You will not understand what is going on, at least not right away, and this is part of the charm of ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II.’

The sequel is set in both the late 1980’s and the year 2025.  Apparently, military experts consulted on types of technology that would be available in the future.  I was hoping we would each have our own flying saucer, but apparently this is slated for 2030.  The missions are pretty random and will have you moving back and forth between these two time periods.  There is a reason for this, SPOILER ALERT: The main storyline has to do with a father son, set in two time periods.  The whole game is based on the eighties Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union and then a new Cold War between the United States and China.  Let’s assume the latter is based more on fiction and not the consulting of more military experts.

The actual game play is as visually stimulating as you’d expect.  Pick your weapons and expect aggressive and brutal war scenes with several swarms of enemies to take out.  For the most part, the enemy’s are predictable and your kill count grows quickly.  In addition to the story you have Strike Force missions that have a direct correlation to shaping the games conclusion.  As I stated initially, it will take some time to figure out what is going on, but the story is told throughout the game and it’s clear what your overall goal and next mission to accomplish should be.  The ending is based on how the game is played, depending on who survives, which gives the player an emotional stake in how the game plays out.

BONUS: The zombies are back and now with bonus add-ons you can turn your weapons in awesome killing machinery.

David S. Grant is an author of several books, rock columnist, travel writer, and NBA blogger. Follow David on Twitter: @david_s_grant

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