Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - Catch All (Oliver North Approved)

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First it was this (Oliver North hawking COD BLOPS 2).

Then this.

That's one of the strangest rollouts I've ever seen. It looks like COD, but this is definitely different than going back to the cold war or WWII. I saw that first commercial live and thought it was an ad for some History Channel show meant to scare me into peeing my pants about the future of the world. Turns out it was for a video game. I'm not in love with the first ad, but if there is some continuity here I guess I'll have to play BLOPS. I've heard it's good.

http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2

Yes, it looks interesting and I applaud them for going in a new direct setting-wise. But, I'm not going to buy your game when you use a war criminal in your ad campaign.

The story in Black Ops was surprisingly good, unfortunately the game ran like crap on my computer, which soured me on the game as a whole. If this one runs as smooth as the other Call of Duty games (specifically the Modern Warfare games, which any other criticism aside, have always ran amazingly), add in a decent storyline as good as the one in Black Ops and throw in some near future sci-fi, and I'm certainly interested at least.

And I thought I had lost all interest in the CoD franchise. Probably not buying this one at launch and will wait for some serious discount but man - I will sure watch out for it with interest. Not so much for the story as for where they take the franchise and how far they are willing to push the setting. The premise/story seems cheesy/silly but I wouldn't expect anything else from CoD at this point anyway- curious how the new setting will open new opportunities for improvement/innovation in the gameplay formula.
Treyarch are getting way too much sh*t, much more than they deserve all while giving almost everything the fans want.

liquid wrote:
Treyarch are getting way too much sh*t, much more than they deserve all while giving almost everything the fans want.

Well, they never were as good as old Infinity Ward. But Black Ops showed they were willing to try something a little different, and with Infinity Ward pretty much dead at this stage, they're probably the nearest thing we have to a company capable of creating something that lives up to my personal high point of the series: Call of Duty 4.

A bit off topic but to me, the last good game IW created was CoD4. WaW was awesome, definitely the best WW2 shooter to date, imo, and ever since Treyarch have been putting out much better product than IW. But enough about that, I am mostly interested in the MP reveal of BLOPS2.
When is that happening?

I think Treyarch is fine. MW2 was crazy glitchy and I liked BLOPS more than MW3. Last Infinity Ward game I cares about was COD4.

The Oliver North video succeeded at worrying the crap out of me.

Although it's a different story premise, I can't help feeling they've beaten EA to the punch if they decide to do BF2143 at some point. Even though 2142 came earlier, they still look like Johnny come latelys now. Not that that's ever stopped them.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
Yes, it looks interesting and I applaud them for going in a new direct[ion] setting-wise.

Yup, and the last time I thought that was with Black Ops proper. Wow, ActiBlizzard actually let them do something somewhat unique and crazy (based on the trailer)!? They've got me to at least not dismiss this title. The narrative stuff with Woods was a bit camp though, and felt out of place.

The last Call of Duty game I purchased was the first Modern Warfare. They could call this year's release whatever they like: Black Ops 2, Modern-er Warfare, World at Cyberwar. It doesn't matter, this seems like a pretty cool setting and it has definitely piqued my interest. Depending on the play through we see at E3 this might just be a day one purchase for me.

I'd hardly call the near future plus drones setting 'out there', it's fairly well trodden ground, mostly by Ubisoft.

Scratched wrote:
I'd hardly call the near future plus drones setting 'out there', it's fairly well trodden ground, mostly by Ubisoft.

Yup all the GRAW series has been about.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
Yes, it looks interesting and I applaud them for going in a new direct setting-wise. But, I'm not going to buy your game when you use a war criminal in your ad campaign.

Word.

I just can't believe they have Oliver North as their spokesman.

While I enjoyed CoDBlOps, this leaves me feeling meh.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
But, I'm not going to buy your game when you use a war criminal in your ad campaign.

Indeed. I don't care what this game has going for it, I'm never going to buy it because of his involvement.

Not to mention it is a cheap attempt to generate controversy, probably the result of some meeting on how they are going to top "No Russian."

Turret Sequence: The Game

Oh Activision, you so classy.

Even if I weren't already out, the Oliver North thing would have done it.

Oh..huh. Now that I've read up on this Oliver North individual (before my time, don't remember hearing about it in school ever), I'm...pass.

Could care less about Oliver North.

Looks fun and I'm liking the near future setting.

I'm in.

DSGamer wrote:
I think Treyarch is fine. MW2 was crazy glitchy and I liked BLOPS more than MW3. Last Infinity Ward game I cares about was COD4.

See I found Black Ops glitchy, MW2 ran like a charm for me, and say what you will about the campaign, the multiplayer was spot on. MW3 was post-death Infinity Ward, it had some ok ideas, but mostly fell flat, and had some glitches of it's own. I mostly didn't get a chance to play with WaW, but it always felt like a step backwards after CoD4. But to each their own!

I think Infinity Ward's crash and burn has given Treyarch the confidence to really embrace the CoD franchise as their own, I'll be interested to see what they can manage now.

Podunk wrote:
Turret Sequence: The Game

Previews say the jet sequences aren't on rails, and they're introducing branching paths through missions.

Treyarch has the potential to make a really good game here. Blacks Ops has been, in my opinion, their best effort to date and they did a great job on it, particularly with the multiplayer. Plus, they are now the A-team with lots of experience in the franchise, so they probably have a good hold on how to make things work. For me, though, this series is played out. I really hope they bring something cool to the table, because the formula is wearing a little thin.

I like how people are getting all excited about the little bits of this that are mostly just things Ghost Recon started doing with games on the original Xbox

Thin_J wrote:
I like how people are getting all excited about the little bits of this that are mostly just things Ghost Recon started doing with games on the original Xbox :P

Such as? (I've never played a Ghost Recon)

Basically all the near-future drone combat type stuff.

Thin_J wrote:
Basically all the near-future drone combat type stuff.

Well sure, but it's the franchise that it's paired with that makes this interesting, not the actual setting on its own. Modern warfare had been explored before Call of Duty 4 as well, but it was a new thing for Call of Duty itself at the time.

Thin_J wrote:
I like how people are getting all excited about the little bits of this that are mostly just things Ghost Recon started doing with games on the original Xbox :P

Yeah, but they're completely different types of games.

Speedhuntr wrote:
Oh..huh. Now that I've read up on this Oliver North individual (before my time, don't remember hearing about it in school ever), I'm...pass.

So, I've now learned that one can be an adult with a job and still think of Iran-Contra as "before my time."

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Ollie North is the one on the left.

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