The majority of Xbox 360 players are first person shooter players of some sort. But, as a whole, the community of Xbox Live is typically split between Halo players and Call of Duty players. There are, however, some that play both series of games and for those people this year has brought on a tough decision… should you get Black Ops 2 or Halo 4?
Both BO2 and H4 were released in the past couple of months. Halo 4 was released on November 6th and Black Ops 2 was released just a week later on November 14th. Most people don’t want to drop $120 on games in a weeks time. So, what it boils down to is figuring out which game is a better investment. Which are you more likely to enjoy? Which are you more likely to spend countless hours playing? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each title..
Black Ops 2 vs Halo 4: The Showdown
Call of Duty Black Ops 2
For most players the release of a new CoD title is nothing more than getting a new set of weapons and different maps to play on. Everything else seems to be a cookie cutter, yearly process of taking the same game, duplicating it and adding a few new guns and maps. Black Ops 2, however, seems to have broken this annoying cycle. The game is actually different.
BO2 is set in the future, 2025 to be exact, where a new Cold Wars has erupted. The story is different, unique and more exciting. The weapons are more advanced, work more smoothly in-game and have loads of customization options compared to those found in the original Black Ops. The game has improved overall. Even the zombies game mode has been given a full makeover that makes it completely unique and fun to play.
The reviews that have come out for this game are fairly impressive as well:
Overall, Black Ops 2 has been given great reviews by most of the major gaming news blogs around the Internet. Players, on the other hand, give it a bit of a lower rating. The user rating of BO2 on Metacritic is only a 4.3 which is labeled as “generally unfavorable” on the site. Similarly, the community rating found on IGN is just a 6.9 which, based on IGN’s community standards, makes the game just an “Okay” title.
Then again, when will you ever see gamers posting reviews that are NOT negative? It’s rare that you find rave reviews from actual players. The ones that tend to want to voice their opinions are generally those that find something to complain about in any game. So do the community scores mean that Black Ops 2 is a terrible game? No, but they are something to think about when deciding between BO2 and H4.
Halo 4 is the beginning of a new trilogy in the Halo series headed by game developer, 343 Industries. Nearly a polar opposite of the CoD series, the Halo series has changed drastically over the years. This became especially apparent once 343 took the reigns. The changes between H3 and Halo: Reach are massive. And even more tweaks to the game have come with the release of H4.
Many gamers have stated that Halo 4 seems to have “stolen” many elements of the Call of Duty games. For example, there are now player and equipment enhancements known as Tactical Packages & Support Upgrades which greatly resemble the functionality and design of Perks found in CoD.
These include things that increase the number of grenades you can carry, give the player the ability to “re-roll” ordinance drops (similar to Hardline), pick up grenades from killed enemies (resembles Scavenger) and enhancements that give the player unlimited sprint (eerily similar to Marathon). So, yes, H4 does have some similarities to CoD now, but it’s still a very different game.
Halo 4 has also been taken well by major gaming sites:
These scores are slightly higher than those found for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. But that’s not all. The real surprise comes when you take a look at Halo 4’s popularity among actual gamers. On Metacritic users gave the game a 6.9 out of 10, Gamespot users rated the game with an 8.8 of 10 and IGN readers gave H4 an incredible score of 9.2 out of 10. Based on these reviews alone one could deduce that Halo 4 is generally a better game than BO2.
But, every player has his or her own opinions and personal preferences. You should never judge a game without playing it yourself. There may be certain elements of BO2 you like more than H4, or aspects of H4 may hold your interest more than those of BO2. Our recommendation? Find a Redbox near you that has both games available to rent, pick them up and try them out for yourself.
Both of these games are great in our opinion. Should there even be a Black Ops vs Halo 4 poll? Not really. These games may both be first person shooters but they are very different games altogether. The only real way to know which you’d prefer is to play each title yourself and make an educated decision on your own. Don’t base your decisions off the opinions of others. Have your own opinions!
Voice YOUR Thoughts and Opinions
Do you prefer one of these games over the other? Do you have something you’d like to tell potential buyers of either Black Ops 2 or Halo 4? Drop a comment below and discuss both games with the gaming community!