Gamescom 2012: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer World Premiere Impressions

The internet is buzzing with rumors, speculation, hopes, and wishes associated with Treyarch and Activision’s highly anticipated first-person-shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. This morning at Gamescom 2012, hosts AceyBongos and Major Nelson introduced an exclusive Black Ops 2 multiplayer world premiere featuring a look into the completely redesigned online combat. Take a look at everything you need to know about Black Ops 2 multiplayer.

Showcased by professional Call of Duty gamers, the live event delivered nearly 40 minutes of real, hands-on multiplayer gameplay. With the inclusion of the ESports initiative, Black Ops 2 will include skill based matchmaking and a new spectator mode called CODcasting which immerses onlookers into the action with live commentating.

Levels Shown:

  • Cargo – An industrial cargo storage facility complete with narrow hallways, cargo crates and plenty of open windows.
  • Turbine – Open mountainous region with small buildings perched on the tops of hills to survey the central area.
  • Aftermath – Ruins of Los Angeles, destroyed buildings, streets riddled with vehicles.

 

Game Modes Shown:

  • Team Deathmatch: Traditional 6v6 team deathmatch.
  • Multi-Team Team Deathmatch: 4 teams of 3 players each.
  • Hardpoint – Similar to King of the Hill. Players must fight to defend an area.
  • Domination – Traditional domination mode.

 

Cool New Features:

  • Select Fire – A weapon attachment that allows players to switch weapon from automatic fire to burst mode with the click of a button.
  • Aim Assist/Target Finder – A weapon attachment that makes red squares appear over opponents while aiming.
  • New Approach to Perks – Perks do not modify the guns in Black Ops 2.
  • Laser Sight – An attachment that increases a weapon’s hip fire accuracy.
  • Hunter Killer Drone – An explosive killstreak that seeks out a member of the opposing team after being thrown.

 

Other worthwhile info:

Killstreaks can be used quickly, much faster than in Modern Warfare 3. A player that uses a UAV for his team will receive 15point UAV assists after an enemy is killed. The Bouncing Betty is returning in Black Ops 2, and an ironsight, bolt-action sniper rifle called the Ballista is included in the repertoire of weaponry.

From viewing the live multiplayer gameplay, Black Ops 2 seems familiar enough to the previous Call of Duty titles but also unique due to its futuristic theme. What are your impressions of the new features?

Release date: November 13, 2012

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