History VideoGame / CallOfDutyBlackOps2

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* [[spoiler:ThanatosGambit: Killing Menendez in the final mission triggers the release of a video, sparking the uprising of Cordis Die and causing riots throughout the First World]].

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* [[spoiler:ThanatosGambit: Killing ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Killing Menendez in the final mission triggers the release of a video, sparking the uprising of Cordis Die and causing riots throughout the First World]].



* [[spoiler: TrojanPrisoner: Raul Menendez allows himself to get captured and brought aboard the ''Obama'', where, with the help of [[TheMole Salazar]], he takes control of the U.S. drone fleet. True to the trope name, the mission in which this takes place is titled "Odysseus"]].

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* [[spoiler: TrojanPrisoner: Raul [[spoiler:Raul Menendez allows himself to get captured and brought aboard the ''Obama'', where, with the help of [[TheMole Salazar]], he takes control of the U.S. drone fleet. True to the trope name, the mission in which this takes place is titled "Odysseus"]].



* [[spoiler: VillainShoes: In the level "Time and Fate" you start off playing as Raul Menendez while he tries to rescue his sister. She's one of the few people in the game you cannot save]].

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* [[spoiler: VillainShoes: In VillainShoes:
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the level "Time and Fate" you start off playing as Raul Menendez while he tries to rescue his sister. She's one of the few people in the game you cannot save]].
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** And [[spoiler:Kravchenko]] yet again.

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** %%** And [[spoiler:Kravchenko]] yet again.



* EvilBrit: [=DeFalco=].

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* ManipulativeBastard: Menendez and Noriega.

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* %%* ManipulativeBastard: Menendez and Noriega.
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The game was released on November 13, 2012 for the PC, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Playstation 3}}, with a November 18 release for the WiiU in North America, and November 30 for the WiiU in Europe. The first trailer can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x3tedlWs1XY here]]. It received mostly positive reviews from critics, who liked the branching story paths and idea of Strike Forces missions, even if the latter's AI was criticized.

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The game was released on November 13, 2012 for the PC, UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Playstation UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation 3}}, with a November 18 release for the WiiU UsefulNotes/WiiU in North America, and November 30 for the WiiU UsefulNotes/WiiU in Europe. The first trailer can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x3tedlWs1XY here]]. It received mostly positive reviews from critics, who liked the branching story paths and idea of Strike Forces missions, even if the latter's AI was criticized.



* ActionGirl: Some of the soldiers in Strike Force missions are voiced by Michelle Rodriguez, definitively qualifying them for this trope.

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* ActionGirl: ActionGirl:
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Some of the soldiers in Strike Force missions are voiced by Michelle Rodriguez, definitively qualifying them for this trope.



* AnachronismStew: Once you complete the game, you can take 2025-era weapons and attachments into the 1980s. You get an achievement for doing this.

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* AnachronismStew: AnachronismStew:
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Once you complete the game, you can take 2025-era weapons and attachments into the 1980s. You get an achievement for doing this.



* BookEnds: At the end of ''Celerium'', the second mission, Harper calls Menendez a sad, old, pitiful man. [[spoiler: If you capture him in the end, Section tells a Marine to not gag Menendez, calling him a pitiful old man talking to himself]].

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* BookEnds: BookEnds:
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At the end of ''Celerium'', the second mission, Harper calls Menendez a sad, old, pitiful man. [[spoiler: If you capture him in the end, Section tells a Marine to not gag Menendez, calling him a pitiful old man talking to himself]].



* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: At the beginning of "Old Wounds", before jumping on the horse to follow Zhao and his men, you can wander off and find a sword that appears to be a ''pulwar'' or ''talwar''-- basically, an Afghani/Pakistani sabre. If you have the Access Kit equipped, you can pry it loose and use it as your QuickMelee weapon for the duration of the level, to devastating effect.

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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: BreakOutTheMuseumPiece:
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At the beginning of "Old Wounds", before jumping on the horse to follow Zhao and his men, you can wander off and find a sword that appears to be a ''pulwar'' or ''talwar''-- basically, an Afghani/Pakistani sabre. If you have the Access Kit equipped, you can pry it loose and use it as your QuickMelee weapon for the duration of the level, to devastating effect.



* TheCameo: [[spoiler: Victor Reznov appears in one scene, but doesn't say anything or have any major role in the main plot. The game even leaves it ambiguous as to whether he was real, or if Mason was hallucinating again]].

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* TheCameo: TheCameo:
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[[spoiler: Victor Reznov appears in one scene, but doesn't say anything or have any major role in the main plot. The game even leaves it ambiguous as to whether he was real, or if Mason was hallucinating again]].



