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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Now Available Worldwide

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  1. btarunr

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    The wait is over. The groundbreaking Call of Duty: Black Ops II is now available at retail locations across the globe. The highly-anticipated sequel to the best-selling Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 console game in history has been called "the most ambitious Call of Duty ever," pushing the boundaries of the blockbuster franchise to new heights by propelling players into a world full of advanced weaponry, robotics and drone technology in the year 2025. Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which has shattered pre-order records set last year by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, is on its way to a historic launch, and is poised to usher in a new era for the 30-million Call of Duty fans worldwide with a host of new innovations to deliver the complete gaming experience. Providing great value to the Call of Duty community, starting today Activision's Call of Duty Elite services for Call of Duty: Black Ops II are free, providing fans with deeply integrated features, including Clan Operations, Zombies Leaderboards and more.

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    Activision kicked-off the celebration overnight as eager fans lined-up at midnight across an unprecedented 16,000 retailers around the globe from Sydney to Dubai to Paris to Los Angeles to get their hands on Activision and their award-winning studio Treyarch's innovative new release. Anticipation for the title has reached a fever pitch and is expected to be the "biggest game launch of all time," as GameStop Tony Bartel recently noted.

    "From the very beginning, our goal with Call of Duty: Black Ops II was to deliver a new high watermark for the franchise. And thanks to the hard work and creative brilliance of our team at Treyarch, I think that's exactly what we've done," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI). "In addition to an amazing and innovative game, we're also proud and humbled to see the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II creating yet another legitimate, pop cultural phenomenon. To our millions of fans worldwide, who have driven everything from pre-orders to YouTube views, to midnight lines outside of stores worldwide to new levels, we just want to say, thank you. You are the best fan base in the world, and the unprecedented thrill ride that is Call of Duty: Black Ops II is all for you."

    "From day one, we've pushed ourselves to make the best gaming experience of our lives and I am so incredibly proud with what this team has created with Call of Duty: Black Ops II," said Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia. "Our vision has been to deliver the complete package - something for every type of player. Beginning with the single player campaign, Treyarch introduces things that you've never seen in the Call of Duty franchise before, like branching storylines, non-linear missions and customizing player load outs; or multiplayer, where we've re-written the rules with an all-new 'Pick 10' Create-A-Class, Score Streaks, and entire suite of eSports competitive features like CODcasting, Live Streaming and League Play that further makes Call of Duty a spectator sport; all the way to our biggest Zombies experience yet, which has three modes of play by itself - it's been an absolutely amazing experience developing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and now we can't wait to play it with our fans."

    Delivering an epic scale that rivals Hollywood blockbusters, Call of Duty: Black Ops II also features a heavyweight musical lineup with contributions from Academy Award winning composer Trent Reznor (theme), BAFTA nominee Jack Wall (score), and tracks from musical acts Avenged Sevenfold and an original collaboration by Skrillex and Alvin Risk. Theplot-twisting, generation-spanning story, co-written by David S. Goyer, screenwriter for The Dark Knight and the upcoming Man of Steel, picks up where Call of Duty: Black Ops' Cold War era tale left off, in its explosively cinematic single player campaign taking gamers to the year 2025, against the most sinister villain in Call of Duty lore. Armed with branching storylines and non-linear missions known as Strike Force levels, which provides players a sandbox style gameplay experience, Call of Duty: Black Ops II affords players the opportunity to actually affect the outcome of the game, and for the first time in series history deliver multiple endings to this epic saga. "Collaborating with David Goyer has been an incredible experience. From the beginning, we had a shared vision to rewrite the rules of storytelling in the Call of Duty franchise and deliver a truly innovative experience for players," said Call of Duty: Black Ops II Director and Co-Writer, Dave Anthony.

    Tapping into the heartbeat of millions, Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer mode delivers a true package of innovations, including the all-new "Pick-10" Create-a-Class system that revolutionizes the traditional slot-driven system by allowing fans to gear up for battle by customizing an unprecedented number of combinations to best suit their play-style. Further leveling the playing field for more gamers, the new Score Streaks system rewards all-types of players for helping their team win from capturing flags, securing objectives, defending teammates and more.

