'Call of Duty: Black Ops II' from Activision.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Avid gamers lined up at video game shops across the country to get their hands on the much anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Industry insiders said it's the biggest game release of all time.
"I've been excited for awhile because I ordered it two to three months ago, so I have been waiting," Walter Jones said.
The game clocks in as Amazon's most pre-ordered game ever. It's also the biggest release GameStop has ever had with a million people showing up at midnight launches across the country. One Natomas store had crowds a quarter mile long.
Blacks Ops II is touted as the "new frontier" for gaming and transports players to a war torn future.
News 10's Game Guy Barry White said this is the first time players will see branching story lines in a single player setting.
"Because you can control outcome, they might have more of a sense of ownership of the story," White said. "'Hey, how did the game end?' 'Oh, mine ended differently.'"
Some said it's not worth the hype. Ryan Brown and his friends traded in the game less than 12 hours later.
"The graphics are amazing," Brown said. "The storyline seemed pretty good, but it only took me six hours to beat it on veteran and it wasn't even that difficult."
Others are waiting to judge for themselves. Some even picked up player manuals to make it through what is expected to be a marathon night of gaming.
"I'm going to try to do everything from start to finish, from easy to expert," Tadio Montalban said.
Players might also recognize a familiar figure in the game. David Petraeus, the retired Army General who stepped down as CIA director last week amid a scandal surrounding his extramarital affair, makes a cameo in the game. A character with his name and likeness appears as Secretary of Defense in the year 2025.