* CruelMercy: [[spoiler: Choosing to spare Menendez]] in the ending is essentially what fate this leaves the man in. David Mason even lampshades it by calling him, "A sad old man talking to himself.", essentially meaning that he will have to suffer knowing that his plans were ruined and that he has to live with the consequences of what he did.
** Also the reason why Menendez didn't kill Woods. By letting him live, Woods now has to live as a cripple with the knowledge that he was tricked by him to [[spoiler:kill Mason in belief that he was Menendez]].

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* CruelMercy: CruelMercy:
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[[spoiler: Choosing to spare Menendez]] in the ending is essentially what fate this leaves the man in. David Mason even lampshades it by calling him, "A sad old man talking to himself.", essentially meaning that he will have to suffer knowing that his plans were ruined and that he has to live with the consequences of what he did.
** Also the The reason why Menendez didn't kill Woods. By letting him live, Woods now has to live as a cripple with the knowledge that he was tricked by him to [[spoiler:kill Mason in belief that he was Menendez]].



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Both David Mason and Menendez have tragic pasts, with [[spoiler:Menendez's father getting assassinated, and his sister first getting horribly scarred in a fire and then killed during a botch assassination attempt. David never had the best relationship with his father, and was kidnapped by Menendez as a child and is forced to see his father (presumably) die]].

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Both David Mason and Menendez have tragic pasts, with [[spoiler:Menendez's father getting assassinated, and his sister first getting horribly scarred in a fire and then killed during a botch botched assassination attempt. David never had the best relationship with his father, and was kidnapped by Menendez as a child and is forced to see his father (presumably) die]].



* DecapitatedArmy: [[spoiler: Subverted in the endings where you kill Menendez. All his death does is make him into a martyr encouraging Cordis Die to launch further, ''successful'' revolts]].
** [[spoiler:Sparing Menendez however, especially if Chloe survives, means that he'll have to watch his whole Cordis Die stint fall apart before his very eyes as he's exposed for the fraud that he is.]]

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* DecapitatedArmy: [[spoiler: Subverted in the endings where you kill Menendez. All his death does is make him into a martyr encouraging Cordis Die to launch further, ''successful'' revolts]].
** [[spoiler:Sparing
revolts. Sparing Menendez however, especially if Chloe survives, means that he'll have to watch his whole Cordis Die stint fall apart before his very eyes as he's exposed for the fraud that he is.]]
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* TheEighties: Several missions throughout the game are set in 1986, with the last ("Suffer With Me") being set in 1989, during the U.S. invasion of Panama.



* BeenThereShapedHistory: Much like the first game, Mason and Woods take part in several notable historical battles, including the civil war in Angola, the skirmishes between the Mujahideen and Russians in Afghanistan, and the U.S. invasion of Panama.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: BeenThereShapedHistory:
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Much like the first game, Mason and Woods take part in several notable historical battles, including the civil war in Angola, the skirmishes between the Mujahideen and Russians in Afghanistan, and the U.S. invasion of Panama.



* EasterEgg: In "Celerium", just after the wingsuit sequence, the player can find and explore a cave that has [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir]] in it. Unfortunately you cannot grab it.
** In one of the endings, a YouTube comment can briefly be seen that says "Something [[Music/AvengedSevenfold Synyster]] bout to go down".
* TheEighties: Several missions throughout the game are set in 1986, with the last ("Suffer With Me") being set in 1989, during the U.S. invasion of Panama.

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* EasterEgg: EasterEgg:
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In "Celerium", just after the wingsuit sequence, the player can find and explore a cave that has [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir]] in it. Unfortunately you cannot grab it.
** In one of the endings, a YouTube Website/YouTube comment can briefly be seen that says "Something [[Music/AvengedSevenfold Synyster]] bout to go down".
* TheEighties: Several missions throughout the game are set in 1986, with the last ("Suffer With Me") being set in 1989, during the U.S. invasion of Panama.
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** During the flashback mission in Afghanistan, the Americans, Mujahadeen, and Chinese team up to fight the Russian invasion. The fact that the three different factions become arch-enemies in the present day after the fall of the Soviet Union is made note of. This is historically correct, as the Chinese were, by then, enemies of Soviet Russia. [[spoiler:Later, the Mujahadeen betray you, having been paid off by Menendez, and the Chinese commander in the area, Tian Zhao, later becomes an ally of Menendez]].

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** During the flashback mission in Afghanistan, the Americans, Mujahadeen, Mujahideen, and Chinese team up to fight the Russian invasion. The fact that the three different factions become arch-enemies in the present day after the fall of the Soviet Union is made note of. This is historically correct, as the Chinese were, by then, enemies of Soviet Russia. [[spoiler:Later, the Mujahadeen Mujahideen betray you, having been paid off by Menendez, and the Chinese commander in the area, Tian Zhao, later becomes an ally of Menendez]].



