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Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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Whether you have the urge to gun down some terrorist types or get screamed at by whiny preteens, Call of Duty consistently delivers. The franchise is built on fast game play and fun online chaos; that continues in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which comes out Tuesday. This time, you play as the offspring of Black Ops I’s protagonist, Alex Mason — but now you’re in the second Cold War in 2025 and aiming to save the U.S. from war with China and dangerous unmanned drones (better do your research on those so you’re ready for the fight).

Integration of “strike force missions”, which shift the plot depending on your success or failure in non-linear sandbox-type missions, adds a new twist to CoD’s much-played structure. As if those living dangers weren’t enough, Black Ops II also resurrects old zombie modes and brings in new ones for your undead fix (something about a weaponized, zombie-killing bus is all we needed to hear). All in all, there’s a lot to offer for controller-toting adrenaline junkies, even if we are a bit jaded about the direction of this game as a whole (grumble grumble, WWII classic game play, grumble).

If you’re in need of more data before taking the plunge, DirectTV is airing a special documentary, The Making of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, today at 7 p.m. EST on the company’s audience network channel (239). The documentary delves into the game’s development and provides exclusive footage and commentary from the cast, professional gamers and the developers themselves. We’ve included a trailer for it below, just to get you into the fraggin’ spirit.

You impatient types can also get in on plenty of CoD activities tonight by checking in at your local Gamestop; the gaming superstore is hosting a variety of launch parties at stores across the country, featuring giveaways and chances to play the game early. Find out about events around you here.

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