    Without a doubt, the most prolific multiplayer additions to Call of Duty: Black Ops II are the ones lining up to bring Call of Duty online gaming and eSports to the masses. Accessible to players of all skill levels, Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer introduces League Play, a skill-based matchmaking system that makes competition fun at any skill level. Multiplayer also now seamlessly integrates a play-by-play "CODcasting" commentary system that allows fans to create their own eSports commentaries on games. And in a historic first for console gaming, Call of Duty: Black Ops II also features live streaming of League Play games on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, without the need for any additional hardware. With the live streaming feature, players now have the ability to broadcast their Call of Duty: Black Ops II games to the masses in real-time on YouTube, so anyone in the world can enjoy watching the action. Call of Duty Elite takes the live streaming experience even further, enabling viewers to see the player card of the user that is streaming. Viewers can dig deeper on Call of Duty Elite to see class loadouts, recent match data, as well as career stats across supported Call of Duty games on the Call of Duty Elite service. Live streams of Call of Duty: Black Ops II are viewable via web browsers, mobile and tablets through Call of Duty Elite as well as individual YouTube user channels. A verified YouTube account is required to live stream. A valid Call of Duty Elite registration is necessary to view the streams and related information inside Call of Duty Elite. Call of Duty: Black Ops II player live streams will be subject to limitations and restrictions.

    The complete package also delivers the fan-favorite Zombies game created by Treyarch. The beloved and terrifying cooperative game mode pits players against an unrelenting horde of the undead. The Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies offering is the biggest to date, featuring three different modes to survive the zombie apocalypse. Unravel the mysteries of a dying Earth in Tranzit, fight endless waves of zombies in Survival mode, or compete in the new 4z4 last-human-standing mode Grief.

    Activision also is making available pre-orders for the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass at select retail outlets. The Season Pass lets gamers access four epic Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Map Packs to be released in 2013 at a bundled discount (discount based on a suggested retail price of $49.99 and four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $15 each). The DLC Map Packs will be available on the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network first, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Additionally consumers who purchase the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass will not only receive an exclusive in-game calling card, but also access to the Nuketown Zombies bonus map. Nuketown Zombies will be offered to Season Pass holders in December, releasing first on Xbox 360 with other platforms to follow.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops II is available today worldwide on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC. The title is scheduled for release in North America on November 18, 2012, for the new Wii U game system from Nintendo. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is published by Activision Publishing, Inc., and is rated "M" (Mature - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs - content suitable for persons ages 17 and older) by the ESRB. More information on Call of Duty: Black Ops II can be found at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2 or on http://www.facebook.com/codblackops. Fans can also follow @Treyarch on Twitter.

    Also releasing today for PlayStation Vita is Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified, bringing classic Call of Duty-style gameplay to gamers-on-the-go. Developed by Nihilistic, this intense Call of Duty handheld title features frenetic 4v4 multiplayer across popular modes and hallmark features, including Care Packages, Create-A-Class, Killstreaks, Perks, Prestiging and more. The title also delivers an original fiction taking place between Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Utilizing both touchscreen and "Near" technology, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified puts the adrenaline-rush combat and action of Call of Duty in the palm of your hands. The title is also included in a limited PlayStationVita Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Special Edition Bundle Pack for the ultimate value on the go. Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified is rated "M" (Mature - Blood, Drug Reference, Strong Language, Violence - content suitable for persons ages 17 and older).
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    Oh sweet, Guns and Map Pack: The Game 2012 finally came out!
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    This game must be one of the most profitable jokes going. Yearly rehashes, the same graphics and same engine. The game is literally just shoot, hide, shoot, hide, quick time button press, rinse and repeat.

    I loved CoD4, but the rest are just crap. Ooh, zombie mode...sure.
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    Whoa! That's a long post for a marginally updated re-release.

