Some here will know my opinions on BO2 so I won't spend 20 paragraphs going through them all again. One thing I will say though is thanks to BO2 I'm enjoying older CoD games a whole lot more.
If you have me on your friends list on PSN (I know 3 or 4 do) you may have spotted I spent last night on MW3 and today on BO1 and even World At War. What did I learn by playing these. They're ALL better than BO2 and by a considerable margin.
I won't discuss MW3 as 1) That was an IW release and 2) It should still be pretty fresh in the mind, but quick notes on the other Treyarch 2.
When I decided to put World At War in, I didn't even expect anyone to be playing it. I wasn't far wrong with only 1000 online, but the games I played on it were incredible. Considering the major lack of numbers, and also considering the online problems thanks to what they claim is still the aftermath of the hurricane, I thought it would be lag infested and horrible. Instead, the lobby ran smoother than any BO2 game I've had, the maps were nice with areas for all gameplay styles (CQC, Mid-Range, LOS) and nothing felt unbalanced or nooby. It was all nice and simple, killstreaks at 3, 5 and 7 didn't feel limiting, nothing was overly hectic, spawns worked well. Massively enjoyed the time on this.
Moving to BO1, released 2 years after WAW. Again, maps were suitable for a variety of styles. Certain aspects feel ever so slightly imbalanced but overall no complaints. Games run relatively smoothly, weapons on the most part balanced well. Killstreaks also balanced. I really enjoyed going back to this one. It was my first major plunge into CoD online (WAW I only played on the rare occasion) so I always held it in high regard. There's no massive killstreak spam problem although at times there were multiple things going up into the air.
In BO2 it seems like things are getting spammed in from start to finish, but only the low end killstreaks because they're effective and easy to earn. As you move towards the high end streaks nobody uses them because it seems impossible to get that many points on the tight maps. The maps themselves are ridiculous in comparison to World At War and BO1, designed almost exclusively for CQC and rushing.
I won't sit here bashing BO2 for an hour like I have in previous threads but when compared with past editions (and I don't just mean sit and think about the old games, I mean actually go back and play them to compare) you realise how cluttered and silly it is.
Has anyone else gone back to any older games to compare? Would love to know opinions if you have.