Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Xbox 360)

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IN a slightly-awkward way, war shooter releases are now synonymous with Christmas, not least from the big names such as the Call Of Duty stable.

Black Ops 2 thrusts players into a potential near future – a 21st century Cold War in which technology and weapons have merged to create a new generation of warfare.

And a diabolical new villain, named Raul Menendez, who hijacks the US military infrastructure to advance his own agenda.

So, you must take control of the power of near-future technology and next-gen robotics to pull the world back from the brink of annihilation.

In delivering this challenge to 360s around the world, Black Ops 2 also registers a mammoth amount of shooter content, with almost endless

gameplay options across single and multi-player modes.

The futuristic tone adds a new twist to proceedings and, while the visuals may be starting to show the game engine’s age, this is arguably Call Of Duty’s finest hour, which technically hasn’t even happened yet ...