* FaceDeathWithDignity: Both [[spoiler:Woods]] and [[spoiler: Menendez]] do this in the endings where they die. [[spoiler:Harper]] might end up like this, DefiantToTheEnd.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: FaceDeathWithDignity:
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Both [[spoiler:Woods]] and [[spoiler: Menendez]] do this in the endings where they die. [[spoiler:Harper]] might end up like this, DefiantToTheEnd.



* FacialHorror: [[spoiler:Josefina in the endings where Menendez breaks out of prison and digs up her grave - a flashback of her horribly-scarred, eyeless face is briefly shown]].

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* FacialHorror: FacialHorror:
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[[spoiler:Josefina in the endings where Menendez breaks out of prison and digs up her grave - a flashback of her horribly-scarred, eyeless face is briefly shown]].



* FateWorseThanDeath: Prior to "Pyrrhic Victory", [[spoiler:Woods watched his entire unit get massacred in front of him by Menendez, just before being put into a shipping container filled with their rotting bodies and left for weeks. Mason and Hudson finally discover him sitting at the back of the container, near-catatonic and sitting among the corpses of his fellow soldiers]].

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* FateWorseThanDeath: FateWorseThanDeath:
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Prior to "Pyrrhic Victory", [[spoiler:Woods watched his entire unit get massacred in front of him by Menendez, just before being put into a shipping container filled with their rotting bodies and left for weeks. Mason and Hudson finally discover him sitting at the back of the container, near-catatonic and sitting among the corpses of his fellow soldiers]].



* GunshipRescue: [[spoiler:Jonas Savimbi]] at the end of "Pyrrhic Victory". In 2025, David Mason is saved from a drone by Anderson, who is piloting a futuristic F-38 that can double as a gunship as well as fighter.
*** It's just a futuristic version. VTOL (Vertical TakeOff/Landing) has been pretty standard for a while.

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* GunshipRescue: GunshipRescue:
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[[spoiler:Jonas Savimbi]] at the end of "Pyrrhic Victory". In 2025, David Mason is saved from a drone by Anderson, who is piloting a futuristic F-38 that can double as a gunship as well as fighter.
*** It's just a futuristic version. VTOL (Vertical TakeOff/Landing) has been pretty standard for a while.
fighter.



* HeroicSacrifice: In "Suffer with Me", [[spoiler:Hudson tells Menendez to kill him so that Woods and David will be spared]].

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* HeroicSacrifice: HeroicSacrifice:
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In "Suffer with Me", [[spoiler:Hudson tells Menendez to kill him so that Woods and David will be spared]].



* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: After fighting alongside American forces throughout the Afghan mission, [[spoiler: the Mujahideen betray Woods and Alex the instant the threat has passed, labeling them their current and future "True Enemy"]]. Though it at least makes sense in the context of the story - they were bought off by Menendez, only one faction of the Mujahideen ([[WeAREStrugglingTogether the anti-Soviet forces were notoriously scattered, and the in-fighting lasts to this day]]), and only really worked for him because they opposed other Afghan warlords.
** Manuel Noriega goes from simple, corrupt drug lord to quadruple-agent backstabbing monster whose personal soldiers are constantly amped up on drugs and beat civilians to death, and who was only taken out simply because he worked with Menendez, and [[spoiler:(possibly) tricks Woods into slaying Alex, and ensures Hudson's death and Mason's crippling, ''just because''. And all with the hugest, smuggest smirk on his face]].
*** Noriega didn't take kindly to his villain upgrade and [[http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/manuel-noriega-gets-overthrown-court initiated a lawsuit to sue Activision]] for using his image without his agreement. The suit was later dismissed.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: HistoricalVillainUpgrade:
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After fighting alongside American forces throughout the Afghan mission, [[spoiler: the Mujahideen betray Woods and Alex the instant the threat has passed, labeling them their current and future "True Enemy"]]. Though it at least makes sense in the context of the story - they were bought off by Menendez, only one faction of the Mujahideen ([[WeAREStrugglingTogether the anti-Soviet forces were notoriously scattered, and the in-fighting lasts to this day]]), and only really worked for him because they opposed other Afghan warlords.
** Manuel Noriega goes from simple, corrupt drug lord to quadruple-agent backstabbing monster whose personal soldiers are constantly amped up on drugs and beat civilians to death, and who was only taken out simply because he worked with Menendez, and [[spoiler:(possibly) tricks Woods into slaying Alex, and ensures Hudson's death and Mason's crippling, ''just because''. And all with the hugest, smuggest smirk on his face]].
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face]]. Noriega didn't take kindly to his villain upgrade and [[http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/manuel-noriega-gets-overthrown-court initiated a lawsuit to sue Activision]] for using his image without his agreement. The suit was later dismissed.



