Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

PC, PS3, XB360, WIIU / Action / Release: Nov 13, 2012 / ESRB: M

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Black Ops 2 planning new game modes

Black Ops 2 planning new game modes

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 comes packed with a fair bit of content, between the campaign, multiplayer, and expanded zombie modes. But Treyarch is planning to add more modes eventually, based on some internal playtests.

Read more: Treyarch hasn't 'decided which ones' to release »

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Doom mod pokes fun at Call of Duty

Doom mod pokes fun at Call of Duty

Ah, FPSs! They don't make them like they used to, do they? No, in many ways and for a number of reasons. But if you find yourself nostalgically longing for The Good Old Days and sniping at the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, then have I got the Doom 2 parody mod for you!

Watch: Pain, misery and suffering »

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Report: PC Black Ops 2 copies include Mass Effect 2 disc

Report: PC Black Ops 2 copies include Mass Effect 2 disc

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is a futuristic take on warfare, but not quite this futuristic. Scattered buyers from all around the gaming community have claimed that in their PC copies of Black Ops 2, the second disc actually contains Mass Effect 2 data.

Read more: PC copies only reported »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 single-player review: back to the future

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 single-player review: back to the future

It's November, so three events are sure to happen, come Hell or high water: Thanksgiving, the beginning of the college basketball season, and the release of a new Call of Duty game. Activision's latest annual release, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, is an invigorating story-driven look at future war, marred ever so slightly by aging technology driving the game.

Read more: A believable future »

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Nuketown Zombies included in Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass

Nuketown Zombies included in Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass

Are you a zombie lover? First of all, gross. Second, good news! Activision and Treyarch have announced that the Nuketown Zombies bonus map has been added to the line-up of Season Pass downloadable content. The content will hit Xbox 360 Season Pass owners sometime in December, so you can make some spirits bright by putting a ho-ho-hole in some undead gray matter.

Read more: Collector's Editions get early access »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 interview: defining CoD's future

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 interview: defining CoD's future

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is heading into the future for the first time, and developer Treyarch went through careful consideration of how much sci-fi might be too much. Even with all of the future-tech additions, though, a much larger shift comes to the game's multiplayer comes in the form of Score Streaks, which are replacing Kill Streaks. While experienced CoD players can still enjoy their high kill counts, Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia explained how it makes a more welcoming multiplayer environment.

Read more: 'We absolutely look at what came before' »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 interview: avoiding the sci-fi feel

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 interview: avoiding the sci-fi feel

Five years ago, the Call of Duty series took a leap out of its traditional historical settings into modern day. Tomorrow, the series takes another jump forward in time in Black Ops 2, marking the first time the series has examined a near-future setting. This one change impacts everything from the storytelling to tools. We talked with Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia about how the studio approached such a radical change.

Read more: 'Plausible and grounded' »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 ban policy detailed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 ban policy detailed

You're reading this from a lawnchair outside your favourite video games retailer, where you've been camped out for a week awaiting the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. But wait! When that shiny box is in your hands and you rush home for your happiest moment of this year, take care that you don't get carried away and do something regrettable, or it'll be all tears at bedtime. Treyarch has laid out its ban policy, is what I'm saying.

Read more: You can probably guess the rules »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 packs in-game YouTube livestreaming

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 packs in-game YouTube livestreaming

Facebook and Twitter integration are so 2011, oldsters, social networking has moved on. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is being all hip and getting with the times, as publisher Activision today announced that it packs built-in support for livestreaming through YouTube, the hip and cool new way to do a social medias.

Read more: Special features for Elite members »

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Nuketown 2025 and the return of those creepy mannequins

Nuketown 2025 and the return of those creepy mannequins

If you haven't heard, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 includes a remade version of the popular Nuketown map--only if you pre-order the game. Nuketown 2025 is a launch-day bonus for all that reserve the game, in addition to an exclusive double XP weekend.

Whereas the original map went for a 1950s vibe, the updated map brings Nuketown all the way to the... 1960s. It won't be an exact clone of the previous map, but those creepy mannequins are back. We wouldn't be surprised if Treyarch managed to hide even more easter eggs into this version of the map, as well.

Watch: The world's fair goes boom »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 live-action trailer is daft

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 live-action trailer is daft

Live-action trailers are, of course, silly pieces of marketing intended even more than regular trailers to sell a perception and brand rather than an actual game. With that in mind, look, let's watch the new live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, because it is just so weird and awkward and kind of unpleasant. But, on the bright side, you may recognise people in it from movies or YouTube.

Watch: Same vein as "There's a soldier in all of us" »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launch trailer shows off so much future tech

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launch trailer shows off so much future tech

Although the game isn't set to come out until next month, Activision has released the "launch trailer" for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. It's undoubtedly the most revealing trailer yet, showcasing much of the future-tech that awaits players in the single-player campaign. You have dudes turning into Iron Men jumping out of planes, another dude turning into Batman with his arm-mounted grappling hook, and another dude remote controlling a robotic spider. Yes, so many dudes doing cool futuristic stuff.

Watch: Dudes going invisible, turning into squirrels »

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Call of Duty Elite free with Black Ops 2, DLC season pass sold separately

Call of Duty Elite free with Black Ops 2, DLC season pass sold separately

Activision is making some major changes to its "Elite" initiative with the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Namely, the company announced today that Elite services will be free when the game launches, while downloadable content packs will be for sale separately either a la carte or as part of a Season Pass.

Read more: New Elite features, DLC details »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC won't support mods or rental servers

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC won't support mods or rental servers

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will release for just about every console, but Activision is giving PC players a heads-up with some early, nitty-gritty information. The company recently detailed security measures, matchmaking, and servers for computer players.

Read more: No server rentals, no mods »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer preview

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer preview

Treyarch has finally unveiled everything Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer has to offer. In addition to the significantly expanded Combat Training modes, there are two other sets of modes for players to try out. Wager matches from the original Black Ops are now "Party" games: Gun Game, One in the Chamber, Sharpshooter, and Sticks and Stones are "just for fun" experiences that still reward players with XP for playing.

However, the meat of the game lies in the "Core" modes. Here, you'll be able to play Team Deathmatch, Free for All, Domination, Demolition, Kill Confirmed, Hardpoint, Headquarters, Capture the Flag, and Search & Destroy.

Read more: Pick 10 and multi-team battles »

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