Release Date- 12 November 2012
Platforms– Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Black Ops II is the first Call of Duty video game to feature branching storylines, in which the player’s choice affects both the current mission and in turn, the overall course of the story. Known as “Strike Force missions”, these branching storylines appear during the 2025 storyline and feature permanent death. The success or failure of these missions can have ramifications for the wider campaign storyline. Choosing one of the missions locks out the others unless the player begins a fresh campaign.
Strike Force missions allow the player to control a number of different war assets, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, jet fighters and robots. If the player dies in a Strike Force mission, the campaign continues recording that loss, as opposed to letting the player load a previously saved checkpoint. The player’s progress in the Strike Force missions may go on to change even the plans of the story’s antagonist, Raul Menendez. By the end of the game, the player may have changed the results of the new Cold War.
Similarly, in the main story missions, there are certain points where the player is given different choices and paths to progress, which could have an effect on the gameplay, as well as the story. Black Ops II is also the first game in the series to allow the player to customize their loadout before beginning a mission, creating freedom in choosing how to approach a mission.
Though hokey, tired and periodically shambolic, the campaign has a few new tricks, but its the fulsome multiplayer that saves Blops 2 from shame.
Black Ops 2 is a good example of how to evolve an annualized franchise. Best Call of Duty multiplayer and campaign yet.
Though zombies mode is stagnating and the novel new social features are a flop, the rest of Black Ops II is lively and entertaining, and it’s great to see some shifting in the familiar structure. Developer Treyarch’s storytelling prowess has once again resulted in an engaging, exciting campaign, and the addition of league play to the online multiplayer arena is an intriguing change that could reinvigorate the formula that has endured for so long. By reaching forward while remaining rooted in the things it does so well, Black Ops II offers a great shooter experience.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II System Requirements (Minimum)
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz
- CPU SPEED: Info
- RAM: 2GB for 32-bit OS or 4GB for 64-bit OS
- OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7
- VIDEO CARD: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 3870 512 MB
- PIXEL SHADER: 4.0
- VERTEX SHADER: 4.0
- DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 512 MB
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