E3 2012: Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Preview

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Massive explosions, lots of murdering and a society that has been brought to its knees. We’re back, with this year’s iteration of global Juggernaut Call of Duty, Black Ops 2.

If the extended demo at E3 last week had one message it’s that Treyarch are on the same page as the fans. They know rehashing the same old stuff that has brought inexplicable success over the last 5 years won’t continue to break sales records.

More importantly, they’ve reacted.

With sandbox levels, branching storylines and the additions of drones (and other 2025 tech), Black Ops 2 looks to revitalize the Call of Duty experience, at least in terms of single-player. The open missions are breaking ground for Treyarch, who is looking to lose COD’s “playing it safe” moniker.

Players actually have a choice in completing objectives -- possibly a first for the previously linear shooter. One example gave the player the option to snipe from afar, or grapple in guns blazing. We also manned an artillery gun and got behind the wheel (yoke) of a futuristic hover-jet.

With sandbox levels, branching storylines and the additions of drones (and other 2025 tech), Black Ops 2 looks to revitalize the Call of Duty experience.

The campaign is much the same with the addition of new weapons and branching storylines. Black Ops 2 looks to offer unprecedented control to the player who can now actually fail a mission. That’s right, for the first time in the Call of Duty universe, you can fail something and still progress; although, not in the main campaign.

This is part of an entirely new channel to the Call of Duty experience called Strike Force: more reminiscent of the iconic multiplayer, Strike Force is a series of squad-based sandbox missions away from the main campaign that can be played at any time. They aren’t totally separate, however, as you can fail them, and influence the events of the campaign.

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Strike Force is where Black Ops 2 reinvents Call of Duty. You can play it in classic COD fashion, or use your head and tactically retreat to issue commands or deploy some of the innovate gadgetry, such as the Quad Drone.

It’s noticeably a little more polished than the original Black Ops and looks to be pushing the aging current generation of hardware that little bit further. Its slick presentation is exacerbated by the move away from modern warfare and the Cold War, to a near, but believable future. The crumbing remains of Downtown L.A. also make it one of the most atmospheric instalments in the long-running series.

I know this isn’t why you buy Call of Duty. Multiplayer will be similar, and that’s why it will sell another 5 million units on day one. But for what it’s worth, Black Ops 2 and its new Strike Force missions will refresh the Call of Duty formula away from its repetitive online mayhem.

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Any info on zombies? That's the only reason I'm going to buy this :P

Makra said: Any info on zombies? That's the only reason I'm going to buy this


Nope. We only got to see one level of the campaign and one Strike Force Mission.
They will be machine Zombies. :P
Nice to see you enjoyed single-player.

In Treyarch we trust.

Makra said: Any info on zombies? That's the only reason I'm going to buy this



Really?

Leasha said:

Makra said: Any info on zombies? That's the only reason I'm going to buy this


Really?


Yes, really. Why do I get a sense of scorn from that question? I can't get on Xbox Live where I'm living, and I have mates who I enjoy a good split screen co-op game with. Don't you know how popular zombies has become? It's arguably favoured over multiplayer now by many people. Apparently Treyarch are putting a lot more effort into it this time around as well.
Oh that's cool, you're one of those guys.
One of 'those' guys? What's that supposed to mean?
The defensive type-

Hey I'm happy for anyone to play something they enjoy- just asked "Really?" because there are so many other great games out there that revolve around zombies.

And yes, I realise Zombies have are popular, if not already done to death.
I'm only defensive when I sense someone thinking that my interests are poor. It was a useless question, as you didn't elaborate on your thoughts at all. How exactly did you expect me to respond to that? Think before you post please.

Now I know what your angle is, I can respond. Yes, zombies have been done to death. For me though, I barely played WaW zombies, and only just got into Blops zombies. I've also never played L4D1, or any of the Dead Rising games, nor Dead Island. So for me, zombies is still fun and interesting. Besides, every zombie franchise is different, so they all have their different elements of appeal.
No questions are ever useless, only useless answers.

But thank you for schooling me Makra- what was your point again?
Wow, why so moody?

Questions are useless if the answers are already clearly obvious. I stated that the only reason I was going to buy this is because of zombies. What more did you expect from me by asking 'really?'. @_@
Yeah, zombie news is hiding in the spoiler tags.

A 4v4 zombie gamemode is confirmed by Treyarch in an interview with Machinima, as well as several other new gamemodes. It's using the multiplayer system as opposed to a seperate single-player portion. Also there has been a "leak" regarding there being a Zombie campaign.

gdmatt said: Yeah, zombie news is hiding in the spoiler tags.


Thanks for that, didn't know about the possible zombie campaign!

Btw, Leasha. At the risk of whipping a dead horse, I only asked if you were scorning me. If that wasn't the case all you had to do was clear up that misunderstanding. I could equally call you one of 'those' people who are quick to judge others, but I won't.

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