Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

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Call of Duty maker sued by family of Angolan rebel leader

"[He's portrayed as] a big halfwit who wants to kill everybody."

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VideoVideo: The best end songs ever

Sing when you're winning (at video games).

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Surprise Call of Duty Black Ops 2 update sparks Black Ops 3 reveal

UPDATE: Set in "a dark, twisted future". Zombies mode confirmed.

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Ex-dictator's lawsuit against Call of Duty maker Activision dismissed

"This was an absurd lawsuit from the very beginning."

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's final DLC Apocalypse is due this month on XBLA

Four new maps and the WWI-era zombie campaign Origins, which features a giant mech.

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COD developer appeals for calm following death threats

After three in-game guns were tweaked in a new patch.

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Black Ops 2's Vengeance DLC dated for PS3 and PC

The August add-on arrives next month.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Vengeance DLC spotted

UPDATE: Acti confirms, due for Xbox 360 launch on 2nd July.

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Black Ops 2's Uprising DLC dated for May on PS3 and PC

After coming to Xbox Live last week.

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New Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Uprising has an Alcatraz Zombies map

UPDATE: New Mob of the Dead trailer shows Ray Liotta and Michael Madsen playing gangsters fighting zombies.

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VideoCall of Duty: eSport of the future?

We sent Ian to the European COD Championship finals to see what all the fuss is about.

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VideoThis is what top-level COD competition ****ing looks like

Video evidence of the rage at the Call of Duty European Championships. Not safe for work.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in-game Twitch broadcasting enabled on Xbox 360

On PC and PlayStation 3 soon. No mention of Wii U.

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VideoBlack Ops 2 Revolution DLC live stream

Watch us play through the new maps from 3pm UK time onwards.

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First Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Revolution leaked

Four new MP maps, one new zombies map, one new gun.

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UK tabloids single out Call of Duty, Dynasty Warriors in coverage of Sandy Hook school massacre

Long-running anti-video game agenda continues - despite praiseworthy previews and reviews.

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UK chart: fa-la-la-la-laa la Black Ops 2

Paper Mario Sticker Star scrapes in.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 makes $1bn a day quicker than Modern Warfare 3

Activision vows to keep bringing "fresh ideas and new innovations" to the series.

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Treyarch vows to fix Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 leaderboard resets

UPDATE: Treyarch restoring entries for those impacted.

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Reggie: third-party games “look dramatically better” on Wii U

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell “baffled” by the console.

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Digital FoundryFace-Off: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Wii U

The COD experience fails to impress on Nintendo's new hardware.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Xbox 360 vs. Wii U Comparison Video

Not much to tell these two versions apart, suggesting that the Wii U game is based heavily on the 360 original.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC vs. Wii U Comparison Video

Just like the 360 version it is based on, the Wii U version stands up fairly well against the PC game.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 PS3 vs. Wii U Comparison Video

Wii U takes the PS3 to the cleaners in terms of image quality.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 360/PS3/Wii U Engine Performance

Like-for-like scenes tested across the three HD console platforms, with a clear winner in view.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 360/PS3/Wii U Gameplay Performance

Disappointing performance from the new console in town as Black Ops 2 arrives on Wii U.

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FeatureWhy are we stuck with games being released on a Friday?

An investigation into the origins, arguments and potential for change.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Console Gameplay Performance Video

Intense action from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Black Ops 2 compared.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Cut-Scene Comparison Video

Like-for-like areas of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Black Ops 2 directly compared with Digital Foundry tools.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 PS3 vs. PC Comparison Video V2

The PC version of the game is compared against the PS3 SKU running patch 1.03 which improves image quality a touch.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Console Comparison Video V2

The Xbox 360 version of the game compared with the patched PS3 edition, which improves image quality a little.

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UK chart: oh my COD

UPDATE: Black Ops 2 launch smaller than Black Ops, MW3 and MW2.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PS3 patch released

Fixes console lock-up issues - for some.

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This week on Outside Xbox

The Black Ops 2 launch, GTA5 taken apart and more.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Performance Video

For some, multiplayer is all that matters in a COD game, so we've prepared a bespoke performance analysis video covering online gameplay.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Gameplay Performance Video

Gameplay segments from the single-player campaign compared and contrasted. Xbox 360 still commands the lead, but PS3 draws closer compared to the last Black Ops.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Xbox 360 vs. PC Comparison Video

Check out how well Treyarch's new upscaling technique on Xbox 360 compares with native resolution on PC.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 PS3 vs. PC Comparison Video

The weakest SKU goes head-to-head with the PC game running at max settings.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Console Comparison Video

Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 in what is likely to be the biggest game of 2012.

