Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

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

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Black Ops 2 customization and the quest for Prestige

Black Ops 2 customization and the quest for Prestige

One of the reasons why Call of Duty has been so wildly addictive for its fans is the constant lure of new loot. Weapons and perks can be endlessly customized, and each level-up entices players with new unlockables. Players will be able to not only unlock new weapon and abilities, but special camo, reticules, and emblem designs as well.

Players earn one unlock token per level, granting them access to any single item in Black Ops 2's vast collection of virtual goods. There are 55 levels in the main progression, giving players ample customization options--but to unlock everything, players will have to "Prestige"--resetting their level back down to one.

Read more: Thousands of unlockables »

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How Black Ops 2 makes online multiplayer less intimidating

How Black Ops 2 makes online multiplayer less intimidating

"For as popular as it is, there are still a lot of people that don't play multiplayer," David Vonderhaar, game design director at Treyarch said about the ubiquitous Call of Duty franchise. "And quite frankly, that bugs the sh*t out of us."

Given its rabid fan base, the competitive aspect of Call of Duty may seem increasingly foreboding with each iteration. Black Ops 2 tries to break the mold, by making the online accessible to "every single type of player."

Read more: Introducing Bootcamp »

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Black Ops 2 Zombies mode is an undead road trip across a massive map

Black Ops 2 Zombies mode is an undead road trip across a massive map

What we expected: the return of zombies in Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. What we didn't expect: for it to be a massive "open world" of sorts. The developer has finally unveiled its ambitious plans for Black Ops 2 zombies--and it is a game unto itself.

The centerpiece of Treyarch's new zombie offering is a mode called "Tranzit." Like before, this is a co-op story mode meant for 1-4 players. However, it now takes place in an expansive world, one that encourages exploration. "Imagine a world where there isn't just one area, but multiple areas and there's land in between that," studio head Mark Lamia described to us.

To get around the world, you'll probably need a ride. That's where the bus comes in.

Watch: the debut trailer »

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A first-look at Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's zombie mode

A first-look at Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's zombie mode

Because Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is a Treyarch game, it was bound to have a zombies mode. While Activision is promising a full reveal next week, the publisher has released a brand new teaser trailer showing us a first glimpse at one of Call of Duty's most popular modes.

Watch: 'F-ck now they run' »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Wii U preview

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Wii U preview

When Activision announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for Wii U at Nintendo's press conference, not many were surprised. Sure, it was long-rumored and leaked just moments prior to the event. But perhaps the biggest reason none of us were taken aback: Wii U's launch library is comprised largely of PS3 and Xbox 360 ports.

Like so many other ports on Wii U, Black Ops 2 is a relatively straightforward experience with a few minor tweaks that take advantage of the Wii U GamePad.

Read more: GamePad features detailed »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 confirmed for Wii U

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 confirmed for Wii U

With the Nintendo Wii U presentation in New York starting about now, the first details emerge: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is confirmed for the console. It isn't that much of a surprising revelation, as a QA tester had listed it on his resume back in mid-August.

Read more: The game is on display »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC graphical upgrades detailed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC graphical upgrades detailed

The PC edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 certainly seems the finest, technologically at least. A range of shiny graphical improvements offered by the DirectX 11-supporting engine on PC were revealed over the weekend, joining the previously confirmed dedicated server support to make it sound pleasing pleasant.

Read more: System requirements confirmed too »

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Morning Caffeinated! -- Foolish Guild Wars 2 players, Black Ops 2 cache, and a little Hearthfire

Morning Caffeinated! -- Foolish Guild Wars 2 players, Black Ops 2 cache, and a little Hearthfire

It's Wednesday morning, Shack, and a hump day. First off, I want to offer a happy birthday to the gaming industry we know and love. It was around this date 40 years ago that the first home gaming system, the Magnavox Odyssey, was sold. Some good memories there, but I must admit that when I think I used to put things over the TV screen to simulate different venues for a little white square going back and forth, I cringe a little at my naivete. But fun is what we make it, right?

Some good topics today, but we'll start with how stupid some gamers can be.

Read more: Don't do this in Guild Wars 2 »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Hardened and Prestige editions detailed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Hardened and Prestige editions detailed

As with many Call of Duty games before it, Black Ops 2 will be getting special editions for the hardest of the hardcore fans. Launching on November 13th are the "Hardened" and "Care Package Prestige" editions of Treyarch's shooter.

The Hardened Edition ($79.99) will include the Nuketown 2025 pre-order bonus and a brand new map, Nuketown Zombies. In addition, the collection will offer limited edition challenge coins, exclusive weapon camo, exclusive player card backgrounds, and the official soundtrack--all housed in a collectible steelbook. The Xbox 360 version will include Avatar props and costumes, while the PS3 version will include two XMB themes.

Read more: Care Package includes a 'Dragonfire Drone' »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for Wii U spotted on resume

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for Wii U spotted on resume

Could the next Call of Duty be gracing Nintendo's next generation console? Signs point to "yes."

Previous Call of Duty games, including Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops, have graced the original Wii. Given Wii U brings Nintendo in line with the current generation of consoles, it would be a far easier port for Activision to pursue.

Read more: Resume reveals all »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer revealed in new trailer

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer revealed in new trailer

Black Ops 2 takes the franchise to the near-future. So, how will the new setting change multiplayer? Treyarch and Activision has released a brand new trailer showing off the game's new online offerings. You'll notice some throwable melee weapons, riot shields, drones, and vehicles.

The game will be out on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 this November. Pre-orders come with a bonus remade Nuketown 2025 multiplayer map.

Watch: Future soldiers duking it out »

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Activision credits Skylanders, Diablo 3 for Q2 success

Activision credits Skylanders, Diablo 3 for Q2 success

Activision's Q2 2012 results were released today, boasting positive results and an optimistic outlook for the rest of the fiscal year. The quarter ending on June 30 saw non-GAAP revenues of $1.05 billion, an improvement over its forecast of $950 million. It credited the success of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and Diablo 3 for the results, even as it acknowledged some shifting habits in its other big franchises.

Read more: Skylanders and Diablo going strong »

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Nielsen: Halo 4, Black Ops 2 most anticipated games

Nielsen: Halo 4, Black Ops 2 most anticipated games

If you ask someone what their most anticipated game is, you'll usually get a variety of answers, with a few games mentioned more than others. Marketing and metrics firm Nielsen gathered up some numbers after E3 and now tells us what we really want on the consoles.

Read more: Madden NFL 13 anticipated on all three consoles »

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 writer talks about 'big event movie' approach

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 writer talks about 'big event movie' approach

The latest trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 goes behind the scenes on the game. In the video, writer David Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises) and composer Trent Reznor, talk about their involvement with the upcoming shooter.

"We were approaching it in some ways as a big event movie," said Goyer. "Even though its a first-person shooter, it's got to be sophisticated, It's got to be funny, it's got to be challenging and have twists and turns."

Watch: Goyer and Reznor talk about video games as a medium »

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Trent Reznor composes theme for Black Ops 2

Trent Reznor composes theme for Black Ops 2

Nine Inch Nails front man and lifelong gamer Trent Reznor, who worked with id Software on the music for Quake and Doom 3, is back into game music, composing the theme for Treyarch's upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Read more: A fan of Call of Duty »

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