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Just a gamer from Melbourne, Australia!

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Call of Duty is an incredibly popular and successful first-person shooter series. And if you’re reading this, I suspect you fall closer to the “love it” side of the spectrum. Now, there are lots of Call of Duty games we could talk about, from the earliest to the most recent, but I'm going to focus on Black Ops 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was released in 2012 for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC. It added several new elements to the series, such as different endings, and had a generally good reception from both critics and fans.

If you’re hoping to get a specific ending, or if you intend to play through the campaign enough time to get all the endings, or if you just want to know what the different endings are, you’ll be pleased to know that you can find Black Ops 2 ending guides. These “Black Ops 2 cheats” will guide you toward any of the possible paths. While there aren’t lists of collectibles, as such, there are hidden pieces of intel for you to find in the game, and you can use a reference list to make sure you don’t miss any.

You’ll also be able to find guides on how to unlock all the different weapons, perks, equipment, streaks, and wildcards for the multiplayer mode, something bound to come in handy if you plan to play a lot with other people. Don’t be shy about picking up a few general hints and tips, either. For example, if you know what class you want to play, but you aren’t sure what your loadout should be, you can find some ideas and strategies. Learn about how to build the powerful Thrustodyne Aeronautics Model 23, find the Blundergat, and more. And if it’s an achievement that’s giving you trouble, take a scan through the list of Black Ops 2 cheats to see if you can find something to help you out.

Now, you might enjoy fighting zombies. Black Ops 2 includes a zombie-fighting mode, so head on in and have a blast! You can even find some cheats to help you out, like instructions on how to make a zombie shield and a special invincibility trick. There are more general invincibility glitches in the game as well, along with some glitches that just cause cool effects. If you want to fly around the lab for a while, there’s a glitch/cheat for that, for example. However, if you don’t have an unpatched version of the game, you might not be able to see all of them.

Finally, while you’re unlocking weapons and playing different endings and checking out glitches, don’t forget about Easter eggs. Black Ops 2 has a bunch of neat little things hidden in it, from a special mini-game in Nuketown 2025 to Thor’s Hammer. Best of all, you can find all the various references and Easter eggs listed with the rest of the cheats for Black Ops 2, so you’ll be able to find them all.

Black Ops 2 is one of the more enduring titles of the Call of Duty series, so even though a couple of years have passed, FPS fans should be able to find some fun things to do with the game.

2:22 AM on 03.23.2014

Who says basketball can’t be a grand adventure? Not fans of 2K Sports’ NBA 2K video game series, that’s for sure.

All right, perhaps “grand adventure” is taking it a bit far. Nevertheless, NBA 2K14 received praise across all the systems it appeared on, from the consoles of the previous generation when it made its October debut, to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when it launched alongside each of them. It was a next-gen basketball game, if limited to a degree by being developed for multiple consoles. Reviews were generally good, and anyone who enjoys the series has probably at least considered picking it up.

So if you have NBA 2K14, allow me to be your guide as we delve into the secrets this game has to offer. Did you know there is an official cheat code to let you unlock a special dunk? By all means, look it up. It and other NBA 2K14 cheats are at your disposal, to help you make the most of your time with the game.

Given the style of the gameplay, however, it is little wonder that the majority of cheats come in the form of hints and guides. For example, if you are having trouble earning enough virtual currency, you can try your hand at the myNBA2K14 app. It is simple to use, and while it admittedly only adds a little bit of VC to your game, every little bit counts. That is only one of the many hints you can find if you look for NBA 2K14 guides.

Other cheats relate directly to the main game itself, of course. It will be very useful for you to know all of the signature moves used by the elite players, so you will be able to bring the information to mind whenever you need it. That really leaves you with three options. First, you could memorize them. While an impressive feat, it will probably take more time and effort than it’s worth. Second, you could go through the game and make your own list. Admirable… but again, that will use up a lot of your time. And so we reach the third option, which is to look up a list created by someone else. It is the simplest and most effective way to access facts about all the elite players, and it should not be overlooked.

