Dec 162012

Nine games in to the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty:

Black Ops II really hits its stride. Set to release in December of 2012 for the Wii U platform, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is already gathering fans. Published by Activision and created by Treyarch, Call of Duty has some big power behind its name. The game has an updated 3D display option that gives it the awesome look of reality in high definition.

This first-person shooter game is designed to draw you into the game quickly, but offers some new skill-building techniques that were not available in previous versions. Combat Training mode gives new players a chance to gain those skills that will keep them alive when they are thrown into combat with those veteran players. Deathmatches and objective-based modes are also available in this newest version of the game, but once you reach level 10, you are no longer allowed Combat Training. The Combat Training mode will be a definite relief to those players who are completely new to the franchise.

Returning to the Call of Duty franchise are protagonists Alex and David Mason and veteran antagonist Raul Menendez. Players of previous Call of Duty games will be happy to see their favorite characters back for more bloody battles. The game features two story lines that are connected and span over 60 years. The story begins with a Special Forces unit that is led by David Mason that arrives at “The Vault” in 2025. Searching for Raul Menendez, David Mason is given a locket left behind by the villain. Play continues as the story flashes back to Alex Mason, David’s father, who retires from the military and lives in Alaska with a young David. Flashing between the two worlds, the plot allows the player to choose missions that cross the world. From Pakistan to the Cayman Islands, Call of Duty: Black Ops II offers brilliant backgrounds for the extreme action.

This game is definitely designed for the online player battles that have made Call of Duty famous. Gathering your friends for the optional Strike Missions makes the game so filled with variations that there are literally hundreds of hours that can be spent in company of the Masons. The game is intensely violent and as gore-filled as all of the previous eight versions, but Call of Duty: Black Ops II is also extremely plot driven. The game is designed to make a player think and choose rather than just maim and kill, although maiming and killing is encouraged. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is rated M for Mature and is definitely a game for the grown-ups in the room. With violence, gore, drug use, strong language, and suggestive themes, this game is not for the faint of heart.


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