 2: Which Game Is Best?

WC - They’re the two biggest games of the year without a shadow of a doubt, and ones with fervently opposed fanbases; Halo 4 fans tend to dismiss the annualised release pattern and more casual appeal of the Call of Duty games, while Black Ops fans, typically a more casual type of gamer, aren’t really into that sci-fi stuff (somewhat ironic given the setting and aesthetic of Black Ops 2, though). Having played both games, we’ve decided to assess which is, in as objective a manner as possible, the best game. (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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NeverEnding1989  +   1182d ago
"Halo 4 fans tend to dismiss the annualised release pattern and more casual appeal of the Call of Duty games"

Well said. It's really a no-brainer. It's a good time to be an Xbox 360 gamer.
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Septic  +   1182d ago | Well said
Halo has always set the standard and unfortunately, yearly recycling of the COD franchise has diluted its quality.

Halo 4 is a result of an extreme about of care, love and devotion to the franchise and there has been a concerted effort on the part of the developers to enhance the gameplay whilst keeping its roots in tact, progress the amazing storyline and really push the 360 to its limits when it comes to audio and visual quality.

Black Ops on the other hand is an annualised affair and it attracts a lot of abuse no doubt because of its popularity but also because of its several failings.

At their core however, both are killer apps. One however, distinguishes itself immediately, not because of the mass appeal, but because of its sheer quality. I believe that, that game is Halo 4.
Akuma-  +   1182d ago
cod declassified is the best
FriedGoat  +   1182d ago
Halo 4 multiplayer is fantastic. I haven't been this enthrawled by a halo game since 3. I'm addicted! Its almost perfect in my eyes, apart from the lack of lone wolves and team doubles (which will be added in an update)

But I for one found the campaign to be very un-halo-like. Halo isn't about super villains with an English accent, or silly quick time events. And I haven't cared about the relationship between chief and cortana since it annoyed me all the way through 3. also removing firefight with a soulless spartan ops mode with unlimited lives was a no-no.
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Awesome_Gamer  +   1182d ago
Anything > CoD.
Halo 4 is a great game, i don't have a 360, only PS3, but my brother does have one, and i tried it, it's good.
Jaces  +   1182d ago
I play whichever game doesn't require a monthly fee to play online.

But I am willing to say Halo MP is much better, though the campaign level design hasn't changed a bit. Corridor followed by overly large empty space with yet another corridor at the end of large empty space. A couple amazing set pieces that aren't cinematic's would be nice once in awhile. >.>
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Irishguy95  +   1182d ago
Vehicle > Set piece
bubblebeam  +   1182d ago

They did have the ghost run when the planet was tearing itself apart. And the start where you are dodging falling boxes and stuff.

And the space ship section towards the end of the game, felt like star wars.

I know what you are saying, but it is a FPS. Those criticisms can go towards any FPS. Unless you want it to be an open world RPG.
yaz288  +   1182d ago
Halo 4 is overrated ... its amazingly fun but defiantly not a 9.8!
The disgn and graphics are really nothing special .. all the maps feel ok, that's it. The sp I havant finished it yet but my only complain is how the story is moving really slow and how there is a fucking button you have to press every time ...

The same game with different number and is more cod this time with mp .. well they did the cod thing definitly better than kz3 and maintained the feel of the older games .. that is something worth praising them for

I really feel sorry for bf3 .. it had the perfect controlles - perfect gunplay - the most realistic animation ( every kills feel unique ) there is not a single map that isn't stunning .. and the dozen numbers of unlocks and customization .. etc
Just comparing this to halo 4 make me sad

After seeing some reviews for bo2 .. the sp looks amazing .. the mp however feels like its recycled ( maps feels alot familiar! )
THE_MACGREGOR  +   1182d ago
clearly you have never played halo much nor have you played halo 4 much. Infact dude if your really going to be that niave and retarded when it comes to expressing a profoundly dumb opinion. might wanna keep it to yourself and not show the world what a complete waste of sperm you were.
TheRealSpy  +   1182d ago
as opposed to what? corridor followed by another corridor?

I'm not sure what you really want. Halo isn't about puzzles (not that many games have puzzles worth mentioning anymore). It's about action and having multiple ways of doing certain areas. I don't think Halo 4's campaign is amazing (it's no Half Life 2), but it's fun as hell...especially with some friends.

I agree with most people in this section about the multiplayer thought. It's fantastic! I haven't enjoyed Halo MP like this since Halo 2.

