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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 setting pre-order records

With each successive annual installment of Call of Duty, naysayers rawl out of the woodwork to declare that the series is doomed. Early indications are that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will do just fine, setting pre-order records at Amazon.


With each successive annual installment of Call of Duty, naysayers crawl out of the woodwork to declare that, though sales increase year after year, the series has peaked and will surely fail this time. Early indications are that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will also do just fine, as retailer Amazon is reporting Blops 2 is so far its most pre-ordered game of all time.

"Preorders from day 1 of Black Ops II were more than 10 times the amount of preorders for the first Black Ops on its first day of availability," an Amazon US representative told GameSpot. "Black Ops II even out preordered the first day of availability for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 by more than 30 percent." Amazon doesn't even have the fancy pre-order bonanza offered by GameStop.

As MW3 is Amazon's "most preordered game of all time," and in the top 20 of all pre-orders, it's no mean feat. Activision declared MW3 "the biggest entertainment launch ever," selling around 6.5 million units within the first 24 hours in the US and UK alone.

Amazon UK reported that Black Ops II's day-one pre-orders were triple the original Cod Blops.

Of course, it bears mentioning that online shopping is increasingly popular, so Amazon would naturally see some form of growth, but still, it certainly seems this won't be be the year CoD flops.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is headed to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 13, set in a near-future cold war with unmanned drones aplenty. Check out our preview for more.

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    May 4, 2012 6:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 setting pre-order records.

    With each successive annual installment of Call of Duty, naysayers rawl out of the woodwork to declare that the series is doomed. Early indications are that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will do just fine, setting pre-order records at Amazon.

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      May 4, 2012 6:56 AM

      Of course it will do fine.

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      May 4, 2012 7:12 AM

      really with its near future scenarios it even has my interest a bit. I liked MW2 ok, though I did think the campaign fell apart as it went on, multiplayer was fun. Still sort of doubt I'll get it with the wide variety of other games I have but, I am slightly intrigued.

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      May 4, 2012 7:14 AM

      why would this product be any different than most others, particularly in america..? once a brand name has reached a certain level of recognition, the future products can trade on that name alone, and not on the individual merits of any new iterations... CoD seems to be following in line with Nike, Levis, AOL, etc...
      personally i have not bought a CoD game since CoD4:Modern Warfare... once the every-year over-saturation started, the console influence and infinity ward disbanding combined to put me off the franchise completely... when i find them on sale for less than $10 i might get one, but the short SP campaign and repetitive online component dont really "Call" to me... i loved the first half of the IP[s] franchise on PC of course; CoD, expansion, CoD2, and MW[1] - but im not interested anymore...

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      May 4, 2012 7:14 AM


      That was my imitation of what the rest of this thread is going to devolve into within a few posts.

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      May 4, 2012 7:18 AM

      as long as theres nuketown 2025 I'm in

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      May 4, 2012 7:35 AM

      Sheep will never understand.... thats really too bad

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        May 4, 2012 7:51 AM

        But you're not a sheep. You're enlightened and better than all of them.

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        May 4, 2012 8:11 AM

        Just like the maddens, and the mlb's, and nhls, and ncaa's, and nba's and UFC's and fight nights. amirite?

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        May 4, 2012 8:38 AM

        Yeah, sheep will never understand that they should pre-order games that that Dark Drakonis guy wants and not the games they want to play, because that makes a lot of sense.

        Fucking idiots will never understand they're not the only ones who exist in this world.... that's really too bad

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        May 4, 2012 9:04 AM

        Fuckin sheeple!

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        May 4, 2012 9:13 AM

        Baa Baa Black Ops
        Have you any soul?
        No sir no sir
        My engine's 13 years old
        But I've got new perks
        And I've got new skins
        Added sploding knifes
        To give you epic wins

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      May 4, 2012 8:59 AM


      To echo Warren Spector, I don't care how many you sell (or pre-sell), you're still lame.

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      May 4, 2012 3:25 PM

      It gets worse and worse every year. It really is sad how many idiots are out there.

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      May 4, 2012 5:38 PM

      Thanks for calling me an idiot dude, much appreciated

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      May 4, 2012 6:00 PM

      God fucking damnit WHY??!!

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      May 4, 2012 7:00 PM

      I'm not surprised that CoD's still sell well, I'm just surprised that each iteration continues to outsell the last one.

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        May 4, 2012 7:22 PM

        Each iteration is usually an improvement on the last one. If it's not your thing, or you're some gaming elitist, it'll probably never appeal to you, but both studious continue to improve on the formula they've developed. Bigger, dumber, faster, and more dynamic.

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      May 5, 2012 8:51 PM

      are these games REALLY that bad.. or is this a case of "its mainstream and big so therefore we don't like it!"

      I stopped playing MW after part 2. but I LOVED both parts. and I am excited to play part 3. Now granted, I wasn't a big fan of the multiplayer. But when I look at the game as an overall package, it is just FUN! And pretty replayable (to me at least). There were missions I loved to play over and over just for the cinematic quality of the game.

      I like the small, unique, original, independent game as much as the next person. But these big cliche shoot'em up's have always seemed really damned fun to play.

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        May 5, 2012 8:52 PM

        sorry for the grammar errors! ;) but you know what I mean!

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      May 6, 2012 1:34 AM

      Honestly there "soul" of Call of Duty hasn't changed from the first one until now. I think now however everyone is drinking the haterade because Activision is cashing in on player's addiction to the franchise by launching services like Elite and making CoD an annual title. But I will say it is and has always been a fast, fun and frantic shooter.

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      May 7, 2012 5:05 AM

      The sheep, they assemble

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