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Will Black Ops 2 Successfully Reinvent the Call of Duty Series?


The Call of Duty series has become a video game industry super power. The franchise has been awarded a copious number of awards; it has exceeded world records that reach beyond the realm of video games, and it has broken sales records for the past four consecutive years. Despite such success, many gamers have had enough with the recycled mechanics, game after game. What once was a radical innovation that broadened the possibilities of the genre, is now a yearly iteration of the same experience.

This year’s installment, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is seeking to break the mold that has been fortified by the tried and not-so-true formula with the help of a newly imagined, futuristic vision. For anyone who has witnessed the announcement trailer, yes horses and robots will coexist on the battlefield in the year 2025. All joking aside, Treyarch is taking a serious departure from previous titles but will this reemergence appeal to the average Call of Duty enthusiast or alienate its already dejected fan base?

With a story set in the near future, and a plotline revolving around a very plausible scenario, Black Ops 2 is aiming to employ a unique combination of realism and imagination. Written by David Goyer, the writer behind The Dark Knight, the latest Call of Duty title certainly shows great promise in the narrative department. Personally, I don’t care too much about the campaign. Sure 8 hours of story is fun, but the essence of replayability resides in the multiplayer and zombies game modes.

Black Ops 2 Screenshot

Treyarch and Activision face a unique challenge. How can they create a multiplayer experience that possesses the same addictive, satisfying qualities that have made the Call of Duty franchise a household name while still being able to incorporate a vastly new vision? This vital question will undoubtedly resonate within curious gamers until Black Ops 2’s release date on November 13, 2012.

What are your feelings towards Black Ops 2? Will it be able to free the series from a path of predictability or will the attempt at uniqueness be its downfall? Share your opinions in the comments below.

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Taylor Stein

Gamer. Sushi-fanatic. Lover of cats. Cartoon aficionado. Overall big kid. Over the past 5 years I've held a number of different positions in the video game industry from content writer and game critic to marketing specialist and social media guru; it has been an absolute dream come true. Welcome to my journey throughout the world of video games and all around geekery.

  • Steve

    I’m one of the few people that actually liked Black Ops more than MW2. I mean, I respect the modern warfare series for its impact on the video game industry but Black Ops improved upon the multiplayer experience and even granted us gameplay statistics, a theatre mode, etc that has since been taken away due to CoD Elite.

    I have high hopes for Black Ops 2, I just wonder how the die hard fans will receive it. Like you said, the multiplayer is what matters here.

    • Mr Jackson

      Man I’m so freaking sick of Call of Duty! The games are fun but that’s it, people act like its the best franchise to ever hit gaming. You hit the nail right on the head when you said, “What once was a radical innovation that broadened the possibilities of the genre, is now a yearly iteration of the same experience.” Preach!

    • Taylor Stein

      Hello there Mr Jackson. I understand your feeling of apathy towards the series. I didn’t buy MW3 but I think Black Ops 2 might just be the last installment of the series that I purchase. I don’t like shelling out $65 a year on the same game. We’ll have to wait and see if Black Ops 2 is truly any different.

    • Taylor Stein

      I enjoyed Black Ops the most too. I still go back to play from time to time but the servers are crap now. Personally I hate CoD Elite. Black Ops had all the Elite features for free, then with the next game I’m expected to pay for them? Nooooo thank you.

  • Kevin Teeple

    “yes horses and robots will coexist on the battlefield in the year 2025″

    That’s like watching the trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops and saying PPhs and G11s will coexist on the battlefield. They’re both in the game, but they appear at vastly different time periods.