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Black Ops 2 Wii U - the first definitive Call Of Duty experience on a Nintendo console

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to get really excited about this game

A fully fledged Call Of Duty game had to come to Wii U. Whether you're a certified nuke-chucking prestige steam train, or the sort that believes the series is a subliminal indictment of Western patriarchy, cultural stagnation and the colour brown, you'll understand us when we say: it had to.

It's not so much a coup for Nintendo as a relief. After all, when you say that your console can play any current-generation game, what you really mean is that it can play this one first-person shooter. This is, after all, a series that saw its last title, Modern Warfare 3, gross more money in its first 24 hours on sale than any other entertainment release - film, music - ever.

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The problem for Nintendo was that so little of that money came through them. The Wii's token ports have been more like wobbling impressions of the 360/PS3 barnstormers - the school trip-bought French BB guns to other consoles' Dirty Harry blow-your-head- clean-off magnums, if you will.

Droning On

So to hear that Treyarch's near-future boomstravaganza, Black Ops 2, would be coming to Wii U not only fully intact, but augmented with GamePad-friendly bonus features, is extremely good news for the console's image as a new home for third-party games.

If you'd lost faith in the Wii incarnations and haven't been paying attention to this game, let us bring you up to speed. By 2025, things have gone pear-shaped. There's a new Cold War instigated by China, the USA's remote-controlled drone army gets hijacked by a terror-nerd who's been pulling the world's flaming strings and everyone kicks off good and proper.

That's where you come in, helping to resolve the world's freshest global conflict and, more importantly, utilising a not insignificant amount of science-factual weaponry along the way. It's a mixture of the familiar and the brand new for seasoned players, with what is expected to be robust multiplayer functionality rubbing shoulders with new Choose Your Own Adventure-style single player sections. It's not just the regular Call Of Duty experience, it's an unusually huge one.

So how will the Wii U adapt to the gaming goliath's needs? Well, from what we've seen, incredibly well. The single and multiplayer portions are both completely intact, graphically up to scratch and run in a silky 60 frames per second, even on the GamePad.

Splitting Headache

Oh yeah, the GamePad. Even if Black Ops 2 was a solid port, we weren't expecting Treyarch to show much love to Wii U's touchscreen controller. Some features were to be expected. An on-screen map that updates in real-time (which is zoomable) and the option to change multiplayer class loadouts and controller layouts without opening clumsy menus have already become the norm for Wii U ports.

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But there are other, more interesting developments. The option to stream action to the GamePad, for instance, allows true split-screen multiplayer. A GamePad player can take on a TV player (who can, handily, use any compatible Wii U controller, including the original Remote and Nunchuk combo).

Not only that, but the GamePad's second screen functions can be accessed even when using another controller. So as you play multiplayer with a Pro Controller, you can still eye the map on the GamePad.

Along with fully functional multiplayer, the new, eSports-friendly CODcasting feature (which gives you the tools to commentate on online matches), local multiplayer bot support and much more, we finally have a definitive Call Of Duty experience on a Nintendo console. The (near) future is here, and we're excited to get stuck in.

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  1. BIGBUTTER Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 10:20

    Wow- Unexpected review for a Wii U game this early. Thanks!!

  2. Cidiyance Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 12:13

    Ok, we got definitive but do we have DLC and live streaming for this console's version if Black Ops 2? I don't care if it's early days I want my sweats Now (Well, untill the WiiU's release date)!!!

  3. KairiZero Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 12:20

    Not massively into the Call of Duty franchise, my interest waned off after Cod 4 - but the multiplayer is still a lot of fun to play from time to time, a good catch for the wii U for sure!

  4. toffeeman30 Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 13:08

    very average game according to the 4 reviews ive seen so far. not enough to reinvigorate call of duty

  5. deKay Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 14:59

    I hope there's a free copy of Mass Effect 2 on the second disc!

  6. Pyron12 Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 16:20

    I hope there's a free copy of Mass Effect 2 on the second disc!


    In your dreams deKay :lol: :roll:

  7. deKay Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 16:29

    I hope there's a free copy of Mass Effect 2 on the second disc!


    In your dreams deKay :lol: :roll:


    Why? That's how the PC version is! :)

  8. Hams96 Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 16:34

    To be perfectly honest, I couldn't care less about Cod. I'm not an immature little t**t who buys a game based on how graphic it is.

  9. Argenthor Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 17:26

    Wow- Unexpected review for a Wii U game this early. Thanks!!


    It is not a review if you read it! (+it is under 'preview')

    very average game according to the 4 reviews ive seen so far. not enough to reinvigorate call of duty

    The only review I read gave it 93% and said it was quite different (IGN)... I'll be interested to see if the Wii-U version is the same + more or if things are cut like some of the other multi-platform games so far

  10. 5OUNDWAVE Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 17:39

    has anyone seen the trailer that guy ritchie directed - amazing

  11. HyrulianToad Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 19:49

    Never bought a cod game and I'm not going to start now though its good to finally see full cod on a Nintendo console.
    Is anyone really going to buy this when all there friends have the other versions ? I doubt it but we'll see.

  12. KairiZero Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 21:13

    very average game according to the 4 reviews ive seen so far. not enough to reinvigorate call of duty

    IGN typically gave it a 9.3 - as per.....but judging from metacritic scores, its taken a bit of a beating! I don't actually mind the series, but I am somebody who gets narked that they make these games annual releases, and rarely do anything with them to make them stand out a great deal from the last! Since CoD4, they have literally just hashed and re-hashed it time and time again. I've heard they've stripped back the multiplayer component though to level out the playing field which is quite nice, but it will never stop the people who exploit cheap and tacky tactics to win games ¬_¬

  13. madlink Wednesday 14th Nov 2012 at 17:51

    I've pre-ordered this so it's good to see it's getting some positive words. It's obvious a game that's made for multi-formats will be compared and to be honest I was getting fed up of having to always play a game that was like "the poor relation no-one wants to bother with".

  14. TheNUKEnukeM Thursday 15th Nov 2012 at 16:40

    To be perfectly honest, I couldn't care less about Cod. I'm not an immature little t**t who buys a game based on how graphic it is.


    Really because I am. Because I like fast paced shooting and really fun gameplay I am now an immature *wat. Logic. :lol:

  15. KairiZero Thursday 15th Nov 2012 at 22:00

    To be perfectly honest, I couldn't care less about Cod. I'm not an immature little t**t who buys a game based on how graphic it is.


    Really because I am. Because I like fast paced shooting and really fun gameplay I am now an immature *wat. Logic. :lol:

    Agreed, I think tw*t is a bit harsh.....The games not bad, but I'm just tired of the annual steaming re-hash its become - this seems somewhat....different though. I don't know if I'll purchase it or not - Perhaps Nintendo would be kind enough to throw us a demo of it on the e-shop ;)

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