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Where Am I? - Black Ops 2's Launch Trailer

Phew. Well, at least Call of Duty's the same as it's always been.

I just got off a plane, which purportedly took me back to San Francisco. However, as a free bonus, it apparently also catapulted me forward in time by a whole month! That’s the only explanation I can come up with for why there’s already a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launch trailer. Or maybe – just maybe – Activision saw fit to roll out the red carpet for the mannest of manshoots a month early. But no, that’s just crazy. Time travel is the only plausible call here. Definitely.

Observations: AC/DC’s “Back in Black” is, of course, prominently featured. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Or did it? If so, is this one back in Back in Black? My head hurts. Also, I’m glad to see that we’ll start keeping spiders in suitcases in the future. I’m tired of having their ghastly spindle legs all up in my business figuratively, so it’ll be refreshing to have them all up in other people’s business literally. And finally, squirrel suit.

In seriousness, though, if you were worried Call of Duty might suddenly abandon its rootin’ tootin’ ways for anything else, well, why would you worry about that? Thanks to more open, slightly strategic Strikeforce missions and a few other ambitious (for Call of Duty) additions, BLOPS 2 stands stir up the formula – but only just enough. It’s still Call of Duty to the core. If that’s your thing, go rejoice in whatever manner is your custom. If not, well, as RPS’ One Month In The Future Correspondent, I can tell you that we haven’t suddenly gotten rid of all the other games with guns in them. So I think you’re going to be OK.

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