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PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 9 - Mech It Rain

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Hawken, Mech games, Podcast, PWNCAST, Treyarch

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 9 - Mech It Rain

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.

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 9, Recorded: November 14th, 2012

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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Black Ops II Patch 1.03 Released on PS3

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
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Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, PS3 games, Treyarch

Black Ops II Patch 1.03 Released on PS3

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.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review | Looking to the Future

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Reviews
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Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FPS games, multiplayer games, PC games, PS3 games, Treyarch, Xbox 360 games

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review | Looking to the Future

Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | 360 | PC

Developer: Treyarch

Publisher: Activision

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.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review | Looking to the Future

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.

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Black Ops II PS3 Woes Mount Up: Dead DLC & Freezing

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Black Ops II, FPS, PS3 games, technical issues, Treyarch

Black Ops II PS3 Woes Mount Up: Dead DLC & Freezing

Treyarch: "We Are Not Bad People, Just Outnumbered"

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.

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Report: Some Black Ops II PC Players Getting Mass Effect 2 Instead Of Disc 2

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, EA, Embarrassment, Mass Effect 2, PC games, Treyarch

Report: Some Black Ops II PC Players Getting Mass Effect 2 Instead Of Disc 2

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.

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The Sunday Seven: Reasons to Buy Black Ops II

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Activision, Black Ops 2, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, FPS games, PC games, PS3 games, The Sunday Seven, Treyarch, Xbox 360 games

The Sunday Seven: Reasons to Buy Black Ops II

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.

The Sunday Seven: Reasons to Buy Black Ops II

1: New Setting

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.

Black Ops II Will Let Players Livestream Gameplay To YouTube

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, eSports, PS3 games, Treyarch, Xbox 350 games, Youtube

Black Ops II Will Let Players Livestream Gameplay To YouTube

Treyarch have announced that Black Ops II will allow players to stream their PS3 or Xbox 360 multiplayer footage directly onto YouTube.

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Black Ops II: Welcome To Nuketown 2025 Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FPS, Nuketown, Pre-order bonus, Treyarch

Welcome to Nuketown 2025, Black Ops II pre-order customers. The neighbourhood may look familiar, but it appears that The Jetsons have moved in since the original Black Ops...

Star-Studded Black Ops II Trailer Yells "Surprise!" [Now Live Again]

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FPS games, PC games, PS3 games, trailer, Treyarch, Xbox 360 games

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.

Back In Black: Black Ops II Launch Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Activision, Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FPS, trailer, Treyarch

Back In Black: Black Ops II Launch Trailer

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.

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COD Elite Going Free, Black Ops II Season Pass Confirmed

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Actiision, Beachhead Studios, Call of Duty Elite, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, DLC, FPS games, Treyarch

COD Elite Going Free, Black Ops II Season Pass Confirmed

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.

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Report: Black Ops II Season Pass Revealed?

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Activision, Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FPS, season pass, Treyarch

Report: Black Ops II Season Pass Revealed?

£34.99 For 4 Map Packs

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.

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Black Ops II Getting Double XP Weekend

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Double XP, FPS, multiplayer, Treyarch

Black Ops II Getting Double XP Weekend

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: Black Ops II (pre-order) | £39.89 | Toys R Us | PS3 / 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FPS games, PS3 games, Treyarch, Xbox 360 games, Zombies

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (pre-order) | £39.89 | Toys R Us | PS3 / 360

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.

Black Ops II Zombies Mode Revealed: Road TripZ

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, TranZit, Treyarch, Zombies

Black Ops II Zombies Mode Revealed: Road TripZ

"A Big, Giant, Expansive World"

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.

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Black Ops II Zombie Screenshots Leap Out, Consume Brains etc

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Screenshots, Treyarch, Zombies

Black Ops II Zombie Screenshots Leap Out, Consume Brains etc

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].

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Black Ops II Zombies 'WaltZ' Teaser

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Treyarch, Zombies

Black Ops' Zombie mode was a key draw for many players, and Treyarch are set to unveil the sequel's undead offerings on September 26th. To prepare you, they've released a somewhat unsettling teaser.

Blink and you'll miss it.

Rumour: Black Ops II Maps & Mission Descriptions Leak Out Of Beta

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Activision, Beta, Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FPS, multiplayer, Rumour, Treyarch

Rumour: Black Ops II Maps & Mission Descriptions Leak Out Of Beta

Spoiler Alert?

According to a post on se7ensins.com, a list of Black Ops II's multiplayer maps (some of which appear to be based on singleplayer missions) along with descriptions of each level's gameplay experience may have been teased out of the game's beta build. We've got it all below, so continue at your peril.

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Treyarch Breaks Down The Black Ops II Multiplayer Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Black Ops II, FPS, multiplayer, trailer, Treyarch

Treyarch Breaks Down The Black Ops II Multiplayer Trailer

Black Ops II's multiplayer reveal trailer packed an enormous amount of content into its two minutes - so much, in fact, that Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar has opted to talk us through it. This expanded walkthrough gives a detailed summation of the new 'pick ten' system, along with some commentary about the new, gadgets, gear and features.

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Treyarch Details Black Ops II Multiplayer Unlocks

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FPS, multiplayer, Treyarch

Treyarch Details Black Ops II Multiplayer Unlocks

Treyarch design director David Vonderhaar has cleaned up some of the confusion surrounding Black Ops II's multiplayer unlocks, which are a fairly radical departure from its predecessors due to the new 'Pick Ten' system.

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