Achievement Preview Spotlight: CoD: Black Ops II

By Jonathan Barnes, 6 years ago
Much like last week's spotlight of Halo 4, this week's choice was another no-brainer: My Pony and Me 2: The Revenge of Prancy.

Just kidding.

This week we're taking a look at Call of Duty: Black Ops II. As always, I'll be doing my best to avoid "spoiler" achievements, but read at your own risk!


A quick-scan look at the achievements shows that each level seems to have an achievement associated with it along with a few that could very-well relate to completing levels in a certain fashion. Beyond that, here are a few high/lowlights.

One of the cornerstones of Call of Duty has been the customization features, especially in multiplayer. Black Ops II appears to be carrying that over to the campaign with the following achievement.

Gun Nut in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Gun Nut12 (10)
Complete a level with customized loadout.

If you're anything like me (and who's to say you're not) you like having a good degree of flexibility in your weapon loadouts, so this achievement should not cause you to lose any sleep.

The next achievement might require playing a few missions multiple times... not that you weren't planning on doing that anyway.

Ten K in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Ten K31 (15)
Minimum score 10k in every mission

10,000 points is no laughing matter, but it shouldn't be too much of a problem for the seasoned shooter.

As we detailed back in September, Black Ops II will be featuring a new Zombie mode, TranZit. As such, there are several achievements that will have you working with the living impaired. This next achievement definitely stuck out from the bunch.

You Have No Power Over Me in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
In TranZit, defeat "him" without being attacked by "him".

I don't know about you guys, but that one sounds like it could be a heart attack waiting to happen.

The next achievement is all but expected... both in good ways and bad.

Welcome to the Penthouse in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Prestige once in multiplayer Public Match.

That's right. Get ready to grind.

Finally, the last spotlight achievement is going to have you scrounging through levels for a while.

High IQ in Call of Duty: Black Ops II
High IQ68 (20)
Collect all intel.

Everyone loves those collectibles, right?

A deeper look at the list shows off some achievements that will definitely be netting you some high values: Old Fashioned and Futurist will task you to go on Veteran difficulty, you'll also get a pretty big pop for simply beating the game *spoiler-ee achievement description redacted*, and Giant Accomplishment will ask you to complete all of the game's challenges.

All-in-all, though, the achievements seem pretty straightforward. Aside from asking you to prestige in the multiplayer, there doesn't seem to be many arduous achievements that should dissuade you from picking up Call of Duty: Black Ops II when it drops next week.

If there's an upcoming game that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.