"Ask most Call of Duty fans who won the Advanced Warfare Championship and they'd have to sit down and think about it," says Shane "ShAnE" McKerral, a veteran of the professional Call of Duty scene. "But if you ask them who won the Black Ops 2 Championship, which was two years before, they will say Impact in a heartbeat."
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has finally been added to the Xbox One's backwards compatibility library.
The family of Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi have filed a €1m lawsuit against Activision over his portrayal in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Nearly 12 million people are still playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
When Lethal Weapon 3 got its cinematic release in 1992, my parents dutifully went along to the cinema to watch it. At the end of the credits, they were delighted to discover, there was one last scene - an easter egg to reward those who watched all those names scroll past on the screen. So began an excruciating family tradition.
UPDATE 10/04/2015: The recently-updated Call of Duty website has been data-mined and thus we have new information about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
As reported by CharlieIntel.com, an official description for Treyarch's upcoming shooter was discovered within the source code of the Call of Duty website.
It confirms Black Ops is set "a dark, twisted future" where "the lines are blurred between our own humanity and the technology we created to stay ahead". So, we're going sci-fi again.
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former military dictator against Call of Duty maker Activision.
Activision is trying to have a lawsuit brought by former military dictator Manuel Noriega against the Call of Duty maker thrown out of court - and it's drafted in the ex-Mayor of New York City to help.
A robber was caught when his burglary was overheard on Xbox Live voice chat.
Earlier this month we had Mean Girls and Freaky Friday star Lindsay Lohan suing Rockstar over allegedly using her likeness in Grand Theft Auto 5. Now, we have an ex-dictator suing Activision over allegedly using his likeness in Call of Duty.
Activision wants you to know that 100 million people have played Call of Duty since the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007 - the game that fired the series into the stratosphere.
UPDATE: Activision has revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's final DLC expansion will be Apocalypse, due on 27th August on XBLA.
Pre-orders for Call of Duty: Ghosts are down compared to pre-orders for last year's game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - and Activision reckons it knows why.
A Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 developer has appealed for calm after fans erupted in anger at a patch that tweaked three in-game weapons.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Vengeance DLC came out last week on Xbox 360 and now it's been dated for 1st August on PS3 and PC.
While Battlefield 3 has exhausted its DLC arsenal, signing off with the excellent End Game back in March, its more recent rival in the Call of Duty stable still has another map pack to go before handing over to Ghosts in November.
Before then, when the attention of FPS fans will surely be drawn by the shiny possibilities of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we have Vengeance, another seemingly randomly titled selection of multiplayer maps and Zombies add-ons. Despite the generic tough guy title, Vengeance proves to be yet another solid addition to a game that has already had some truly great bonus maps.
The weakest effort this time around is Detour, a cramped map set on a battle-damaged bridge on America's east coast. This setting defines the design; a long and narrow gauntlet of death where cover comes from mangled cars and emergency barricades. There's limited verticality, with a small underside area accessible through the smashed tarmac, and a couple of trucks topside that offer a minor height advantage. Despite the length of the map, sightlines are mostly short with only a few locations suitable for sniping.
Happy Gran Turismo 6 day! I'm sitting here wearing my special racing boots, practising heel and toe on the Thrustmaster pedals underneath my desk as I count down the hours to 5pm when I can finally play a slice of Polyphony's latest. Lord I wish I was joking. The Gran Turismo 6 demo isn't the only notable download today, of course, and there are probably a fair few of you who don't go all dewy-eyed at the scent of burning rubber getting excited about something else entirely. So, to you: happy COD BLOPS 2 DLC day!
UK online retailer ShopTo is refusing to sell Activision games following a row over Call of Duty: Ghosts, Eurogamer can reveal.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Uprising DLC that came out last week on Xbox Live has now been given a 16th May release date on PSN and PC, Activision has announced.
It seems like only last week that I was praising Halo 4's Castle map pack for its old-fashioned focus on good, solid maps with nary an overarching theme or eye-catching gimmick to tie them together. That's because it was last week, and already here's Black Ops 2 to illustrate the point with its latest exuberant blast of downloadable content.
Call of Duty has always been the big, boisterous puppy of the shooter scene, and that's never been more evident than in this goofy quartet of new multiplayer maps and bonus Zombies campaign.
