History VideoGame / CallOfDutyBlackOps2

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the [=M16A1=][[note]]which is actually just the ''Black Ops 1'' original-model M16[[/note]], even though by then it had been replaced by the [=M16A2=].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.]]
1st Dec '16 2:29:29 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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** "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.]]
16th Oct '16 2:58:31 PM contrafanxxx
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* KarmaHoudini: After [[spoiler:Kravchenko is executed]], Mullah, who reveals himself to be working for Menendez, has Mason, Woods, and Hudson tied up and LeftForDead in the desert, then drives off. Though this is mainly because of his existence as a HistoricalDomainCharacter.
31st Aug '16 3:02:43 PM Kadorhal
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* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: The "Die" in Cordis Die is pronounced like "Dee-ay" (think "Carpe diem").

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



** Menendez treats kneecapping like punctuation. [[spoiler: If he honors Salazar's wishes, he shoots Briggs in the leg with a high-calibre revolver]]. In a particularly gruesome example, he's also fond of doing so with a ''combat shotgun''. Yeah. It's as messy as it sounds...

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** Menendez treats kneecapping like punctuation. [[spoiler: If he honors Salazar's wishes, he shoots Briggs in the leg with a high-calibre revolver]]. A live-action scene before "Old Wounds" shows him shooting a rival's knees out with another revolver, before slitting his throat. In a particularly gruesome example, he's also fond of doing so with a ''combat shotgun''. Yeah. It's shotgun'', which is as messy as it sounds...sounds.



** Evident when [[spoiler:Alex Mason ''may'' survive the events of this game's flashback, while Dimitri Petrenko certainly did not previously]].
* MacheteMayhem: A machete can be used as a melee weapon in "Pyrrhic Victory" and "Time and Fate".

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** Evident when [[spoiler:Alex Mason ''may'' can survive the events of this game's flashback, flashback if the player knows what to do, while Dimitri Petrenko certainly did not previously]].
regardless of what the player did]].
* MacheteMayhem: A machete can be used as a melee weapon in "Pyrrhic Victory" and "Time and Fate".Fate", the latter by both Menendez and Mason.



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



* 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 when he's told to take the shot on the hostage, [[spoiler:who turns out to be Alex]].

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* 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]].



* NoobCave: The Bootcamp playlist in multiplayer is restricted to players up to level 10. Good for players to get their bearings on the game and unlock Create-a-Class before jumping into the public playlists.

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* NoobCave: The Bootcamp playlist for Combat Training in multiplayer is restricted to players up to level 10. Good for players to get their bearings on the game and unlock Create-a-Class before jumping into the public playlists.
31st Aug '16 12:55:12 AM Kadorhal
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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'' original-model M16[[/note]], even though by then it had been replaced by the [=M16A2=].

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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'' 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.



* 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.

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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:Hudson]], [[spoiler:Farid]], and [[spoiler:Erik Breighner]] are the only ones who are impossible to save.save - you can only at best delay the inevitable.



* ArtificialStupidity: The friendly AI for the Strike Force missions are dumb as rocks and can't shoot for shit, often forcing you to assume direct control of one of the soldiers in order to get the job done.

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** [[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]].
* ArtificialStupidity: The friendly AI for the Strike Force missions are dumb as rocks and can't can neither shoot for shit, worth shit nor understand the most basic instructions, often forcing you to assume direct control of one of the soldiers in order to get the job done.



** This distinction is reflected in the dialogue. Every other player character in the series receives orders, or if they speak, answers to their superior officer with, "sir", as would be expected of a grunt. ''Commander'' Mason is seen giving orders to multiple characters in the story and is responded to by those receiving these orders with, "sir". Since David Mason is a member of SEAL Team Six, he matches the "ass-kicking" part of the trope very well.

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** This distinction is reflected in the dialogue. Every other player character in the series receives orders, or if they speak, answers to their superior officer with, "sir", as would be expected of a grunt. ''Commander'' Mason is seen giving orders to multiple characters in the story and is responded to by those receiving these orders with, with "sir". Since David Mason is a member of SEAL Team Six, he matches the "ass-kicking" part of the trope very well.



