Submitted by lifesanrpg 1107d ago | news

Metacritic users strike again: Slam Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

GameZone writes, "The haters are out again in force this year; this time for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. For the second year in a row, there seems to be a large disparity in the reviews for a Call of Duty game between critic reviews and user score on Metacritic, bringing into question the legitimacy of the website's review process. Now, normally, I'm all for everyone having their own opinion of a game, but Metacritic has become known as a place for angered gamers to go and slam a game's score." (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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inf3cted1  +   1107d ago
Well at least its less scored than Halo 4 .I would facepalm myself if that didnt happen.
Ranma1  +   1107d ago
I hate Call of Duty because:

1) It brings nothing new and doesn't deserve the sales i gets, compared to innovative games like Okami which get nowhere near the same sales

2) Its killing variety this gen, too many FPS games
LOGICWINS  +   1107d ago
I understand disliking COD, but "hating" it? I'd personally reserve hate for a person who raped my GF or stole my wallet...not a videogame.
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grahf  +   1107d ago
What games would you like to see instead?
Oh wait, 1 bubble.

Awesome_Gamer  +   1107d ago
I scored it a 5.5, i didn't buy the game obviously because i will never support Activisions, but since my little brother is a CoD fanboy, he got it, and i played it for a bit, it's nothing special imo, maps are way too small, weapons have no-recoil at all, and it's full of campers, i predict people will complain about it in less than a month.
Ben_Grimm  +   1107d ago
Doesn't bring anything new?

It is constantly expanding on the modes its has, tweaking gameplay and adding other multiplayer options with every new game. Once again another user on N4G swept up on the CoD hate train and copies and pastes what other say about the game without having playing it themselves.

Fault CoD for turning out a new game every other month it seems but don't say they never bring anything new.

And how is CoD killing variety?
MRMagoo123  +   1107d ago

I get the idea you didnt play the game at all really because there is lots of recoil on the guns they even have mods for the guns to reduce the recoil.


blops2 has changed a lot the story is very well done and nothing like previous cods so you really should give it a go instead of just hating for hates sake.


You have the same emotion towards a person that stole your wallet and a person that raped your girlfriend ??? thats very very odd.
Caffo01  +   1107d ago
you're going to have 1 bubble too in no time with this kind of comment..
kaozgamer  +   1107d ago
thats what everyone says but they always ends up getting the game...
stormskiier  +   1107d ago
Whats an okami? It sounds terrible.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1106d ago
1) It brings nothing new and doesn't deserve the sales i gets, compared to innovative games like Okami which get nowhere near the same sales

Seems you should hate console gamers. They are the reason it's made no?
grahf  +   1106d ago

We can all hope.
I typed out the first part, asking what games he would prefer. Okami is last gen, and it really isn't THAT innovative (Zelda formula, but its art style shines). And then I saw he had 1 bubble.
dennett316  +   1106d ago
Want to know why Okami gets less sales than Call of Duty...the most basic reason? It's not advertised enough. That's it really.
Oh a military FPS is going to outsell it even if it was advertised, it's the hot genre in the gaming world at the moment, I'm not that dumb as to think something with so unique in it's presentation would sell CoD numbers. But games like Okami are not promoted to the wider gaming audience that don't spend hours and hours trawling review sites on the net looking for the news on the latest games.
Those people have no idea about games like Okami...and for that, you can blame the publishers.

As for CoD not deserving it's sales.....that's nonsense. They have their formula, and it's a successful one. They create what their customers want every year and promote it properly so as to maximise sales potential. It's not rocket science, it's not evil...it is what it is, consumerism at work.
Other companies should do what Activision do...they have a vision for their game and they stick with it, and they make sure people know about it. They don't copy some other game's style or gameplay, as many of the CoD clones do. More publishers and developers should follow their lead - create their own vision for a game and promote the damn thing...if people like it, they'll buy it. It's THAT simple.
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1106d ago
LMAO... "I hate COD because the majority likes it, and people don't like my favorite game Okami! Okami get's no sales guys... but it's good guys! Ahhh come on guys! My favorite game isn't everyone else favorite game. I hate COD because of this."

/cry me a river.
Eyeco  +   1106d ago
Hating on COD is kinda boring now, it was getting boring 2 years ago, now it's like who gives a sh!t it's still gonna sell out the a$$, Activision's still gonna walk to the bank laughing having made billions on a franchise that you keyboard warriors vent over the interent.

