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Black Ops 2: 7 things we learned from the new demo

Branching storylines, lady presidents and...Heath Ledger's Joker? The latest on Treyarch's Sci-Fi stunner....

Referring to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 as 'Post-Modern Warfare' might be an obvious play on words, but it's a pretty tidy summary of what Treyarch's latest entry is all about.

Although only nine years separate the events of Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 2, the political landscape in 2025 is light years removed from the one Captain Price smoked goodbye too at the end of MW3. Black Ops 2 explores what would happen if America had its own technology turned against her - a doomsday scenario that's framed perfectly by the opening scene, which shows downtown Los Angeles being decimated by a swarm of angry flying drones.

We've just come back from LA ourselves, where we swarmed around Black Ops 2 director David Anthony's head like an angry drone, peppering him not with bullets but with probing questions about the latest entry in the Call of Duty series. Here's what we discovered...

1. The sci-fi plot is grounded in reality

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We wouldn't leave it too long to book that fortnight at Disneyland if we were you - Black Ops 2's apocalyptic vision of the future could very well come true.

Despite the futuristic setting Treyarch believe it's important for Black Ops 2's storyline to remain feasible. To this end they've enlisted a man named Peter Singer - a senior defence expert for the Brookings Institute - to help predict the future for them.

The Brookings Institute is essentially a high-level think tank for Washington - whenever the president is concerned about a geopolitical situation, he (or indeed she - in Black Ops 2, the president is a lady) has boffins like Singer on speed dial.

Treyarch asked Singer to outline what he thought the world's superpowers would be squabbling over in the year 2025, and his answer would go on to dramatically shape Black Ops 2's storyline...

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