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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review

It's the end of the year, which means it's time for the inevitable Call of Duty game. Treyarch has a lot to live up too after the reception and the success of the original Black Ops, and this time around, the studio is looking to expand upon some of the ideas laid down in the first game. Does it work, or does the latest Black Ops II installment fail to improve enough and ultimately fall flat? Read on to find out.

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Sales Mean Nothing: Call of Duty Has Gone Stale

Sales Mean Nothing: Call of Duty Has Gone Stale

Another year, another November where Activision gets to tout its success with the Call of Duty franchise. This time around, the game company has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has generated $500 million on launch day, becoming the company’s biggest opening yet. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hit $400 million in sales on launch day last year.

As expected, Activision claims that the game’s success is due to its unique gameplay and new takes on a popular gaming genre. And as expected, the millions around the globe that have flocked to game stores have helped the game publisher celebrate.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 16, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 16, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone - the weekend is here again, but before we dive in, we need to recap the day's news. First and foremost, our review of the HTC DROID DNA went live just a little while ago, so if you've been thinking of picking that phone up, be sure to have a look at our review to see what we think of it! We found out today that Apple and Samsung have been permitted to add new devices to their lawsuit, so expect Samsung to go after the iPhone 5 while Apple tries to collect damages on a number of Samsung devices. Speaking of Samsung, the company is rumored to show off a new handset with a 5-inch 1080p display at CES, so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for that.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II brings in $500 million in first day sales

Call of Duty: Black Ops II brings in $500 million in first day sales

Call of Duty: Black Ops II launched a few days ago, and we're now seeing the sales numbers flow in. We already reported GameStop's sales numbers for the new game, but as a whole, Treyarch and Activision have sold $500 million worth of copies around the world, making it the biggest entertainment launch in history.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II GameStop sales reach 1 million on first day

Call of Duty: Black Ops II GameStop sales reach 1 million on first day

GameStop, one of the largest game retailers in the US, has reported its sales for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The company has sold one million copies of the game within the first 24 hours of its launch. GameStop says that Black Ops II is already shaping up to be the retailers best selling game of all time.

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Black Ops II PC discs surprise players with Mass Effect 2 data

Black Ops II PC discs surprise players with Mass Effect 2 data

Well this is something of a hairy situation: we're getting reports that claim some Black Ops II PC discs actually contain data for Mass Effect 2 instead of, you know, the game advertised on the front of the box. One Redditor has compiled a list of links that all lead to complaints of these Mass Effect 2 discs in disguise, and YouTube zeroiez has captured the rather confusing mix up on video for the whole world to see. Sounds like someone made a pretty big mistake.

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm finally gets a release date

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm finally gets a release date

StarCraft II players have been waiting a long time for Blizzard to announce a release date for the game's first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, and it seems the big day has finally arrived. Earlier today, Battle.net was showing a release date of March 12, 2013 for Heart of the Swarm, a date that Blizzard later confirmed. So, only five more months and you can finally get your hands on Heart of the Swarm. Exciting, no?

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II now available

Call of Duty: Black Ops II now available

Back in May, the folks at Treyarch and Activision officially announced the release date for Call of Duty: Black Ops II as November 13, 2012. Honestly, that seemed like eons away at the time, but if there's one thing that school taught you, it's that the summer flies by extremely quickly, and just like that, today is November 13, 2012.

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Black Ops II Season Pass will include Nuketown Zombies map in December

Black Ops II Season Pass will include Nuketown Zombies map in December

We're just a handful of hours away from the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II (can you believe it's almost here?), and Treyarch and Activision are still announcing different features of the game. We just received an email from them today stating that Season Pass holders will receive the Nuketown Zombies map free sometime next month.

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Call of Duty Elite TV new season kicks off November 13

Call of Duty Elite TV new season kicks off November 13

In case you've forgotten (and frankly we don't know how you could), Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches next Tuesday, November 13. That also happens to be the day a new season of Call of Duty Elite TV kicks off, giving players an edge when it comes to the game's multiplayer modes. In fact, on the first day of this new season is when the first multiplayer guides will be going live, so right from the start you'll have some additional Call of Duty content to go along with your new game.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 7, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 7, 2012

We did it folks - we made it through another election, which means that we finally get a break from those endless political ads. It won't be long before those ads are playing all over the place again, so savor the moment while you can. We found out today that President Obama set Twitter records with that a tweet that was shared more 600,000 times, and Apple was hit with a hefty fine in a case over patents related to FaceTime. Foxconn is saying that it's still having issues keeping up with iPhone 5 production, and Pixar has named a new building after Steve Jobs.

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Activision Q3 2012 results give info on Diablo III, Starcraft II expansions

Activision Q3 2012 results give info on Diablo III, Starcraft II expansions

Activision, perhaps the biggest name in video games at the moment, has reported its financial results for Q3 2012, and as you've probably already guessed, they're pretty darn great. The company brought in a GAAP net revenue of $841 million during the quarter, which up significantly from the $754 million in took in during Q3 2011. It's also $101 million more than the company originally projected, so you can bet that Activision's executives are smiling this evening.

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