Friday, July 6, 2012
First Look: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 + Gameplay
Gameplay Trailer Link Below
For those fans of the Call of Duty franchise, seeing a sequel to Black Ops was a surprise, but it is official it's going to happen. While the first game took place in the 1960's, Black Ops 2 will take a more futuristic setting in the year 2025, although it has been confirmed that the game will have some settings in the 1970's and 80's where Alex Mason the protagonist of the first game returns. The 2025 setting of the game will be taken over by none other than Alex Mason's own son David Mason. For the first time ever in a Call of Duty game, the decisions you make in the game will affect the overall story line, and according to your decisions branching story lines will be unlocked. The game has been confirmed as having settings in Los Angeles, Central America and Afghanistan, as well as Singapore, and Yemen. The game will also offer "Strike Force Missions" in the 2025 setting. These missions are somewhat different from the actual gameplay, although you still control a soldier albeit an unnamed one, it has elements of a strategy game where you must direct squads to certain points, help pinned down squads via other elements such as using a quad-rotor robot with a mounted machine gun or other tech available to you during the mission. While they play more like side missions they do carry some weight as they will determine certain parts of how the story line goes, so the player will want to succeed in Strike Force Missions. The game apparently will also feature vehicles although it has not been confirmed whether this will be campaign or multiplayer exclusive or both. Not much has been revealed about the storyline, so far what we know is that a Nicaraguan by the name of Raul Menendez, takes over hundreds of US's automated drones and sets them upon US forces in an attempt to spark a war, in the gameplay trailer link above you can see some of these automated drones. Fans will be happy to know that "Zombies" will make a return in Black Ops 2, but gameplay has not been revealed on the Zombies mode yet, but we know that it will now be a full campaign as opposed to only a few stages, and that it will feature an 8-player mode instead of just 4-players like in the previous installments. Some familiar faces returning according to Treyarch are J.F.K. and Nixon, they have even hinted that actor Danny Trejo may be in the game as well. Not everything about Black Ops 2 is positive though, a lot of fans have complained about the futuristic setting deviating from what the original Black Ops was and that it seems like they are trying to copy elements of the Ghost Recon series as well as Halo. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be released for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on November 13, 2012 so we will have to wait until then to see if the fear voiced by the fans proves true or if the game is just much better than they expect.
Drake's Reviews Score (Pre-Release) 8 out of 10