Here's a very interesting and indepth look at what went into the creation of Black Ops 2's story (some of it will surprise you).
Not since the original Bioshock have we seen an FPS with storytelling this damn good, but what's more impressive is that Black Ops 2 actually manages to push the envelope even further, with choice. No, not that shallow "good" and "bad" karma system crap you've constantly been subjected to by games like InFamous, Red Dead Redemption, and the like. Here the choices are not so clear-cut, and the consequences that stem from these moral conundrums are entirely unpredictable. At it's very best Black Ops 2 is a dramatized simulation of real life, and that of the permanent implications that materialize from the choices we as humans make. And yes, there's still the kickass action packed set pieces that we have come to expect from CoD, only for the first time in the franchise, these events have meaning. Add to that one of the most realistic, tragic , and ruthless villains in gaming history, and you have a FPS campaign that will go down as a celebrated classic.
Bits taken from the interview:
"The choices you make won't always be a simple matter of kill character A or B. In fact, you won't realize you're even making an active choice sometimes."
"Its a human story. A lot of people go through a lot of tough times, particular soldiers and veterans. We feel really close to veterans, and very attached to them. Weve heard a lot of these stories, and what they go through. How theyre traumatized by what theyve been through. I wanted to tell that story"
"They could have sat down after Black Ops and been like, 'Well, you know, we'll just -- as the popular term is -- reskin it and do another one.' Thats the last thing on their minds. They would have been disgusted with themselves for doing that. The thing that Im so proud about Treyarch is the more success they have, the more hungry they are to make things different, to change things up."
"it may appear like the game is trying to send a message. Rather, it's asking questions and it's up to you to find the answer."
I have a lot more respect for Treyarch after reading this. They truly do put a ton of effort forth into creating quality games.