This second entry in the Call of Duty: Black Ops franchise marks another explosion in popularity for the Call of Duty series, thanks to excellent mode variety and addictive gameplay. As a sequel, the game promised big changes and innovations in both storytelling and gameplay, and it delivered. The main campaign took players from the 1980s to the 2020s, with player choice directly influencing the outcome of the story. It was a big leap for the Call of Duty series, as few games before or after have contained branching story paths.
Fans of competitive multiplayer were met with a beautiful collection of addictive game modes and maps, all wrapped into a brand new loadout system. Black Ops II introduced the “Pick-10” system, which gave players 10 equipment slots to fill with various gun accessories, perks, and grenades. The fan-favorite Zombies mode received a variety of new sub-modes,including some competitive options that let players control the undead directly. Between all the innovations and additions to beloved game modes, Call of Duty: Black Ops II rightfully earned its spot among the most-played FPS games of the decade.