For Call of Duty fans, developer Treyarch just delivered an early Christmas present when they released Black Ops II. As the ninth game in the Call of Duty franchise and the sequel to the 2010 game Black Ops, we are hoping to see something meaningfully new from Black Ops II. We say this because last year's release (Modern Warfare 3) was somewhat lackluster on the PC, and also because the competing franchise Medal of Honor: Warfighter has received mixed, if not poor reviews overall.
But we could be in luck as Black Ops II is the first game in the Call of Duty franchise to feature future warfare technology and the first to present branching storylines driven by player choice. So far Call of Duty Black Ops II has received mostly positive reviews, with Kotaku saying "Black Ops II feels great to play, especially when futuristic weapons are involved, yes - but it also makes you think." IGN editor, Anthony Gallegos also said that the game is "a good example of how to evolve an annualized franchise."