EDIT: of topic: Why do so many people confuse the word "Definitely" with "Defiantly?" They are completely different words. and, there is no A in definitely.
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Jaces  +   1181d ago

Some puzzles would be nice, just something to break the constant grinding through enemies getting from area to area. I want to have fun when I kill them, it feels like a damn chore most of the time.

Problem I run into a lot is not being able to find friends who even want to run through the campaign with me, it's a bore fest in some areas just by yourself, give us solo players something to look forward to in the campaign is all I ask.

@The Mac:

otherZinc  +   1182d ago
Halo 4..

COD gets abused unfairly as it is a very good game. Halo 4 is just the better game.
showtimefolks  +   1182d ago
both are excellent games os if you have the money and like FPS gener than both are must play
Ares84HU  +   1182d ago

Good time to be an Xbox 360 gamer??? Because there are two shooters you got, one of which is multiplatform???

Come on now!!!

Xbox players should be shouting at MS right now because of the lack of exclusive original games. And don't even get me started on Kinect.
NeverEnding1989  +   1181d ago
GOTY on Xbox 360 that's why. And I hope many people are like me and not buying COD.

Thank you, Microsoft. 2012 has been great.
Ares84HU  +   1181d ago
Because of a single game????? Good for you man, good for you!!!!
Walker  +   1182d ago
I`ve pleayed both of them and i can say black ops 2 single player is incredible but in multiplayer section halo 4 is way way better .
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TXIDarkAvenger  +   1182d ago
So what your telling me is Halo, a series known for its story AND multiplayer, is beat by the Story mode of CoD Black Ops 2? I find that hard to believe.
yaz288  +   1181d ago
do you know who is writing BO2 story?! the writer of the dark knight rises.. and I really fucking enjoyed that film.. did you even play the first Black ops? the story of that game is easily one of the best in the fps games ..

I thought when you said halo was known for its story , I definitely though you were talking about the novels or comics .. but the games!! NO

thank god that bungie left halo .. 343 ind is doing a fucking better job with the game.. especially the story ( which is the main reason I didn't left the sp yet ) halo 4 easily has the best story in all the halo games.
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nickshta1  +   1182d ago
I like the Halo 4 campaign better. It was more emotional, there were parts of the game that just made you go holy shit.

Honestly, i think Halo 4 is the better game. As much as i would like to like cod, it really is turning into a same shit different year kind of thing.

although this one is a little better, i would like to see treyarch or infinity ward take some more risks.
FriedGoat  +   1182d ago
emotional? the worst part of the halo story has been the relationship between chief and cortana.
LX-General-Kaos  +   1182d ago
I believe that Halo 4 is the superior gaming experience.

Though the COD franchise sees many sales with its multiplat annual release formula. Halo in my opinion has bested COD In terms of quality, story, graphics, and features since day one. Single player and multiplayer wise. For me personally Halo just offers much much more than COD for my hard earned money. The plethora of multiplayer game types, and 4 player co-op campaign can not be ignored.

Halo successfully delivers a universe and characters that rival the very best of action Sci FI big budget films. A memorable story that you can take much more from after completion. I do not walk away with that same type of feeling after completing a COD title. It does not have the same magical feeling to me.

Rated E For Everyone
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vortis  +   1182d ago
PR folk could learn a thing or two from your posts.
Snookies12  +   1182d ago
I agree completely. I really loved Modern Warfare 2's story, though it started to go downhill from there in my opinion. I've never liked CoD multi-player however. Halo has a combination of an amazing campaign which can be co-op'd for even more fun, as well as a fresh and unique multi-player experience (the crazy game modes, the awesome weapons, the vehicles, the level creation, etc.) It's not your run of the mill military shooter, and that's always refreshing to me.
ALLWRONG  +   1182d ago
Agree. I never been a real big fan of COD but I do play them when they come in the shop. Halo is a much better experience to me and the number one reason to own an Xbox.
Y_5150  +   1182d ago
Call of Duty

(Apparently) Rated E for Eveyone
Shadonic  +   1182d ago
haven't played black ops 2 yet it looks great and I know there both going to sell great so yea idk but Halo 4 wins graphically and in multiplayer to me i know for sure BO2 will have a bit more intense story events.
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bubblebeam  +   1182d ago
"me i know for sure BO2 will have a bit more intense story events."

