Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 writer talks about 'big event movie' approach

Activision has release a new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, going behind the scenes on the game and talking with The Dark Knight Rises writer David Goyer, who is writing the story for the game, and Trent Reznor, who is composing the opening score.

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The latest trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 goes behind the scenes on the game. In the video, writer David Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises) and composer Trent Reznor, talk about their involvement with the upcoming shooter.

"We were approaching it in some ways as a big event movie," said Goyer. "Even though its a first-person shooter, it's got to be sophisticated, It's got to be funny, it's got to be challenging and have twists and turns."

"In the case of Black Ops, I would argue that this story is better than most movies that are being made," Goyer claims. (So, better than That's My Boy, hopefully?)

Goyer created the character of Raul Menendez, the new villain in the game. To see him in all his evil glory (beyond the video), you'll have to wait until the game is released on November 13 on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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    July 18, 2012 10:15 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 writer talks about 'big event movie' approach.

    Activision has release a new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, going behind the scenes on the game and talking with The Dark Knight Rises writer David Goyer, who is writing the story for the game, and Trent Reznor, who is composing the opening score.

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      July 18, 2012 10:24 AM

      it hurts all over again

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      July 18, 2012 10:30 AM

      this might work for them, possibly, maybe........

      The story had better be longer than 2 freaking hours though.

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      July 18, 2012 11:00 AM

      I don't see myself buying the game but I do like the music they played from it.

      Also, people might call him a sellout or something but to me there's just something insanely cool about how Trent Reznor has been this amazing musician since the 90's and now the rest of the world is finding out about it even if they're not NIN fans. When my mom says she liked the music in The Social Network, that's just awesome.

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      July 18, 2012 11:02 AM

      This stuff is cool I guess, but it's the gameplay that really holds the CoD campaigns back

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        July 18, 2012 12:01 PM

        Yep. I got tired really quickly of the explosions and the end of the world in every scene in the last COD. I doubt I'll buy this one as it looks like just more of the same....

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          July 18, 2012 5:36 PM

          Nah, I loved the campaign. Just crazy, dumb fun. Constant action made it lots of fun.

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        July 19, 2012 1:40 AM

        Gameplay? CoD campaigns?

        Last I've checked they've been nothing but straight to DVD films where you must frequently hit the " I > " (next chapter) button in order to proceed to the next scene.

        The over emphasis on presentation in games are why they are so goddamn expensive. Presentation is good, but when it comes at the cost of raising prices and reducing gameplay to handholding to insist players see every damn scene rather than explore and discover them on their own, then I would rather go buy indies who can't afford to make their games cinematic so they in turn make games that play well.

        There's a happy medium it's just most developer studios don't strive to meet it.

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      July 18, 2012 11:15 AM

      cutscenes and QTEs? is it the MW2 engine? will nuketown be even smaller?

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      July 18, 2012 11:28 AM

      man trent reznor is looking old! :D

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      July 18, 2012 2:28 PM

      Turning games into movies doesn't work. Turning movies into games rarely works. Combining both elements into one medium? I'll give it a playthrough.

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      July 18, 2012 2:32 PM

      And this is somehow different from any other Call of Duty game, how??

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        July 19, 2012 9:41 AM

        Ha! That's exactly what I was thinking. Every single game from CoD:MW on has had a brain-dead, bigger-than-life, summer blockbuster feel to it.

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      July 18, 2012 6:44 PM

      Note to game makers, peoples faces dont really look like hacked up clammy clay. Take a look at what the folks at Crytek do with faces. Were way past plastic looking faces people!

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      July 19, 2012 11:48 AM

      ugh.

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      July 19, 2012 6:32 PM

      Screw the movies, screw the Black Ops part. I am in for the zombies!! :)