I've disliked the series since W@W and i've just left it at that, nobodys gonna think your cool or unique for hating a game that millions of people around the world love.
extermin8or  +   1106d ago
I can understand your point but this one is actually a good game... why should they bother if when they DO change stuff, make a decent single palyer and just all round improve fags like you still post crap on their metacritic page and the web in general about a game you've clearly never even played...
dedicatedtogamers  +   1107d ago
That's one advantage of Amazon: there's a little tag that says "This reviewer purchased the game" next to the review title. That way, you can see if the person at least purchased the game. I'm not saying stupid reviews will go away (there are PLENTY of those on Amazon) but at least we'll know if the person bought the game instead of playing it for a few minutes at a buddy's house and the passing judgement.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1106d ago
Maybe they wanna take the established franchises and knock them down a peg? So far Cod, Resident Evil and from a hand full of reviews, Halo seemed to nearly dodged low user and credit scores.

Tekken, DOA, Sleeping Dog, Borderlands2 and Darksiders all got pretty great reviews.

Maybe its starting to be the "smaller games" (Compared to Cod) are getting more attention. Believe it or not, this could actually be a good thing. Other games are getting attention along with decent sales.
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extermin8or  +   1106d ago
explain the hating on games like dragon age 2 hardly a massive release; not quite niche but...
Jinkies  +   1107d ago
Wel yeah...it's Call of Duty

Site/Mag Reviews are always possitive I'd rather hear a review from a gamer on a site like this one then someone like IGN who in my opinion are like many other sites out there who are s*** scared to bad mouth the game and be truthful because if they p*** Activision off there will be no more exclusive reveals, behind the scene gossip, first look previews, interviews for their magazine/website, plus lets not forget with it being a hot game to talk about because of it's social gimmick like elements it's not something they can just ignore, they NEED that info off Activision so they have to play nice.
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Lovable  +   1107d ago
Or maybe the game deserves the score for yet again improving on the already great formula of the series?
Jinkies  +   1107d ago
"for yet again improving"


Small, minimal improvments are common when you bring a new game out. I have never seen any BIG changes to this game since, well the first Mordern Warfare when it mordernised it's setting and had a massive online revamp....thats when you improve something.
LOGICWINS  +   1107d ago
"Site/Mag Reviews are always possitive I'd rather hear a review from a gamer on a site like this one then someone like IGN..."

LOL, you think the average gamer on this site is any less biased than an IGN journalist?
Jinkies  +   1107d ago

When it comes from the reviews section, why not, if theres a bunch of them then it's better to browse their reviews and see what they've said because they don't rely on Activision for anything.
amaguli  +   1107d ago
Is it impossible to believe that some reviewers actually find Call of Duty to be enjoyable?

Just because you don't like Call of Duty doesn't mean no one can like it.
extermin8or  +   1106d ago
this COD improves massively; I haven't enjoyed a COD this much since COD4, i've only bought this and mw2 on their launch days, and I hate MW3 and Bo2 was pretty boring very quickly; mw2 was quite unbalanced but could still be fun...
also I'd rather hear from people (like myself who have played the game) than people on the web with no lives who haven't played, can't afford, dont want whatever their reasons are hating on a game based off a trailer...
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_LarZen_  +   1107d ago
They should disable user feedback on games like COD and BF as it brings out the worst gamers there is. They dont represent the gaming comunity in general and it confuses normal people that want to check how a game score.
iamnsuperman  +   1107d ago
They should disable user feedback in general unless they do a self vetting process. It does shock me the level some people go though. Do these people have nothing better to do
MRMagoo123  +   1107d ago
Internet trolls generally don't have anything better to do they enjoy stirring people up and it makes them feel special.
JBSleek  +   1107d ago
The majority of people are reckless and claim Call of Duty to be this mess. I hat being in the majority most of the time.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
sdozzo  +   1107d ago
Deep thoughts by jack handy
ChocolateGiddyUp  +   1107d ago
If your keys ever fall in a volcano, just let them go, because man...they're gone.
izumo_lee  +   1107d ago
So let me get this straight. COD Black Ops 2 which the reviewers from game sites have given high marks is getting slammed by 'users'.

