Call of Duty: Black Ops II Arrives

  • Story by Dark Knight screenwriter
  • Zombies are back
  • Better multi-player promised

Like it predecessors, the just released, and  much-anticipated, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is due to fill the coffers of Activision and Treyarch, and give a nice little bounce to the gaming retail sector.

  • Story by Dark Knight screenwriter
  • Zombies are back
  • Better multi-player promised

Like it predecessors, the just released, and  much-anticipated, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is due to fill the coffers of Activision and Treyarch, and give a nice little bounce to the gaming retail sector.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II features music from Academy Award winning composer Trent Reznor (theme), BAFTA nominee Jack Wall (score), and tracks from musical acts Avenged Sevenfold and an original collaboration by Skrillex and Alvin Risk.

 The plot-twisting, generation-spanning story, co-written by David S. Goyer, screenwriter for The Dark Knight and the upcoming Man of Steel, picks up where Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Cold War era tale left off, in its explosively cinematic single player campaign taking gamers to the year 2025, against the most sinister villain in Call of Duty lore.

Armed with branching storylines and non-linear missions known as Strike Force levels, which provides players a sandbox style gameplay experience, the game is claimed to afford players the opportunity to actually affect the outcome of the game, and for the first time in series history deliver multiple endings to this epic saga.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer mode includes the all-new “Pick-10” Create-a-Class system that is said to revolutionise the traditional slot-driven system by allowing fans to gear up for battle by customising an unprecedented number of combinations to best suit their play-style.   Further leveling the playing field for more gamers, the new Score Streaks system rewards all-types of players for helping their team win from capturing flags, securing objectives, defending teammates and more. 

Accessible to players of all skill levels, Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer introduces League Play, a skill-based matchmaking system that makes competition fun at any skill level. Multiplayer also now seamlessly integrates a play-by-play “CODcasting” commentary system that allows fans to create their own eSports commentaries on games. And in a historic first for console gaming, Call of Duty: Black Ops II also features live streaming of League Play games on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, without the need for any additional hardware. 

With the live streaming feature, players now have the ability to broadcast their Call of Duty: Black Ops II games to the masses in real-time on YouTube, so anyone in the world can watch the action. Call of Duty Elite takes the live streaming experience even further, enabling viewers to see the player card of the user that is streaming.  Viewers can dig deeper on Call of Duty Elite to see class loadouts, recent match data, as well as career stats across supported Call of Duty games on the Call of Duty Elite service.  Live streams of Call of Duty: Black Ops II are viewable via web browsers, mobile and tablets through Call of Duty Elite as well as individual YouTube user channels.  A verified YouTube account is required to live stream.  A valid Call of Duty Elite registration is necessary to view the streams and related information inside Call of Duty Elite.  Call of Duty: Black Ops II player live streams will be subject to limitations and restrictions. 

The complete package also delivers the fan-favorite Zombies game created by Treyarch.  The beloved and terrifying cooperative game mode pits players against an unrelenting horde of the undead.

Activision Australia also is making available pre-orders for the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass at select retail outlets.  The Season Pass lets gamers access four epic Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Map Packs to be released in 2013 at a bundled discount (discount based on a suggested retail price of $69.95 and four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $20 each). The DLC Map Packs will be available on the Xbox Live online entertainment network first, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform.  Additionally consumers who purchase the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass will not only receive an exclusive in-game calling card, but also access to the Nuketown Zombies bonus map.  Nuketown Zombies will be offered to Season Pass holders in December, releasing first on Xbox 360 with other platforms to follow.

Also released for PlayStation Vita is Call of DutyBlack Ops: Declassified, bringing classic Call of Duty-style gameplay to gamers-on-the-go.  Developed by Nihilistic, this intense Call of Duty handheld title features frenetic 4v4 multiplayer across popular modes and hallmark features, including Care Packages, Create-A-Class, Killstreaks, Perks, Prestiging and more.

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