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A time-spanning, generation-spanning narrative, Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2 introduces players to an insidious villain named Raul Menendez who hijacks the US military infrastructure to further his own agenda. Harness the power of near-future technology and advanced Robotics to pull the world back from the brink of annihilation.
Black Ops II was a big shift for the Call of Duty series, which had previously been set only on generations-old wars and modern day conflicts. In addition to continuing the story of Call of Duty: Black Ops protagonist Alex Mason during the late 1980s Cold War, the game introduces Alex’s son David, who forty years later battles the same foe that tormented his father. This part of Black Ops II, set in 2025, introduces a number of futuristic technologies that has since appeared in a number of Call of Duty games since.
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In addition to gameplay changes, the traditionally linear Call of Duty story structure saw an update as well. The game’s branching storylines, dictated by the actions of the player during Strike Force missions sprinkled throughout the campaign, changed the game’s ending by tilting its US/China Cold War one way or the other. The fates of a number of key characters are fluid as well, encouraging multiple playthroughs for fans who want to see it all.
Even the multiplayer got a bit of an overhaul. Pick 10, a new system within the Create-a-Class menu, offers players 10 slots per class, each of which are used for things like perks, weapons, and grenades. Another new feature was the weapon-specific progression system, which unlocked weapon attachments. Finally, Black Ops II featured the third appearance for the hugely entertaining Zombies mode, giving fans more ways to enjoy the game.
BLOPs 2 also demonstrates how far we've come in terms of image quality expectations on consoles since its release. It runs at 880x720 on Xbox 360 - which is rather low - but at the same time, its high frame-rate allows the game to hold up better than you'd expect. It's not a stunning game by modern standards, but Treyarch was pushing the boundaries of its engine back in 2012 when it was first released. In addition to the 60fps target, the development team introduced new water effects, improved lighting and some other nice features into the mix. The scene where you use a wing suit to infiltrate an enemy compound still holds up nicely today. This is perhaps the most technically demanding Call of Duty game of the last generation.And this Xbox One re-release also benefits from being built upon the finest last-gen version of the game available. It ran more smoothly than its PS3 counterpart and absolutely wiped the floor with the lacklustre Wii U release (even in its fully patched form - from which we took fresh captures for this new video).