* InkSuitActor: Tian Zhao is essentially a digital copy of his voice actor, Byron Mann. Same goes for Admiral Briggs (Tony Todd).

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* InkSuitActor: InkSuitActor:
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Tian Zhao is essentially a digital copy of his voice actor, Byron Mann. Same goes for Admiral Briggs (Tony Todd).



* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: The "Die" in Cordis Die is pronounced like "Dee-ay" (think "Carpe diem"; the name is Latin, as pointed out in the first future level).

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* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: ItsPronouncedTroPAY:
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The "Die" in Cordis Die is pronounced like "Dee-ay" (think "Carpe diem"; the name is Latin, as pointed out in the first future level).



* LighterAndSofter: Strangely enough. ''Black Ops I'' was much more grim in atmosphere, with much of the game really taking place in a dingy torture room and a plot that involved a horrific chemical weapon, and the good guys weren't much better than the bad guys. ''Black Ops II'', while still having its moral ambiguity, is slightly less so, and focuses more on hi-tech world domination, more reminiscent of a Bond flick, whereas ''Black Ops I'' was about the underhanded things countries did to each other, and took more of a Bourne-style approach. Whereas ''Black Ops I'' was [[SpyFiction Stale Beer flavored]], ''Black Ops II'' is more of a dirty martini.
** Evident when [[spoiler:Alex Mason can survive the events of this game's flashback if the player knows what to do, while Dimitri Petrenko certainly did not regardless of what the player did]].

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* LighterAndSofter: Strangely enough. ''Black Ops I'' was much more grim in atmosphere, with much of the game really taking place in a dingy torture room and a plot that involved a horrific chemical weapon, and the good guys weren't much better than the bad guys. ''Black Ops II'', while still having its moral ambiguity, is slightly less so, and focuses more on hi-tech world domination, more reminiscent of a Bond flick, whereas ''Black Ops I'' was about the underhanded things countries did to each other, and took more of a Bourne-style approach. Whereas ''Black Ops I'' was [[SpyFiction Stale Beer flavored]], ''Black Ops II'' is more of a dirty martini.
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martini. Evident when [[spoiler:Alex Mason can survive the events of this game's flashback if the player knows what to do, while Dimitri Petrenko certainly did not regardless of what the player did]].



* MeaningfulEcho: If Mason and Woods discovered the existence of the CIA mole in "Old Wounds" and "Time and Fate", [[spoiler:Kravchenko's]] line about it, "He even has people in the CIA", is remembered by Woods when Hudson tells him to escort Noriega to a checkpoint, then again when he's told to take the shot on the hostage, [[spoiler:who turns out to be Alex]].

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* MeaningfulEcho: MeaningfulEcho:
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If Mason and Woods discovered the existence of the CIA mole in "Old Wounds" and "Time and Fate", [[spoiler:Kravchenko's]] line about it, "He even has people in the CIA", is remembered by Woods when Hudson tells him to escort Noriega to a checkpoint, then again when he's told to take the shot on the hostage, [[spoiler:who turns out to be Alex]].



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The final mission of ''Declassified'' involves [[spoiler: assassinating the heads of the major Nicaraguan drug cartels so that the CIA-allied Contras can take control of the drug trade instead. The final target is Jose Menendez. Instead of handing the drug trade to the Contras as planned, this act causes Raul Menendez to rise to power to fill the vacuum left by the assassinated druglords, and also cements his hatred of the United States]].

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: NiceJobBreakingItHero:
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The final mission of ''Declassified'' involves [[spoiler: assassinating the heads of the major Nicaraguan drug cartels so that the CIA-allied Contras can take control of the drug trade instead. The final target is Jose Menendez. Instead of handing the drug trade to the Contras as planned, this act causes Raul Menendez to rise to power to fill the vacuum left by the assassinated druglords, and also cements his hatred of the United States]].
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* LighterAndSofter: Strangely enough. ''Black Ops I'' was much more grim in atmosphere, with much of the game really taking place in a dingy torture room and a plot that involved a horrific chemical weapon, and the good guys weren't much better than the bad guys. ''Black Ops II'', while still having its moral ambiguity, is slightly less so, and focuses more on hi-tech world domination, more reminiscent of a Bond flick, whereas ''Black Ops I'' was about the underhanded things countries did to each other, and took more of a Bourne-style approach. Whereas ''Black Ops I'' was [[SpyFiction Stale Beer flavored, ''Black Ops II'' is more of a dirty martini.]]