We find ourselves in a similar situation when it comes to gameplay. How will you master the pick and roll moves, for example? If you prefer to experiment and try everything out for yourself, it’s hard to fault your diligence and enthusiasm for the game, but it never hurts to research some tried-and-true strategies. The same goes for learning how to properly steal the ball. Do not sit there mashing the steal button over and over again. It isn’t going to work. Once again, there are many strategies and hints you can look up.

Be studious in your approach to NBA 2K14. Approach every game as though you are the champion, put yourself in the mindset of a victor, and learn how to turn every situation to your advantage. Whether the basketball court in this game is a familiar battleground to you or you are just beginning your NBA 2K14 adventure, such cheats can elevate your game to new heights.

Players like cheat codes for many different reasons. Maybe they want to play the game without fear of death, so that they can do all sorts of crazy things they couldn’t accomplish during regular gameplay. Maybe they want a slight edge. Maybe they just want to have fun by seeing how they can alter the game world. Rockstar is definitely a company that understands their fans’ love of cheat codes, as the Grand Theft Auto titles frequently have a long list of codes with various effects. For example, there are plenty of cheats for GTA San Andreas on Xbox 360 that enable you to do all sorts of things.

Are you interested in cheats that have practical effects, where you can look at them and see how this actually helps you in some way? There are plenty of codes that can help. Give yourself infinite health or filled your weapons with a never-ending supply of ammunition. Gain the ability to swim underwater without ever needing to come up for a breath of air. Snatch up a prize of $250,000, while also filling up your health and armor meters. Maybe you would like to lower you wanted level, to diminish the pressure on you for a while. On the other hand, maybe you want a little more excitement in your game—don’t worry, you can raise your wanted level just as easily. Would you like a motorbike? Use a code to spawn one. Use a code to spawn a hydra or a hunter. Use a code to spawn a jetpack and take to the skies!

Unlock new vehicles—and then maximize their stats. For that matter, if there are specific stats you would like to maximize for your character, there are codes that can help you there, too. Additionally, many codes have a counterpart that creates the opposite effect, so you can try out all sorts of things.

Are you, on the other hand, interested in cheats that will change the gameplay experience and just make cool things happen? There are plenty of those, as well. You can change the weather and time of day to anything you want. Bring on the storms, the clouds, the fog, and much more. If you want to run around the city in a perpetual midnight, just enter the code. You can even just speed up the clock and watch time fly by.

Speaking of things flying, have you ever seen a car fly? You can in San Andreas! All you need to do is enter the right code. In fact, a flying car can even take you on a journey to the bottom of the sea. All you have to do is combine a few cheats. Give yourself infinite health, give yourself infinite air for breathing underwater, and let your flying car sink to the bottom of the water for a unique marine experience.

All sorts of things can make the world a little more interesting, to say the least. Turn pedestrians into Elvis. Fill the city’s traffic with aggressive drivers and let chaos ensue. For added chaos, activate Chaos mode. You can change the gameplay through other modes as well—Adrenaline mode, Yakuza mode, and Killer Clown mode, just to name a few.

With all of these codes, you just have to enter them from within the game. Enter the button combination quickly and smoothly, using the D-pad for directional commands. When multiple directional commands are in a row, try to slide your finger from one to the other. If you can’t activate the cheat, keep on trying and make sure you are entering it accurately. It should work, although once you quit your game session, all cheats will be deactivated until you enter them again.

If you’re more interested in glitches and tricks than actual cheat codes, San Andreas has plenty of those as well. Make your way to Liberty City, even if it’s empty, or break into Area 51. Use a trick to get lots of money. Learn how to send a driverless “ghost car” through the streets. Check out some fun Easter eggs built into the game. All this, and much, much more awaits you. Therefore, no matter what you are interested in, you’re sure to find a way to spice up your GTA: San Andreas experience. 

