The next game in the popular Call of Duty series is set to be released on 13th November 2012 and Black Ops II is being eagerly awaited by fans. Read on for details about the new campaigns, multiplayer modes and special features.
Treyarch are offering Hardened and Care Package editions of the game. These collectors editions include the Black Ops II game, a Steelbook™ case, challenge coins, bonus maps, weapon camo, player card backgrounds, avatar props for Xbox 360, premium themes for PS3 and the official soundtrack. The Care Package edition comes with a remote-controlled MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone, a quadrotor helicopter.
One of the aspects of the campaign is Strike Force. Levels in Strike Force are shaped by the outcome of the mission. Whether the player succeeds or fails in their mission, the game continues and results in storyline changes. One of the campaign objectives is to clear an area so that your team can disable a missile defense shield. The player will be able to complete their missions in various ways including playing in overwatch, setting waypoints, giving commands and taking control of soldiers and drones.
Multiplayer Game Modes
Traditional modes such as Search and Destory, Domination and Team Deathmatch are all playable in the game. Hardpoint is a new mode that will be introduced in Black Ops II. In this game, an area of the map has to be captured and held. Players only score points if they are in the captured zone. The objective area will move throughout the game.
Black Ops II comes with multi-team game modes, a new option for the Black Ops series. Multiple teams will be able to compete against each other in these games instead of the original two team competitions. Multi-TDM was demonstrated at Gamescom however Treyarch has announced that several multi-team modes will be available on the full game.
Weapons and Gadgets
Players do not actually need to choose a primary weapon for their class, which is new for this series. The knife, C4, and hatchet are some of the weapon options in Black Ops II along with a variety of handguns and launchers. Gamers have been asking developers if the dive to prone feature will return and Treyarch has confirmed that it is included in the design.
Shock charges are able to be thrown near enemies to electrocute and stun, knocking them down for an easier kill. A scanner can be attached to your weapon of choice and allows you to see through walls and smoke. An optic lens can be attached to your weapon which then highlights enemies in your game by placing a red diamond on them. Quatrotor drones are armed and can cause a lot of damage when used by a skilled player.
Nuketown 2025 is a bonus multiplayer map available with pre-orders of the game. Nuketown was a favourite map of many players in the original Black Ops and Treyarch has redesigned the map for Black Ops II. Users that have pre-ordered the game will be able to download Nuketown 2025 after release of the game on November 13.
eSports is a new addition to the Call of Duty series in Black Ops II. eSports nurtures the competitive side of gamers by assigning skill levels based on wins and losses. Players will increase their skill level as they win matches and then be placed in games against other users of a similar skill level.
CODcasting and Live Streaming
Players will be able to commentate on live and recorded game play as part of CODcasting. This system builds upon the previous ability to record gameplay in the original version. Treyarch based CODcasting on the excitement of competitive gaming. It allows players to incorporate map view, picture-in-picture, the score panel and listen-in features to their recorded game play.
There are not many details released yet about Live Streaming. This feature will allow users to stream their gameplay from inside the game. Treyarch is continuing to develop Live Streaming and will be announcing more information for this feature closer to the release date of the game.