However a game that will probably be ridiculed by reviewers like Declassified is getting pretty good user scores.

This is a strange world we live in...
Cam977  +   1107d ago
extermin8or  +   1106d ago
declassified is probably crap though; don't get me wrong I love my vita but I can't see there being anything in it for reviewers to lie about it; and most black ops 2 reviews I've seen- just for once I agree with almost everything the critics are saying about it; so I wouldn't pay any heed to trolls like these people...
TheTwelve  +   1107d ago
All these guys are doing is killing their own credibility. Nobody will pay attention to user-scores anymore. --- 12
Cam977  +   1107d ago
It's a stupid website anyway. Apparently, BO:D on the Vita is superior when we all know, it isn't. I aim to get BO:D and not BO:2.
sdozzo  +   1107d ago
Typical. It's trendy to trash.

Try something like Amazon for more reliable scores. At least we know they bought the game.
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amaguli  +   1107d ago
Honestly, this "crusade" that most of the user reviewers have is pointless. Do they honestly think they are going to change anything by giving the game a 0? As long as people are willing to buy Call of Duty, 0's from users have no meaning whatsoever.
chukamachine  +   1107d ago
Sorry guys, i've always been against cod.

But BLACK OPS 2 is awesome.

Had quite a few matches earlier on PS3.

Excellent maps and lots of fun.
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MRMagoo123  +   1107d ago
I completely agree, blops2 is far from bad its actually the best cod i have played since cod4, everything is good the maps the zombies the story the weapons.
SAE  +   1107d ago
Im glad you like it but not everything is good , the multiplayer is still sucks to me , one bad thing such as respawn can ruind everything

it needs a specific moving and thinking to control the match kills and deaths and that dont give you different ways of playing like in cod 4

the weapons and maps not that good to me , so i think it depend on players taste ...
dontbhatin  +   1106d ago
Now i havent played BLOPS2 yet but i had the same perspective on this one as i did on BLOPS1 and i ended up enjoying the campaign very much prestiged once in a week and after that i just got sick of it and hated it cause i got tired of the same crap. but im sure ill end up doing the same thing here for BLOPS2 its a good game but to play nothing but COD is just insane. its a good "Play every now and then with a group of friends kind of game to me." but nothing more. thats my opinion.

Let the disagrees commence on both sides!
InTheLab  +   1107d ago
I pretty much knew this would happen. If you got up in the morning and bought the game or stood in line at midnight, chances are you'll probably enjoy the game. I knew as soon as the first 9 rolled in, the trolls would grab their pitchforks and riot.

The people on Metracritic haven't even played the game but are trashing it....

It's not a bad shooter. It has changed. It doesn't have to be better than Halo 4.

People need to grow up.
grahf  +   1107d ago
Hahaha, clicked on a random user (MasterofMetroid) who gave it a 1, and it turns out that person has a history of giving almost every game he/she reviews a 1.

Halo 4, all 3 versions of BlOps2, AC3, Skylanders, Bastion... the only 10 is for Kirby's Dream Collection.

Last year when BF3/MW3 came out, you could tell people were signing up just to trash on both games because low and behold, their only two games were BF3/MW3 (and their preference was blatant!! 10/1, 1/10...). The trend continues.

Hey Master, I think you need to rent more!
Mikeyy  +   1107d ago
1% of the population uses metacritic for their opinion.

Who cares it has no effect whatsoever.
ExCest  +   1107d ago
Well sure, it shouldn't matter. But think of it this way...

Not all of the 7 billion people in the world play video games or care about this stuff. I doubt even 2 billion do so also. So 1 percent of the population is maybe 70k people of the total population and 20k, by my estimate, which is actually a lot considering they're only user reviews.

But then again, your 1 percent was some form of over/underestimated exaggeration so who knows how many people use Metacritic. All we need to know is that only personal anecdotal evidence can provide personal opinion (hence, personal opinion) not someone else's.

I'm just here to question the validity of your point.
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Dlacy13g  +   1107d ago
Metacritic User Reviews mean about as much to me as the lint between my toes.
Hicken  +   1107d ago
I think the lint between my toes may mean more to me than Metacritic user reviews.

