This might be as cheap as it gets for Black Ops II for a while as COD titles are notoriously slow to drop in price. With most sites still selling for at least £40 this is a good deal. Late Christmas shoppers may be able to take advantage of Asda's free Click and Collect Service to reserve the game online and pick up from their nearest store. Much of the game takes place in the near future, which means high-tech guns and drones are at your disposal. The story is one of the strongest we've seen in a Call of Duty game yet and narrative and gameplay choices also feature for the first time in the series.
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Is it the best Call of Duty title in years? Well, that rather depends. We certainly found Blops II to be one of the most refreshingly ambitious games in the series to date, and one that marked the moment that Treyarch truly stepped out from Infinity Ward's shadow and knocked it out of the park. Cracking spot from HeCTiC @ HUKD.
A new title update for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II's Xbox 360 version went live yesterday, and Treyarch have finally gotten around to releasing the patch notes. The update includes major fixes to "flight range parameters" that caused issues with Dragonfire and Escort Drone scorestreaks, alongside other niggles. We've got the patch notes after the break.
Brendan awarded Treyarch's effort 8/10 in our Black Ops II review, suggesting that "existing party favourites, deathmatch options and shiny futuristic boomsticks will make this your new favourite online FPS."
UPDATE: Treyarch has also revealed patch notes for yesterday's PC update, which sorts out a couple of singleplayer glitches and adds FOV options.Click here to read more...
This week, Carl tells us all about his adventures in the Hawken beta, we discuss the potential of "triple-A free-to-play", and we strip apart Treyarch's return with a Call of Duty game that, would you believe it, tries to make a few changes to the iterative formula.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be quite a few instances of strong language.
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Rise and shine soldiers, Activision have dispatched a patch for your PS3 copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Patch 1.03 is aiming to fix the game freezes and connection issues many gamers have been experiencing.
As I mentioned in my review yesterday, I was managing to get into multiplayer matches without issue after struggling for the first half hour at some point on launch day. Zombies mode however greeted me with regular freezes, making it practically impossible to play.Click here to see what Activision had to say.
Subtle is never a word I thought I’d use to describe any element of a Call of Duty game, but the pre-title cutscene that paints a picture of how Black Ops II’s villain was formed is beautifully put together, in no short thanks to an excellent song choice with Elbow’s ‘The Night Will Always Win.’ The emotional reactions from most COD moments are usually sudden violence, be it first-person execution, slowly dying in a nuclear blast, the death of a child and so on, it’s never had anything like this. After this strangely heartfelt and sympathetic opening, subtlety kind of goes out of the window as it’s all slit throats and shotguns to the knees for the other scenes. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. After all, we’re here to blow shit up.
The story moves back and forth through time following Mason from the first game in the 70s and 80s then zipping forward to his son in 2025. The apparently-not-dead Woods ties the two narratives together as we try to track down new bad guy, Menendez. For the first few hours, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but later on it all starts to tie together very nicely indeed.
The older missions are set in South American jungles, military compounds and Afghanistan (so much for dodging that sandy hellhole for this one). The 2025 levels do a bit of globetrotting too, with an exclusive millionaires-only resort and a LA warzone amongst others. The 2025 levels feature futuristic tech like aerial drones to compete with in addition to never ending soldiers; some of whom are suited up with invisible camo clothing, everyone has a never-ending supply of bastard grenades too, proving some things never change.Click here to read more...
Call Of Duty has had a chequered history on the PS3, and Black Ops II doesn't want to be the exception that proves the rule. Reports of faulty DLC codes and online freezing problems are currently flooding the forums, though Activision are apparently on the case.Click here to read more...
You couldn't make this up. According to numerous furious reports on Steam and Reddit, many PC gamers who bought a retail copy of Black Ops II are unable to install the second disc because it contains Mass Effect 2 installation files.Click here to read more...
