E3 2012: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Impressions

No E3 event coverage would be complete without covering what is easily the biggest video game franchise of the current generation, Call of Duty. A new entry in the series is released every year, and every year they sell like gangbusters, attesting to the enormous fanbase of the series. I don’t count myself among them, but that didn’t stop me from checking out Activision’s latest offering.

For the most part the demo we got doesn’t differ too greatly from the demo you all saw at E3 and you can view in the video below. So if you go ahead and watch it, you’ve got a pretty good impression of what to expect from the title. The only difference in our demo is we got to see more of the aerial combat. Not much more though.

The story premise revolves around the US drone fleet being taken over by a terrorist. He then turns this on us, and attempts to use them to murder world leaders. It’s of course, up to you to stop him, using a wide new arsenal of weapons, including prototype weapons such as a sniper that can penetrate cover.

There are also new missions called Strike Force. These are objective based missions, but with more of a tactical twist. You are able control troops, troop tactics, drone, robots and call in reinforcements to aid you in accomplishing these missions. In what they call Overwatch mode you get a bird’s eye view of the battlefield and are able to set waypoints for your troops and direct them in battle.

When you take control of something, you actually play as that. So if it’s a drone or a robot, you play as such until such a time as the troop is destroyed and you can then move to anyone else on the battlefield, and keep going as long as you have people on the field. Even if you fail the mission the game continues, but this ultimately may affect the course the story takes in your game.

Thing is, if you’re a Call of Duty fan, you don’t even need me to tell you to buy this. So just skip on down to the video. If you’re not an existing fan, feel free to check it out as well, and keep in mind some of the new changes mentioned above that might just change your mind. While I’m not a fan of the series, I could see why so many people are impressed by these games, and I must admit my interest was piqued by the aerial combat and Strike Force missions. Maybe yours will be too in the months to come.


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