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Call of Duty: Why Should You Care?

May 6, 2012

Look, it’s a trailer for another Call of Duty game!

Hmm.

Personally, upon hearing the news that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was announced, my first reaction went something along the lines of this:

“WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER CALL OF DUTY GAME,” I cried. “Talk about flogging a dead horse? And it’s by Treyarch, too! Modern Warfare‘s the one that milks people out of their money, surely, and that’s the series by Infinity Ward!”

In fact, after looking around for a few moments, it’s been estimated that there are nineteen Call of Duty games in total, spinoffs included. That rivals the likes of Final Fantasy. What on earth could Black Ops 2 provide us, apart from more Daily Mail flagellation of the assassin legions of Xbox Live acne-ridden teenagers?

After a while, I decided to look into what Black Ops 2 brings to the table in terms of gameplay. Maybe the creators have taken lessons from other game designers and have included a perk that ends multiplayer matches prematurely, except instead of replacing a nuke, you get to summon a ghost kid and blow up the Reapers and the Earth and the remaining microscopic threads of storyline in the Call of Duty series. Maybe.

Admittedly I know little of the Black Ops storyline, but the additions to storytelling are quite telling. For example, you will be able to make choices in the single player campaign that will affect the story’s outcome. Yep, there’s a branching storyline. Big thing for a Call of Duty game.

From Kotaku:

The story is was written from the ground up by Dark Knight and Batman Begins co-writer David Goyer. Goyer joined the first Black Ops part of the way through.

From what I understand of the storyline, there will be two differing stories: one set during the 1980s, complete with horseback shootouts, and one set during the 2020s, with lots of technological and mechanical warfare. One notable aspect is the ‘Strike Force’ mode, which is Call of Duty‘s attempt at making the gameplay more tactical. You’re in command of a squad of soldiers, rather than a single person, and you’re let loose in a sandbox level with an objective. Whether it will be as complicated as Operation: Flashpoint et al is another issue entirely, but this mode seems very refreshing indeed.

Any attempt to break the mould of a Call of Duty game existing solely for multiplayer has to be a good thing, right? I certainly think so. £40 for a multiplayer update and a single player campaign that may as well be called Gun Porn mode? No deal.

Also of note is the inclusion of a few female characters. I think that’s a first in the recent CoD games, no? We’ll be meeting a pilot called Anderson, as well as the female president of 2025. Treyarch are really attempting to break the mould, aren’t they?

Some things they’re sticking with, though. Zombie mode stays. In retrospect, I do not know why I’ve yet to play Black Ops, because I love zombies. 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, I loved it all. Timesplitters zombies, too (in my dreams Free Radical are reborn and make Timesplitters 4, shortly before accepting their knighthoods).

This may well be my first foray into the Call of Duty series for a long while. I probably wouldn’t pay full whack for the game, but I would rent it out and try out the mode for myself. I am a little wary of the attempt to make the game too different. Yes, change is good, but for all of its linearity, Call of Duty is popular. Hopefully, Treyarch will give a much-needed boost to the series.

Original Source: Kotaku: 48 Things That You Should Know About Black Ops II, Just How Many Damn Call Of Duty Games Is This Now, Anyway?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2012 1:14 pm

    I can only say one thing, “if it aint broke, don’t fix it”.
    The amount of money Call of Duty generates is astronomical. Sure less people bought MW3 than Black ops so the franchise may start dropping down in figures……but they are still making billions. Why would they stop making these games so often when history has shown they will continue to make money and the majority of people will enjoy them.

  2. May 13, 2012 10:01 am

    it’s a bit like football games to me. There’ll be a new release each year, and people will buy it. Black Ops 2 is a ballsy move, for sure, but it may well pay off. Guess we’ll have to wait and see!

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