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* LighterAndSofter: Strangely enough. ''Black Ops I'' was much more grim in atmosphere, with much of the game really taking place in a dingy torture room and a plot that involved a horrific chemical weapon, and the good guys weren't much better than the bad guys. ''Black Ops II'', while still having its moral ambiguity, is slightly less so, and focuses more on hi-tech world domination, more reminiscent of a Bond flick, whereas ''Black Ops I'' was about the underhanded things countries did to each other, and took more of a Bourne-style approach. Whereas ''Black Ops I'' was [[SpyFiction Stale Beer flavored, flavored]], ''Black Ops II'' is more of a dirty martini.]]



* MacheteMayhem: A machete can be used as a melee weapon in "Pyrrhic Victory" and "Time and Fate", the latter by both Menendez and Mason.

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* MacheteMayhem: A Savimbi hands a machete can be used as a melee weapon to Mason in "Pyrrhic Victory" and Victory". "Time and Fate", the latter by both Fate" has Menendez use one alongside a stolen SPAS-12, and Mason.Mason can grab one halfway through his part of the level with the Access Kit.



** Harper. Depending on your choices, he survives having his face burned in "Fallen Angel", [[spoiler:survives being in a VTOL as its shot down (and then Menendez's attempt to have Farid execute him) in "Achilles' Veil"]], and gets a piece of wreckage jammed through his leg in "Judgement Day".

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** Harper. Depending on your choices, he survives having his face burned in "Fallen Angel", [[spoiler:survives being in a VTOL as its it's shot down (and then Menendez's attempt to have Farid execute him) in "Achilles' Veil"]], and gets a piece of wreckage jammed through his leg in "Judgement Day".



** In the worst ending, [[spoiler:a little Haitian boy tries to carry his heavily wounded sister to US forces. In the normal ending, it's revealed Josefina was heavily injured and disfigured in a warehouse fire started for an insurance scam, and only survived, thanks to Raul carrying her out...]]

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** In the worst ending, [[spoiler:a little Haitian boy tries to carry his heavily wounded sister to US forces. In the normal ending, it's revealed Josefina was heavily injured and disfigured in a warehouse fire started for an insurance scam, and only survived, survived thanks to Raul carrying her out...]]



** "Odysseus" refers to the Trojan Horse, which was Odysseus' idea. In the mission, [[spoiler:Menendez allows himself to be captured so he can be taken straight to the U.S.S. Obama, where he installs a Trojan Horse virus into the ship's systems to hijack America's drone fleet]].

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** "Odysseus" refers to the Trojan Horse, which was Odysseus' idea. In the mission, [[spoiler:Menendez allows himself to be captured so he can be taken straight to the U.S.S. Obama, where he installs a Trojan Horse virus into the ship's systems to hijack America's drone fleet]]. President Bosworth [[LampshadeHanging notes as much]] in the intro to the mission afterwards.



* ModularEpilogue: [[spoiler: There are three key decisions that influence which ending cutscenes you get; whether you shot Alex Mason in the head/torso or twice in the leg, whether you killed or spared Menendez, and, if you spared him, whether you rescued Chloe and kept her alive in order to stop him from escaping prison]].

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* ModularEpilogue: [[spoiler: There are three key decisions that influence which ending cutscenes you get; whether you shot Alex Mason in the head/torso (where he dies) or twice in the leg, leg (where he survives), whether you killed or spared Menendez, and, if you spared him, whether you rescued Chloe and kept her alive in order to stop him from escaping prison]].



** The [=XM8=][[note]]called the "[=M8A1=]" in-game, as the gun is the standard-issue assault rifle of US forces in the Black Ops timeline[[/note]] makes an appearance, as does the AN-94.

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** The [=XM8=][[note]]called the "[=M8A1=]" in-game, as the gun is the standard-issue assault rifle of US forces in the Black Ops timeline[[/note]] makes an appearance, appearance two full decades after it was cancelled in reality, as does the AN-94.AN-94, which Russia does not sell to foreign countries.



** Menendez' preferred sidearm, the "Executioner", is a possibly-cancelled version of the Taurus Judge designed to load 28-gauge shotshells.

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** Menendez' preferred sidearm, the "Executioner", is a possibly-cancelled never-produced version of the Taurus Judge designed to load 28-gauge shotshells.



* RefusalOfTheCall: Alex Mason is contacted by Hudson and Lt. Col Oliver North representing the CIA to get him back into the service. Mason by this point is in retirement in Alaska raising his son David and naturally has no interest in going back, feeling that he has done more than enough during his years of service, and casually remarks that the CIA should be more than capable of handling things without him. The only thing that gets him to accept is knowing his old war buddy Woods has been captured.

