Call of Duty: Black Ops

PC, XB360, PS3, WII, DS, MAC / Action / Release: Nov 9, 2010 / ESRB: M

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Call of Duty double XP weekend for Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty double XP weekend for Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2

For the first time in franchise history, two games under the Call of Duty banner--Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2--will be simultaneously allowing players to earn double the normal experience points this weekend. It's being billed as a celebration of the upcoming Modern Warfare 3's Prestige Shop, but it's safe to say that publisher Activision wouldn't be too upset if the move steals some thunder from a certain other rival war-based FPS that launched today.

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Call of Duty Elite beta closes; stats coming to Black Ops this week

Call of Duty Elite beta closes; stats coming to Black Ops this week

Though Call of Duty Elite's closed beta test shut down at noon today, the stats are coming back early as a treat for the number-hungry.

Elite will relaunch on November 8 alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

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Call of Duty Elite PS3 beta begins

Call of Duty Elite PS3 beta begins

The Call of Duty Elite beta is rolling out to PlayStation 3 owners now, with more invites going out over the next few weeks as well. (The Xbox 360 has enjoyed its own beta since July.) As previously reported, Activision has no plans to offer a PC beta for Elite.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection DLC on PS3 & PC September 22

Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection DLC on PS3 & PC September 22

At long last, the very final DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops has a release date. Rezurrection will be available on PC and PS3 on September 22nd, after a period of timed exclusivity on the Xbox 360.

Rezurrection is comprised entirely of zombie levels. Four of the five maps included with the add-on were previously available in World at War and the Hardened Edition of Black Ops. However, the "Moon" map is brand-new for both PS3 and PC players.

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Black Ops sells over 18 million map packs in nine months

Black Ops sells over 18 million map packs in nine months

During an analyst call today, Activision revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops has sold over 23 million units since launching only nine months ago, which is slightly less than its previous statements. In its last investors call on August 3 call, the publisher noted the game had already achieved 25 million units since launching nine months ago.

In comparison, during the August 3 call, Activision said Modern Warfare 2 had sold 22 million units.

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Treyarch hiring for new Call of Duty

If, for some reason, you thought that Call of Duty: Black Ops developer Treyarch would be taking a break from the annualized FPS franchise, think again. Recent job listings are searching for experienced programmers that have "an expert understanding of the Call of Duty game universe." The company is looking for an "expert on recent first person shooters and the trends of the genre."

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Kanye West headlining Call of Duty XP

Kanye West headlining Call of Duty XP

If you haven't bought your pricey Call of Duty XP tickets, the free copy of the Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition apparently wasn't enough to convince you. Perhaps professional rapper and awkwardness inducer Kanye West will sweeten the pot? The company announced today that West will be headlining the COD XP concerts.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops gets 'live-action' Moon trailer

Call of Duty: Black Ops gets 'live-action' Moon trailer

Want another look at Black Ops' DLC "season finale"? Activision has released one more video for its upcoming Rezurrection DLC pack, this time focused exclusively on the new Moon level. The live action video reminds us that zombies are a great source for comedy--and zombies in space only add to the hilarity. You'll get to see the new sci-fi weapons in action, as well as some low-gravity gameplay.

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July NPD: NCAA Football 12 leads; overall retail sales down 26%

July NPD: NCAA Football 12 leads; overall retail sales down 26%

Market research firm NPD Group's retail-only data for the month of July has been released, with Electronic Art's latest college football entry, NCAA Football 12 taking top honors. NCAA 12 sold the best this July, "realizing a 15% increase in unit sales versus NCAA 11 in July 2010." That aside, "video game sales in the new physical retail channel suffered its lowest month since October 2006," noted NPD Analyst, Anita Frazier. New sales are down four percent, year-to-date, with a projected year-end sales figure that's two percent less than last year.

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Black Ops 'Rezurrection' DLC behind-the-scenes

Black Ops 'Rezurrection' DLC behind-the-scenes

"This pack is really for the zombie fan. Sort of our 'season finale' really," Treyarch audio director Brian Tuey notes in the first behind-the-scenes look at the last DLC installment for Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Rezurrection (yes, it's intentionally spelled that way) is set to launch on August 23 on the Xbox 360. The DLC includes four bonus zombie maps already made available in Hardened and Elite editions of Black Ops, on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. Those users will get the fifth map, "Moon" for free. Standard edition players (including PC gamers) on the PS3 and PC will have to wait until a later date to get the content. The pack will be available for $15.

Watch: Zombies in Spaaaaaaace! »

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Activision reveals sales figures for Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2

Activision reveals sales figures for Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2

During its investor relations call, Activision Blizzard reiterated that Call of Duty continues to set new benchmarks for sales. Though we're already aware that Call of Duty: Black Ops stands as the industry's "best selling game of all time" in terms of dollars, it was unclear where the game stood in terms of units sold.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops getting 'Rezurrection' DLC

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Call of Duty: Black Ops getting 'Rezurrection' DLC

Update: A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled the title "Resurrection." The official title is "Rezurrection."

Did you think that the impending release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 would somehow stop the Black Ops DLC train? Incorrect! Activision has announced the name of the fourth DLC expansion to its popular first person shooter during its investors call. "Rezurrection" will be coming in the next quarter on Xbox 360 first, followed by PS3 and PC.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 'Annihilation' coming July 28 to PC, PS3

Call of Duty: Black Ops 'Annihilation' coming July 28 to PC, PS3

The Annihilation downloadable content for Call of Duty: Black Ops is migrating to the PC and PlayStation 3 at the end of this month, Activision has announced today. The DLC is set to hit both platforms on July 28. No price was mentioned in the announcement, but by now we should all know the drill: $14.99.

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Shack PSA: Call of Duty Elite beta invites going out

Shack PSA: Call of Duty Elite beta invites going out

Check your inbox, because beta invites for Call of Duty Elite are currently going out. Activision's Dan Amrich detailed this first wave of invites, which is being sent sometime today -- though the exact time is a bit on the vague side.

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Call of Duty XP tickets on sale July 19

Call of Duty XP tickets on sale July 19

If you were thrilled when Activision announced the Call of Duty XP convention (in spite of the crushing torrent of negativity that is The Internet), you'll be secretly delighted to hear that the $150 two-day passes will go on sale on next Tuesday. (Shh! Be careful you don't crack a smile, or They'll know.)

The convention's festivities will include playable Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer, paintball on a recreation of Modern Warfare 2 map 'Scrapyard,' developer panels, and a real-life version of MW2's 'The Pit' training time trial.

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