If you'd like to see a list of all the cheats available for San Andreas click here.

6:37 PM on 02.13.2014

NBA 2K14 is the latest addition to the NBA 2K series, all of which are basketball games published by 2K Sports. It is available on several platforms. It initially released on October 1, 2013, for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. It was also a launch title for both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, which gives a total of five systems it can be played on. In addition to those, limited mobile versions of the game were released for iOS and Android devices.

For the main console versions of NBA 2K14, various preorder bonuses might have swayed customers in one direction or another. Most of the bonuses were uniform across platforms, but Best Buy offered a bonus deal with preorders of the PS3 version for $10 off a 1-Year PSN Subscription, and a bonus $3 in rewards to customers with a Best Buy credit card for preorders of the Xbox One or PS4 versions. Walmart offered launch-day delivery for free for preorders of the Xbox One or PS4 versions. Additionally, GreenManGaming, Amazon, and GameStop all had special deals in place for preorders of the PC version.

Now that the game has been released, however, preorder bonuses no longer matter to customers’ decisions about which version to buy.

Graphics are one consideration customers may take into account. The graphics of the Xbox One and PS4 versions are significantly improved over the graphics of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, with the newer consoles being able to create much more realistic effects. For the most part, the graphics of the Xbox One and PS4 versions are the same, although some players feel the PS4 version has a slightly better frame rate. Since it’s only a minor difference, however, it probably won’t be a major factor for most people.

Overall, NBA 2K14 provides the same experience whether you play it on the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Xbox One, or PS4, but the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions have the weakest graphics. Its mobile counterparts, however, cannot compare.

NBA 2K14 was well-received and is considered by some reviewers to be the best game in the series to date, an excellent introduction of the NBA 2K series to the next generation of consoles. Besides being just a basketball game, NBA 2K14 added features to the “My Career” gameplay to really make it feel like your player’s life—he talks to people, drives to the stadium, and otherwise brings a story to the game. Many players will enjoy this new sports game.

With the newest consoles on the market, it’s well worth looking at how things have changed from one generation to the next. One element that can be explored in this light is the trophy system for Sony’s consoles.

When the PS3 launched in 2006, it did not have trophy support. As a result, many of the older PS3 games do not have trophies. That change came in 2009, when Sony introduced the trophy system and required from that point on that all new PS3 (and Vita) games had to have a trophy list. (This requirement did not apply to games that were free, but many free-to-play games decided to include trophies anyway).

Trophies are fairly simple to understand. When a player meets certain criteria in a game, they are notified that they have received a trophy. Trophies can be awarded for tasks as simple as completing a level or chapter, or they can involve more difficult tasks, such as defeating a bonus boss or discovering a secret area. In this way, trophies often function both as a way for a player to mark their progress through a game as well as to show off particular accomplishments. Each trophy comes with a rank and a point value. Points add up collectively toward the player’s trophy rank, which levels up when enough points are earned - note that the 100 level limit was only just reached! There are bronze trophies, which give the player 15 points, silver trophies, which give the player 30 points, gold trophies, which give the player 90 points, and the coveted platinum trophies, which give the player 180 points. Platinum trophies are only awarded when the player has earned every other trophy in the game.

With the advent of the PlayStation 4, players will now be able to see how rare their trophies are (you can check out a list of trophies for Battlefield 4 here). Rarities are not determined by the game, but rather by online statistics that calculate how many players have gotten the trophy in question. As a result, the trophy rarities will fluctuate over time. They can be common, uncommon, rare, very rare, or ultra rare. Since the most challenging trophies will also be the rarest, this adds an additional sense of accomplishment for earning the more difficult trophies, and might even cut down on players’ tendencies to play easy games just to rack up trophy points. The rarity system also has the potential to provide data on players’ gameplay styles and tendencies, based on which trophies the most players get.