Yes because we have all been waiting 5 years to find out what happens story wise in the next Call of Duty.... /s

Face it, SP belongs to Halo, and Mp belongs to CoD.
I don't like CoD MP, or Halo 4's for that matter.
Halo 4 provided one of the best campaigns I have ever played, yet for some reason the MP lags so much for me. Whether it is my internet or not doesn't change the fact that I don't get lag in many other games. Just Halo 4 for some reason.
Shadonic  +   1182d ago
Who said that i was talking story wise im talking about intense moments like say the plane scenes in COD you know those action flick sequences there s no way in hell COD could beat Halo story wise im just saying from my experience with Halo 4's story mode and its intense moments compaired to CODs Cods is slightly better because of those few intense moments and while Halo 4 played with those sequences partially like with the ending it was kind of subpar when compared to most quick time events. I love Halo 4 I just belive that in that once instance where it did something similar to the ending of COD 2 not exactly like it but similar it was kind of meh. Storys still great.
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unchartedxplorer  +   1182d ago
It doesn't matter. Enjoy both games.
guitarded77  +   1182d ago
That's what I do because I'm a gamer.
BIGBOSS08  +   1181d ago
hard to, when they both suck.
BattleTorn  +   1182d ago
I really don't know!

I'm way more of a Halo fan, but I'm considering giving BO2 a go. (I will eventually regardless)

Usually Halo can get me through to the new year, and I always loose interest in COD in a week or two.

Though this year Halo 4's MP hasnt amazed me as much as Reach, and BO2 looks much improved.

After a bit more thought, Im totally a Halo MP player. I love shields. I can keep going 1v1 with shields (for a while!), in COD I die too much. Nevermind Im wrapped up in the entire Halo-canon like none other.
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SJPFTL  +   1182d ago
Halo is just pure skill, gun on gun like how FPS should be.
mochachino  +   1182d ago
For me, Halo 4 by lightyears.
Dlacy13g  +   1182d ago
I have been playing a ton of Halo 4 and will be getting my copy of BLOPS2 this week... I have no doubts these both will fill my shooter needs for a long while.
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JANF  +   1182d ago
Halo 4 is better, production wise the game is a beast. But BLOPS2 also hold his ground, both game will give us gamers great value.
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Gordon_Shumway  +   1182d ago
Haven't played Black Ops 2 yet, but I'm having a blast on Halo 4. Even though I have always kinda sucked at Halo MP, and do pretty good on COD, I just love the variety and random crap that happens during a Halo match.
Monstar  +   1182d ago
Anyone can be good at COD, that's the problem and that's the popularity among gamers, it's simplicity and ability to make any player feel over powered..You die way too quickly. It's about who shoots first. Unlike Halo it's a challenge, it's about precise aiming and using skill and the right weapon..due to shields and the length it takes to bring your opponent down. Halo 4 just has a better balance and WTF moments due to it. At times you can spray an entire clip on someone, just to have him turn and kill you with a well placed shot. Its simply random and much more rewarding compared to COD, IMO.
LoneCastaway  +   1181d ago
i agree that halo takes more skill, but you can't say anyone can be good at cod. people with poor reaction time, bad aiming etc will never be good at cod either. though you can make up more easy for your lack of skill in cod by playing defensive (/camping) or use specific perks/weapons...
InTheLab  +   1182d ago
Halo 4 is better...but let's be real here. We've had a Halo annually for what? 4 years now? And aside from graphically, H4 is pretty much the same game as Reach and H3. People kill me with the double standards.
Elit3Nick  +   1182d ago
well halo anniversary was a updated halo 1, so it's not really meant to be a new halo game. Although I agree that Halo 4 is fairly similar to Reach, it still introduces new elements that change how it plays, but Halo 4 and Reach play totally different from Halo 3...
spicelicka  +   1182d ago
There's a total difference. Counting halo anniversary is like counting call of duty on psvita. Cod=same game released 8 times in 8 years, halo=3 times in 6 years, plus odst if u wanna count it. You can't stick to technicality and say "oh it's annual", firstly halo reach came out 2 years after odst (which was not a full halo game), and now it's been two years for halo 4.

Lastly, i don't know what more 343 has to do to convince people halo 4 is different. They tried to preserve halo gameplay andd at the same time innovated the game. It's made expertly to keep everyone happy.

I swear until halo gets iron sights(god forbid) some people are always gonna say it's the same. Well no shit, they're not gonna make it a hack'n'slash game to change it. It's called halo cuz it is still halo....
hellvaguy  +   1182d ago
"We've had a Halo annually for what?"

Um no hasn't been annually.

"People kill me with the double standards."