Studio is a good example of where this map pack is coming from. A remake of the Firing Range map from the original Black Ops, it's a tense cluster of enclosed spaces with long, vulnerable lines of sight separating them. In the centre, a raised tower offers an ideal vantage point for snipers, though its obviousness makes it an immediate target and the threat of a melee kill from a ladder-climbing enemy means it's only tactically valuable for bold players.
Update 2: Activision has released a trailer for Mob of the Dead, starring Ray Liotta, Michael Madsen, Joe Pantoliano and Chazz Palminteri as 1920s mobsters fighting zombies on Alcatraz. Get a load of its debut trailer below. It's the cat's meow!
Earlier this month, our YouTube Editor Ian Higton travelled to the Call of Duty Championship European finals in Cologne to investigate how COD was faring in its attempt to enter the hyper-competitive eSports business.
Update #2: An ESL spokesperson has gotten in touch about the video and, in the interests of fairness and balance, this is the organisation's take on it: "eSports events such as the recent Electronic Sports League European Finals are highly competitive and evoke a huge amount of passion and excitement among the participants. This is no different to sports such as football and rugby, where competitive spirit and banter are part of the mind games that take place between teams. The events are always conducted in a professional manner, and this film does not reflect the generally sportsmanslike behaviour we saw over the weekend."
Update: The Black Ops 2 Micro Items are available today on Xbox 360. There are nine Personalization Packs, each containing one gun decoration (all listed below), three targeting reticules and a custom player calling card. The Personalization Packs cost 160 Microsoft Points each.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Revolution DLC that came to Xbox Live users last month will be coming to PSN and PC on 28th February for $14.99. It's also included as part of the season pass.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in-game Twitch.tv broadcasting is now live on Xbox 360.
Revolution is a loaded word to throw around, particularly when connected to a series widely - and sometimes wrongly - perceived to be stuck in its ways. Black Ops 2 made a surprisingly successful effort to shake up the Call of Duty formula, adding branching narrative threads and custom loadouts to its bombastic campaign corridors, but despite the name that experimental urge doesn't quite make its presence felt in the first batch of premium priced DLC.
Revolution is a peculiar finger buffet of content, containing four multiplayer maps, a new Zombies map, a new Zombies game mode and one new weapon - the first DLC weapon in the series.
That aspect has caused some consternation among fans, but despite some impressive stats the Peacekeeper is not a gamebreaker. Combining the best features of an SMG with the range and punch of an assault rifle, it's an incredibly handy piece of kit but it won't be replacing the painstakingly unlocked and customised weapons favoured by the long-serving player. What it does do is offer a more robust starting weapon for new players, and that's a crucial benefit now that the game's player base has had time to cruise past the prestige ranks, and punishing Scorestreak bonuses are rife.
So it begins. We've had Nuketown Zombies already, of course, but today marks the release (on Xbox Live, at least) of the first of four proper downloadable map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Called Revolution, it consists of four new multiplayer arenas, a Zombies co-op map called Die Rise, and the new Turned mode, where you play as zombies trying to gobble up humans. Amazing scenes.
DmC: Devil May Cry didn't upset the chart for long: Black Ops 2 is back on top this week followed by FIFA 13 in second and Far Cry 3 in third.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 were more popular on Xbox Live in 2012 than Halo 4.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC map pack Revolution lets you play as a zombie for the first time in the gargantuan shooter series.
The first Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 downloadable content has been leaked.
UK tabloids The Sun and The Daily Express have blamed video games for the tragic US school massacre.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has taken the top spot for a fifth week on the trot, equalling Lego Batman 2's 2012 top-spot tally.
It's December and the charts are frozen solid; it's still Black Ops 2 on top, Far Cry 3 second and FIFA third.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 made $1 billion a day quicker than Modern Warfare 3, Activision has announced.
UPDATE: The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 leaderboards have been re-enabled, Treyarch has said.
Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime reckons third-party games like Call of Duty look dramatically better on Wii U.
So let's recap. What we know of the Wii U spec strongly suggests that the new Nintendo machine should be something along the lines of an enhanced Xbox 360. We have a tri-core IBM CPU, an improved, more modern AMD Radeon graphics core, twice as much RAM available to developers and we even see a substantial boost in the volume of fast eDRAM directly attached to the GPU. There are trade-offs in any console design, but the key ingredients suggest that 360 ports should transition across to the new hardware fairly easily. Unfortunately, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 proves that the situation is not quite so straightforward.