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* RefusalOfTheCall: Alex Mason is contacted by Hudson and Lt. Col Oliver North representing the CIA to get him back into the service. Mason by this point is in retirement in Alaska raising his son David and naturally has no interest in going back, feeling that he has done more than enough during his years of service, and casually remarks that the CIA should be more than capable of handling things without him. The only thing that gets him to accept is knowing learning that mission: rescuing his old war buddy Woods has been captured. buddy, Woods.



* SynchronousEpisodes: A couple levels have you play one character, then it switches to a different character, and you play that same level from their point of view, such as in "Time and Fate".

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* SynchronousEpisodes: A couple levels have you play one character, then it switches to a different character, and you play that same level from their point of view, such as in "Time and Fate".Fate" has you play its events from both Menendez' and then Mason's perspectives, both ending with [[spoiler:Woods tossing a grenade at Menendez in the hotel and accidentally killing Josefina]].
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** The RPD goes both ways. It's still being used by Soviet forces in 1986, a good 12 years after the RPK should have replaced it, and it also has Picatinny rails at least half a decade before they were standardized[[note]]this is due to the RPD reusing the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' model[[/note]].

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** The RPD goes both ways. It's still being used by Soviet forces in 1986, a good 12 years after the RPK should have replaced it, it... and by virtue of being adapted from the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' model (which was set in 2016), it also has Picatinny rails at least half a decade before they were standardized[[note]]this is due to the RPD reusing the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' model[[/note]].standardized.



** The player takes control of [[spoiler:Menendez]] in "Time and Fate", as he [[spoiler:tries to save his sister from their burning home during an American attack]]. To emphasize his uniqueness, [[spoiler: Menendez]] is ''noticeably'' more powerful than a normal Call of Duty protagonist, and on Normal difficulty plays a lot more like the VideoGame/{{Doom}} Marine. He also is temporarily playable [[spoiler:during the strike on the USS ''Obama'', albeit only to choose between executing Admiral Briggs, or simply kneecapping him]].

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** The player takes control of [[spoiler:Menendez]] in the first half of "Time and Fate", as he [[spoiler:tries to save his sister from their burning home during an American American/Panamanian attack]]. To emphasize his uniqueness, [[spoiler: Menendez]] [[spoiler:Menendez]] is ''noticeably'' more powerful than a normal Call ''Call of Duty Duty'' protagonist, and on Normal difficulty plays a lot more like the VideoGame/{{Doom}} Marine. He also is temporarily playable [[spoiler:during the strike on the USS ''Obama'', albeit only to choose between executing Admiral Briggs, or simply kneecapping him]].



** The player takes control of Woods in "Suffer With Me".

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** The first three flashback missions put the player takes in control of Mason once again, but then they control Woods in "Suffer With Me".



* AnyoneCanDie: A large amount of the supporting cast can die during the story depending on your actions, but [[spoiler:Hudson]], [[spoiler:Farid]], and [[spoiler:Erik Breighner]] are the only ones who are impossible to save - you can only at best delay the inevitable.

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* AnyoneCanDie: A large amount of the supporting cast can die during the story depending on your actions, but [[spoiler:Hudson]], [[spoiler:Farid]], and [[spoiler:Erik Breighner]] are the only ones who are impossible to save - you can only at best delay the inevitable.inevitable for [[spoiler:Farid]].



** [[spoiler:Harper and Salazar]] are unique in that their survival is mutually exclusive - [[spoiler:if Harper survives the VTOL crash halfway through "Achilles' Veil", then he will execute Salazar for his betrayal during "Odysseus".]] Crosby also technically survives the entire game no matter what you do, but [[spoiler:he still takes a bullet in the escape from the ''Obama'']], then [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse is never seen again for the last missions after that]].

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** [[spoiler:Harper and Salazar]] are unique in that their survival is mutually exclusive - [[spoiler:if Harper survives the VTOL crash and subsequent capture halfway through "Achilles' Veil", then he will execute Salazar for his betrayal after he surrenders during "Odysseus".]] Crosby also technically survives the entire game no matter what you do, but [[spoiler:he still takes a bullet in the escape from the ''Obama'']], then [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse is never seen again for the last missions after that]].



* AttackDrone: Featured heavily throughout the campaign, most notably in "Fallen Angel". [[spoiler:Menendez's plan is to take control of every drone and have them self-destruct, to cripple the world superpower's defense grids]].

