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Call of Duty: Black Ops II - See the Shoutcasting feature in action

In a recent visit to the Treyarch office, we were able to check out the new Call of Duty Black Ops II multiplayer feature, Shoutcasting, and give it a spin with professional shoutcaster and eSports advisor to Treyarch, Mike "Hastro" Rufail. Shoutcasting allows players to spectate matches using a unique user interface that displays player stats, detailed map overlays, scoreboards, and loadouts, so the shoutcaster knows what's happening on the map at any point in time. Check out the Shoutcasting feature for yourself as we try it out in the video below.

Truth be told, we found it quite difficult to get a hang of the interface controls while trying to pay attention to everything that was happening in the match. Basically, don't expect to pick it up and automatically have the skills of a professional sportscaster. That said, you'll feel like you have an eagle-eye perspective over the whole multiplayer match thanks to the ability to swap between the map overlay, see where the action is, and drop right into the first-person perspective to see the action first-hand. But we can already tell, it will take some practice to be able to follow the action, call out the play-by-play, and navigate the interface while remaining entertaining at the same time. As it stands, Shoutcasting feels geared towards eSports professionals and the hardest of the hardcore competitive players, so we're interested to see how the average Black Ops II player reacts to Shoutcasting when Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 releases on November 13.

If you want more information on Black Ops II's multiplayer features, check out our Shoutcasting and livestreaming details and get the more Black Ops 2 multiplayer details  here. 

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4 comments

  • talleyXIV - August 15, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    The ads on your videos are ridiculous. I have to watch a minute of something I don't care for to watch 7 minutes?
  • ParagonT - August 15, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    Looks cool, but can it be exploited for some? Some questions: 1. Can you watch these on a PC? 2. Is there a way for a commentator or spectator to able to contact any of the players? [chats] (Which would NOT be good.) 3. What about players that will use skype, cellphones, or live-streaming to boost friends and exploit this feature? 4. Is it truly live? Other than that, I see how this could be cool at first, but I have a feeling that the commentators will consolidate quickly. Although new commentators could rise very quickly and use this as a stepping stool for Youtube. Ya know, where they can be paid to do stuff.
  • talleyXIV - August 15, 2012 3:04 p.m.

    Xbox Live does have party chat, if people utilize this feature by giving their friends instruction it will be a huge mistake. And the commentary market is crazy saturated and if this could go straight to Youtube, billions of terribly put together videos will be spammed. I don't like it.
  • ParagonT - August 15, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    What I'm afraid of as well. I could like it if it wont cause any problems, but it seems like there could possibly be many.

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