* BearTrap: "Pyrrhic Victory" has some in a locked shed. If you held on to your mortars, you can turn them into makeshift land mines.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Much like the first game, Mason takes 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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* BearTrap: "Pyrrhic Victory" has some in a locked shed. If you held on to your mortars, mortar shells, you can turn them into makeshift land mines.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: Much like the first game, Mason takes 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.



* 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 reaching gold camo for all guns in a certain class (all assault rifles, shotguns, etc.)

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* 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 reaching gold unlocking the golden camo for all guns every gun in a certain class (all assault rifles, shotguns, etc.)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, 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, guns or shotguns at close enough range, as in ''Black Ops 1''.



* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Mason, again. The discovery of [[spoiler:Kravchenko]] in "Old Wounds" causes Mason's vision to be filled with numbers, and in a later scene in the same mission, you have to stop Mason from pulling out a gun and firing it at him. It's very, very difficult.

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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Mason, again. The discovery of [[spoiler:Kravchenko]] in "Old Wounds" causes Mason's vision to be filled with numbers, and in a later scene in the same mission, you have to stop Mason from pulling out a gun and firing it at him. It's very, very difficult.him to thoroughly interrogate him.



** [[spoiler: Even though the Music/AvengedSevenfold EasterEgg isn't canon since everyone is alive, the devs may have left a clue there. The video doesn't center on any main character more than once with the exception of Alex Mason. The first time the camera pans to him, he is seen dancing next to Reznov. The video switches to the band and then back to a confused looking Alex and Reznov is nowhere to be found. This may be a subtle WordOfGod that Reznov WAS in Alex's head the whole time]].

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** [[spoiler: Even though the Music/AvengedSevenfold EasterEgg isn't canon since everyone is alive, the devs may have left a clue there. The video doesn't center on any main character more than once with the exception of Alex Mason. The first time the camera pans to him, he is seen dancing next to Reznov. The video switches to the band and then back to a confused looking as Alex and notices Reznov is nowhere to be found.isn't there anymore. This may be a subtle WordOfGod that Reznov WAS in Alex's head the whole time]].



** [[spoiler: It can be a positive or a negative, depending on player choices. If your fail the Strike Force missions, General Zhao remains in control, the Premier is actively hostile towards the U.S. President and if their Menendez-controlled drones do attack China, the result will probably be World War III. However, if you complete the Strike Force missions, Zhao - who was backing Menendez and holding rogue operations into neighboring countries - ends up assassinated, severing any SDC support Menendez had, and they end up as your allies. They even assist you in the final assault on Menendez in Haiti]].

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** [[spoiler: It can be a positive or a negative, depending on player choices. If your fail the Strike Force missions, General Zhao remains in control, the Premier is actively hostile towards the U.S. President and if their Menendez-controlled drones do attack China, the result will probably be World War III. However, if you complete the Strike Force missions, Zhao - who was backing Menendez and holding rogue operations into neighboring countries - ends up assassinated, severing any SDC support Menendez had, and they end up as your allies. They even save the ''Obama'' and assist you in the final assault on Menendez in Haiti]].



* ChekhovsGunman: The woman Harper bumps into (and hits on) while walking out of an elevator early on in "Karma" turns out to be [[spoiler:Chloe Lynch, a TACITUS employee who has the Chinese character for the ''word'' "karma" tattooed on her neck]].

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* ChekhovsGunman: The woman Harper bumps into (and hits on) while walking out of an elevator early on in "Karma" turns out to be [[spoiler:Chloe Lynch, a TACITUS an ex-TACITUS employee who has the Chinese character for the ''word'' "karma" tattooed on her neck]].



** [[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]].

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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'', 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]].
8th Aug '16 3:50:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShanghaiCooperationOrganisation: Taking on a life of its own, to the point where it is an army unto itself whose chairman is preparing for war with the United States and is trying to pressure other Asian countries into joining it. The Chinese government can no longer control it. [[spoiler: However, they're just puppets of Menendez. China can become JSOC's allies if you complete all Strike Force missions and assassinate their leader]].
1st Aug '16 5:28:04 PM The_Pyro_Jawsome
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*** It's just a futuristic version. VTOL (Vertical TakeOff/Landing) has been pretty standard for a while.
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