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Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Activision announces that Call of Duty: Black Ops II is now available worldwide for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, offering another chance to experience the Cold War as depicted in this first-person shooter sequel. The announcement also confirms that the Nuketown zombies bonus map that was a preorder bonus will also be included in the upcoming season pass that will bundle a bunch of DLC, saying: "Additionally consumers who purchase the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass will not only receive an exclusive in-game calling card, but also access to the Nuketown Zombies bonus map. Nuketown Zombies will be offered to Season Pass holders in December, releasing first on Xbox 360 with other platforms to follow." This release has not been perfectly smooth, however, as PC Gamer notes threads on Steam, Reddit, and the Call of Duty forums suggesting that some users have found the second disc in their package is for Mass Effect 2, rather than Black Ops 2, which is obviously a problem, as well as a puzzle, considering this puts an EA disc in an Activision wrapper. They say this only seems to impact a small number of users, who should be able to download the game from Steam using their CD keys. Back to the release, if you have a couple of hours to kill, here's the lengthy announcement:

The wait is over. The groundbreaking Call of Duty®: Black Ops II is now available at retail locations across the globe. The highly-anticipated sequel to the best-selling Xbox 360® and PlayStation ® 3 console game in history has been called "the most ambitious Call of Duty® ever," pushing the boundaries of the blockbuster franchise to new heights by propelling players into a world full of advanced weaponry, robotics and drone technology in the year 2025. Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which has shattered pre-order records set last year by Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3, is on its way to a historic launch, and is poised to usher in a new era for the 30-million Call of Duty fans worldwide with a host of new innovations to deliver the complete gaming experience. Providing great value to the Call of Duty community, starting today Activision's Call of Duty® Elite services for Call of Duty: Black Ops II are free, providing fans with deeply integrated features, including Clan Operations, Zombies Leaderboards and more.

Activision kicked-off the celebration overnight as eager fans lined-up at midnight across an unprecedented 16,000 retailers around the globe from Sydney to Dubai to Paris to Los Angeles to get their hands on Activision and their award-winning studio Treyarch's innovative new release. Anticipation for the title has reached a fever pitch and is expected to be the "biggest game launch of all time," as GameStop Tony Bartel recently noted.

"From the very beginning, our goal with Call of Duty: Black Ops II was to deliver a new high watermark for the franchise. And thanks to the hard work and creative brilliance of our team at Treyarch, I think that's exactly what we've done," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI). "In addition to an amazing and innovative game, we're also proud and humbled to see the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II creating yet another legitimate, pop cultural phenomenon. To our millions of fans worldwide, who have driven everything from pre-orders to YouTube views, to midnight lines outside of stores worldwide to new levels, we just want to say, thank you. You are the best fan base in the world, and the unprecedented thrill ride that is Call of Duty: Black Ops II is all for you."

"From day one, we've pushed ourselves to make the best gaming experience of our lives and I am so incredibly proud with what this team has created with Call of Duty: Black Ops II," said Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia. "Our vision has been to deliver the complete package - something for every type of player. Beginning with the single player campaign, Treyarch introduces things that you've never seen in the Call of Duty franchise before, like branching storylines, non-linear missions and customizing player load outs; or multiplayer, where we've re-written the rules with an all-new 'Pick 10' Create-A-Class, Score Streaks, and entire suite of eSports competitive features like CODcasting, Live Streaming and League Play that further makes Call of Duty a spectator sport; all the way to our biggest Zombies experience yet, which has three modes of play by itself - it's been an absolutely amazing experience developing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and now we can't wait to play it with our fans."

Delivering an epic scale that rivals Hollywood blockbusters, Call of Duty: Black Ops II also features a heavyweight musical lineup with contributions from Academy Award® winning composer Trent Reznor (theme), BAFTA nominee Jack Wall (score), and tracks from musical acts Avenged Sevenfold and an original collaboration by Skrillex and Alvin Risk. Theplot-twisting, generation-spanning story, co-written by David S. Goyer, screenwriter for The Dark Knight and the upcoming Man of Steel, picks up where Call of Duty: Black Ops' Cold War era tale left off, in its explosively cinematic single player campaign taking gamers to the year 2025, against the most sinister villain in Call of Duty lore. Armed with branching storylines and non-linear missions known as Strike Force levels, which provides players a sandbox style gameplay experience, Call of Duty: Black Ops II affords players the opportunity to actually affect the outcome of the game, and for the first time in series history deliver multiple endings to this epic saga. "Collaborating with David Goyer has been an incredible experience. From the beginning, we had a shared vision to rewrite the rules of storytelling in the Call of Duty franchise and deliver a truly innovative experience for players," said Call of Duty: Black Ops II Director and Co-Writer, Dave Anthony.

