Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Zombies Trailer

Treyarch have finally released a teaser / trailer for Zombies in Black Ops 2.

The trailer focuses on a bus that is driving through what looks to be a post-apocalyptic earth (Zombie Apocalypse, anyone?) Burnt-out cars are scattered across the landscape and smoke and ash is clogging up the air. The bus itself is badly damaged, with mud (and maybe blood) covering the front of it. As the camera zooms in, the doors open and we can see that all of the glass windows have been broken. A voice then says "Welcome Aboard", before we're shown a date for the official Zombies reveal, which is on the 26th of September.

My guess is that the bus will act as transportation between certain points on the map. What do you guys think?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Eurogamer Expo - 2012

Between Thursday, September the 27th and Sunday, September the 30th, Call of Duty fans in the UK will get a chance to play the Black Ops 2 multiplayer at the Eurogamer Expo in Earls Court, London. If you're looking for details on how to attend, you should check out their website before tickets sell out.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Unlock Weapon Camos

Today, Treyarch developer David Vonderhaar announced on Twitter that all cosmetics in Black Ops 2 (weapon camo, facepaint etc) will be unlocked via challenges. In the previous game, the player unlocked these items by spending COD points. The tweet in question read:
All cosmetics, including weapon camo, are Challenge based. RT @D2ultimaIs camo tied to pure leveling? Or will it be challenge based.
This will appease a lot of COD diehards, who felt that unlocking items via a currency system was too easy and that it lacked any real challenge.

What do you think? Are you unhappy or happy about the currency system being discontinued in BO2?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Can't Knife Turrets

Today, David Vonderhaar announced on Twitter that players will be unable to knife any of the Turrets found in the upcoming Black Ops 2 multiplayer. In his opinion, the ability to knife turrets made them completely under-powered and undervalued. Speaking on Twitter, David (who is one of the lead developers at Treyarch) had this to say:
You can't knife turrets in Black Ops 2 MP. It was destroying where they were they existed in the power/value band.
If you played the previous game, you'd know that SAM Turrets were sitting ducks because a) they showed up on the map when they fired and b) they were easily destroyed with a one-hit knife. At the moment, the only turret that we know of is the Guardian Turret, which projects microwaves at enemy players and impairs their vision/slows them down.

What do you guys think? Is this a good idea?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

PC Specs / Requirements

Today, the PC Requirements / Specs were released for Black Ops 2.

Minimum System Requirements
  • Operating System: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB for 32 bit systems. 4GB for 64 bit systems.
  • Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT 512 MB or ATI Radeon HD 3870 512 MB

Points of note

Windows XP
Black Ops 2 will NOT run on Windows XP because Treyarch have updated their engine to use DirectX11.

Minimum Specs
Treyarch have tested the game on minimum specs and according to them, performance will be fine.

Quality Vs Performance
There will be an option to specify whether you care more about performance or visual graphics. Of course, those will high-end PCs will probably get to experience both. Apparently, this will be a slider option that players can tweak according to their machine.

There will be no framerate cap. Although the user can specify one using the game options.