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Black Ops II's multiplayer is free on Steam this weekend

Plus double XP on all platforms
May 09
There's a little special on Call of Duty: Black Ops II over on Steam where you can play the multiplayer component for free all weekend long. Yup, you have full access and not only that, the game is 33% off on Steam right now....

Call of Duty to host a Double Weapon XP weekend

Not Double XP proper, which is confusing
Apr 19
Fresh off the Call of Duty: Uprising DLC release, Treyarch has announced a Double Weapon XP weekend for Black Ops II, which starts at 10AM PDT today (right around the time of this writing). Since we already had a real Double ...

Team Fariko wins the first Call of Duty Championship

Fariko Impact wins $400,000 for playing games good
Apr 09
Team Fariko Impact won big after three days of intense Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer action in the first ever Call of Duty Championship. 32 teams from around the world came together to battle it out, with the ultimat...

Million dollar Call of Duty tournament begins today

Watch a bunch of dudes win money by playing a freaking game
Apr 05
The Call of Duty Championship kicks off today and sees teams from all around the world competing for up to $1 million dollars in prizes. The tournament begins with a ceremony starting at 12PM Pacific, and then the 32 teams go...

Bling out your guns with the Black Ops II Personal Pack

Optional microtransactions invade Call of Duty
Apr 03
A new absurd trailer is out for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and it showcases some of the crazier microtransaction based content, like graffiti riot shields, bacon guns, and benjamin bling pistols. It's set to hit the PS3 and...

Microtransactions coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Fee-to-pay extra coming tomorrow
Mar 12
If you were worried fee-to-pay microtransactions were going to become the norm ... prepare to be justified. Activision has announced it'll be jumping aboard the bandwagon tomorrow, introducing incremental buy-me-ups for Call ...

It's time for another Black Ops II Double XP weekend

Friday to Monday starting at 10AM PST
Feb 22
Treyarch recently let the world know that there will be another Call of Duty: Black Ops II Double XP weekend happening, starting today. The event is confirmed for all platforms, including the 360, PS3, PC, and Wii U. As usual...

Call of Duty Championship tournament offering up $1M

Activision gets serious with eSports
Feb 01
Activision is getting serious with eSports as they're hosting their first official major tournament for Black Ops II. The Call of Duty Championship tournament will be taking place in Hollywood, California from April 5 - 7 an...

Twitch TV will be integrated into Black Ops II

Easy streaming is available to the masses
Jan 30
Following PlanetSide 2 and Origin's lead, Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be integrating Twitch streaming right into the game. This will allow players to broadcast their matches live right onto their channel. ...

Black Ops II's Revolution maps look pretty awesome

Join the Revolution
Jan 29
Call of Duty: Black Ops II? Yeah, it was pretty great. Treyarch really brought it with their latest shooter, implementing a ton of new elements to make a Call of Duty title fresh again. And it looks like they're continuing t...

Call of Duty: Black Ops II gets another double XP weekend

Celebration of the new DLC
Jan 23
Greetings fellow Call of Duty fans -- it appears as if Activision is launching yet another double XP weekend for all Black Ops II players.  In typical COD fashion, the "switch" for double XP should be flipped a...

Play all the Black Ops II you can thanks to The Replacer

Let someone else take over your life!
Jan 22
Okay, bravo Activision. This was actually funny. The new Black Ops II Revolution downloadable content is coming soon. It's going to feature four new maps, a new weapon, and a new zombie mode where you can actually play as the freaking zombies. You know what that means? You won't have time for real life anymore! So what can you do about it? Hire someone to take over your life with The Replacer.

'Revolution' pack hits Black Ops II first on Xbox 360

Five maps, a weapon, and a new Zombies mode
Jan 08
A leak late last month gave us the heads up on the Revolution map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, but now we have a video to go on alongside Treyarch's announcement of the first of four "DLC events" planned for the game...

First of four Call of Duty: Black Ops II map packs leaked

Revolution is the initial offering
Dec 31
If you've been itching for news on more Call of Duty: Black Ops II maps, this news is your huckleberry. Season Pass holders already have access to the Nuketown Zombie map, but it appears as if your first bit of real content w...

The winner of Destructoid's best shooter of 2012

Best of 2012
Dec 14
Love them or hate them, shooters are one of the biggest sellers in the videogame industry. Despite the saturation of shooting games, 2012 saw a number of them that sought out to offer actual interesting stories. Plus, a numbe...