The PS4 allows you to view your own trophies and also compare them to those that your friends have received. On the function screen, you can select “Trophies” to see yours and “Compare Trophies” to pick a friend to compare trophies with. As always, your trophies must be synced with the server (either manually or automatically) in order for them to display online. Since trophies are tied to the player’s PSN account, a PS4 player can also see their trophies from PS3 and Vita games. Trophies cannot be transferred to a different account.

When you play a PS4 game with friends using the same console, the way the players earn trophies depends on how they are logged in. If all of the players are logged into their own accounts, they will all get any trophies earned. If, however, a player is logged in as a guest, they will be unable to save trophies to transfer them to their account—they must log in if they are to keep new trophies.

In addition to comparing trophies with friends via the PS4’s system and syncing trophies so that other players on PSN can see them, many players also like to use online tracking sites. These tracking sites may provide guides for getting trophies, statistics for users’ overall trophy progress, gamer cards so players can display their trophies across the Internet, and more.

Some popular trophy tracking sites include Raptr, Exophase, PS3Trophies and TrueTrophies.

Achievements, Gamerscores, Gamercards - to a player who stopped gaming before the last generation of consoles, these terms probably wouldn’t mean a whole lot. To players of last generation and this generation, however, they are a regular part of gaming. The concept behind achievements is a simple one. Players do something in a game, whether it’s performing a specific action, reaching a certain point, finding a location, overcoming a challenge, or one of the many other things achievements can be awarded for, and they get an achievement. Games come with a set amount of achievements with set criteria, and players can choose to pursue them as many as they wish. For diehard completionists, that means taking as much time and as many playthroughs as are necessary to get every last achievement. For other players, achievements provide a way to get additional replay value out of a game, extra incentive to seek out secrets, and a ready-made list of challenges.

On the Xbox 360, which was the first console to introduce a structured achievement system, as well as the Xbox One, achievements are worth points. Point values vary based on the difficulty or significance of the achievement, and all the points players earn are added together to form their Gamerscore. The Gamerscore doesn’t do anything except stand as a mark of pride and accomplishment. It is displayed on the user’s profile so that other players can see it as well. Check out a list of example achievements for Halo 3 here.

Online trackers are another way players can display their achievements. There are many sites that people can link their accounts to in order to track achievements, and many have other benefits as well—some trackers work across all consoles and systems, some provide guides and hints, some focus on social and competitive aspects, and so on. Raptr, Exophase, TrueAchievements, and Gamertag Nation are all examples of achievement tracking sites, and each has its own style. Different players prefer different sites, and there are many more besides these to choose from.

Now that the Xbox One is out, there is a new Achievement system, which consists of both achievements and challenges (a list of Achievements for Ryse: Son of Rome on Xbox One is here). The sub-category of achievements is exactly what fans are familiar with from the previous generation. The only difference is that, while in the past a game had a set achievement list, with additions made only through downloadable content, Xbox One games can have new achievements added to them without the need for a new download. Through use of the cloud, companies can add new achievements to give players reasons to return to their games, although limitations will be in place to make sure players aren’t bombarded with constant achievements to unlock. Game achievements are the only part of the new Achievement system that will affect Gamerscores, and players’ existing Gamerscores from their Xbox 360 games will remain tied to their accounts when they start playing on the Xbox One. When more than one person is playing a game on the same console, they all can earn achievements, and the achievement alert will be color-coded to distinguish between players.

Challenges, the new addition to the system, are not restricted to a single game. They will work with games, apps, and more, and will only be around for a set amount of time. For example, there may be weekly challenges or weekend challenges. Some will be for an individual to perform, while others will be unlocked when numerous gamers collectively reach a specific goal.

Players will be able to see their Achievement statistics from the Xbox One dashboard, and from devices running the SmartGlass app. For those who wish to instantly share their accomplishments, they can capture the moment they earn an achievement and upload a recording for their friends to see.

The basic elements of the old achievement system are still there, but there are enough changes to make Xbox One Achievements feel fresh. Players should find the transition easy and comfortable.