We’re sure most of you are planning on picking up Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Tuesday. If you’re still on the fence though, we think you should take a look at our new Sunday Seven feature that gives you our Top Seven reasons to buy the game. Even if you already have your pre-order down, take a look and join in the excitement for the year’s biggest shooter. Don’t forget to sound off in the comments section with your own reasons for or against the game too.
Last generation it was all about World War II, nowadays everything’s set in sandy Middle Eastern hellholes. Finally, after years of rumours we’re getting that futuristic Call of Duty game. Forget space and lasers though, instead the year is 2025. There’s a blend of familiar and futuristic styles everywhere, from buildings, vehicles and of course the weaponry. The story will have some links to the last game, you play as the son of Alex Mason for a start, but it seems to work as a standalone narrative too. Essentially, while America and China are squabbling over natural resources, some lunatic sneaks in and steals the keys to the America’s Skynet-esque automated army system, turning it against those it was built to protect.Click here to read the other six reasons why Black Ops 2 is a must-buy.
Treyarch have announced that Black Ops II will allow players to stream their PS3 or Xbox 360 multiplayer footage directly onto YouTube.Click here to read more...
Surprise! The latest trailer for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is a live-action affair featuring the likes of Robert Downey Jr flying a futuristic jump jet. While AC/DC rock out in the background. Directed by Guy Ritchie. Because, erm, why not?
Black Ops II releases on November 13th, promising to refresh the franchise with a new setting, revamped multiplayer and the most fully-fledged Zombies mode yet. We can't wait to see whether the finished product matches the hype - but it's looking good so far.
UPDATE: The video is back up and running after Activision hurriedly pulled it earlier today.
Black Ops II is out on November 13th, and this new launch teaser shows off some of the bombastic futuristic set pieces that Treyarch plan on bringing to the Call Of Duty experience. Jetpacks, drones, horses and jumpjets? Go on then.
It also features 'Back In Black' by AC/DC, which is probably worth cranking up the volume for.Click here to read more...
Activision have confirmed reports of a Black Ops II Season Pass, also announcing that the stat-tracking, community-building service Call of Duty: Elite will be going completely free.Click here to read more...
A premature post on the official Call Of Duty website has seemingly outed a season pass for Black Ops II. According to the indiscreet listing, £34.99 will net players four map packs (including multiplayer and Zombie content) for £34.99.Click here to read more...
Treyarch has announced that Black Ops II pre-order customers will be able to get involved in a Double XP multiplayer weekend between 16th-18th November, which should help them get a leg up on the competition and increase their supply of attachments. [IGN]
As you can see, a new Nuketown 2025 image has also hit the net, which is looking very retro indeed. Again, it's pre-order customers only.
Black Ops II launches on November 13th, and we're looking forward to seeing whether Treyarch can deliver on some seriously exciting promises.
Call of Duty titles are notoriously expensive at launch and take forever to devalue so you may as well get on board early so you can stand a chance of competing online. A new near future setting for the campaign should shakes things up a bit for the series, as will some improvements to loadout freedom online. Seeing as it's Treyarch, we're more excited about the extra zombie modes to be honest. The 360 version will be getting timed exclusives for the inevitable DLC packages if you're multiformat.
Treyarch have officially blown the lid off Black Ops II's Zombies mode... which has been expanded into practically a full game in its own right. Not only will the traditional wave-based survival mode make a welcome return, but the new TranZit gametype promises to take us on a road trip through an expansive world where we choose the destination. If that wasn't enough, the appropriately-named Grief Mode will adds a competitive twist to the proceedings for up to eight players.
Reveal trailer and detailZ after the break.Click here to read more...
Two Black Ops II Zombies Mode screenshots have shambled out ahead of tomorrow's official reveal - check them out below.
While we're waiting, let us know what you want from the anticipated return of Treyarch's cooperative gametype - and chat about your favourite Zombie maps in the discussion forum [thanks for kicking that off, Late].Click here to read more...