Tapping into the heartbeat of millions, Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer mode delivers a true package of innovations, including the all-new "Pick-10" Create-a-Class system that revolutionizes the traditional slot-driven system by allowing fans to gear up for battle by customizing an unprecedented number of combinations to best suit their play-style. Further leveling the playing field for more gamers, the new Score Streaks system rewards all-types of players for helping their team win from capturing flags, securing objectives, defending teammates and more.

Without a doubt, the most prolific multiplayer additions to Call of Duty: Black Ops II are the ones lining up to bring Call of Duty online gaming and eSports to the masses. Accessible to players of all skill levels, Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer introduces League Play, a skill-based matchmaking system that makes competition fun at any skill level. Multiplayer also now seamlessly integrates a play-by-play "CODcasting" commentary system that allows fans to create their own eSports commentaries on games. And in a historic first for console gaming, Call of Duty: Black Ops II also features live streaming of League Play games on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, without the need for any additional hardware. With the live streaming feature, players now have the ability to broadcast their Call of Duty: Black Ops II games to the masses in real-time on YouTube, so anyone in the world can enjoy watching the action. Call of Duty Elite takes the live streaming experience even further, enabling viewers to see the player card of the user that is streaming. Viewers can dig deeper on Call of Duty Elite to see class loadouts, recent match data, as well as career stats across supported Call of Duty games on the Call of Duty Elite service. Live streams of Call of Duty: Black Ops II are viewable via web browsers, mobile and tablets through Call of Duty Elite as well as individual YouTube user channels. A verified YouTube account is required to live stream. A valid Call of Duty Elite registration is necessary to view the streams and related information inside Call of Duty Elite. Call of Duty: Black Ops II player live streams will be subject to limitations and restrictions.

The complete package also delivers the fan-favorite Zombies game created by Treyarch. The beloved and terrifying cooperative game mode pits players against an unrelenting horde of the undead. The Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies offering is the biggest to date, featuring three different modes to survive the zombie apocalypse. Unravel the mysteries of a dying Earth in Tranzit, fight endless waves of zombies in Survival mode, or compete in the new 4z4 last-human-standing mode Grief.

Activision also is making available pre-orders for the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass at select retail outlets. The Season Pass lets gamers access four epic Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Map Packs to be released in 2013 at a bundled discount (discount based on a suggested retail price of $49.99 and four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $15 each). The DLC Map Packs will be available on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network first, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Additionally consumers who purchase the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass will not only receive an exclusive in-game calling card, but also access to the Nuketown Zombies bonus map. Nuketown Zombies will be offered to Season Pass holders in December, releasing first on Xbox 360 with other platforms to follow.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is available today worldwide on the Xbox® 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC. The title is scheduled for release in North America on November 18, 2012, for the new Wii U™ game system from Nintendo. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is published by Activision Publishing, Inc., and is rated "M" (Mature - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs - content suitable for persons ages 17 and older) by the ESRB. More information on Call of Duty: Black Ops II can be found at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2 or on www.facebook.com/codblackops. Fans can also follow @Treyarch on Twitter.

Also releasing today for PlayStation Vita is Call of Duty® Black Ops: Declassified, bringing classic Call of Duty-style gameplay to gamers-on-the-go. Developed by Nihilistic, this intense Call of Duty handheld title features frenetic 4v4 multiplayer across popular modes and hallmark features, including Care Packages, Create-A-Class, Killstreaks, Perks, Prestiging and more. The title also delivers an original fiction taking place between Call of Duty®: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Utilizing both touchscreen and "Near" technology, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified puts the adrenaline-rush combat and action of Call of Duty in the palm of your hands. The title is also included in a limited PlayStation®Vita Call of Duty®: Black Ops Declassified Special Edition Bundle Pack for the ultimate value on the go. Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified is rated "M" (Mature - Blood, Drug Reference, Strong Language, Violence - content suitable for persons ages 17 and older).

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110. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 15, 2012, 19:00 Quinn
 
Gotta say that I'm actually enjoying the campaign while it lasts. Just like the last Black Ops.

Medal of Honor Warfighter should be ashamed. My god that game's boring.

Graphics wise however, Warfighter annihilates Black Ops II.
 
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109. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 14, 2012, 17:53 TurdFergasun
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 14, 2012, 11:56:
Jow wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 21:03:
Quboid wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 20:32:
It seems arrogant to assume my own taste is somehow superior and that publishers should disproportionately consider my opinions. Market forces won't create the perfect game for anyone, never mind everyone, but it will tend to treat people fairly. People have voted with their wallets and they've voted for CoD.

Yeah, I'm not posting this assumnig my taste is superior, but as I mentioned before I've been gaming forever. I went through Doom and all the other FPSs to follow as well as ton of other shit and my tastes are different now. Unfortunately this is what makes the dough and I need to either find my entertainment elsewhere or indulge more in my other hobbies.

