Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Dec 4, 2012
    87
    War is not changing in Wii U. Black Ops II is still a good videogame in the new Nintendo console, with minor improvements, not considering its great off-screen gameplay option.
  2. Dec 14, 2012
    55
    The campaign delivers as it did on other systems, but suffers from framerate issues. The multiplayer drags the Wii U experience down. I can live with the small number of available players, even though some modes suffer from that. But the connection losses are a big disappointment.
  3. 88
    If you do not already own Black Ops 2 for any other console, and you are a COD fan who has picked up a shiny new Wii U console, then you will inevitably want to pick up Black Ops 2 at it is a purchase that is really a no-brainer.
  4. Dec 7, 2012
    90
    Call of Duty: Black Ops II is by far the most fleshed out Call of Duty game to date; with a whole load of content included and some lovely exclusive features, it's clear that Treyarch is committed to making the series successful on Wii U.
  5. Nov 25, 2012
    88
    Treyarch puts together a solid care package for Nintendo gamers with a very competent, competitive, and nigh complete version of Black Ops 2.
  6. Dec 18, 2012
    30
    A really great game has been demolished by the GamePad, Pro Controller and Wii-mote. All technical specifications and content is up to par with its competitors, but that doesn't matter at all if the controllers ruins the entire experience.
  7. Dec 7, 2012
    90
    Black Ops 2 porting on Wii U is not a work of art. Some textures are bad and netcode is not optimized as well. The GamePad, however, works as a second screen boosting local multiplayer and the general experience.
  8. Nov 21, 2012
    83
    Most of the positive elements of Black Ops II make their way to Nintendo's console unchanged. Visuals are sharp, the campaign offers great branching paths, and multiplayer is deep. No amount of multiplayer depth matters if people aren't playing, however, so this version of the game lands just a little shy of the mark set by its brothers on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
  9. Nov 27, 2012
    80
    It's the hardcore game Nintendo fans have always wanted on their platform, leaving nothing but your console friends list behind.
  10. Dec 6, 2012
    80
    Treyarch did a good job with the Wii U version of CoD Black Ops 2. The content is the same as on PS3 or Xbox 360, the graphics as well, and of course on this version you can play on the GamePad itself, or even use it as a second screen for player 2. We would have liked the touch screen to be used also for the gameplay, though.
  11. Jan 9, 2013
    70
    As a Wii U launch title, Black Ops II strives to innovate upon the well-known Call of Duty-formula, and to some extent it also manages to do so. While it still is very much the same game previously released on Sony's and Microsoft's consoles, it is the ability to play the game single-handed through the game pad that should be Nintendo's selling point.
  12. Dec 11, 2012
    80
    If this doesn't get the Nintendo crowd interested in first-person shooters, nothing will.
  13. Dec 11, 2012
    90
    Overall, Black Ops 2 on the Wii U is easily recommendable. It proves that the Wii U can handle a modern top-tier shooter with ease, and is easily one of the best titles in the launch lineup. Unless you're buying a Wii U for the kiddies this year, you'll want to add Black Ops 2 to your new console's bundle.
  14. Jan 15, 2013
    81
    GamePad play doesn't make up for online gaps, but this is the best Nintendo CoD. [Feb 2013, p.77]
  15. Nov 28, 2012
    80
    Though zombies mode is stagnating, the rest of Black Ops II is lively, and it is right at home on the Wii U. Developer Treyarch's storytelling prowess has once again resulted in an engaging, exciting campaign, and the online multiplayer population is likely to grow as more people acquire the new console.
  16. Nov 21, 2012
    90
    As a full package, Call of Duty: Black Ops II's superb offering of a balanced multiplayer, challenging Zombies modes, and entertaining single player campaign make it an excellent title to pick up on the Wii U.
  17. Dec 19, 2012
    85
    I almost prefer the Wii U version of Black Ops 2 over any other; the gamepad feels great to play with, and being able to play online with another person is a great feature.
