Military science is one of the areas where technology has grown the fastest in recent decades, and if some of what we hear about sounds like it came directly from the mind of a Hollywood screenwriter, that doesn't make it any less real. P.W. Singer, author of Wired for War, predicts that at current rates of development, in 25 years our military technology will have advanced 1 billion times. Even today, there are weapons in use or being prototyped that would seem to make any soldier invincible.

By definition, the Special Operators of the U.S. Armed Forces are the ones working with the most advanced technology, and there is no question that this comes to bear on Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the latest chapter in the Call of Duty saga from Activision and Treyarch. The game perfectly blends the human element of the Black Ops soldiers who carry out extremely dangerous missions in hostile territory with the advanced tech that helps them succeed (advanced even by what we can predict of 2025, when the game is set).

At the end of the day, invincibility—in either a soldier or a weapon—is an illusion. Software has glitches and is dangerously vulnerable to hackers (as the new game will show), so when push comes to shove, you need soldiers you can trust at your side.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is now available for available for pre-order, and will be available everywhere on November 13.