    Dunno bout this one. It seems Treyarch tried to fix things up from what I've read around the web. Yet to try it myself to say for sure though.
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    I used to be a big Cod Fan, but it just got boring and repetitive. As Davek said, yup, its just shoot, hide, shoot, reload, win. They need something to spice it up. EA has done it right, Vehicles, destruction, a campaign with an actual story line. Zombies is good, but they just need to add more. It has great potential. What I'd like to see, is like Halo's Forge mode, for zombies, That, would be awesome.
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    EA took time to get a good engine built that could do stuff. Activision hasn't. Eventually it'll catch up with them but till then they seem to have no desire in securing the game's future.

    You don't need a Forge mode, just a Quake 3 Arena mapmaker with the toolset they use.

    This is the trouble with this yearly release schedule. Devs don't design the games for longevity. Map tools and other goodies like it go great lengths to give a title lasting longevity. But they don't do it and what is insane is seeing the indie devs following suit. Sanctum's team has been asked for map tools since that title launched. It has been one of the big pressing needs the community wants to have. But they don't do it. Personally, if you are an indie dev you need a hook like this to keep people coming back and draw sales from the big box devs. People get tired of the same maps and you got better things to do than make them all the time.

    Thank you Valve for providing tools and great titles. They don't have to constantly release new games and they can still sell plenty.
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    Oh look it's the same game with a few new guns it's a re skinned cod 4 .. . .:shadedshu
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    So much hate...Nobody is forcing you to buy anything lol!

    Btw, regarding piracy and console only crap; this game was found for Xbox and PS3 more than 1 week before official release. Who said that the PC is to blame for piracy??????
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    Yes, most of it is not piracy, just people who have gotten the game from a store early, if they work there or such. And, with the pirated games, you have to have a flashed xbox. Which means, you'll get console banned if you're seen.
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    My Facebook feed was full of people uploading pictures of their game boxes...not even a midnight launch just in general in the afternoon where there's nothing special about it. Pointless. I could understand something like the GTA V midnight launch, but Black Ops II? CoD is a yearly thing the scale of how amazing the games is has severely dropped since CoD4 5 years ago. Unfourtunately most people don't care, they're just going to sit and play zombies all day until the next one is released next year.
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    I stopped by my brothers house yesterday because he had it preordered.. and the graphics look the same, but the game play looks better and they have done something with the sounds. The new sounds are pretty kickass. He bought me MW3 to play with him, because I told him, "I wasn't going to buy the same game over and over.." But he's begged me to buy this one.. So, looks like I'll be getting it by the end of the week.. He bought it for his son on the PS3 along with his game... The PS3 version looks really good for console. Either way I hate to give in and buy the game, but hell family is family and he loves COD..
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    I'm almost ashamed to say this but, last week I walked past a video game store and thought, 'what the hell, I'll just preorder COD: BO2'. For some reason it's usually cheaper to preorder big name games than it is to buy it a few weeks down the track. My expectations were quite low although, I saw some pretty good reviews for it so I thought it can't be all that bad.

    Graphics IMO have improved a little bit. Everything looks more sharp and there is definately a big improvement on shadows. The sounds of the explosives seem to be from CoD : WaW (5) but I'm happy about that because I really liked the explosion sounds from WaW. I've only played a couple of games on multiplayer and the obvious thing which is a let down is no dedicated servers AFAIK like they had in BO1. Gameplay is MUCH MUCH better than MW3 and probably the best since CoD: 4 and WaW. No more killstreak (= less camping), only replaced by 'scorestreak' which encourages more points rather than a 'fully sick' 25:1 kdr for a nuke.

    Overall I'm impressed by CoD standards how different it is from the others. And for once it is actually fun to play. But compared to the changes going from BC2 to BF3, the battlefield series leaves CoD for dead.
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    I almost reported your post for mentioning BF3 in the same sentence as......that other "game".
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    haha, I know that is why i am ashamed about that post :eek:. Just thought I'd add my comment though. :)
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    the single player campaign is just as good, so download it or rent it...
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    Re skinned? you are giving it too much credit.

    ftfy.
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    PCgamer's review still hails BF3 superior game when it comes to online shooters. The only thing they mentioned was better for the BLOP2 was zombies.
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