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7:30 PM on 07.11.2012

The DTOID Show: CodBlops, Deus Ex Movie & Arkham Prequel

Hey guys, here's today's Destructoid Show! The big news is a new trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, because it's about how poor people are evil and will steal your robot helicopters. But it's okay because Trent Reznor's ...

Max Scoville

9:30 PM on 06.27.2012

'Re-imagined' Nuketown map to appear in Black Ops II

If an image from Irish retailer Xtra-vision is any indication, the Nuketown map from Call of Duty: Black Ops will return for Treyarch's follow-up game. A photo submitted to IGN suggests that a futuristic take on the map, dubb...

Jordan Devore

8:45 PM on 06.27.2012

The DTOID Show: Dawnguard, TF2, and Spec Ops: The Line!

Greetings, dear readers! My better half Max is back in the studio with me today, and we've got plenty of news to cover! I get so scared when he's gone. Don't tell him I said that. On today's show, we've got a list of pre-ord...

Tara Long

11:15 PM on 06.06.2012

E3: Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia on CoD: Black Ops II

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is guaranteed to sell a bazillion copies this fall, but even so, developer Treyarch isn't mailing in this sequel. In fact, Black Ops II might be the riskiest entry yet in the Call of Duty franchise...

Samit Sarkar



Last call! Win an Xbox 360 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II photo
Last call! Win an Xbox 360 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

[Update: Contest over! Congratulations to Jecurpac, the winner of a brand new Xbox 360 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II!]

GameStop has a whole series of goodies tied around Black Ops II, starting with the limited edition two-sided poster you can get for pre-ordering the game. Once you've received your poster, GameStop wants you to take a shot of yourself with it and share it on Twitter using the hashtag: #GSFIRSTWAVE. GameStop will then share the image with the fans on their Facebook page. 

The poster is just one of four extras pre-order customers will be given, with the additional extras to be revealed as we get closer to the launch of Black Ops II. Plus, pre-order customers will be given a Prestige Token for use in Modern Warfare 3.

On top of all these extras, GameStop has given us a 250GB Xbox 360 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II* to giveaway to one of you! In order to win the bundle, leave a comment below telling us what you would like to see Treyarch do differently in Black Ops II. Our preview mentioned a lot of big changes happening to the series, what else would you like to see get changed? 

You have until May 31 at 11:59PM PST to enter and contest is open to anyone with a US based shipping address the prizes can be shipped to. We'll be picking the best comment to give the prizes to so make your entries count!

*Note that the winner will receive Black Ops II after it's released on November 13. 

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2:00 PM on 05.22.2012

Here's two whole new screens for Black Ops II

Yup. Just two brand new screenshots for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. I know, it's a lot to process all at once but I think you'll manage. The first screen depicts a secret service agent, while the other shows off those quadroc...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



The Question: Do you want Black Ops II?  photo
The Question: Do you want Black Ops II?
by Jonathan Holmes

[Every Friday (or whenever), Destructoid will pose topical a question to the community. Answer it if you want!]

Last week say the official start of the Black Ops II hype-train. The first trailer was released. Pre-orders are already through the roof. The game's success is all but guaranteed. 

That said, there's also been plenty of hate slung at the game. Some say the graphics are bad. Other's are saying they're just burnt out on the series. Still others are claiming that they've always hated Call of Duty and as a result, that this new entry has already earned their pre-hate due to it's name alone. Call of Duty may be one of the most successful series going right now, but lets not forget how many gamers there are out there, and how many of them want nothing to do with the series. There are millions of people that love Call of Duty, but millions more that want nothing to do with it. 

Personally, I'm feeling pretty optimistic about the game. The futuristic setting and the ability to play as human soldiers, airborn drones, and "large robots" could offer a lot of surprises. I'm not quite sure that I want the game yet, but I'm definitely interested in finding out more about it. 

How about you? What would it take for you to get psyched for Black Ops II? For you diehard CoD fans, could anything cause you to not be excited for it? Treyarch definitely isn't serving up more of the same this time around. Do you think that's a good thing or a bad thing?

