Welcome back to "Backhanded Box Quotes," a collection of measured, thoughtful criticism from the user reviews of Metacritic. This week we examine games from two series that frequently are accused of impersonating each other: Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Halo 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Released: November 13
Critic: MasterOfMetroid (Metacritic) • "I can't believe I waited in line for this." Score: 1
Critic: ChrisTB (Metacritic) • "CoD ... CoD never changes." Score: 0
Critic: rmartinezdl (Metacritic) • "I dont get why Activision keeps renaming their Single Player Campgain dlc ($10) and take 1 **** year to release a weapons/map patch, and why on earth is this patch $US60." Score: 0
Critic: Badonkadonk (Metacritic) • "The critics are raving about this, but I guess Activision has been paying this off because this game is absolute garbage." Score: 3
Critic: jnova80 (Metacritic) • "Bro Fest 2012! Get your TapOut shirts and dubstep ready! This one is shaping up to be the biggest gathering of pointless nonsense we have ever seen!!!" Score: 0
Critic: nufrequency (Metacritic) • "If you or your kid have been diagnosed with ADHD ... or Kalnienk vision disorder this game is designed especially for YOU!" • "This is not the Black Ops game you were hoping for... This is Super Turbo Edition !" Score: 3
Released: November 6
Critic: StoneSoldier (Metacritic) • "It's more like MW dressed up, right from the stupid climbing sequence right from the start." Score: 0
Critic: Franky4Fingurs (Metacritic) • "Think of Disney redoing star wars but the theme music doesn't start while the words are scrolling..." Score: 2
Critic: BadmanFaust (Metacritic) • "Best Call of Duty Game Ever!" Score: 2
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