Black Ops II
With the release of the highly anticipated Black Ops II, DK/BradyGames also released the official strategy guide for the game on the same day. The Call Of Duty Black Ops II strategy guide comes in two flavours, the Signature series and the Limited Edition, and for the purposes of the review we are looking at the Limited Edition. This version comes bound in a hard cover with the Black Ops II signature II on the front, designed to resemble the limited edition box for the game itself. On the back cover is the Black Ops II logo, stamped on in glorious black gloss.
Starting off the guide is a total breakdown of the weapons and equipment that you will encounter along the single player campaign, including the fire rates, accuracy and damage that each one possesses. If you have ever played the Black Ops II campaign you will know just how hard it is to find all the Intel, and for me most important was completing all those challenges that each mission of the campaign sets for you. This is where the strategy guide comes into play, as each and every mission is detailed for you, with the aid of a map marking Intel positions, right down to detailing how to complete those challenges. Each mission is also detailed with pictures showing you the most important things that you just can’t see on a map. With the new addition of the Strike Force missions in Black Ops II, this guide gives you excellent tips on playing these missions along with how to complete each one with the challenges. So you now have no excuse for failing that mission over and over again, or not finding that last piece of Intel that you have searched for hours trying to find. As you will find in Black Ops II, choices you make during the campaign will effect the story in certain ways, all of which are listed and included in this Strategy Guide.
The one thing I found while using this guide was the amount of tips provided on every aspect of the gameplay, such as not being able to run as far carrying an AR as you can carrying a knife, so if you need to run switch over to your secondary weapon as it’s lighter – now that’s a tip! This is where the guide is extremely useful, because as you know, creating a class in Black Ops II is a daunting prospect with weapons, perks and attachments to be considered with each one effecting your gameplay. Add to the confusion Wildcards and Score-streaks, picking the right configuration can mean the difference between winning or losing matches online. So, the guide details everything you would expect, weapons, kit and perks, but it goes even further than that by showing you a full graph for the weapons detailing everything you will need to know right down to the reload times with and without the dual mag feature. What it also gives you is something very interesting and important, the recoil plots for each and every weapon allowing you to choose a weapon that concentrates its fire in one spot, making you a deadly advisory online. In the multiplayer map section of the guide each weapon is fully detailed showing you spawn points, sniper perches, overwatch points and jump spots, as well as strategies for each game mode. This gives you a seriously major advantage over other players as you can choose the best class for each map according to how many sniper points or overwatch points there are on the map.
Finally, the guide give you class suggestions for each and every game mode. I have tested some of these suggestions out and they really do work according to the game mode you are playing. Topping it all off are a number of pages giving you plenty of tips from 3 Call Of Duty Pros which will prove invaluable as it is not often that you get tips from the big boys on how to play a game or even what works best for them.
The Call Of Duty Black Ops II Strategy Guide from DK/Bradygames, is a must have piece of kit for any player of the game. It will not only teach you, but show you how to succeed in one of the most competitive games online today. Whether you are new to the game series or a seasoned player the guide contains facts and tips that are just not available unless you own it, especially those weapon recoil plots that could only have come straight from the developers themselves. My suggestion is that you get a copy now and dramatically improve your performance in the game. The Limited Edition also comes with a note book which looks just like a mini version of the guide. The pages in it are watermarked with the Black Ops II logo and is just pure class, I found this handy for writing down my strategies and classes that worked best for me, but would make the ultimate phone book for any fan of the game.
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