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

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. You can pick i...   read

 
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Call of Duty to host a Double Weapon XP weekend

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 XP weekend last...   read

 
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Team Fariko wins the first Call of Duty Championship

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 ultimate winners here ...   read

 
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Million dollar Call of Duty tournament begins today

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 off to fight t...   read

 
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Bling out your guns with the Black Ops II Personal Pack

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 PC platforms o...   read

 
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Microtransactions coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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 of Duty: Black ...   read

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

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, it'll run fro...   read

 
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Call of Duty Championship tournament offering up $1M

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 and will see 32 t...   read

 
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Twitch TV will be integrated into Black Ops II

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 Twitch.tv channel. Players on PC, ...   read

 
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Black Ops II's Revolution maps look pretty awesome

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 to keep things f...   read

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

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 at approximately...   read

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

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 zomb...   read

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

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. Unsurprisingl...   read

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

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 will be coming y...   read

 
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The winner of Destructoid's best shooter of 2012

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 number of them looke...   read

 
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Nuketown zombies available for Black Ops II season pass

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 starting today...   read

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

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, currently out for PS3,...   read

 
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Black Ops II Wii U: the preferred console experience?

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 the Wii U my go...   read

 
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Interview: Creating the story of Black Ops II

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 tackles. Sure, the s...   read

 
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Nuketown 2025 playlist pulled from Black Ops II (Update)

[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 that was used as...   read

 
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How Treyarch created a realistic premise in Black Ops II

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 extent. Black Ops...   read

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

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. So, for the fort...   read

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

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 be good to go t...   read

 
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Black Ops II on balancing and player feedback

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 everything to the...   read

 
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Black Ops II PS3: connection issues, bum Nuketown codes

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 to get stable o...   read

 
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This multiplayer mode was cut from Black Ops II

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 very limited amm...   read

 
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Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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 it or hate it, ...   read

 
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Check out the ridiculous bonus ending to Black Ops II

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 spoilers here, but...   read

 
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Treyarch on keeping Black Ops II open for all

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, largely due to fe...   read

 
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Metacritic user reviews do the usual poop on Black Ops II

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 on Metacritic ...   read

 
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Mass Effect 2 accidentally shipping in Black Ops II boxes

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 replaced with Mass ...   read

 
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Nuketown added to Call of Duty Black Ops II season pass

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. Activision announc...   read

 
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Find out how you can get banned from Black Ops II

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 common sense, but...   read

 
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Livestream Black Ops II matches through YouTube

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 on the Xbox 360,...   read

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

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 map that's in t...   read

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

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....   read

 
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Black Ops II launch trailer has robot bugs!

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. Grappling hooks! Wing s...   read

 
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Activision set to introduce season pass for Black Ops II

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 for Call of Duty...   read

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

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 supplemental service (fir...   read

 
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Black Ops II will have 3D and dual play options

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 of LG's Cinema...   read

 
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Preview: A deeper look at multiplayer in Black Ops II

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 rest of the mul...   read

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

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 the former loadou...   read

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

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 with this debut ...   read

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

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 with that bus? Pr...   read

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

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 this sucker into f...   read

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

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...   read

 
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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 two will be usi...   read

 
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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 copypasta game r...   read

 
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COD: Black Ops II Hardened, Care Package edition details

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 than the former. ...   read

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

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 teaser, though the...   read

 

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