Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the highly anticipated first person shooter game; sequel to the record breaking and critically acclaimed Call of Duty: Black Ops. This sequel is the ninth game in the world renowned and iconic franchise, and was developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. The campaign storyline was written in conjunction with the renowned script writer David Goyer, who is responsible for such groundbreaking classics as Batman Begins.
Call of Duty Black Ops II: Raul Menendez
The campaign spans the time period from the 1980s to 2025, making it the first game in the Call of Duty series to have a futuristic setting. Beginning in the 1980s, the campaign tells the origin story of the game’s main antagonist Raul Menendez, with players getting to step into the shoes of the original Black Ops protagonist Alex Mason once again, and then the chance to play as his son David Mason in the year 2025. In both time periods, the world is caught in a Cold War; in the year 2025, China and the United States are at logger heads as China bans the export of rare earth elements following a cyber attack that crippled the Chinese stock exchange. Cyber terrorism plays an enormous threat to the world and its inhabitants in this time period, with the vicious and vindictive villain Raul Menendez himself being a terrorist leader.
Black Ops 2 presents itself as the first in the franchise to have branching storylines, completely player-driven based upon the player’s decisions and choices. Within parts of the campaign, there are missions, etc. which you can either fail or succeed in, inevitably either enabling or hindering the antagonist Menendez with his ultimate terrorist goals. The ability for the player to make important decisions allows the campaign’s storyline to be completely non-linear, and also allows for replayability to see other ways in which the game could play out. By the end of the game, the player may have changed the results of the futuristic Cold War, and will be shown what could have gone differently.
The setting of Black Ops 2 is designed to follow as realistic a route as possible, with all the technology based on current designs or future plans. There are new interfaces and weapons systems based on current technology, including wrist-mounted launchers that fire small explosives, sniper rifles that use millimetre wave technology, VTOL aircraft, other unmanned aerial vehicles, jet fighters, machine gun mounted UAVs, mechanised soldiers, and a great deal more. Alongside the inclusion of a great deal of both modern and slightly futuristic weaponry, technology, and general warfare (all of which strikes a very deep chord with reality), Black Ops 2 has tweaked the graphics engine to allow better visuals, making all that you can feast your eyes on within this game all the better.
Featured within Black Ops 2 is the introduction of Strike Force missions, which are available for the player to choose to take on throughout the campaign. Within these Strike Force missions you will be able to control a black ops group, with each mission playing out as a small sandbox battlefield in which you can choose both the order you complete objectives, as well as what units you play, with human soldiers fighting alongside robots and UAVs. These missions can be played out in a real-time strategy fashion, and from two perspectives; overmatch view, and from the perspective of the unit you have selected. At any given time during the mission you can zoom out to an overmatch view of the battlefield and then select a new unit, which will shift your view to this unit’s perspective; this zooming allows you to rapidly possess whatever unit suits your needs at any given time, although you can also issue commands to your units from the overmatch view. The progress you make within these missions will be reflected in the course of the antagonist Raul Menendez’s plans, although sometimes a player may choose one mission at the cost of others, meaning each and every player will experience a different and more personal battlefield, driven by their choices and decisions. The success of these Strike Forces missions isn’t guaranteed, and should all of your operatives die you will lose the missions, inevitably changing the course of conflict.
The Zombie mode will also make a reappearance with Black Ops 2, making it the third time this mode has appeared within the franchise, but the first to have its own campaign alongside the main storyline. The Zombie mode will make full use of Call of Duty’s multiplayer capabilities, as it utilises the multiplayer engine, and also supports eight player co-op play. These alterations to the mode mean you get the best out of the blood, gore, and guts, hand in hand with a deeper community experience. The multiplayer itself will be set in the future year of 2025, complete with all the new technology, as well as a revamped combat training system for new players.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 boasts a whole multitude of futuristic technology and weaponry for you to get your hands on, alongside new modes that enable you to explore every inch available to you in practically every way possible. With Black Ops 2 also being player-driven, you will never be short of choices and decisions to make, each one affecting the outcome of how the campaign itself plays out, and meaning that only you, and you alone, can tailor just exactly how you want this Cold War to play out. (Cat Emerson)
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is a very good game, I recommend it!
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is definitely the best game I have played all year.
The campaign in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is very well made and lots of fun to play. Zombies is just as good as you expect it to be, and also more versatile than its predecessor, so I can't really complain here. The multi-player has some nice new additions and changes, though it is flawed due to a few reasons. To begin with, you are likely to encounter lag in the online matches. Also, the matchmaking can be quite unnerving at times, placing you into matches that are already lost since your team is being dominated to an such extent it isn't even funny anymore.Though the biggest flaw, at least in my humble opinion, is the emphasis on scorestreaks. I really think they have overdone it this time.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is brilliant.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is a really awesome game. The single player was fun and engaging. The story was top notch, the multi-player was next to flawless, co-op zombies mode is really fun if you can find some friends to tag along with you.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is a very disappointing game, it's the same every year. They just put some new weapons and the maps are copies from older COD games. The graphics look like they're on a 7 year old game.
Great game lots in it though i would prefer more game play than online but still another good game.
The main Campaign is a blast with a lot of replay incentive with an alternate ending and several plot points that can be altered or completely changed. Zombies is far more substantial and fun with some new tweaks and a whole new set of modes that makes it feel fresher and more fun than ever. Multiplayer is a fresh break from CoD and for the most part is spectacular, however there is some obvious weapon balancing and patches required to make it a brilliant experience constantly.
Couldn't wait for this game to be released. Fab graphics well worth waiting for!!
I recently purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and I am very pleased. I thought the price was fantastic and the game is awesome!
As a die hard fan of Call of Duty, I have never been so disappointed with Black Ops 2. The game is definitely not an improvement on MW3. The graphics are average and the game play is poor. The multi-player mode is filled with glitches and is just not as responsive as MW. On a positive note, the zombies are as good as ever! I hate so say it, but I think the era of COD is sadly coming to an end.
Trayarch will release one new game from the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty Black Ops 2. This game will be huge! People love the zombie game mode and it's great that it is making a return. Also, Black ops 2 will come with Nuketown 2025 if you pre-order it (I think people remember this map). Campaign modes are really good, the multiplayer game-modes are very optimized, and the sound quality is very good. I like the voice actors and I love the soundtracks. I recommend this game! Pre-order now and be ready for release!