Video game review: 'Black Ops II' rises above muddled plot

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Grade • B+

Gaming widows be warned: It's that time of year again when you won't see your spouse for two months as he or she falls into that video gaming abyss known as "Call of Duty." This time, the addiction is "Black Ops II," and it pits the player against a Central American terrorist in a jumbled storyline that hops back and forth between a special ops soldier and his father 40 years earlier.

The single-player campaign is a convoluted mess that hardly gives the player any emotional attachment, but there are action set pieces that move so fast you may hardly mind the confusing plot.

Most importantly, the crisp game play and multi-player components are all there to still make this a satisfying refresh of the "Call of Duty" franchise. —

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