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9:00 PM on 05.04.2012

The DTOID Show: Elder Scrolls MMO & Saints Row Expansion

Hey guys! Had a wonderful live Destructoid Show today -- Brian Brushwood, of Scam School fame joined us to talk about the recently announced Elder Scrolls MMORPG. On top of that, Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is gettin...

Max Scoville

11:30 AM on 05.03.2012

Black Ops II pre-orders tripling 2010's Black Ops numbers

What do the numbers mean? Quite a lot, if we're talking about Black Ops II pre-orders. Amazon UK says Treyarch's near-future shooter has already tripled the number of pre-orders seen for Black Ops in 2010. It seems that a&nbs...

Jim Sterling

6:30 PM on 05.02.2012

The DTOID Show: Horse Ops II, Dawnguard, & a $99 Xbox 360

Hey guys! Here's another helping of Destructoid Show! If you don't eat it all, you won't get any dessert. (I'm kidding, that was a joke, please do not eat our internet news program, thanks.) Today, a bunch of big other shoes ...

Max Scoville





3:00 AM on 05.02.2012

Black Ops II represents a realistic look at future wars

Dig into the official YouTube page for Call of Duty and you'll discover a five part video series where some experts in warfare paint a very scary vision of what the future can bring. The series features P.W. Singer, a future...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Call of Duty: Black Ops II world premiere trailer photo
Call of Duty: Black Ops II world premiere trailer
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Here it is, the world premier trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It's the year 2025, and as it turns out, Frank Woods didn't die in Black Ops. The now retired Sergeant narrates the current state of affairs, where the near future military is completely reliant on technology.

One of the first things I noticed from this trailer was just how much the graphics have seemed to improve. Just seeing Frank's facial expression change as he talks is a giant leap from past Call of Duty games.

The trailer also reveals segments throughout the campaign, from flying a jet, taking on walking tanks -- there's even a horse riding section! FUTURE HORSES!

Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be out November 13, 2012. Want more? Then come back to Destructoid at 9PM PST tonight for an extremely detailed first look preview from Dale North. Everything from the setting, main villain, new weapons, and all the changes coming to Black Ops II will be revealed tonight.

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So, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is official photo
So, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is official
by Jim Sterling

Just in case any of you were left wondering, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a thing that is happening. Although scheduled to be announced tonight, the beans have been spilled early on the official site, seemingly unintentionally. 

The link to the game's announcement trailer does not currently work, but the art and logo are more than damning enough. It also has a release date, with a listing for November 13.

Images indicate a near-future setting, with sci-fi masks and weird airship things. Could be a bit different and interesting, right?

A more grand reveal is scheduled tonight during the basketball playoffs on TNT. Or you could just check the Internet later, which will surely have hastily ripped commercials for you!

I heard gamers still love COD!

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8:30 PM on 04.27.2012

The DTOID Show: Skyrim DLC, WiiU News & Rayman Legends

It's fuh-fuh-fuh-friday (air horn sound effect) and that means The Destructoid Show was LIVE again. God, I suck at typing "live" not in all caps. Today, we talked about the leaked photos of Call Of Duty: Black Ops II pre-orde...

Max Scoville



Impressions: Black Ops Zombies for iOS photo
Impressions: Black Ops Zombies for iOS
by Tara Long

The end of the year is a hectic time for mobile game publishers. With the influx of AAA console releases every fall comes an inevitable flurry of iOS games, most of which find themselves struggling to stay afloat in an industry whose consumers are consistently demanding more for less. 

Some games will succeed by virtue of their legacy. When a slightly tweaked version of the Nazi Zombies mode from Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies II appeared on the App Store in 2009, people jumped at the chance to relive the satisfaction of fire-blasting anti-semitic zombies in the head for no other reason than it’s incredibly fun. Activision predicted that success and now, two years later, has chosen to repeat the cycle by bringing last year’s Black Ops Zombie mode to iOS.

As with most Call of Duty games, however, it isn't a question of whether it will succeed; it's a question of whether or not it deserves that success. Hit the jump for my hands-on impressions.
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5:00 PM on 08.11.2011

To the moon in Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection

Activision released this latest behind-the-scenes look at Call of Duty: Black Ops focused on the upcoming "Rezurrection" DLC release. The primary focus here is on the "Moon" map, which sounds like it could be terribly g...

Conrad Zimmerman