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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

What started as a filler game between the main franchise of Call of Duty, Modern Warfare became a franchise of its own. The success of Call of Duty Black Ops encouraged Treyarch to make a sequel of the game, Call of Duty Black Ops 2. Black Ops 2 is a 1st person shooter game that is developed and published by Treyarch and Activision. This game was released to the market on the 13th of November of 2012 for Xbox 360, Windows and PS3. This game is the 9th game in the Call of Duty collection.

Like any Call of Duty game, Black Ops 2 offers players a very engaging single player campaign, a Multiplayer online mode and the Black Ops special, the Zombie mode. What sets Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 apart from the other games is that it is the first game to offer futuristic warfare technology and it is also the first game to offer connected and linked storylines that change according to the performance of the players. This is why the game has multiple endings.

Single Player

This campaign allows players to enjoy two linked storylines that are thirty-six years apart. The first storyline takes place during the 1st Cold War between Russia and the USA while the other storyline s set in the future during the 2nd Cold War between the USA and China in 2025.

Characters

The protagonist of the first part, Alex Mason is the protagonist of the 1st Cold War storyline that takes place between 1986 and 1989. His main enemy is called Raul Menendez who is a narco terrorist who is also the commander of a movement called Cordis Die.
The protagonist of the futuristic storyline is the son of Alex Mason who is called David Alex Mason who lives in the age of robotics where war is defined by cyber warfare and unmanned vehicles alongside other technology.

Strike Force Missions

As mentioned above, Black Ops 2 is the first Call of Duty game where the storyline and the ending of the game depend on the performance of the players and their choices during the campaign. These missions are called Strike Force missions. In these missions, players will be faced with choices and these choices may lock missions and cause permanent death to certain characters.

These missions are permanently locked unless players choose to start a new campaign so they can experience the missions they locked. For example, in these missions, players will be able to control numerous futurities war assets such as robots, jet fighters and unmanned vehicles. If players die during the mission, the campaign will go on and it will be reshaped according to that loss instead of reloading to the last saved checkpoint. This will also change the ending of the game and when it ends, players will have determined the results of the futuristic old War.

One of the endings will see a union between the United States and China which signals the end of the cold war with the failure of Raul Menendez’s cyber attack. Another ending will witness the burning of the White House. This shows how the player’s actions and decisions throughout the game can have a tremendous effect on how the ending would look like.

Zombie Mode

We have all enjoyed the Zombie mode of Black Ops, whether it was in the White House or the popular Kino Der Toten map. Black Ops 2 allows players to enjoy this amazing mode but with a few changes. Instead of being restricted to a certain map while being bombarded with hordes of zombies, players are going to use transportation to go from one place to another (the bus).

Even the upgrades have changed. Players can no longer go to the Pack-a-Punch machine in order to upgrade their weapon but they will have to assemble certain units and pull certain levers in order to activate the machine so they can upgrade the weapon.

Treyarch is constantly adding new maps and features to this mode because it is, without a doubt, one of the most played modes of the game.

Multi Player Mode

The Multi Player of Black Ops 2 takes place in the futuristic storyline as it allows players to control a variety of futuristic weaponry. In this mode, players will be able to create their own class through the Create a Class feature. There is also a new Store Streak system that offers players various awards according to their kill streak.

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