Both fans and critics of the top selling Call of Duty series have noted over the years that each game in the franchise seems to be very similar to the previous CoD games gathering dust on the shelf of the local GameStop.
The folks at Treyarch have potentially blown the lid off of this opinion on the first day of the Gamescom event. The multiplayer features for Call of Duty: Black Ops II have been revealed to the world and it seems that the future isn’t just the setting for the storyline of the game.
Plenty will be written today about the sum of the new features and details, so instead this article is going to make lengthy note of the two features that leap out the most at the author. Reaction from some Call of Duty series players can also be found below.
Scorestreaks replace Killstreaks
No longer will kills be the only way to earn extra weapons and rewards, as Killstreaks have been replaced by Scorestreaks.
Anything that gains points will go into a Scorestreak, meaning that capturing flags, protecting your teammates, sharing care packages and more will work toward earning your streak rewards, including a microwave jammer and a futuristic version of the RC-XD.
This may very well put an end to some of the selfishness that is seen in online play, as kills are no longer the only way to rack up the goods. Random teammates may now help each other often rather than internally compete for the kills while run-and-gun players may now be able to earn longer streaks than those who sit in a dark corner ten minutes at a time with a sniper rifle.
“I think that is really going to level the playing field,” said Maryland-based CoD fan Shaun Blann. “It will make it easier for players who are new or just plain aren’t as good at the game to earn that care package they previously wouldn’t have been able to do. I can’t wait to see it in action.”
Livestreaming and Shoutcasting
Another feature that leaps out is the ability to livestream your Black Ops II gameplay with the touch of a button. A camera can be connected for those who wish to show themselves while streaming but no additional equipment would be needed.
A Shoutcasting feature is also noted, allowing gamers to find ongoing matches and broadcast themselves providing live commentary from a variety of camera angles. Again, no additional equipment would be required.
“A lot of gamers are spending time streaming their gameplay,” said Iowa’s Elizabeth Bolinger in reaction. “One problem some of us end up with is being able to afford the equipment to do so. With a feature like this it will be so much easier for anyone to be able to stream and show off. I think they are really ahead of the curve on this feature.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops II comes out November 13.
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