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* AttackDrone: Featured heavily throughout the campaign, most notably in "Fallen Angel". [[spoiler:Menendez's plan is to take control of every drone and have them self-destruct, to cripple the world superpower's superpowers' defense grids]].
18th Jan '17 3:05:26 PM NN010
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* LighterAndSofter: Strangely enough. ''Black Ops II'' was much more grim in atmosphere, with much of the game really taking place in a dingy torture room and a plot that involved a horrific chemical weapon, and the good guys weren't much better than the bad guys. ''Black Ops II'', while still having its moral ambiguity, is slightly less so, and focuses more on hi-tech world domination, more reminiscent of a Bond flick, whereas ''Black Ops I'' was about the underhanded things countries did to each other, and took more of a Bourne-style approach. Whereas ''Black Ops I'' was [[SpyFiction Stale Beer flavored, ''Black Ops II'' is more of a dirty martini.]]

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* LighterAndSofter: Strangely enough. ''Black Ops II'' I'' was much more grim in atmosphere, with much of the game really taking place in a dingy torture room and a plot that involved a horrific chemical weapon, and the good guys weren't much better than the bad guys. ''Black Ops II'', while still having its moral ambiguity, is slightly less so, and focuses more on hi-tech world domination, more reminiscent of a Bond flick, whereas ''Black Ops I'' was about the underhanded things countries did to each other, and took more of a Bourne-style approach. Whereas ''Black Ops I'' was [[SpyFiction Stale Beer flavored, ''Black Ops II'' is more of a dirty martini.]]
5th Jan '17 5:13:44 PM MrLavisherMoot
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A sequel, ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3'', was announced for release on Friday, November 6th, 2015. ''Black Ops 3'' takes place 40 years later after ''Black Ops 2'' with [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman super-soldier technology going too far]].

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A sequel, ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3'', was announced for release on Friday, November 6th, 2015. ''Black Ops 3'' III'' takes place 40 years later after ''Black Ops 2'' II'' with [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman super-soldier technology going too far]].



** There is also a minor example in the opposite direction: During the Panama level in 1989, Woods can choose to use the [=M16A1=][[note]]which is actually just the ''Black Ops 1'' original-model M16[[/note]], even though by then it had been replaced by the [=M16A2=]. The above restriction against future weapons in flashback levels does not apply in reverse, as well - nor are the future camo patterns (i.e. those available in multiplayer) differentiated from the flashback patterns (those lifted from the first ''Black Ops'') - meaning even from the beginning Section can choose to ditch the future's [=HK416s=] and Vectors in favor of good old-fashioned [=MP5s=], SPAS-12s, and Hi-Powers, or that Woods can use that 60s-model M16 in 1989 with a modern urban-digital camo pattern applied.

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** There is also a minor example in the opposite direction: During the Panama level in 1989, Woods can choose to use the [=M16A1=][[note]]which is actually just the ''Black Ops 1'' I'' original-model M16[[/note]], even though by then it had been replaced by the [=M16A2=]. The above restriction against future weapons in flashback levels does not apply in reverse, as well - nor are the future camo patterns (i.e. those available in multiplayer) differentiated from the flashback patterns (those lifted from the first ''Black Ops'') - meaning even from the beginning Section can choose to ditch the future's [=HK416s=] and Vectors in favor of good old-fashioned [=MP5s=], SPAS-12s, and Hi-Powers, or that Woods can use that 60s-model M16 in 1989 with a modern urban-digital camo pattern applied.



* BlingOfWar: The horrific gold-plated trim reappears, and ''Black Ops 2'' ups the ante with diamond camo that adds diamonds on top of the gold, unlocked by unlocking the golden camo for every gun in that category.

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* BlingOfWar: The horrific gold-plated trim reappears, and ''Black Ops 2'' II'' ups the ante with diamond camo that adds diamonds on top of the gold, unlocked by unlocking the golden camo for every gun in that category.



* BloodierAndGorier: Especially evident with the [[MacheteMayhem machete]] and [[CoolSword pulwar sword]] weapons, which can dismember or decapitate enemies when swung at the right angle. Body parts and heads exploding return in the single player, but only with heavy machine guns or shotguns at close enough range, as in ''Black Ops 1''.

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* BloodierAndGorier: Especially evident with the [[MacheteMayhem machete]] and [[CoolSword pulwar sword]] weapons, which can dismember or decapitate enemies when swung at the right angle. Body parts and heads exploding return in the single player, but only with heavy machine guns or shotguns at close enough range, as in ''Black Ops 1''.I''.



