Once again, I return to the expanding Call of Duty franchise to give a review on Black Ops II, the most recent addition to the ludicrously popular series. As an avid COD fanboy myself, I bought the game right when it came out, and play for hours. Here is my verdict. OVERVIEW Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the immediate successor to Black Ops, the game that had players in the tortured shoes of special ops agent Alex Mason. In Black Ops II, players will control Mason's son, David, as he tries to take down Raul Menendez, an international terrorist hellbent on the complete annihilation of the West. A THREE-WAY TIE Gamers can choose between three game modes to enjoy: Campaign, which tells the story, Multiplayer, which allows players to compete online, and Zombies, which gives gamers the chance to annihilate hordes of the undead in a frantic race to survive. Fitted into the deep Campaign is another mode to play: F.O.B. Operations. These are side-missions that indirectly affect the story. These missions offer players the chance to take out swarms of enemies and hone their skills as squad leaders at the same time, as they will be able to order their team from the air while switching between squad members. MULTIPLAYER BONANZA Online multiplayer is where Call of Duty: Black Ops II truly shines. Offering more than 10 gameplay modes, players will be able to enter intense firefights with their friends or go split-screen in local matches. Featuring deep loadout customization options, gamers can change up their weapons, perks, and even give certain loadouts unique camo. Please note that when playing online, gamers are oen to voice communication, which poses a serious safety concern. POSITIVE ELEMENTS As before, little in Call of Duty can be called positive, but it has its redeeming moments. Scores of characters fight bravely to the bitter (and often gory) end, sacrificing much to help their friends and country. David, AKA Section, will do whatever it takes to bring down Menendez. Mason and Hudson do everything they can to rescue Woods. VIOLENT CONTENT This game is brutal beyond measure. Blood and gore paint the landscape red. Literally. In the opening sequence, a man is hanged, another is dead, laying in a massive pool of gore. A girl is burned alive. Men (and women) are ripped apart by bullets in one mission. People have their heads cut off by Menendez. Grenades blow off body parts. Heads explode. Torsos are torn open. Legs are reamed. Guts are spilled. General chaos. There are intense sea battles and dogfights. Cities are nuked, killing millions. Explosions are plentiful and huge. People are stabbed and tortured. OTHER NEGATIVE ELEMENTS There is bountiful swearing. The f-word is uttered more than 100 times in the Campaign, along with s---, a--, b----, c--ksucker, h---, and d---. God's name is abused. CONCLUSION Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a very enjoyable game, and easily one of the most immersive out there. It is also a very controversial game, riddled with grey moral decisions that make one pause and think. Do you pull the trigger and save your life? Or do you take the bullet and spare the life of your comrade? It's a game that requires you to think about your decisions in life. You should also think before playing.