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Call of Duty
Black Ops II
Signature Series Guide


Authors: Phillip Marcus, Michael Owen, Kenny Sims, Jason Fox and others
Brady Games
RRP: £12.99, US $19.99, Cdn $21.99=
ISBN: 978 0 74401 420 4
Available 13 November 2012

Call of Duty: Black Ops II takes you into the future for the first time in series history. Tomorrow's combat - the arsenal, the battlefield, and your adversary - has advanced beyond today's cutting edge. For the latest guide book, Brady Games has advanced its strategy accordingly with firsthand guidance from renowned Call of Duty pros. Powerful new Perks and Scorestreaks, devastating new weapons, a gripping new campaign, and a greatly expanded Zombie mode: master it all with this indispensable guide...

Of all the Call of Duty games released so far, Black Ops II is the only one where a strategy guide is almost an essential purchase. In previous installments of the game both the campaign and multiplayer options were very much trial by fire and the guides only gave you a slight edge. With Black Ops II the campaign mode has numerous different paths you can take - and various endings and the multiplayer loadouts are more complex so getting help on how best to spend your tokens is incredibly helpful.

There's also some very helpful advice from players on the Call of Duty pro circuit. Their useful tactical advice will help you chose a loadout that's right for you, as well as give you pointers on game modes that you've always avoided because you're not very confident playing them.

There are handy recoil plots; iron sight screen grabs and damage information to help you work out which weapons are best for you on which maps and game modes, and while all gamers are different (some are useless when it comes to sniping, but love running around shotgunning the enemy) these pieces of advice will help you chose a range of classes to give everyone an advantage.

As usual Brady Games has provided a beautifully laid out book that can be read from cover to cover or dipped in and out of when you have a spare couple of minutes.


Nick Smithson

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