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Fight on Singapore soil in Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

The cargo terminal at Keppel is featured as a map in the latest iteration of the popular shooter.
The Straits Times - September 12, 2012
By: Trevor Tan
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Fight on Singapore soil in Call Of Duty: Black Ops II -- PHOTO: ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

In the upcoming first-person shooter, Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, you get to shoot it out at our very own Keppel cargo terminal.

This is the first time that Singapore is used as a map in a Call Of Duty game. The last time we saw Singapore in an electronic game was in F1 2011, where you get to pilot an F1 racing machine round the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Digital Life was treated to a sneak preview of Black Ops II during an Xbox 360 media event last week. We were told that some members of the Black Ops II development team came down to Singapore to survey the area.

Set in 2025, the mission taking place at Keppel Terminal is a Strike Force mission.

Strike Force missions are optional objective-based sandbox missions. Even if you try and fail, you can still advance along the campaign's storyline. However, there will be "geo-political" ramifications as a result.

Death is permanent here. You cannot load up a previously saved game and replay the mission.

This is a slight departure from the usual linear single-player campaigns of the franchise's previous iterations.

At the loading page of the Keppel Terminal level, you will see the Singapore skyline. But during gameplay, you will be too busy to notice any other familiar sights.

You and your squad's main mission is to destroy a large freighter anchored in the Singapore port. But you need to complete several objectives along the way, such as neutralising missiles or stealing encrypted data.

One of the unique features of the Singapore map is that the cargo containers are constantly moving. This means you could be behind cover one moment and be exposed to enemy fire the next. As a result, you need to keep changing tactics.

In Strike Force missions, you can get a bird's eye view of the battle with the Overwatch view. Friendly troops are highlighted in green while enemies are in red. You can direct your troops to cover waypoints en route to your objective positions.

You can also easily switch around and take control of any friendly troops on the ground, such as a foot soldier, a flying machine-gun-equipped quadrotor, a robot that looks like a miniature Imperial Walker and even a Tomahawk missile.

The Keppel Terminal is also available as a multiplayer map known as Cargo.

So fellow Singaporeans, be prepared to do battle in our own backyard when the Call Of Duty arrives on Nov 13 in PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


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