Black Ops 2 will feature more tactical, less linear gameplay

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If you are desperate for another look at the futuristic setting that will be featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, then we have a treat for you. Activision has just unveiled some brand new gameplay during the Jimmy Fallon TV show, including a first look at the Strike Force missions featured in the single-player campaign.

It’s fair to say that Treyarch haven’t been scared of dramatically mixing things up compared to what we’ve seen with MW3 and Treyarch’s last COD game, Black Ops 1. Gameplay looks completely different to what we’re used to seeing and we have to say that these Strike Force missions are looking pretty good.

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If you watch from 1.25 into the video, you’ll see the new overwatch mode which gives you a birds-eye infrared overview of the current level you’re on, letting you see all of the incoming enemies so you can reposition your troops. You also have the ability to switch between any member of your unit, which will become useful for moments when a specific member of your team is in a more advanced position compared to others. You can even jump into the portable mech robot which is armed with all sorts of nasty weaponry – it looks very cool and obviously a big change up from previous COD games.

Activision’s Eric Hirshberg also made a point to say that the some of the missions in Black Ops 2 will allow you to play how you want to play, ensuring that gameplay isn’t too ‘linear’ as perhaps the franchise has become known for recently. There were obviously a few people who were unsure as to whether a futuristic setting was right for Black Ops 2, but surely Treyarch are now starting to win over a lot more people.

The fact that you can chop and change squad positions and incorporate that tactical element into your gameplay proves that Treyarch are really trying to change the COD experience for gamers. Towards the end of the video there’s also some tasty quadrotor gameplay, which should end up as a killstreak reward in multiplayer.

We didn’t see multiplayer this time sadly, but we have a feeling that it will be revealed soon. We think this gameplay is probably the best seen yet, definitely more revealing in terms of features than what we saw at E3. Watch it below and let us know what you think of it. Treyarch are finally thinking about moving away from the linear gameplay – that should silence the haters right?

  • Alin

    Looks great. I like how Treyarch is actually innovating. They don’t need a new engine when the one you’re working with is perfectly fine. I’d much rather see things like this than a new, shiny engine that will just serve to do the same things as this one, but with better graphics. 

  • Musk

    Good stuff.