Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is set in 2025, and the military relies heavily on computer-controlled drones to do its dirty work. This reliance proves fatal when America's enemies manage to take control of this high tech drone army, and turn it on US cities.
The first mission we saw at E3 2012 throws you right into the midst of this chaos, as you try to protect the president in Los Angeles during an attack. It's typical Call of Duty - big, bold action, with no let-up to let you catch your breath as you wield machine guns, sniper rifles, anti-aircraft weapons. It's dramatic, and impressive.
Graphically it's not as realistic as Battlefield 3, but the more arcade look to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gets the tone just right, making it really atmospheric. The game opens with a bang, and this mission is gloriously varied and over the top, ending with you in a fighter jet, dog fighting above the city.
What we saw of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was really impressive. If the rest of the game is this good, mixing new styles of gameplay with the exciting and polished FPS missions we have come to expect, Black Ops 2 could be the best Call of Duty since Modern Warfare. If the drone control is brought into the multiplayer game too, I'd be very happy.