Nuketown zombies available for Black Ops II season pass

Download one new zombies map
Dec 12
If you dropped the extra cash on the hardened or care package editions of Black Ops II, you received an extra zombie map for your troubles. Now, Activision has made said map, called "Nuketown Zombies," available for everyone...

Black Ops II patch 1.04 nerfs SMGs, ups UAV score cost

Out now on PS3, coming to Xbox 360 this weekend
Dec 07
Call of Duty: Black Ops II has been patched to address a number of balance issues, most notably the SMG. The close-assault weapon class has been criticized for its powerful hip fire capabilities, and the latest patch, current...

Black Ops II Wii U: the preferred console experience?

GamePad strangely excellent for FPS games
Nov 30
After spending the past two days with the Wii U version of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, I have found all my worries about the GamePad's ability to handle fast-paced first-person shooters melt away. In fact, I may now consider ...

Interview: Creating the story of Black Ops II

Intertwining reality and fiction
Nov 20
The 99%. The military's increasing reliance on drones. China's monopoly of rare earth elements. Social media. Literally laying down everything for your country. These are but the many themes that the latest Call of Duty tackl...

Nuketown 2025 playlist pulled from Black Ops II (Update)

I hope you like custom games
Nov 19
[Update: Treyarch has responded by creating a new playlist called Chaos Moshpit that has Nuketown 2025 in its rotation. What a silly situation.] Treyarch has removed the multiplayer playlist containing the Nuketown 2025 map t...

How Treyarch created a realistic premise in Black Ops II

Rare earth elements are the new oil
Nov 19
Up until now, Treyarch had history to play with in crafting their stories. History is given an entertainment spin to fit their needs, sure, but a lot of what you see and do in their games are grounded in reality, to some ex...

$500 million in one day: Call of Duty: Black Ops II

News Flash: Call of Duty is popular
Nov 16
We all know that the Call of Duty franchise rakes in the cash, but this one-day sales mark seems almost scary in size. Try $500 million in sales in 24 hours for the latest, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Half a billion, folks. S...

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Double XP weekend starts now

If you bought the game new
Nov 16
Just a friendly reminder: it looks like the first ever Call of Duty: Black Ops II Double XP weekend is underway for those of you who picked up the game new. Just unwrap your game, input the Nuketown 2025 code, and you should ...

Black Ops II on balancing and player feedback

Nov 15
Balancing, balancing, balancing. Developers do as much as they can to make sure their multiplayer is designed as best as possible before shipping, but it's when the title has made it into the public's hand that really puts ev...

Black Ops II PS3: connection issues, bum Nuketown codes

Nov 15
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is not having the best of times on PlayStation 3. Because, of course, that's totally surprising and hasn't happened before.  Chief among the problems are connectivity issues, with users unable ...

This multiplayer mode was cut from Black Ops II

But it may come back someday
Nov 14
Months ago, I played a multiplayer mode in Black Ops II called Hacker, which required teams to take control of several A.G.R Drones on the map in order to rack up the kills. The only weapons available were pistols with v...

Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Post-modern Warfare
Nov 14
Call of Duty has become the ultimate "no-win" situation for reviewers. What once may have been the biggest job of the game critic's year is now an annual exercise in being caught between the Devil and the deep blue sea. Love ...

Check out the ridiculous bonus ending to Black Ops II

Hope you like heavy metal!
Nov 14
At the end of the original Black Ops, you got a special bonus game of zombies where you could play as President Kennedy, President Nixon, and Fidel Castro. After the credits in Black Ops II, you get this. Obviously major spo...

Treyarch on keeping Black Ops II open for all

Expanding beyond just the pro players
Nov 13
The Call of Duty series has a mass hardcore following, and experienced players know what to do the second they pop in the game disc. But there's still a percentage of players that have never really touched the multiplayer, la...

Metacritic user reviews do the usual poop on Black Ops II

"Metacritic has the best and Realest reviewers"
Nov 13
Another hyped "AAA" game, another round of vengeful user reviews from those wishing to put said game in its place. This time, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is ready to receive its punishment.  As always, gamers have marched...

Mass Effect 2 accidentally shipping in Black Ops II boxes

InCoDtrination Theory
Nov 13
Excited warmongers looking forward to playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II on PC risk disappointment, if dejected reports on the Internet are any indication. Some copies of the game have had their second installation discs repl...