  18. Nov 26, 2012
    90
    It even makes great use of the Gamepad with real-time maps and streaming Gamepad play, while staying away from needless touch screen gimmicks. Ultimately, Black Ops 2 is just as good on the Wii U as it is on Xbox 360 and PS3 – save for the complete lack of a multiplayer community.
  19. Nov 21, 2012
    93
    Level for level, gun for gun, the campaign, multiplayer and zombies content of Black Ops 2 on Wii U is almost the same. This version may cut the livestreaming feature, and currently doesn't have Elite, but it makes up for it with some nifty GamePad functionality.
  20. Nov 30, 2012
    90
    Black Ops 2 on Wii U lives up to its Xbox counterpart (that being slightly superior to the PS3 version) in almost every way. The lack of CoD Elite support and live video streaming is irrelevant to your enjoyment of the actual game, and additionally insignificant next to the lack of players at the moment – a limitation that will subside as the user base grows.
  21. Nov 27, 2012
    85
    If you like Call of Duty, Black Ops II is your new game. It doesn't innovate too much, it invents nothing, and it presents war as always but it works. Multiplayer modes are amazing again and zombies cause more problems now. The AI​​, graphics and minimal improvements spoil a bit the experience, but fans will love its strong multiplayer. Being able to play through the Wii GamePad is an interesting experience.
  22. 70
    The story mode has some technical issues but overall this is an impressive effort for a launch game, with the GamePad adding some genuine value to the experience.
  23. Dec 2, 2012
    88
    Apart from a few frame rate issues Black Ops 2 is a perfect port of the "old gen consoles", but above all it's a great way to show that GamePad fits perfectly with the FPS genre.
  24. Dec 19, 2012
    70
    While it's nice to finally have a "proper" Call of Duty game on a Nintendo console that makes convenient if simple use of the GamePad, it's a shame that Black Ops II isn't one of the series' best.
  25. Nov 30, 2012
    91
    Black Ops 2 is, at this moment in time, the best, most content rich multiplayer game ever released on a Nintendo system.
  26. 90
    Black Ops II on Wii U may amount to the same experience as on other systems, but it remains an impressive game. The aging multiplayer could use more of a twist, but the campaign is top-notch, and even Zombies mode manages a few new things. In the first of what will likely be many appearances on Nintendo's new system, the franchise delivers.
  27. Dec 23, 2012
    90
    Easily one of the most jam-packed, visually impressive launch titles that has probably ever been released.
  28. Placed in the greater CODverse and BLOPS2 is too inconsistent to rank among the classics. Nice ideas rub shoulders with absolute howlers, and smart additions are hampered by a complacent disregard for beginners. In the Nintendoverse, however, this COD is a big fish in a small pond.
  29. Nov 29, 2012
    85
    A great title with the best multiplayer we've seen on this console so far. There are some framerate issues, but if you're a FPS fan, then this is a must have.
  30. Dec 10, 2012
    80
    If you are looking for a decent shooter for the Wii U, then this is the title to get. It offers a single-player, a zombi mode and lots of hours to spend in the multiplayer.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 179 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. Nov 18, 2012
    9
    This has to be one of the best versions to get Black Ops 2 on, Good graphics and I personally believe the tablet adds to the game play. I believe that it definitely has the best game play considering that it is a call of duty game but if you want to get Blops 2 and you haven't got it yet. The Nintendo Wii U version is the way to go. Full Review »
  2. Nov 21, 2012
    9
    This is Cod so you know what to expect. The WiiU version is the best looking and most player friendly version with all of it's controll options and the gamepad's awesome ability to let you pick classes, use killstreaks, and see the entire map without leaving gameplay. I highly recommend it to WiiU owners that don't have the game yet. The online is great and I haven't experienced any bugs at all. The custimization is by far the best of any CoD game to date. Treyarch has done an amazing job this year with BO's 2. Full Review »
  3. Nov 19, 2012
    10
    I have seen all versions of this game. The WiiU has the superior graphics by far. There is a comparison video online that proves this but I've seen it first hand. Now what you think about the game is your own personal opinion. But anyone who is wondering if the WiiU version is worth buying over any other console, my answer is a big fat YES! Full Review »