I haven't played Black Ops 2, so I can't hate it, even if I'm not fond of the franchise. But the LAST place you'd expect reliability on ANY game would be the Metacritic user reviews.
AdmiralSnake  +   1107d ago
When it comes to, call of duty, mass effect 3, battlefield, and various others....I would say disregard user reviews and move on. You want real user reviews ? Go on youtube and watch the walk troughs and opinions of people who bought and played it.
LOGICWINS  +   1107d ago
Couldn't agree more.
xxchicago33xx  +   1107d ago
Never really understood the appeal of bashing a game...for those saying games like Halo, Madden and COD don't innovate enough...what exactly are you looking for?

Football is football...should they add zombies...should they add football to COD...everyone says it's so cookie cutter, but no one has a solution or idea to quantify exactly what innovation means.

You have a gun...you shoot the gun at people...should the guns shoot puppies?
Killman  +   1107d ago
How's about a game where you are a gun that uses people?
JamieL  +   1107d ago
A zombie football game sounds off the chain, and Killman I think that is the best idea for a game I have ever F%#king heard. 2 epic ideas in a row= mind blown
xxchicago33xx  +   1107d ago
patent pending...now we need capital hahaha
J86blum  +   1107d ago
..Mutant League Football..
Jek_Porkins  +   1107d ago
When user reviews go in one second after Metacritic allows, and you see a bunch of 1 scores, you know its full of jealous haters with too much time on their hands. If I disliked something enough to write up a fake review about it, I could think of better things to do with that time.

When you see user scores of 1, that to me is clearly mad fanboys. A 1 score would scream that a game was broken completely. I cant think of many games that I'd score a 1, aside from Superman 64 or E.T. Unless its utterly unplayable and full of glitches, it deserves better than that.

If I had a message to send to the haters it would be to get over it, COD sells well, people like it, the game franchise continues to do better and better. If you don't like it, play something else entirely.
ALLWRONG  +   1107d ago
LOL they only make themselves look worse when they do this
WeskerChildReborned  +   1107d ago
This is why Metacritic isn't a reliable site for reviews because some people just bash a game just cause they don't like it.
Soldierone  +   1107d ago
Games like COD are cross contaminated in terms of reviews. People get paid to love it if they are in a high seat, and the bottom seats are full of "I HATE IT CUS ITS COD" people. The game could be trash, the high seats will still praise it. The game could be groundbreaking and amazing, and the bottom seats will still bash it.

There is No winning so try it yourself. And with at least 15 of my friends already playing it all day, it won't hurt to at least try it. There have been constant 450k people playing online all day.
Vic_Mackey  +   1107d ago
Maybe it's the critics that are wrong....
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venom06  +   1107d ago
so WHY EXACTLY does someone that doesn't like the latest CoD, states that fact on Metacritic and not getting paid to write a review by the Activision have to be known as a "hater"?? because their opinion has you butthurt and cause you to "fanboy rage" ???
TheFreak  +   1107d ago
Gamers are so immature, no wonder why people think that it's only 12 year old kids that play video games.
Goldenslaya  +   1107d ago
Wow. I'm no cod fanboy but to really give the game a 0?? Common guys. Brink was probably the worst game I bought in whole life n even it I wouldn't give a 0 too. People need to stop trolling
Sizzon  +   1107d ago
So many trolls on metacritic reviewing games under "username reviews"
Sketchy_Galore  +   1107d ago
I'm not sure how feasible this is but I think it would be a good practice to package a code with each videogame, sort of like a code for preorder DLC or something but instead of giving in-game content it allows you to post a review on a website set up for user reviews. That way we get the opinions of the consumer and we know they have actually bought the game.
Vip3r  +   1107d ago
People need to boycott the COD series each year. That way Activision will need to come up with new ideas or better yet, just kill off the series.

Too many 12 year old Mountain Dew induced kids going out and buying it not knowing it's nothing more than a reskin of last years tripe.
Imalwaysright  +   1106d ago
LMAO the same exact people that have been saying "lets Boycott CoD" for a year after MW3 was released are the 1st to admit that they bought Blops2. Look at chukamachine comment above. Lets face it Activision will milk the CoD cow until it runs dry and by the look of things that cow still has plenty milk to offer.
Blacklash93  +   1107d ago
Metacritic might as well scrap the user reviews feature if this is what people will always do with it.
OneAboveAll  +   1107d ago
Interesting. I think i'll go leave my own review. I haven't played it and don't plan on it but if you have played one, you have played them all. 1/10
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