Wednesday, May 02 2012 06:59

Sometimes Daddy Needs to Shoot Pixels...CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 2

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I'm always hesitant to cover games here at The Rock Father, but that's one of the luxuries of having a '...For Grownups' section on the site. On the other hand, sometimes it's easier to throw down some virtual ink in my personal blog, which is what I'm doing right here. Sometimes Daddy needs to shoot some pixels.

I've been down with the CALL OF DUTY franchise for a number of years, so when Activision asked me to review last years CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3, I couldn't resist. Unfortunately, I felt a little empty after evaluating the game, which led me to post the following sentence to close out the review:

"MODERN WARFARE 3 is still a lot of fun, but here's hoping that the next installment can bring some sort of innovation back to the franchise to reinvigorate the magic. "

With the announcement of CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II  yesterday, it would appear that developer Treyarch has perhaps taken my words (and those of a lot of other people) to heart, taking the franchise somewhere that it's never gone before: The Future.

Personally, I think it looks pretty cool - and I'm looking forward to November 13, 2012. I don't get a chance to play (much less buy myself) new games these days, but I'm a COD fanboy. I hear rumblings that there's fresher options out there, yet I've been sticking with what works - to a point. BLACK OPS II needs to deliver something good in order to keep me interested. 

By the time it comes out I'll have a toddler and an infant here again, which means my gameplay will be taking place in the very weeeeee hours of the night. I need to make 'em count.

What do all of YOU think?

James Zahn

About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™. 

Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur. 

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, has been quoted in BusinessWire, CNN and Babble, in addition to making appearances on ABC News, WGN and more. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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