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Hands-on with Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Wii U photo
Hands-on with Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Wii U
by Jonathan Holmes

One of the bigger announcements at today's Wii U event was that the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be making it to Nintendo's next home console on November 13. So is there a good reason why you should get the Wii U version of Black Ops II over the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 versions? Well, maybe not, but by the same toke, there isn't a reason you shouldn't buy it on the Wii U either.

The Activision reps at today's Wii U press event in New York City made it clear that all the features found in the other versions of Black Ops II will be present in the Wii U version. Basically, it's essentially the same product.

What the Wii U brings to the table is more controller options, including the Xbox 360-style Wii U Pro Controller, the Wii Remote and Nunchuck style found on prior Call of Duty titles on the Wii, and most interestingly, off-TV play on the Wii U GamePad's touch screen. I gave the game a spin on the GamePad controller to see how it felt.

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10:05 AM on 09.13.2012

Call of Duty: Black Ops II coming to Wii U on November 13

If you have been dying to play a new HD Call of Duty game on a Nintendo system, your dream has finally come true! Black Ops II is officially coming to the Wii U. Black Ops II will feature second-screen gameplay, where player ...

Chad Concelmo

9:30 AM on 09.03.2012

Here are your Call of Duty: Black Ops II PC specs

If you're looking to run Call of Duty: Black Ops II on your PC, you'll be wanting to know what you need to run it. Either that or you're gearing up to tell me I could just copy and paste the specs for Call of Duty 4 because c...

Jim Sterling

8:00 PM on 08.29.2012

The DTOID Show: Hearthfire, CoD:BLOPScopters, & Lococycle

Here's the last episode of The Destructoid Show before we all go to Seattle for PAX oh my goodness I'm so excited it's just frustrating. Guild Wars 2 is a thing that is happening all of a sudden, Bethesda's newest Skyrim DLC ...

Max Scoville





8:30 PM on 08.27.2012

The DTOID Show: Wii U, Last Guardian & Zombie Nuketown

Here's today's Destructoid show! Because we do that every monday! Big news: Someone posted an image on the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Facebook, and it's about zombies. Some accessory company might've leaked the Wii U release ...

Max Scoville

6:15 PM on 08.15.2012

The DTOID Show: Metal Gear Rising, CoDBlops & VITA GAMES!

Hey guys! Here's today's Destructoid Show! Tons of news is coming out of Gamescom right now. For starters, Sony's press event was packed with juicy Vita news. We've got Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, Killzone: Mercena...

Max Scoville



Here's how SHOUTcasting works in Black Ops II photo
Here's how SHOUTcasting works in Black Ops II
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Destructoid got to visit Treyarch recently to go hands-on with the new SHOUTcasting features of Call of Duty: Black Ops II. We were kind of just thrown right into the mix of things, so you'll have to bear with me as I'm trying to give out play-by-plays all while learning how to use the SHOUTcasting controls at the same time.

Thankfully pro SHOUTcaster Mike Rufail was there to guide me through all of the features, and make for a more entertaining video.

What do you think? Do you see yourself using the feature at all?

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3:45 PM on 08.15.2012

Treyarch on bringing eSports features to Black Ops II

I had a chance to interview game design director, and mad genius, David Vonderhaar on all that we can expect out of the livestreaming and SHOUTcasting features they're cramming into Black Ops II. David goes over the new game...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:00 AM on 08.15.2012

Black Ops II's new multiplayer began as a board game

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is dramatically changing the multiplayer formula in a big way, specifically with the new Pick 10 system over the traditional Create-a-Class feature. It's not a decision the team just decided overnig...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



gamescom: Black Ops Vita has more of a MW3 vibe photo
gamescom: Black Ops Vita has more of a MW3 vibe
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Developer Nihilistic Software gave us a live demo of Black Ops II: Declassified today showing off the four versus four multiplayer over Wi-Fi. There will be six maps, and you can expect modes such as Free-for-All, Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, and other classic multiplayer modes too. 

The team wasn't really getting into many specifics during the presentation, but from what I could tell the overall character progression system appeared to be more along the lines of Modern Warfare 3's system. You're getting experience points with every kill, plus Declassified is using the Kill Streak system as opposed to the new Score Streak system in Black Ops II.

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12:23 PM on 08.14.2012

gamescom: Black Ops II: Declassified Vita bundle detailed

We finally have some small details on Black Ops II for the PlayStation Vita. The game will be set between the events of Black Ops and Black Ops II. There will also be weapons and gadgets that take advantage of the Vita tech, ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Livestream & SHOUTcast your Black Ops II matches photo
Livestream & SHOUTcast your Black Ops II matches
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

In an industry first, Call of Duty: Black Ops II will let you livestream matches on consoles and PC. On top of that, Treyarch will be providing tools for players to give out play-by-plays much like a sportscaster with the easy to use SHOUTcasting tools.

This full embrace of the eSports scene is also complemented by the new League Play mode, where players will be matched up against each other based on their skills.

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Black Ops II reinvents the multiplayer experience photo
Black Ops II reinvents the multiplayer experience
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Call of Duty: Black Ops II broke retail records a mere 24 hours after the public debut of the single-player campaign. An impressive feat, considering that multiplayer, the franchise's bread and butter, wasn't even shown off until just a week ago.

It's a good thing for fans that Treyarch isn't a studio who would just settle for minor refinements, then. They very well could have, but instead, the team has rebuilt the multiplayer system so much that you would be forgiven for thinking they're insane.

The Create-a-Class system as you've known it from past Call of Duty games -- and pretty much all first-person shooters these days -- is dead. Treyarch challenged the assumptions of what multiplayer in an FPS should be and has created something that makes the Call of Duty experience feel fresh again.

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10:30 AM on 08.10.2012

More Black Ops: Declassified details to come at gamescom

All we know about the upcoming Vita iteration of Call of Duty is that...it's coming out for the Vita. All that is about to change next week, as more information will come out at gamescom.  So in other words, th...

Chris Carter

3:30 PM on 08.09.2012

Get your hands on Black Ops II multiplayer at gamescom

Right from the start of gamescom on August 15, attendees can rush the Call of Duty: Black Ops II booth (Hall 6, booth A21/B30- A31/B30) to get the opportunity to play the upcoming game on Xbox 360. Additionally, fans will hav...

Jordan Devore





11:00 AM on 08.09.2012

Things gamers say about Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Call of Duty: Black Ops II revealed its multiplayer this week with a new trailer, and you better believe that people on the Internet had opinions about it! There's been a huge backlash against Call of Duty ever since Modern W...

Jim Sterling