Nuketown added to Call of Duty Black Ops II season pass

Zombies map included in special edition no less special as a result
Nov 12
If you decided to try and save a few clams by skipping out on the collector's edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 but lament missing out on the included Nuketown Zombies map, you're going to get a second stab at it. Act...

Find out how you can get banned from Black Ops II

Anything from pirating to boosting
Nov 12
Ah, the modern gaming era. Day one patches, online passes, and of course, permabans on consoles. As we're nearing the launch of the sure to be mega-hit Black Ops II, Treyarch has layed out a few ground rules. Most of it is co...

Livestream Black Ops II matches through YouTube

Nov 08
Activision has finally announced that they're partnering with YouTube as the livestreaming partner for Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer matches. Yup, you'll be able to livestream your matches directly through the game o...

Blow up the past in Black Ops II's Nuketown map

Nov 01
Fans that pre-order Black Ops II will be given the Nuketown 2025 map, as seen in the latest video from Treyarch. Nuketown was fun in the first Black Ops thanks to how small the map is, but there's an even better and smaller ...

Black Ops II's live-action trailer is full of surprises

Oh, and lots of THE FAMOUS PEOPLE
Oct 29
Call of Duty: Black Ops II has a new live-action trailer in the same vein as the first game's, continuing the "Soldier in all of us" marketing line. This time around we have mechs, drones, horses, and Robert Downey Jr. in a jet. As you do.  Regardless of what folks think of the game, it is a pretty cool bit of footage, don't you think?

Black Ops II launch trailer has robot bugs!

Back in Black, baby
Oct 16
We're less than a month away from Call of Duty: Black Ops II hitting store shelves now! The launch trailer has just been released, and it shows off a ton of things you can expect to do in the single-player campaign. Grapplin...

Activision set to introduce season pass for Black Ops II

As well as announcing four DLC map packs in 2013
Oct 15
After an interesting reveal by Activision with regards to its Call of Duty: Elite service today, another announcement nearly slipped by. Not nearly as surprising, the company will be introducing a season pass f...

Call of Duty Elite features to be free in Black Ops II

Activision levels the playing field for non-paying users
Oct 15
In a surprising move today, Activision has announced that all of the features of its Call of Duty "Elite" program will be made available at no additional cost to all players of Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The supplement...

Black Ops II will have 3D and dual play options

Plus create-a-class in the campaign!
Oct 12
The 3D fad has more or less died, but that's not stopping Treyarch from including 3D support in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. They've even partnered up with LG Electronics to offer a discount for those that buy the game and one...

Preview: A deeper look at multiplayer in Black Ops II

Sep 27
So we gave you a pretty extended detail look at Black Ops II's multiplayer not too long ago. It was a lot to take in, but guess what? There's more. So much more. In fact, Treyarch had us out for another visit just to see the ...

Preview: This is what's new with Zombies in Black Ops II

Sep 26
If you haven't noticed by now, there's been a theme with Call of Duty: Black Ops II where everything has been getting revamped. Your actions in the single-player campaign will affect the ending, and multiplayer has ditched th...

The undead rise again in Blacks Op II's Zombies mode

Sep 26
We've seen the single-player, we've seen the multiplayer, we've even gotten a deep dive into the eSports and livestreaming initiatives. So it's about time the last piece of the Black Ops II puzzle has finally been revealed w...

A quick teaser for Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies

Sep 19
Activision and Treyarch are continuing to draw this whole Zombies thing out for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Today, it's a teaser video that ends with a snippet of gameplay footage. Okay, I'm intrigued. What the hell is up wi...

A quick look at CoD: Black Ops II on the Wii U GamePad

Sep 15
The night I got back from the Wii U press conference in New York City, I wrote a quick impressions piece of how Black Ops II played on the Wii U GamePad. Want to see how the game actually looks on the Gamepad? Well shoot thi...

Hands-on with Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Wii U

Sep 13
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 W...

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

Sep 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 ...

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

No XP support this time
Sep 03
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...

COD: Black Ops II Hardened, Care Package edition details

Aug 28
Activision has revealed the obligatory collector's editions for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Yet again they come in Hardened and Prestige (now called Care Package) flavors, with the latter proving more extravagant th...

Zombies return to Nuketown in Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Aug 27
Yeah, this is one of those "the picture and headline say it all" stories; Twitter and Call of Duty, a match made in heaven. The above image was Tweeted with the text "There goes the neighborhood." That's about it for this tea...

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