When talking about Call of Duty games, most of the times the story wasn’t that important, as most gamers quickly jumped over the single-player and spent their time with the multiplayer modes, both the competitive and the cooperative ones.In Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, however, you should certainly give the single-player campaign a chance, even if its actual beginning is quite confusing and rather simplistic.
By now, I’m sure that most players know that the action of Black Ops II takes place in 2025. The beginning of the game’s plot, however, sees current-day protagonist David Mason find Black Ops 1 veteran Frank Woods, now a senile old man, recount his last adventures with Alex Mason, David’s father and the main protagonist of Black Ops 1.
During these flashbacks, you’re taken through some rather formulaic environments in order to recount Mason’s first encounter with Raul Menendez, the main villain of the game.
While this can feel a bit tiresome and rather confusing, especially for those who didn’t play Black Ops 1, things quickly start to pick up the pace and you have a very impressive segment where you really see what happened with Menendez to make him so bitter with the world and with Woods and Mason Sr. in particular.
After these flashbacks, you get into the main part of the campaign, in which Mason Jr. and his buddy Harper try to track down Menendez, now the leader of a huge social movement that’s getting ready for the Cordis Die, a special Judgment day for those who aren’t deemed worthy by Raul.
While intriguing stories have also been delivered by Black Ops 1 or the Modern Warfare titles, Black Ops 2’s plot is greatly enhanced by the different choices you make throughout it and by the Strike Force missions, which can be failed and have a big impact on the eventual outcome.
What did you think about the story? After getting past the first murky segments, did you come to enjoy it?