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To the Pain! Black Ops 2 vs Assassins Creed 3


For hardcore gamers, choosing between two amazing games is a non-issue; they’ll pick up both games immediately on release. For gamers on a budget, like the one that comes around this holiday season, they may only have enough to get only one so they can save for all those lovely presents they have to find for loved ones. So, assuming you don’t get the fantasic XCOM: Enemy Unknown (get the reasons here at https://redguinness.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/xcomtop5/) this holiday season, the big choice is Activision’s Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed 3

Story (Singleplayer)

Black Ops 2

Black Ops 2 features a story continuing from the original Black Ops, with homages to World at War. Multiple endings, tough in-game choices, well written characters, and a compelling, sympathetic villain all make this one of the best games in a while (let alone the best CoD campaign). Seamlessly switching between the mid-80’s to 2025, the story-within-a-story appeal of Black Ops has been improved.

Assassins Creed 3

We find ourselves right back in the fight with the Templars in AC3, the fifth installment of the now-classic series. Conner, the newest in the line of Desmond’s ancesters we find ourselves controlling, is a competent, but lackluster assassin when compared to Altair and Ezio before him. As an American-born writer, this entry hits closer to home, and brings a new connection to this line, with an incredible addition to historical-fiction, yet retaining the incredible dedication to design Ubisoft is now renowned for.

Bottom Line: CoD’s continuing reinvention of the FPS can’t fight two additional games of lineage and an incredible historical experience over a possible future.

Edge: Assassin’s Creed 3

Graphics

Black Ops 2

The lineage of the CoD line continues to impress with the latest of the line. From Campaign to Multiplayer, the graphics are an improvement on the classic formula, which considering Modern Warfare 3, is a hell of a statement.

Assassins Creed 3

While improved compared to Creed 2 and its sequels, Creed 3 features updated, but graphically similar, progress in the graphics department.

Bottom Line: Progress always beats out slight improvement.

Advantage: Black Ops 2

Sound

Black Ops 2

An incredible soundtrack the whole way through. Each track was set to the mood and the moment of the gameplay, everywhere from the stylings of Panama to the Dubstep in the club of the luxurious Cayman Islands fit the moments and conflicts which you were involved in.

Assassins Creed 3

A properly orchestrated soundtrack. The feel and struggle of the time period, combined with the revisited homage to all of the other entries in the series kept the audience connected to not only Conner, but all of the Assassins that came before.

Bottom Line: As with movies, classic orchestration makes for the most emotional connection to the events and characters possible.

Advantage: Assassins Creed 3

Fun Factor

Black Ops 2

From the innovative campaign, to the returning Zombies and the online phenomenon Multiplayer experience, there is nothing in FPS that comes close. Each CoD game has represented a new standard, and Black Ops 2 will not disappoint.

Assassins Creed 3

A massive single-player world, plenty to do in it, and the most innovative multiplayer games in the past couple of years. Not many games are like this one.

Bottom Line: The only winners here are the gamers who get to play these games. Too close to call

Advantage: None

Replay Value

Black Ops 2

A short campaign of a few hours is bolstered by the ability to turn back the story history and change the story from any mission. And of course theres the rich and varied multiplayer. Dozens of game types, the new Pick Ten system and multiple prestige levels ensure you won’t be putting down your controlling for months.

Assassins Creed 3

A much longer campaign of 30+ hours means you will get plenty of story and the missions are replayable. The multiplayer has a great cat-and-mouse game, though not as customizable as its competitor.

Bottom Line: For the most bang for you buck, CoD Has been the best bet since Modern Warfare.

Advantage: Black Ops 2

Moment of Truth

Both were incredible games worth the sixty dollars you’ll shell out for it.

If your game clan or multiplayer is the most important aspect to your gaming and you’re looking for a reason to justify your internet connection speed all day, every day, Black Ops 2 is your only choice.

For story and more occasional online play, Assassins Creed 3 is the clear, but not only, option. More original, innovative and a hell of a journey.

Which game will you pick up when you’ve only got $80 in your account? Drop your thoughts below!

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About RedGuinness

Andrew Shortall (RedGuinness) is the Writer, Editor, Administrator and founder of Stay-At-Home Gaming. He also suffers from sleepless nights, summer new release withdrawals and trying to behave himself in front of his new nephew.

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