Based on a visual analysis at least, it seems clear that developer Treyarch thought its best bet in bringing Black Ops 2 to the Wii U was to transplant its existing Xbox 360 work lock, stock and barrel across to the new hardware. In putting together our usual comparison videos and galleries, what struck us was the level of parity between the 360 and Wii U games - aside from gamma issues, we're essentially looking at exactly the same presentation.
All of this means that the new version gets the same 880x720 native resolution, with the same sharp upscaling filter employed on the Xbox 360 release. There's even 2x multi-sampling anti-aliasing (MSAA) - the first time we've seen hardware AA deployed in-game on a Wii U title (admittedly, it's early days there).
Not much to tell these two versions apart, suggesting that the Wii U game is based heavily on the 360 original.
Just like the 360 version it is based on, the Wii U version stands up fairly well against the PC game.
Wii U takes the PS3 to the cleaners in terms of image quality.
Like-for-like scenes tested across the three HD console platforms, with a clear winner in view.
For as long as most folk remember, games have launched on Fridays in the UK and on Tuesday in the US. That's the way of things. Sometimes they converge for a glitzy worldwide launch but mostly they don't - they stick to the norm, and Europeans wait.
Like-for-like areas of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Black Ops 2 directly compared with Digital Foundry tools.
The PC version of the game is compared against the PS3 SKU running patch 1.03 which improves image quality a touch.
The Xbox 360 version of the game compared with the patched PS3 edition, which improves image quality a little.
UPDATE: Activision has published the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Xbox 360 title update patch notes, as promised.
The 26MB update that released yesterday fixed many glitches and made improvements to the live streaming.
Made infrastructure and performance improvements to Live Streaming.
UPDATE: Treyarch has added the Chaos Moshpit bonus playlist to Black Ops 2 in response to the outcry over the removal of the Nuketown 2025 map.
UPDATE 2: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold fewer copies than 1.7 million in launch week in the UK.
Activision has released a patch to combat the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 system lock-ups some were experiencing on PlayStation 3.
These freezing issues were occurring in online play, specifically when entering a public multiplayer lobby.
Activision said yesterday that it was aware that some were still experiencing system lock-ups despite installing the patch and we are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of it as quickly as possible.
Like one of those brilliant scuffles between two men in rubber monster suits stomping around in a miniature city, this week saw not only the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but also the unveiling of Grand Theft Auto 5's second trailer. Over at Outside Xbox we clambered all over Black Ops 2 Live like an amorous spider, grabbing a chat with Michael Rooker, who stars in the game, and experiencing the contrast between mumbled missives and boundless enthusiasm from Jack Whitehall and Chris 'Kammy' Kamara respectively. More usefully, we chatted to Treyarch's eSports advisor Hastr0 about how to read a Call of Duty match using the game's new revamped spectator and theatre mode, which forms the basis of 'CoDcasting'.
For some, multiplayer is all that matters in a COD game, so we've prepared a bespoke performance analysis video covering online gameplay.
Check out how well Treyarch's new upscaling technique on Xbox 360 compares with native resolution on PC.
The weakest SKU goes head-to-head with the PC game running at max settings.
Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 in what is likely to be the biggest game of 2012.
Black Ops 2 is probably the highest earning Call of Duty game in the space of 24 hours, Activision has announced. But actual sales figures weren't revealed.
It's fair to say that Treyarch's track record in terms of cross-platform conversions is patchy at best, especially evident when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops are compared directly. Lower frame-rates, lower resolution frame buffers, and PSN's online issues gave the impression that the firm's focus had been directed towards the Xbox 360 version of the game, resulting in a sub-par experience for PS3 owners. So how does Black Ops 2 fare?
Like-for-like scenes between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Black Ops 2 compared.
Let's not be coy. We both know why you're here. You want to know if this is the one. Is this the game that will finally turn the tide and see Call of Duty given a bloody good kicking? Believe me, I understand that impulse. We're conditioned to root for the underdog, not to cheer on a champion that's already spent five years on top.