** [[spoiler: The hidden intel files in ''Black Ops'' reveal that the game ends with Mason and Hudson on the run from the U.S. government, who have categorized them as a potential security threat and dispatched an assassination team to kill them. This is completely ignored in ''Black Ops 2'', where Mason and Hudson are still working for Uncle Sam as though nothing had happened]]. Subverted in that both are mentioned as having gone rogue... in 1978 [[spoiler:as a means to follow a certain lead]].
** The PS Vita game ''Call of Duty: Declassified'' is supposed to bridge the gap between ''Black Ops'' and ''Black Ops 2'', but [[spoiler: no mention of Hudson and Mason going rogue is mentioned, and most of the game is more Cold War attacks on Soviet interests by Mason and Woods, with no mention of how Woods got out of the Hanoi Hilton]].

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** [[spoiler: The hidden intel files in ''Black Ops'' reveal that the game ends with Mason and Hudson on the run from the U.S. government, who have categorized them as a potential security threat and dispatched an assassination team to kill them. This is completely ignored in ''Black Ops 2'', II'', where Mason and Hudson are still working for Uncle Sam as though nothing had happened]]. Subverted in that both are mentioned as having gone rogue... in 1978 [[spoiler:as a means to follow a certain lead]].
** The PS Vita game ''Call of Duty: Declassified'' is supposed to bridge the gap between ''Black Ops'' and ''Black Ops 2'', II'', but [[spoiler: no mention of Hudson and Mason going rogue is mentioned, and most of the game is more Cold War attacks on Soviet interests by Mason and Woods, with no mention of how Woods got out of the Hanoi Hilton]].



* DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler: It turns out Kravchenko outlived Dragovich by more than 20 years, and ends up leading part of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In fact Dragovich isn't mentioned at all in ''Black Ops 2'', with Woods blaming Mason's condition solely on Kravchenko (granted, Woods never met Dragovich, so this kinda makes sense)]].

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* DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler: It turns out Kravchenko outlived Dragovich by more than 20 years, and ends up leading part of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In fact Dragovich isn't mentioned at all in ''Black Ops 2'', II'', with Woods blaming Mason's condition solely on Kravchenko (granted, Woods never met Dragovich, so this kinda makes sense)]].



* LighterAndSofter: Strangely enough. Black Ops 1 was much more grim in atmosphere, with much of the game really taking place in a dingy torture room and a plot that involved a horrific chemical weapon, and the good guys weren't much better than the bad guys. Black Ops 2, while still having its moral ambiguity, is slightly less so, and focuses more on hi-tech world domination, more reminiscent of a Bond flick, whereas Black Ops 1 was about the underhanded things countries did to each other, and took more of a Bourne-style approach. Whereas Black Ops 1 was [[SpyFiction Stale Beer flavored, Black Ops 2 is more of a dirty martini.]]

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* LighterAndSofter: Strangely enough. Black ''Black Ops 1 II'' was much more grim in atmosphere, with much of the game really taking place in a dingy torture room and a plot that involved a horrific chemical weapon, and the good guys weren't much better than the bad guys. Black ''Black Ops 2, II'', while still having its moral ambiguity, is slightly less so, and focuses more on hi-tech world domination, more reminiscent of a Bond flick, whereas Black ''Black Ops 1 I'' was about the underhanded things countries did to each other, and took more of a Bourne-style approach. Whereas Black ''Black Ops 1 I'' was [[SpyFiction Stale Beer flavored, Black ''Black Ops 2 II'' is more of a dirty martini.]]
1st Dec '16 2:42:03 PM Mikedem2
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** During the drone attack on Los Angeles, you can hear a distress call from [[Literature/GenerationKill Hitman 2-2 and Hitman 2-3]] on the radio.
1st Dec '16 2:36:59 PM Mikedem2
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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In "Odysseus" [[spoiler: Menendez and an army of Mercs seizes control of the USS Barack Obama, your home base. Depending on your actions, the ship is either saved by Chinese Drones or sunk.]]

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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In "Odysseus" [[spoiler: Menendez and an army of Mercs seizes mercenaries seize control of the USS Barack Obama, ''Barack Obama'', your home base. Depending on your actions, the ship is either saved by Chinese Drones drones or sunk.]]



** [[spoiler: You take control of him again in "Odysseus" during the takeover of the ''Obama''.]]



** "Odysseus" [[spoiler: Menendez escapes custody aboard the USS Obama as his army boards the ship en masse, hacks the entire US drone fleet, and begins his plan to bring down the first world. Depending on your choices in previous missions, several important characters can die including Chloe Lynch, Farid, DeFalco, Admiral Briggs, and Salazar.]]

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** "Odysseus" "Odysseus": [[spoiler: Menendez escapes custody aboard the USS Obama as ''Obama'' when his army boards invades the ship en masse, hacks the entire US drone fleet, and begins his plan to bring down the first world. Depending on your choices in previous missions, several important characters can die including Chloe Lynch, Farid, DeFalco, [=DeFalco=], Admiral Briggs, and Salazar.]]
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