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COD: Black Ops 2 earns more money in 24 hours than Black Ops 1, maybe Modern Warfare 3

But actual sales figures aren't, for first time, revealed.

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Digital FoundryBlack Ops 2: Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?

Preliminary findings from the upcoming Digital Foundry Face-Off.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Cut-Scene/Traversal Performance Video

Like-for-like scenes between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Black Ops 2 compared.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 review

The changing of the guard.

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The next Call of Duty is a Modern Warfare game - report

John "Soap" MacTavish in a flashback scene set in Somalia.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC disc 2 is, for some, Mass Effect 2

UPDATE 2: Treyarch dev tells gamers to contact Activision customer service.

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What will get you banned from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Boosting, glitching and offensive live streams.

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UK shop Simply Games promises to break Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 street date

UPDATE: Promise removed. Did Activision get in touch?

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Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 leaks onto internet a week ahead of release

Gameplay floods YouTube. Vonderhaar asks fans to wait for "legit" streams.

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Modern Warfare 4 leaked by Captain Price voice actor

UPDATE: Infinity Ward "We've not talked with any voice actors, so all news is speculation."

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Wii U GamePad mic won't support voice-chat

Instead requires third-party headsets.

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COD Elite turns free for Black Ops 2, map packs sold separately

"Season Pass and DLC may not be available on all gaming platforms."

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£35 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Season Pass, Elite Free spotted

4 map packs for what amounts to a $10 discount.

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FeatureAn audience with Syndicate

How a regular northern teen became a YouTube gaming sensation.

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Why Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Prestige is not a start-over system

David Vonderhaar takes the stage at Eurogamer Expo.

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Every Wii U UK launch game listed

Just seven retail titles confirmed for launch day.

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EGXTreyarch to present Black Ops 2 developer session at Eurogamer Expo

Call of Duty developer David Vonderhaar's talk entitled "Challenging Assumptions".

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COD: Black Ops 2 PC engine evolves, sheds Windows XP support

DirectX 11 migration brings all sorts of treats.

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Battlefield and Call of Duty: the great frames per second debate

"I'm pretty convinced Call of Duty is as popular as it is because of how fluid it can feel."

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Treyarch hopes Black Ops 2 multiplayer changes will make Call of Duty a team game again

"I think players are going to start caring about winning and losing again."

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Treyarch: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 live streaming works on console, doesn't impact game

COD has a "pretty healthy and vibrant" eSports community, insists design director.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 is coming to Mac

Over one-and-a-half years late.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 and the 60FPS Challenge

Can current console hardware handle an increasingly more advanced game engine without compromising COD's unique gameplay experience?

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Digital FoundryBlack Ops 2 at E3 Performance Analysis

Frame-rate tests on the E3 reveal of the 2012 Call of Duty game.

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Digital FoundryCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 Reveal Trailer

A 60Hz encode of our first look at Treyarch's 2012 Call of Duty offering.

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FeatureCall Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Preview: Appetite for Destruction

Treyarch goes big for its blockbuster sequel.

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Nintendo: Wii U could become "preferred" Call of Duty platform

But GamePad concept "confusing relative to the Wii".

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Black Ops 2 PC to support ranked dedicated servers

But no word yet on whether you'll have to pay.

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Meet Persian Gulf Soldiers - the Iranian Call of Duty

Iranian marines versus Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 coming to Wii U - report

Leak lists Activision shooter for November launch.

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No Call of Duty XP event this year

Activision teases "new experiences" at Gamescom.

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VideoCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 gameplay demo

Future soldiers shown live at E3.

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20-year-old jailed for Call of Duty hack that was really a virus

Kent man made $1-5 a pop selling credit card details.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 doesn't need a new engine to advance graphics, Treyarch insists

"There's a lot of good still in that foundation you wouldn't get rid of."

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VideoCall Of Duty: Black Ops 2 investigative trailer

How the future world of BLOPS2 is closer than you'd think.

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Black Ops 2 offers "disruptive innovation", promises Activision

Branching storylines and "meaningful choices" in this year's COD.

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Free Radical founder: "Pretty much every FPS loses money"

Nobody cares unless it's Call of Duty, says TimeSplitters man.

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Activision claims visual overhaul for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

PC version will "take advantage" of DX11 graphics cards.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 announced

Set in 21st century Cold War. First images.