Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - Xbox 360

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Genre:Action, Shooter
  • Developer: Treyarch
  • Release Date:Nov 13, 2012
  • # of Players:18 players
  • ESRB:M - Mature (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs)
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Game Description: Pushing the boundaries of what fans have come to expect from the record-setting entertainment franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 propels players into a near future, 21st Century Cold War, where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Story Preview -- Back to the Future Warfare

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Story Preview -- Back to the Future Warfare

By Eric Eckstein - Posted May 01, 2012

Yes folks, the Call of Duty rumors are true, and this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 story preview will share the first details on the futuristic setting and narrative on Treyarch's. If you want more on how BO2 will play, check out our Black Ops 2 gameplay preview or our Black Ops 2 multiplayer preview for all the details.

Those Quadcopter videos (via that wild and crazy FPS Russian fella) were just a glimpse of the setting BO2 will offer, a future set primarily in a fictionalized, albeit painstakingly researched, 2025. The military employs a variety of future-tech weaponry, including optics that allow gun sights to see through walls and inside vehicles, electronic charges that control projectile grenades, and drones...lots and lots of drones.

Drone warfare and advanced robotics are a huge component of the fiction developer Treyarch has crafted, but not in a vacuum; they consulted with P.W. Singer, author of the New York Times bestseller, Wired for War, which explores the robotics revolution in the 21st century.

Aerial drones like the quadcopters will be common place for small squad warfare, while unmanned but piloted craft (as seen in the Black Ops 2 trailer) will launch strikes on bigger targets. In addition, expect to see four-legged land-based units with guns mounted to their backs. The future…it is terrifying.

Earth’s precious resource is no longer oil, but rare earth elements (REE). Before you think “science fiction,” studio head Mark Lamia is quick to share that these are “not minerals you harvest in StarCraft.” Instead, rare earth elements are real, used in smartphones and consumer electronics, renewable energy technology and, wait for it, critical military-based technology.

So the world wants REEs, but China controls 95 percent of the market, emerging as the next economic superpower and causing tension around the globe. An authentic future is incredibly important in keeping Black Ops 2 in the vein of historical fiction vs. sci-fi.

Black Ops 2

While the game will mostly revolve around the year 2025, Black Ops 2 is a time-spanning narrative that also has gamers playing in the past, flashing back to the second Cold War during the 1980s. The Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan, and the U.S. government was actively backing local insurgents, and the CIA was dealing with a Panamanian dictator/drug lord named Manuel Noriega that it had put into power.

It’s purely speculation that Noriega will be a plot point or ‘Fidel Castro-esque’ mission in Black Ops 2 , but it was mentioned in our briefing by Treyarch, and was a significant CIA milestone in the 80s. Further speculation would have you crossing paths with Osama Bin Laden at some point as well given his involvement in military operations in Afghanistan during this time period and don't even get us started on playable Ronald Reagan in zombie mode!

The story, crafted by game director Dave Anthony and The Dark Knight scribe David Goyer, is a direct sequel to BLOPS, and will once again feature Alex Mason, our ‘hero’ from Black Ops, as voiced by Sam Worthington. However, it’s his son, David, that will lead the majority of the 2025 narrative. Rather, Frank Woods, whom we last thought was dead at the hands of the Viet Cong, will be our bridge between the two time periods. Alex and Frank are characters born out of the first Cold War, with the audience still unsure whether or not Alex was truly compromised.

Equally important to bringing back fan favorites was the introduction of a memorable villain in which Anthony and Goyer are determined to paint a better picture of how a villain is created. Thanks to the time-switching narrative device, we will get real insight into the new bad guy, Raul Menendez, and why he wants to set nations against one another. Considering the success of Goyer’s Joker, as portrayed by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, expectations are high on that front, though little else is known as yet.

Other than a scenario from our BO2 gameplay preview, where Menendez takes control of the U.S. drone fleet and sets it against the nation, the rest of the storyline is still classified. Treyarch wants fans to know that they’re not resting on their laurels, but that they’ve done their homework to really push the boundaries on what players expect from a Call of Duty narrative. From what we’ve seen, Black Ops 2 could be the most ambitious Call of Duty game ever.

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  • dub1973

    yeah graphics are the same... but its pretty bad that 4 year old engine still has way better control and accuracy then any other fps game. graphics are important but i would rather have solid shooting any day over a beautiful game that plays like a xbl arcade game. at least in cod games you know what you are hitting.

    Posted: May 2, 2012 3:30 PM

    play as Reagen in zombies? sign me up!

    Posted: May 2, 2012 11:51 AM
  • WolfBiteZero

    Anyone else feel like there looking at a less futuristic halo?

    Posted: May 2, 2012 9:36 AM
  • TheNeoReaper

    Is that what your pathetic lives have come to? Bashing a game thats 6 months away & you'll be first in line at the midnight release. Grow the hell up little chilrden.

    Posted: May 2, 2012 1:29 AM
  • grandamgtstreak

    Metal Gear wanna be lmao fail sauce

    Posted: May 2, 2012 1:23 AM
  • timus5767

    Here is an idea...why don't they stop mass producing CoD, and instead take a few years and really revolutionize FPS gaming with something that doesnt look generic and done hundreds of times over...I'm not a CoD fanboy but thats because im sick of seeing the same game made over and over just relabeled...plus i think with all the DLC that comes out they are just kinda money hungry

    Posted: May 2, 2012 12:14 AM
  • dendedosa

    I am so sick of Call of Duty. It needs to stop.

    Posted: May 1, 2012 10:48 PM
  • MasterOfWeed

    I really liked the first Black Ops story this one looks like it will be just as good especially since they have David Goyer I can't wait to see what the rest of the campaign will be like and I hope they have co-op this time because Black Ops was really missing it.

    Posted: May 1, 2012 10:39 PM
  • SkyBill40

    Wow. I'm sure I'm going to be banished to flame hell for it, but that looks... terrible.

    The storyline and concept of the original game was fantastic and had a somewhat believable premise. This new game? Nothing believable at all. I'm all for future warfare and what have you, but do it under the guise of an entirely new CoD line or something to differentiate it from the tried and true of Call of Duty and Modern Warfare.

    If this is the best they have to offer, then they're going to be in for disappointment. I'm sure that the game will sell like mad for the simple fact that it's a CoD/BO game, but it should sell for reasons other than name alone.

    Posted: May 1, 2012 9:51 PM
  • DerickM

    I see they neglected to upgrade the graphics engine AGAIN!!.. C'mon Treyarch and infinity ward, stop using old dead technology. I will not buy a game that has graphics as bad as this one.. They're lucky MW3 was the conclusion to a great storyline, otherwise I wouldnt have been able to suffer through the terrible graphics. Using an engine that is 4+ years old is a bit ridiculous, especially when the franchise has made MORE than enough money to develop a better one and that they're biggest competitor has the frostbite2 engine which blows away any COD game. I am very disappointed and will not be buying this, or any other COD game until they upgrade their graphics.

    Posted: May 1, 2012 9:39 PM
  • Icecronie

    Anyone else kinda hear the battlefield song subtly in the background???

    Posted: May 1, 2012 9:36 PM
  • DrKrunklehorn

    They better bring zombies back! I want my Richtofen to say his "patients" lines 100x more often too! :D

    Posted: May 1, 2012 9:36 PM
  • DrKrunklehorn

    Better have zombies again. I want my Richtofen to say "paaaiiitttients" 100x more often too! :D

    Posted: May 1, 2012 9:34 PM
  • cursedreject

    engine looks like it needs to be updated

    Posted: May 1, 2012 9:11 PM