With Black Ops 2, Call of Duty’s franchise developers, Treyarch, have managed to evolve this annual, first-person shooter game through a series of improvements that will continue to grab the attention of budding gamers.
One of these many improvements manifests itself in the form of new game modes. These game modes aren’t specifically designed for one single platform, but rather for a whole range of diverse platforms, furthering the gaming experience and acting as a platform for Treyarch to enhance their own reputation. There is an app available for iOS and Android devices with the Call of Duty Elite pack. Users can download match scores, compare and compete with others online and edit their gaming experience to their desire. This is one step in the right direction and with Android devices starting to utilise advanced technology, it’s only a matter of time before game versions of the franchise make their way over to the Android generation.
Screen size is an obvious issue as well as the processors involved in these devices and it will take a while to replicate the demands of such a meticulously designed, innovative video game on the device. However, as games such as ‘Mortal Combat’ (available on the Android platform) and ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies’ have shown, there is a future ahead for Call of Duty within the world of smartphones. Each market addition offers a fresh, unique look at the chip processing world that powers these devices. As more devices begin to install comprehensive multi-touch technology, the world of Android gaming is improving day-by-day.
What of the game itself? Black Ops 2 keeps to tradition in terms of its gun-play and general formation but has dramatically improved the single-player narrative, a matter of utmost importance for some, focusing on two timelines as the protagonists battle Bond-like villains. The narrative is boosted by the addition of role-playing choices, each permeated with subsequent consequences which alter depending on the choice your character makes. The second timeline, set in the near future, features a wealth of more impressive weapons that will appeal to many of game’s most ardent users.
There are now ‘strike-force’ missions where the gamer controls a top-down view of a battlefield and positions troops in certain formations so as to fight off approaching villains.
For those who love to engage in the much-renowned multi-player world, there are some significant feature updates to get to grips with. There are different scenarios in addition to the usual suspects (Team Deathmatch, Free-For-All) and a different class system to make use of as well as an added ‘multi-team’ option which includes the very popular ‘Zombie’ mode where users must fight off perpetual hordes of undead attackers.