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

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4. Black Ops 2's villain isn't really a villain. Kinda.


"Look at what makes an iconic villain" begins Anthony when we quizz him further on Menendez's character. "Look at somebody like Tony Soprano. He's the main character of the show, but he's a villain. You can understand who this guy is as a human being; you can relate to him. You find yourself doing that, then the next moment you see him doing something so far outside the realm of anything you could ever see yourself doing".

The most memorable baddies, Anthony argues, are the ones which create an emotional dissonance - one moment you empathise with them, the next they do something so unspeakably evil that it leaves you feeling emotionally torn and distant.

"To understand most villains in real life" continues Anthony, "you have to realise they don't see themselves as villains. They really don't. They see themselves as heroes".

Black Ops 2's storyline will play heavily on this emotional conflict. "I think you'll be pretty surprised by who Raul Menendez is" Anthony claims. "Not just as a villain, but also how you feel about him, because at the end, when you replay it, you'll see another perspective".

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