'Black Ops II' Scratches This Year's 'Call Of Duty' Itch

November 16, 2012

It's that time of year again! No, not the holidays… it's time for gamers to do their duty, Call of Duty that its. This year's iteration of the record-breaking franchise revisits 2010's wildly successful Black Ops, and does so in grand fashion. Everything you've come to expect from a CoD game is back in Black Ops II, and this time it's bigger and better than its predecessors. Check out everything you need to know about the game you should be playing this weekend, if you're not already one of the millions of gamers that already are.

Treyarch and Activision – The team behind the original Black Ops game have returned to further extend their reach into the Call of Duty space. With their last release taking the franchise in an entirely different direction from its World War II roots, and Modern Warfare contemporaries, Black Ops II will continue to go to the most unexpected of places in the series.

An open world racing game where you try to climb the ranks as the "most wanted" driver in all of Fairhaven. Find a car, find a race, and you're good to go only minutes after you start the game. With cars hidden all over the world, you'll never be at a loss for a new ride, or a new challenge. Practice up and take your skills online against your friends, and prove that you've got what it takes to be the best.

It's 2025 and the world's biggest terrorist, Raul Menendez, has convinced billions of people that he is their savior, and is behind a second Cold War between the U.S. and China. The story weaves a thread from the original Black Ops by bringing back Alex Mason for missions set in the 1970s and 1980s, and introduces his son, David, Codename: Section, for the missions set in 2025. With gameplay spanning multiple decades, Treyarch have been able to have some fun with the variety of weapons and environments, mixing in classic arms with futuristic guns for each of their respective settings.

The multiplayer sinks gamers deep in their hunt for prestige with all of the modes that Call of Duty fans have come to expect, and so much more. With hours upon hours of never-ending multiplayer matches for everyone, no matter whether you prefer mission-based games, or just plain old deathmatch, there's something for everyone here. There are countless options for customizing your loadout, character, and just about every aspect of your experience, and then Black Ops II even gives you the opportunity to share it with the world. You can now "CODcast," and even live stream your matches so that everyone around the globe gets to see that amazing grenade kill from across the board that was total "skill" (and had absolutely nothing to do with luck).

Oh, and there's zombies. Everyone loves shooting zombies right?

Activision has made sure that gamers can get their Call of Duty fix anywhere and everywhere they can. Black Ops II is available right now on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and will be available on the very soon to be released Wii U, when that console hits store shelves. You can pick up the digital version of the game on your Microsoft Windows PC, and if you have a PlayStation Vita you can check out Black Ops: Declassified – an entirely separate, portable entry into the Black Ops series.

Because you love it. The Call of Duty games tend to catch a lot of crap each year from supposed "hardcore" gamers for being stale and cheap, but it's still going to be one of the best selling games this year – so how does that work? The truth is the Call of Duty games are really successful because they're fun, and that's the same story for
Black Ops II. The single player offers a compelling story mixed with constantly intense gameplay. The multiplayer is one of the most addictive experiences on any platform. Basically, it's a game that keeps on giving – it's both well-rounded and robust, offering just about enough gameplay until next year's CoD is released.