You say you're not, but then you explain how you are. I've been playing games for a similarly long time but my money, therefore opinion, isn't worth any more than a 14 year old Xbox Live kid's.

i think anyone's well thought and informed opinion is superior to most 14 year old kids who, for the most part don't know how to even form a cohesive opinion, and probably won't bother to learn the skill with the way opinions are manufactured, and accepted for most of this consumer based generation.
 
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108. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 14, 2012, 11:56 Quboid
 
Jow wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 21:03:
Quboid wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 20:32:
It seems arrogant to assume my own taste is somehow superior and that publishers should disproportionately consider my opinions. Market forces won't create the perfect game for anyone, never mind everyone, but it will tend to treat people fairly. People have voted with their wallets and they've voted for CoD.

Yeah, I'm not posting this assumnig my taste is superior, but as I mentioned before I've been gaming forever. I went through Doom and all the other FPSs to follow as well as ton of other shit and my tastes are different now. Unfortunately this is what makes the dough and I need to either find my entertainment elsewhere or indulge more in my other hobbies.

You say you're not, but then you explain how you are. I've been playing games for a similarly long time but my money, therefore opinion, isn't worth any more than a 14 year old Xbox Live kid's.
 
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107. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 14, 2012, 01:14 xXBatmanXx
 
I htink one that that FORCES people to the new game is that everytime a new one comes out - the previous games lack enough players to get games going. I have been sitting in Blops1 and MW2 and MW3 game lobbies for a very long time today. SUcks, as those games are actually pretty good at times.  
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106. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 23:17 xXBatmanXx
 
born2expire wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 23:13:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 23:07:

233 I guess, but honestly most of them are from back in the days of DoD and DoD Source. I am having to go through them every couple months now....if they are inactive for over 90 days I now just remove them. hehehehe

where you batman on SASpd?

Nope, played at (in order)
TheVille, Frenchy's Pit (now gone), DeV, pK/pub, LIGS, and EMT.

Probably some others, but those are the main ones.
 
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105. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 23:13 born2expire
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 23:07:

233 I guess, but honestly most of them are from back in the days of DoD and DoD Source. I am having to go through them every couple months now....if they are inactive for over 90 days I now just remove them. hehehehe

where you batman on SASpd?
 
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104. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 23:10 RailWizard
 
Speaking of euro metal, there is this. There is also this. And this.  
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103. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 23:07 xXBatmanXx
 
Prez wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 22:13:
You have 75 Steam friends? Wow, I feel so inadequate now.

233 I guess, but honestly most of them are from back in the days of DoD and DoD Source. I am having to go through them every couple months now....if they are inactive for over 90 days I now just remove them. hehehehe

Oh, and @pcdev wasn't to fond of my @consoledev joke when they announced no FOV change. ahhahahaha
 
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102. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 22:53 Prez
 
TurdFergasun wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 22:49:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6D-ys43DMo

i'm pretty sure this, and only this is metal. 1:25 is where your face melts appropriately.

i would even play blops 2 to this soundtrack.

Yeah, that kicks all kinds of ass. But now I need a new face.

EDIT: Oh and many apologies for the thread hijack - you may now go back to your regularly scheduled Call of Duty bashing.

This comment was edited on Nov 13, 2012, 23:06.
 
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101. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 22:49 TurdFergasun
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6D-ys43DMo

i'm pretty sure this, and only this is metal. 1:25 is where your face melts appropriately.

i would even play blops 2 to this soundtrack.
 
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100. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 22:45 RailWizard
 
Lorcin wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 22:35:
RailWizard wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 22:24:

I like metal. That band you posted is elevator music tho. ;p This is metal.

Bit beyond me to be honest - it's just noise, there's no melody, chorus, verse or barley coherent beat.

Best guess is I'd stand there looking vaguely confused in the mosh pit whilst really excited people bounced off me.

That's the idea...it isn't 'pop' music which is all written with the same basic 'recipe'. It's more like classical music. Though yeah, a lot of it does suck too. Imagine that. There are only so many Mozarts in the world. ;p
 
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99. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 22:38 RailWizard
 
Prez wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 22:31:
I like metal. That band you posted is elevator music tho. ;p This is metal.

It awesome elevator music then. A7X started as metalcore (Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, Waking the Fallen) but have become more melodic since. The CoD soundtrack song is more mainstream than they are known for, presumably because it's a videogame soundtrack song.

There are all kinds of metal out there, from Euro Pop Metal to Deathcore and the mainstay Thrash. The band you posted isn't one I've paid much attention to but I appreciate all kinds.

Oh ya? Here's some punk metal I liked way back when. link.Or.. This one should be Activisions theme song.
 
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98. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 22:35 Lorcin
 
RailWizard wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 22:24:

I like metal. That band you posted is elevator music tho. ;p This is metal.