Sorry to disappoint, but Black Ops 2 is not the cynical obligation you might think. It may be destined to earn all the money in the world between now and next November, but that assurance has gifted developer Treyarch with confidence, not arrogance. For so long considered the second-string studio, brought in to add to the series on Infinity Ward's off years, Black Ops 2 sees Treyarch not only adding to the franchise but taking ownership of it. This is a game that dares to take a billion-dollar formula and muck about with it.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the campaign mode. Bucking the trend for increasingly stunted single-player shooter experiences, Treyarch has returned to the belief that the solo portion of an FPS is the beating heart of the game, not a grudging tradition useful only for bombastic trailer shots.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 isn't even a week old, but that hasn't stopped word of the next game in the all-conquering first-person shooter series hitting the internet.
UPDATE #2: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 developer Treyarch has told gamers they should contact Activision's customer service if they experience "issues" with their game disc.
UPDATE: Blockbuster has been in touch to let us know that it will open over 450 stores at midnight tonight to sell Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Treyarch has published its Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 security and enforcement policy, outlining the behaviour that will result in a ban.
UPDATE: Simply Games has removed its promise to ship Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 tomorrow from its Facebook page.
A day after EA announced Twitch support for Origin, Activision has announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's eye-catching live streaming feature links with YouTube.
The Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has leaked onto the internet a week ahead of release.
Activision has released a video showing gameplay from the Nuketown 2025 map for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Nuketown 2025 is Black Ops 2's version of Black Ops' popular Nuketown map. Its retro futuristic US nuclear test suburb aesthetics and happy go lucky mannequins are crammed into one of the smallest play spaces in the game.
To get the map you have to pre-order the game. Doing so also nets you a double XP weekend.
Update: Infinity Ward has denied meeting with Murray about Modern Warfare 4. "Interesting news today, but it's not true," said the developer on twitter. "We've not talked with any voice actors, so all news is speculation."
Activision has released a live action Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer that is littered with celebrity appearances.
The Guy Ritchie-directed TV spot, dubbed Surprise, sees Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr in a jet.
Whose face can you recognise?
The Wii U GamePad may have a mic on it, but it won't support voice-chat. Instead, you'll have to use a third-party headset that plugs into the tablet-like controller.
Activision's announced that Call of Duty: Elite will be turning free for Black Ops 2 but, hold your horses, map packs will be sold separately. Ha! As if they wouldn't.
The internet has discovered a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Season Pass.
I'd finished my interview with Tom Cassell, and it had gone fairly well. Although, something did feel like it was missing. "Would you mind if I walked with you for a bit?" I asked. "So I can see it happen?" Tom was enthusiastic - he is about most things. So we took to the floor of the Eurogamer Expo.
Can an $89 replica gun controller really make you better at Call of Duty than a traditional pad?
Activision has released the first image of the Nuketown 2025 map for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Treyarch design director David Treyarch took to the stage at Eurogamer Expo this afternoon to discuss what it's like to be in charge of the design of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and dish the dirt on the game's new prestige system.
Treyarch will remain quiet on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's exciting new zombies mode right up until release because it wants players to find out how it works for themselves.
Last week Activision teased a zombie mode in Treyarch's upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but now we can see it in action in the full trailer below.
The zombie multiplayer modes will be available for up to eight players, according to a report by Polygon.
In addition to the usual Survival mode - where you fend off waves of the undead - there will be two new modes, Tranzit and Grief.
Update: Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed has been added to this list.
Original Story: The Wii U will launch in the UK with just seven fully-fledged retail titles, Nintendo has announced, including FIFA 13, Rayman Legends, Mass Effect 3 and New Super Mario Bros. U.
Mini-game compilation Nintendo Land is one of that number - despite coming free with the more expensive Wii U Premium model.
This s*** just got realer! Realer? More real. Corporeal. Manifest. Substantial. Etc. Yes, we're very pleased to reveal that at this year's Eurogamer Expo we will have Treyarch presenting a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 developer session at 3pm on Friday 28th September.
This news is a little late, but important nonetheless: The PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 won't support Windows XP, because the engine has been upgraded to DirectX 11.
Fans of streaking rejoice! We're very happy to reveal that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer will be playable at this year's Eurogamer Expo.
When it comes to video game special editions, Call of Duty does it like no other. But Activision may have outdone itself once again with the ultra edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Two special versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 have been outed online - but neither option will include a Call of Duty: Elite premium subscription.
60 frames or not 60 frames? When it comes to military first-person shooters, that is the question.
