Call of Duty Black Ops II Preview

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As many people are aware Treyarch is releasing the second instalment of their Call of Duty Black Ops range, Black Ops II, to be released November 13 2012 on PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U. Black Ops II is mostly in a futuristic setting in 2025 (with flash backs to the 1980’s) where a war breaks out between China and the United States over Chinas ban on exporting rear earth minerals. The main area that this game will focus on is futuristic technologies such as UAVs, robotics and cyber warfare. This has been seen in the many gameplay trailers available at this time.

There have been a number of changes in the game compared to previous Call of Duty titles. These range from weapons to story line development to multiplayer game formats. By looking at these Treyarch is opening up the game to a larger audience and removing areas that did not appeal as much from the last Black Ops game.

Changes:

Story Line:

Strike Force Missions – Word has it that Black Ops II will have a new open ended single player mode called Strike Force.
This game play is set in a sandboxish style level which allows for the players to use their own tactical thinking and creation solving styles to achieve the objective. This game mode gives you control over the whole squad and has a very Ghost recon feel to it.

Weapons:

X-Ray attachment – One of the most discussed changes in the weapon is the inclusion of the X-Ray attachment. This allows for the attachment to show people through the wall. The main issue that this brings up is to do with the competition side of gaming and if it will lead people to just use it as without it you are at a disadvantage.
Robotics – A big change of this game is the inclusion of robotic weapons and gadgets such as UAV and a Walking Tank. This is a branch out of the standard Call of Duty run and gunning style and may lead to a more tactical game play style.

Game Changes:

Zombies – As with the previous Treyarch made Call of Duty games there has been a game mode in which the player goes up against zombies. In Black Ops II this is no different. One area that has changed though is the expansion of the Zombie game mode. In Black Ops II the Zombie mode has expanded out to 8 players, as well as this the zombie mode will now have its own campaign.
Multiplayer Modes – One inclusion in Black Ops II is the multi-team game mode. This mode allows for 3 or more teams to play on the same match and game. This will make teams to expand their awareness in games and try to work together in order to win.
Codcast – This is Treyarchs attempt to put Black Ops II into the online competitive gaming scene. This part allows for a member to go into “CODCast” where they are able to view both teams and an overall view of the players. This is similar to the popular “Shoutcast” mode seen in the promods of Call of Duty 4 and the original Black Ops.
Create-A-Class – The create a class feature has expanded further in Black Ops II as players are able to make their own models of characters  for multiplayer gameplay. This gives more customisation to the game and means players can recognise their enemies or friends.
Score Streaks – This is one of the big changes in Black Ops II. Instead of players gaining kill streaks, which can put a focus on people camping in order to gain these, the new Score Streaks system bases rewards on completing objectives and playing a more team based game.

For all you PC players out there the minimum specs have been released:
OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2GB for 32-bit OS or 4GB for 64-bit OS
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 3870 512 MB

Here are a number of gameplay videos available for you to make up your own opinion of the game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3tedlWs1XY&feature=relmfu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dre21lBu2zU&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mceqc-oSCI&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADzxugTcixE&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACAUSr6VcnU&feature=plcp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwulEiTocN0&feature=plcp

The first is the trailer of the game with the following being the multiplayer reveal and finally some gameplay from Gamescom.

From these videos the game shows some promises. But also shows some areas that continue through from Black Ops II. These are mainly focused from a PC stand point so with the minimum specs revealed it will be interesting to see if they have overcome the issues that plague the original Black Ops.