If you’re thinking about pre-ordering Black Ops 2, you probably want to be up to date on what to expect from the game first. Black Ops 2 is the next installment in the Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise. It follows up last year’s Modern Warfare III and the previous Black Ops game. While last year’s COD game was contributed by Infinity Ward, this game is being developed by Treyarch Studios. If you played the original Black Ops game, you probably remember it as the most inventive of all the Call of Duty games. That inventiveness received praise from gamers and critics alike, which is why Black Ops 2 will take that innovation to new heights.
Here’s the low-down on what we know so far. Black Ops 2 is going to take place in the year 2025—that’s right, the future! It will be the first Call of Duty game ever to take us to the future, though it will also include playable levels set in the 1980s. The game is going to incorporate existing technologies and prototypes for near-future technologies and give us a whole new experience of modern warfare. As a near-future game, you’ll recognize a lot of elements of modern combat on the virtual battlefield, but the game is also going to be throwing us a lot of unexpected curveballs.
We already know there’s going to be robotic drones, guns that can shoot through cement, dogfighting in the skies, and more. The gun that can shoot through cement can also include a scope that allows you to see through walls. Even though a lot of these elements are clearly brand new, the atmosphere of the game seems like it’s going to be very consistent with past games judging from the Black Ops 2 trailer.
The Black Ops 2 single-player mode has been getting a lot of press. It’s going to include Strike Force campaign modes which can end many different ways. The consequences for your victories or defeats will echo throughout the rest of the campaign, leading to branching storylines and different endings. We still don’t know a whole lot about multiplayer mode yet, but we do know that one of the Black Ops 2 pre-order bonuses is going to be the Nuketown 2025 map, a revival and update of the original fan favorite from the first Black Ops game. We also know the zombies are making a comeback, that the “Dark Knight” writer is helping to create the game’s new villain, and that Trent Reznor of NIN fame will be working on the soundtrack.
All in all this is shaping up to be one of the most exciting games of the year, just from what we’ve heard. There is going to be a ton of news between now and November, but just because the game isn’t coming out for a while, that doesn’t mean you should wait to buy your copy of Black Ops 2. If you choose to pre-order now, you will get more value for your money and qualify for cool bonuses like the Nuketown map. You’ll also guarantee that you’ll receive a copy of the game on November 13th and not a day later.