This is the second part of the Oracle Black Ops 2 review focusing on zombies. If you missed the first part regarding multiplayer, check it out under the A&E section, along with the campaign portion coming next week.
Upon release of a new Treyarch-developed Call of Duty game, the mode that evokes the most excitement out of fans is characteristically the zombies game mode. In Call of Duty Black Ops 2, this anticipation reached a whole new level as fans around the world wondered to themselves, “what will they think of next?”
The answer is: a whole lot, actually. For starters, the developers released two new game modes in addition to the already popular survival mode.
The first is a mode the company calls TranZit. Basically, the premise of this game type is a huge map with transportation capabilities through a bus. This bus brings you to one of several different areas, and zombies will swarm to each of them, using all means necessary to ensure you don’t survive.
This is one of the most thrilling zombie experiences to date. There is nothing quite like running away from a horde of zombies, not looking back and just hoping you can make it to the bus that seems to be further and further a way. The map is also very versatile, allowing the player to build tools throughout that will assist them in their fight against the undead. The map’s size and complexity also adds to the experience in a way that is recognizable from the very beginning.
The second new game mode was deemed “Grief.” This pits two teams of four against each other, however the teams cannot attack each other; they may only use means to make it more challenging for their competitors.
I’m incredibly intrigued by this concept, and I think it has a lot of potential to be a popular and entertaining game mode. It’s interesting to see how the teams interact. Seeing as they are on the same map, they may invariably work together. However, only one team can survive in the end. And considering the fact that the teams may not interact, the player enters the game with no idea what to expect, and that’s part of the beauty of it.
The survival mode makes a return in Black Ops 2, and not much has changed. It is still the zombies mode we’ve learned to love by this point. The game gives the player of three different maps to choose from, which is a nice transition from the single map that typically came with previous titles
Upon playing this third iteration of zombies, it’s exciting to discover that Treyarch continues to deliver such high-quality innovation to their fans. The enthusiasm will no doubt continue while fans wait for future installments of the Zombies mode. Zombies Score: 8.5/10
Brandon Mauriello / News Editor