Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 has a tough challenge ahead of it. The latest entry in the biggest shooter franchise on the planet faces stiff competition at the end of this year in the form of EA’s Medal Of Honor: Warfighter.
Not only that, it’s likely the game’s publisher expects it to improve on the sales of last year’s COD game, which, in spite of the fact it has sold upwards of 9m units, still hasn’t broken the record for the series of 13.7m units – which is currently held by the first Call Of Duty: Black Ops.
This means that Black Ops’s developer, Treyarch, is no longer in competition with Infinity Ward, the studio behind the Modern Warfare games. It’s mainly competing against its own past record. This is a pretty tall-order, so it’s to the developer’s credit that the first reveal of the game it’s shown T3, packs a sizable wallop.
Call Of Duty Black Ops 2: Plot
Unlike its predecessor, which was set during various intervals during the Cold War, the story in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 takes place in the not-too-distant future. The game’s weapons are more advanced, the gadgets are very high-tech, and a lot of the USA’s defence systems have become automated.
The story kicks off when terrorist group hacks into the system that controls these robot defences and turns them on their users. Then all hell breaks loose.
The sequence of events Treyarch reveals to T3 in the first-look demo is mind-blowing. The COD series has always had a reputation for mixing authentic shooter action with epic action set-pieces, but even so, Treyarch have outdone themselves here.
The reveal begins inside a Hummer speeding down the Los Angeles freeway. The game’s protagonist, Mason, tries to save the life of a presidential aid choking to death on his own blood. The President Of The United States is sat beside him, talking to one of Mason’s comrades, Harper, about getting her to safety.
Overhead, UAV drones are firing missiles into the LA traffic, and cars are being blown off the road. Suddenly the entire screen shudders and the POV tips sideways as a missile hits the Hummer.
Call Of Duty Black Ops 2: Gameplay
Mason scrambles from the wreckage, leaps onto the back of the car, and takes control of a missile turret. He quickly targets the UAV drones overhead, as Harper covers the president. After shooting a fair number of enemies down, he has to abandon the turret, as UAV shoots a hole in the raised freeway beneath the Hummer, and the vehicle goes tumbling through it.
The action comes thick and furious. We watch, open-mouthed, as Mason and his troops avoid flying cars, rapel into the streets, commandeer a car and then hurtle into downtown LA as explosions detonate all around them.
They then have to shoot their way through a shopping mall; here, the demo showcases some of the hardware players can expect to use, such as remote drones that strafe enemies, and guns sporting bullets powerful enough to shoot through a building’s support columns.
The battle spills back out onto the street where T3 watches as a skyscraper comes crashing down into the middle of the street. After a brief exchange between Mason and Harper, the former leaps into a jumpjet and takes to the skies, firing missiles and explosive rounds at the unmanned bombers attacking the city.
Call Of Duty Black Ops 2: Verdict
In terms of spectacle, this puts the likes of Michael Bay and Tony Scott firmly in the shade. Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 looks bigger, badder and better than its predecessor and its wall-to-wall action is relentless. If the rest of Black Ops 2’s package is as impressive as this, Treyarch should be onto a winner this November.
- Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 availability: 13 November 2012
- Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 price: TBC