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Killstreaks removed from Black Ops II multiplayer

by William Schwartz on August 14, 2012


Numerous reports out of Cologne are saying that Treyarch has revealed that there will not be killstreaks in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The gameplay staple that thrust this franchise into the spotlight has been modified significantly to focus on “Score Streaks” instead. Likely looking to address franchise fan requests, this new way of rewarding players sounds like it gives players points for other actions outside of just killing an enemy.

The introduction of score streaks means completing onjectives like capturing flags, domination points, defending teammates and other actions will add to your score streak total. These Score Streak rewards range from a number of items, many which were shown in the Black Ops 2 Multiplayer reveal trailer that was recently released. They range from a hulking mech known as the AGR to a Guardian turret that emits microwaves to hinder the enemy.

Modern Warfare 3 made the first move with the addition of Support Packages that called in a variety of helpful tools for the less selfish variety of player. With Score Streaks, it looks like Treyarch is taking this to the next level and getting players playing a more team oriented flavor of game.

It sounds like this could be just the remedy that COD campers need to come out of the corners they’ve been hiding in for all these years, but we’ll have to wait and see if these new rules work when the game arrives on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC this November.

Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Screenshots


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  • Brevs

    Misleading title is misleading. And I think that system is just an updated version of mw3’s

  • Mike

    Yeah misleading title. I am looking forward to this COD, Treyarch try new things within COD unlike IW who seem to copy and paste. I know it’s going to be the usual COD style but who doesn’t enjoy a night on COD with their friends? And if you hate COD its simple, save your money and dont buy it.

  • Forest

    Another year and another crappy COD title for the kiddies.

  • Bubba

    Hey forrest. Ready to go shrimpen after we leave Vietnam?

  • Heavenswarrior121

    All call of duty games are way better then any battlefail games FACT! Lol battlefield cant even sell more then 10 million copies

  • Reccosfield

    So they are taking the score streak idea from the 2010 medal of honor and using that? That’s not very original at all!

  • Wtf

    you seem to dictate how good a game is by looking solely at sales, seem legit

    • Heavenswarrior121

      Its called COMMON SENSE…why do you think call of duty is the best fps franchise in history? Because millions and millions of people buy it

  • Wtf

    No its called ”mass appeal”, which is not how good a game is.

    • Heavenswarrior121

      Lmao i laugh so hard everytime you stupid battlefail fanboys say that…just incomplete denial..well you guys can keep saying that forever because the battlefail franchise will NEVER come close to c.o.d as of all out entertainment and fun..accept reality butt-hurt fans

  • Mike

    This isn’t Battlefield. I love Battlefield, it’s a completely different style of game. This article is about Black Ops 2, so what did everyone think of the trailer? I’m a little disappointed that the maps dont look too futuristic but i suppose it is only set in around 10 years time. Graphics look a bit tweeked from blops1. I only really play it to play my brother who doesn’t live local.

  • The Future of Sega

    Meh… better with Kinect.

  • Unbiased

    COD stole this from Homefront and still can’t do it correctly. Resetting points to zero at death promotes camping bc thr majority of people don’t want to lose their points. It sounds weird but not resetting points like Homefront promotes “fast” gameplay.

  • That one guy

    Forrest and bubba made me laugh, what a great movie forest gump was…

  • Wtf

    now ur assuming im a battlefield fanboy, i didnt start playing battlefield until bf3 came out, and i started cod on mw2. Hush it Heavenswarrior, for you are a true cod fanboy.

    And i dont give a damn how many sales each game makes.

    • Heavenswarrior121

      Lol actually i only bought TWO cod games mw2,and mw3 and i fount bops and thats it..i played 3 battkefield games and i can tell the difference

      Battlefail is way to slow for me,to many campers,most players camp in tanks and fail trying to fly jets..it makes the gun on gun gameplay boring FACT

      Cod is a fast paced game,you have to have good relfexes,you actually NEED skill to be realy good,cod developers try there hardest to decrease the camping unlike battlefail

    • Heavenswarrior121

      Lol actually i only bought TWO cod games mw2,and mw3 and i fount bops and thats it..i played 3 battlefield games and i can tell the difference

      Battlefail is way to slow for me,to many campers,most players camp in tanks and fail trying to fly jets..it makes the gun on gun gameplay boring FACT

      Cod is a fast paced game,you have to have good relfexes,you actually NEED skill to be realy good,cod developers try there hardest to decrease the camping unlike battlefail

  • AIRFREAK

    Mass appeal is a very simple concept, and it is aa factor in basically every market.

    Mcdonalds is the number 1 selling restaurant because of its mass appeal. Sushi restaurants dont sell as well because not everyone likes sushi. Most people like hamburgers and french fries. Therefore, MCdonalds does better.

    Commercialized pop music (ie justin bieber, katy perry) does well because it has extremely simple chord progressions and beats that anyone over the age of 6 can understand. Because ti has mass appeal, it does very well. More refined forms of music (alt rock, some forms of rap) dont do nearly as well because they dont appeal to many people.

    Regardless of the fact that most rappers brag about their sales figures, rap doesnt perform nearly as well as other forms of music unless its integrated (like rappers who have guest verses on pop songs (drizzy, wiz khalifia, etc.). They do well.)

    Movies with simpler basic plots do well too. With the very notable exception of noir films (most notably the recent batman movies), the vast majority of high grossing movies have simple plots and character arcs. Why? Because everyone understands them, and that means a larger base of people who will potentially see the movie, aka mass appeal.

    Battlefield is INCAPABLE of ever doing nearly as well as call of duty because it has a larger learning curve and an acquired taste. The fact that BF3 came relatively close to cod is actually very surprising to me.

    DICE could make BF3 easier, more accessible and faster and they would sell more, but the game would be lame and boring. Like cod is now. CoD is designed from the ground up to fit a certain accessibility window. They want the game to have a certain skill ceiling that allows new players in, thus allowing them more profits. Its the reason why they still have dynamic spawn points and customizable classes. They add an element of luck, which means even the best players will occasionally loose.

    Counterstrike is the opposite. The maps are designed so that the majority of encounters are face to face. The aiming system is very accurate and also a bitch to master, which means experienced players will absolutely dominate new players. The spawns and locked and they remain the same. ZERO LUCK. ALL SKILL.

    Thus, counterstrike has disappointing sales.

    Its not denial, its logic.

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