Treyarch hopes the changes it's made for the multiplayer portion of Black Ops 2 will make Call of Duty a team game again.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's eye-catching live streaming function works on console, Treyarch has said.
Treyarch has lifted the lid on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer at a special event at German show Gamescom, confirming the series' famous kill streaks have been ditched and new e-sports focused features have been added.
A new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - below - shows off the upcoming first-person shooter's multiplayer.
Being that Treyarch's sequel is the first Call of Duty to take place in the future, there's an array all new gadgets like mechs, transforming microwave emitters, controllable drones and peculiar qaud-propellered aerial crafts.
For more info, our Nick Cowen previewed Black Ops 2 and said, "it certainly looks more explosive than anything Treyarch has done before."
It's really, really expensive.
Are your house-dwellers fed up with the sound of explosions? Do you dial down the volume for a timid war experience?
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is scoring the theme to Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
One year, seven months and 21 days late, Cold War romp Call of Duty: Black Ops has been announced for Mac.
Another year, another Call of Duty - and, from a technological perspective, Black Ops 2 could prove to be the most ambitious yet. Treyarch's latest continues the company's tradition of expanding and improving upon the core Infinity Ward engine, with a host of new engine advancements revealed in the footage seen to date. The question is, at a time where many developers seem to be approaching the limits of current-gen consoles, can this ever-evolving codebase sustain the 60 frames per second update that the series has always aspired to?
Activision will offer a Limited Edition pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 that includes a new version of Black Ops' Nuketown map.
It may be a sad indication of how the proverbial blockbuster has evolved over the years, but recently I've started to judge popcorn movies and triple-A shooters based on how entertainingly they destroy cities. Over the last half decade I've seen so many famous cities wiped off the map for my amusement, I now expect games developers and film directors to exhibit both originality and creativity in how they orchestrate violent urban renewal.
Whether you're a fan of their work or not, one can't deny that Infinity Ward is a past master when it comes to this sort of thing. It's also to the developer's credit that reducing urban conurbations to piles of rubble isn't entirely about upping the shock and awe ante; there's something genuinely disturbing on an emotional level about seeing landmarks such as the New York Stock Exchange, the London Underground and the Washington Memorial with chunks blown out of them.
If all of that sounds disturbing, then consider this: it also constitutes part of what gamers expect from the 'authentic Call Of Duty experience', which Treyarch's Community Manager John Rafazz says lies at the heart of what the Santa Monica developer is trying to deliver with the single-player campaign for Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Nintendo hopes that the Wii U GamePad could become the "preferred" way of playing Call of Duty games.
The PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will support ranked dedicated servers, developer Treyarch has confirmed.
Former Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero studio Neversoft is making a Call of Duty game, it's announced.
Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Battlefield - for years western military first-person shooters have featured US soldiers killing terrorists. Now, the Middle East is having a go at its own take on the genre.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will launch on Wii U this November, leaked scans from Nintendo Gamer magazine have revealed.
There will be no Call of Duty XP event this year, Activision has confirmed.
All Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC will arrive on Xbox 360 first, Microsoft exec Don Mattress has just confirmed.
The exclusivity deal follows similar agreements for previous Call of Duty titles.
A live gameplay demo of Black Ops 2, set in the near future, showcased an American city under siege from terrorists. The French president is pinned down, and you have to rescue him.
In a battle to precede the war, both EA and Activision will debut new television adverts for their shooter mega-series Call of Duty and Medal of Honor during Saturday's Champions League final.
A 20-year-old man has been jailed for 18 months after making thousands of pounds by distributing a Call of Duty hack that was really a virus.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 doesn't need a brand new game engine to improve the graphics over previous games in the series, Treyarch has insisted.
Battle: Los Angeles.
Black Ops 2 brings "disruptive innovation" to the Call of Duty series, Activision has promised.
Almost every first person shooter released today loses money, according to the co-founder of Free Radical, the now-defunct UK studio responsible for the TimeSplitters franchise.
Call of Duty players will enjoy a "visual overhaul" for Black Ops 2, Activision has claimed.
Activision has announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 13th November.
The pre-order description on the official Call of Duty website reveals basic story details. Black Ops 2 is set in the near future, during a 21st century Cold War "where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare".
The debut trailer is currently linked to but set to private on YouTube. Leaked images show the game's quadrotor, teased in videos released previously. There's box art too.