June 4, 2012 by Vinnie Leduc
Just a little over a month ago, Activision officially announced this year’s inevitable annual Call of Duty iteration in a horsey and droney trailer that takes the massively popular and records-setting franchise back to the future. Earlier today, we had the pleasure of checking out the highly anticipated sequel’s first ever campaign demo footage at Microsoft’s E3 Media Briefing, where it served as the explosive finale after a riveting start that had featured another debut of new campaign footage in Halo 4 and was followed by even more jaw-dropping campaign footage in Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
The announcement trailer to Treyarch’s FPS sequel featured, among many other things, the destruction of a helicopter that was part of a Presidential escort convoy. Today’s newly unveiled campaign footage picks up right after this event as the player, the son of Alex Mason (the protagonist in Black Ops), battles through what’s left of some of the freeways of Skynet-ravaged Los Angeles to right in front of STAPLES Center and the L.A. Convention Center, where E3 will be running this week, before manning aircraft in a dogfight to top it all off.
Check out the footage below, in which at one point the player is given the choice to either rappel down and defend the President while up close and personal or provide sniper cover from above using a futuristic high-powered rifle that can see through walls, like this great state’s Governator in Eraser. I’d agree with the demo’s decision, and any feelings of something less than total fanboy gasm that I had after watching the first trailer have since been appeased.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is set for release on November 13, 2012.