Ignorance will get you killed faster.
Old McGroin  +   1182d ago
You do know what anually means don't you?
InTheLab  +   1182d ago
I do, but it would appear the posters above have different ideas...

Some don't count ODST. Some don't count HCE Aniv. Some pretend 5 games in six years is not milking. Some pretend like 4 games in 4 years is not annual.

Halo 3- 2007

Ok...nice break for 2008

Halo ODST- 2009
Halo Reach- 2010
Halo CE Aniv- 2011
Halo 4- 2012 people are disagreeing with facts. All of those games happened and all of them, including Halo 4, featured minor differences. Of course the core of the game won't, and shouldn't change, but outside of the tremendous graphical improvement and addition of new weapons and TWO new enemies, it's basically the same game in the way that COD is the same game.

I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but people pretend like CoD is somehow murder for having multiple studio ensure there's a game from a franchise annually, but since it's a franchise like Halo, it's ok to give it a pass.


At the very least, you could try to contribute to the discussion? Could that be why you're on the road the 1 bubble village?

Ignorance are you on about?
dragonrage00  +   1182d ago
Do we really need to instigate this? We have enough fanboy wars already. Let each enjoy what suits him best.
hoolesy  +   1182d ago
Haven't blatted BLOPS2 yet and will wait for Xmas. Halo 4 is too much fun. Of course COD will sell by its zombie trillions but at the end of the day, you're comparing chalk and cheese here IMO. Love both games for their individual excellence.
aquamala  +   1182d ago
both are great
from the beach  +   1182d ago
Play both
Chuk5  +   1182d ago
This is a long one so skip it if it sounds pretentious, just wanna share my opnion is all.

IMO,COD just isn't meant to evolve. It's become part of Activision's "work til you die" mantra that has grinded out some of the most significant franchises of the last 15 years, tony Hawk and Guitar Hero. I think corporate greed has forever infiltrated the way COD is designed. Halo on the other hand will continue to grow because it's a more mechanically nuanced game from a skill and enemy encounter perspective. There's almost a discourse to Halo combat design,with techniques like a well timed Street Fighter zoning shoryuken. COD is about who sees who first, and all the skill involved is finding the right perks and being able to aim in a general direction. they don't complement skilled shooting, shooting compliments the perks and attachments.

There's a reason why their are so many COD clones because mechanically, it's a sauce you can add not a meal you can't lift.
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PtRoLLFacE  +   1182d ago
what I like about halo is that it requires skill to be good, cod feels like if someone shoots in the air, someone in the other side will die, is just how easy you die in the game that is lame, Ohh don't forget the 12 years old raging to no end
bubblebeam  +   1182d ago
Im rank 40 in Halo 4, I have practically given up. Out of all the Halo's, this one takes the least skill. My KDR is just over 2, and yet I still feel cheated.

No other game lags for me like Halo 4. Why do I have to play with people across the globe with 10x better internet? Why can't I just be matched with other Australians? It worked fine for Gears 3.

Halo 4 is practically unplayable. I shoot people 4-5 times in the head with the DMR/BR when their sheilds are down, and nothing happens. As I said, doesn't really happen in any other game, just Halo 4.

The Halo 4 SP made up for it I guess. Best campaign I have played in ages.
hellvaguy  +   1182d ago
So because you have a near dial-up internet speeds, your going to whine about Halo MP? There's just so many dozens of reasons why you failed so bad on that comment.The list would go on for way too long. So I'm just going to sum it up for you in the next paragraph.

Please don't breed, ever.
bubblebeam  +   1182d ago

Thanks for the personal attack.

I was merely giving my opinion. Some of my friends have this issue also. My upload is a bit less than half a megabit, which is fine for any other game.

I'm not hating on Halo, in fact I think I am a bigger Halo fan than 99% of people on here and the internet.

The personal attack was not warranted. You can have your opinion and I can have mine. I can now see why you only have 2 bubbles.
Old McGroin  +   1182d ago
@ bubblebeam - agreed, I get pretty bad lag every now and then and I definitely don't have a bad connection, haven't had lag this bad in a few years, it's especially bad in Spartan Ops. Don't have this problem with any other game.

