Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Released in 2012, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the ninth installment in the now-legendary Call of Duty series of first-person shooters. It is a direct sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010). This time, the setting is placed between the period of the 1980s to the year 2025. It is notable for being the first game in the series to have futuristic sci-fi elements, where past Call of Duty games have focused solely on realistic modern warfare. Players get a variety of new gameplay features, including options for campaign, multiplayer, and Zombies game modes.
Plot and location
In Call of Duty: Black Ops II campaign, players take on the role of multiple protagonists through two connected storylines. The 1980s half of the game casts the player once again as Alex Mason (the protagonist of Call of Duty: Black Ops) and Frank Woods. Meanwhile, the second half set in the year 2025 follows Mason’s son David Mason.
In both cases, the player is on the trail of the notorious Nicaraguan cartel leader Raul Menendez. Menendez abducted Frank Woods in the 1980s and his actions lead to a second Cold War in the future.
New to the Call of Duty series is the implementation of multiple alternate endings for the single-player campaign. Call of Duty: Black Ops II has eight endings which reflect the decisions and completion made by the player during the course of the campaign. Deciding on the fate of Menendez is the most common denominator for the endings and whether the result is ultimately good or bad.
Another major factor to the endings are the side missions called Strike Force. In Call of Duty: Black Ops II, these missions are a mixture of real time strategy and first person shooting games. The level of success with these Strike Force missions will have an effect on the endings.
The ability to dive into a prone position returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as well as the playable characters making voice commentary while under the player’s control.
Visuals and other features
Call of Duty: Black Ops II has multiple editions: Standard Edition, Hardened Edition, Care Package Edition, and the PC-exclusive Digital Deluxe Edition. The higher priced editions include exclusive bonuses such as the Nuketown Zombies maps, Weapoin Camo, Player Card backgrounds, the game soundtrack, and more.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II also has downloadable content. For $50 or 4000 Microsoft Points, players can buy the Season Pass. This Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass includes Content Packs which add new maps for multiplayer and Zombies modes.
Nov 13, 2012
- CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 3870 512 MB or better
- RAM: 2 GB for 32-bit OS or 4 GB for 64-bit OS
- HDD: 16 GB
- Real life retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North served as a consultant for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
- Oliver North also makes an appearance within the game as a fictional and younger version of himself during the 1980s part of the campaign. He asks protagonist Alex Mason to rescue Frank Woods.
- Although veteran actor Ed Harris voiced the character of Jason Hudson in the previous game Call of Duty: Black Ops. However, Michael Keaton voiced the role for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
- Players will notice that the 1980s sniper scope view is different from the more advanced tech of 2025. The multiplayer scope sight is also different.
- Call of Duty Black Ops II is the last entry in the COD game franchise to have 4:3 as the default and standard screen format on the console versions. As of Call of Duty: Ghosts, the game will be forced to 16:9 widescreen resolution as the default if the screen format is set to 4:3.
- The background of the main menu of Call of Duty Black Ops II will change depending on the player’s current progress in the story campaign. The default background showing the Briefing Room in the U.S.S. Barack Obama will be applied if the player has finished the story.
- This is the first Call of Duty that features alternate endings, with the best ending requiring all side Strike Force missions to be completed.
- Players may notice a box of pink donuts in the multiplayer map Meltdown. This is a nod to The Simpsons, as Homer Simpson works at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
- This is the first game in the Call of Duty series that adds fictional futuristic scenarios and possible technologies.
- Former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega is represented as one of the antagonists and associates of the main bad guy, Raul Menendez. Noriega filed a lawsuit against Activision for supposed misrepresentation and benefiting from his likeness. However, the case was dismissed in 2014.
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