Well what can I say, another Call of Duty is born! I must admit before I purchased it I was very skeptical. All my BF3 mates will be cursing me lol, but I don't care. This game is very good and playing the latest installment just reminded me how good the series is.
The storyline is very good. It's set along two different timelines, the first being 1986-89 and the second in the future in the year 2025. The two time lines are interlinked by a complex story of how the Cold War has brought about a lot of change in relatively unknown countries at the time. It leaves behind events of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War (all real events) and focuses upon the fictional plot. It also cleverly incorporates real time events like the invasion of Panama to coincide with the story.
Alex Mason's (from the original) son leads the SEAL team of the future (the second game). The story of how things got to where they are is narrated by David Mason's fathers friend and fellow soldier SGT Frank Woods. Treyarch have really diversified with their stories and its so refreshing to step away from traditional conflicts of nations such as the Americans V the Germans / Russians etc.
Game play itself is very good. As well as standard campaign missions you have the option of playing 5 spec ops mission that run in conjunction to the story. In this missions you can control units of both men and mechanized fighting equipment. Most of all the best thing about the storyline is the decision making which is a COD first. You can make different choices which will affect the overall outcome during and at the end of the game.
Finally the multi player is very good indeed. Level 55 to prestige instead of level 80, the ability to fully customize your own player card instead of simply choosing one and new entertaining game types to name but a few good positives. But important of them all (in my eyes) is all new zombie mode. You can play survival which is exactly that or you can play Tranzit Mode which allows you to ride around in a make shift bus and take on the undead hordes across various locations on the map!! Really fun and will keep you amused for ages. A worth while buy for sure this Christmas.