@hellvaguy - no need at all for that personal attack. By the way, that last "paragraph" you mention isn't a paragraph, it's a sentence.
KingCheen  +   1178d ago
So havin to empty a whole clip on someone jus for a single kill is fun to u? COD is more realistic n fun! No jumping 20 feet in da air No invisible cheats No shields to protect u jus a pure run n gun wit lots of fun! And surviving 100 shots while still getting a kill isnt skill its pure bullshxt!
NirvanaInChains  +   1182d ago
Don't care for either but would much rather play Halo 4. At least you can tell what game in the series your playing with Halo.
FATAL1TY  +   1182d ago
better single player
better multiplayer
better sales
ExCest  +   1182d ago

"better sales"
Panthers  +   1182d ago
I HIGHLY doubt BOPS 2 has better single player than Halo. I swear every single COD single player game felt like it was on rails. Very cinematic but also very boring. Halos single player was always a blast to play with the unique enemies, fun vehicles, and awesome story.
cl1983  +   1182d ago
Being on 3 consoles and pc will give you more sales.
listenkids  +   1182d ago
You can't still blindly follow that farse, Mw2 and 3 outsold halo 3 on 360 alone. Multiple platforms just makes it even more so.

For the record, I couldn't give a shit for either.
th3n00bg4m3r  +   1182d ago
I am gonna be honest here.
Single player Campaign: none of them did it for me, but if i have to choose, i am gonna go with Halo 4
Multiplayer: definitely Halo 4, I don't know what people see in Call Of Duty Black Ops 2.
Co-op: Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 because of zombies.
Overall Halo 4 wins in my opinion, even tough i was not impressed by either.
2012 is a terrible year for gaming, hopefully Hitman: Absolution would change my mind.
Chuk5  +   1182d ago
Far Cry 3?
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1182d ago
2012 terrible?

Mass Effect 3
Halo 4
Assassins Creed 3
Forza Horizon
Farcry 3
Playstation Allstars
Borderlands 2
Dust: An Elysian Tail

And that's not even including the sports games like Fifa 13, NHL 13 and NBA 2K13.

I disagree. This year was a good year.
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Y_5150  +   1182d ago
Not to mention that a next gen console is releasing with some great games! This guy doesn't understands that this year isn't over yet!
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th3n00bg4m3r  +   1181d ago
Yes, terrible.
Mass Effect 3- It's good.
Dishonored- It's a very good game. It's more focused in gameplay, but the story was wasn't as great.
Halo 4- *Just read my previous comment*
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2- I don't even need to explain.
Assassin's Creed 3- They tried to go with Red Dead Redemption style, but they didn't succeeded and it was more of the same.
Far cry 3, Hitman: Absolution and PlayStation Allstars Battle Royal- We will wait and see how they turn out.
Borderlands 2- I enjoyed/enjoying this game a lot.
The rest are BAD!!!
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1181d ago
@ th3n00bg4m3r

Using the term "terrible" would suggest there wasn't ANYTHING that you enjoyed yet you did like

Mass Effect 3
Borderlands 2

Those are some pretty big games with longevity. I think the term "terrible" is a gross over exaggeration.
th3n00bg4m3r  +   1181d ago
Ok, i admit that i am over exaggerating, but what i am trying to say is, this year is not as good as next year nor last year.
Intentions  +   1182d ago
CoD will become on top regardless.
lifesanrpg  +   1182d ago
What stupid comparisons: story, characters, and single player should all be lumped together into one thing - Campaign. And who honestly plays Call of Duty for the campaign?
MRMagoo123  +   1182d ago
I think you are underestimating the blops2 story, i havent enjoyed a cod story as much as this games story ever it was really good and it even has multiple ways to complete the story that gives it replay value.
jonli76  +   1182d ago
i have to say that both games are incredible in their own right let us just have fun n forget which is better their both great games A+ on both games great work 343 and treyarch
Studio-YaMi  +   1182d ago
True !
Studio-YaMi  +   1182d ago
If you're a true gamer just looking for fun time shooting and blasting people online with friends with some decent campaign mode,then both games should be more than enough for your console FPS needs at the moment,and "COD:BO declassified" for your handheld FPS needs :) !

Happy Gaming
MRMagoo123  +   1182d ago
I have to say blops2 story has been the most impressive story of any cod game, there is a lot of replay value, i am very happy i picked this game up. I doubt i will get any more cods from infinity ward but treyarch are in a new league now.
OneAboveAll  +   1182d ago
I have to go with Halo 4. I never liked any of the Halo games (MP, not SP) because they weren't fun for me but 343i has got my attention and i'm enjoying it quite a bit!

It's this generations modern day Arena shooter. It's still going while games like Quake and Unreal Tournament are nowhere to be seen.

Call of Duty used to be an amazing series. The last COD game I liked was World at War. After that I got tired of it.
lex-1020  +   1182d ago
Which ever game you enjoy playing more.

Problem solved
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