Bit beyond me to be honest - it's just noise, there's no melody, chorus, verse or barley coherent beat.

Best guess is I'd stand there looking vaguely confused in the mosh pit whilst really excited people bounced off me.
 
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97. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 22:31 Prez
 
I like metal. That band you posted is elevator music tho. ;p This is metal.

It's awesome elevator music then. A7X started as metalcore (Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, Waking the Fallen) but have become more melodic since. The CoD soundtrack song is more mainstream than they are known for, presumably because it's a videogame soundtrack song.

There are all kinds of metal out there, from Euro Pop Metal to Deathcore and the timeless mainstay Thrash. The band you posted isn't one I've paid much attention to but I appreciate all kinds. A7X has been my favorite band for a while now, whatever you call them.
 
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96. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 22:24 RailWizard
 
Prez wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 21:43:
Lorcin wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 20:43:
Prez wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 11:07:
I'm very likely the only Avenged Sevenfold fan on these boards (I would bet the only metal fan in general) but I still thought I would post this video released today in conjunction with the game - it was pretty great.

Erm no, no your not. Going to see Stone Sour in <1 month with my wife, teenage daughter and her boyfried. Also got Download tickets for next year (Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammenstien headlining) for me, wife and eldest daughter - leaving her boyfriend behind that time, sharing tents is where I draw the line.

However about the video - Animation is BEYOND bad - that's like mid 90s shit.

Cool! I was hoping there was another metal-head among the blues regulars (or three!). I thought the animation in the video was pretty bad too; I imagine they only spent a minimal amount of time on it. At least the character models were spot on, right down to M. Shadows' tatooed muscles. I really wish they would have had the REV (R.I.P.) playing the drums as a zombie since zombies are one of the themes of the game.

Those animations though - Rock Band on the Nintendo Wii had animations for band members that were far superior to that. Anyway, enjoy the concert. I haven't seen Maiden live since their Live After Death tour around a hundred years ago. Will they need walkers and canes to get around on stage I wonder?

I like metal. That band you posted is elevator music tho. ;p This is metal.
 
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95. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 22:13 Prez
 
You have 75 Steam friends? Wow, I feel so inadequate now.  
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94. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 21:49 xXBatmanXx
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 17:39:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 17:34:
Each new game, less and less people on PC buy it.

Only 5 people on my friends list have Blops2.

BlOps2: 5
MW3: 30
BlOps: 66 (Probably cause of zombies)
WaW: 29
MW2: 54
MW: 45 (most probably have the retail disc pre-steam)
CoD2: 5 (most probably have the retail disc pre-steam)
CoD UO: 4 (most probably have the retail disc pre-steam)
CoD: 4 (most probably have the retail disc pre-steam)

Interesting....

The others have been for sale for much longer, and on sale from time to time. It would be surprising if Blops2 wasn't well behind, although I am a bit surprised it is that far behind.

45 Borderlands 2
75 Borderlands

 
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93. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 21:43 Prez
 
Lorcin wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 20:43:
Prez wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 11:07:
I'm very likely the only Avenged Sevenfold fan on these boards (I would bet the only metal fan in general) but I still thought I would post this video released today in conjunction with the game - it was pretty great.

Erm no, no your not. Going to see Stone Sour in <1 month with my wife, teenage daughter and her boyfried. Also got Download tickets for next year (Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammenstien headlining) for me, wife and eldest daughter - leaving her boyfriend behind that time, sharing tents is where I draw the line.

However about the video - Animation is BEYOND bad - that's like mid 90s shit.

Cool! I was hoping there was another metal-head among the blues regulars (or three!). I thought the animation in the video was pretty bad too; I imagine they only spent a minimal amount of time on it. At least the character models were spot on, right down to M. Shadows' tatooed muscles. I really wish they would have had the REV (R.I.P.) playing the drums as a zombie since zombies are one of the themes of the game.

Those animations though - Rock Band on the Nintendo Wii had animations for band members that were far superior to that. Anyway, enjoy the concert. I haven't seen Maiden live since their Live After Death tour around a hundred years ago. Will they need walkers and canes to get around on stage I wonder?
 
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92. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 21:28 BobBob
 
Call of Duty fanboys are populating my ignore list.  
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91. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Black Ops II Nov 13, 2012, 21:03 Jow
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 13, 2012, 20:32:
It seems arrogant to assume my own taste is somehow superior and that publishers should disproportionately consider my opinions. Market forces won't create the perfect game for anyone, never mind everyone, but it will tend to treat people fairly. People have voted with their wallets and they've voted for CoD.

Yeah, I'm not posting this assumnig my taste is superior, but as I mentioned before I've been gaming forever. I went through Doom and all the other FPSs to follow as well as ton of other shit and my tastes are different now. Unfortunately this is what makes the dough and I need to either find my entertainment elsewhere or indulge more in my other hobbies.
 
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