Recent Articles: Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Grand Theft Auto V is the best-selling (and most wanted) game of 2013

grandtheftautov-logoThe NPD Group previously declared Call of Duty: Ghosts the best-selling game of December 2013, but Activision’s military shooter fell a bit short in the full-year competition. With Ghosts in second place, you might have guessed that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling retail game of 2013… and you’d be right.

Sequels and sports games dominate the list, but the universal appeal of Disney allowed Disney Infinity to crack the top ten at #10. At #9, the retail version of the mighty Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition also made the list.

Here’s the complete top ten of 2013′s best-selling retail games:

Best-Selling Retail Games of 2013
1. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
2. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, PC, Wii U)
3. Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)
4. Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, PC)
5. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC)
6. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
8. Just Dance 2014 (Wii, Xbox 360, Wii U, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
9. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Xbox 360)
10. Disney Infinity (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)

[Source: Joystiq]

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CoD: Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC now available on PC, PS3

The final Call of Duty: Black Ops II expansion pack, Apocalypse, is now available to download on the PC and PS3. Season Pass owners will be able to download the Apocalypse DLC Pack for free, while the rest of us will have to pay $14.99. The DLC pack includes four new maps and a new Zombies scenario, “Origins.”

The next Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, will be available in November for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One.

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CoD: Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC now available on XBLM

Call of Duty: Black Ops II‘s Apocalypse DLC Pack is now available to download through the Xbox Live Marketplace. The downloadable content includes four new maps and new Zombies scenario, “Origins.” You can get a taste of the Apocalypse in the gameplay trailer posted above. You’ll note that it features not one, not two, but three massive robots.

Season Pass owners will be able to download the Apocalypse DLC Pack for free, while the rest of us will have to pay $14.99 (Microsoft Points are officially dead). Presumably, the pack will also be available to download on the PC and PS3 by the end of September.

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NCAA Football 14 finds the endzone as July’s best-selling game

ncaafootball-boxThe July 2013 best-selling games chart has been released by The NPD Group and EA’s NCAA Football 14 has gone to the head of the class. It will be the last game to carry the “NCAA Football” moniker as the NCAA has ended their licensing agreement with the game publisher.

A mixture of recent and older titles populates the rest of the top ten, which you can view right here:

1. NCAA Football 14 (Xbox 360, PS3)
2. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Xbox 360)
3. The Last of Us (PS3)
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC)
5. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
6. Far Cry 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
7. Battlefield 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
8. Injustice: Gods Among Us (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U)
9. NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360, PS3 ,Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
10. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Xbox 360, Wii, DS, PS3, 3DS, Wii U, Vita, PC)

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Treyarch explores the “Origins” of Call of Duty: Black Ops II in new trailer

Treyarch, the developer of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, recently uploaded a new video for fans to dissect. Titled “Origins,” is it meant to tease the final DLC pack for Black Ops II? Probably, but I think the important question is, what’s up with the giant mecha that appears at the end?

The video tells us that “Every story has a beginning… and an end.” Presumably, we’ll learn more about the end of the Black Ops saga soon.

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The Last of Us is first among June 2013′s best-selling games

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Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us cashed in on years of hype and some of the best reviews for a PS3 game ever (including a 7/7 from our own Andrew Rainnie) to emerge as the best-selling game of June 2013. Last month’s report from The NPD Group featured plenty of other new faces including Animal Crossing: New Leaf (#2), Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (#3, the first time its been available for retail sale), and Deadpool (#8).

Call of Duty: Black Ops II, NBA 2K13, and Battlefield 3 continue their lengthy runs as they sold enough copies to land at, respectively, #4, #5, and #9. The complete list of June 2013′s top ten best-selling games can be found after the break.

According to the NPD’s monthly report (via Game Informer), total retail sales of games, consoles, and accessories amounted to $593.3 million, a 15% decline from June 2012′s $700.6 million total. (more…)

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CoD: Black Ops II’s Vengeance Map Pack coming to PC, PS3 on August 1

After a rousing debut on the Xbox Live Marketplace last week, the latest DLC expansion for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Vengeance, now has a PC and PS3 release date. The map pack will be available on PC download services and the PlayStation Store on August 1. Season Pass subscribers will receive the content for free while the rest of us will have to pay the regular going rate for CoD map packs: $14.99.

The Vengeance Map Pack will include the following new maps:

  • “Cove” - A small island in the Indian Ocean that offers no escape.
  • “Detour” - A battle both atop and below a suspension bridge.
  • “Rush” - A paintball arena with a lot of different configurations.
  • “Uplink” - A reimagined version of Black Ops favorite “Summit.”
  • “Buried” - A Zombies Mode adventure set in a “lost town in the old West.”

And if you’re a visual person, there’s a Vengeance trailer embedded above.

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Here’s a new trailer for “Buried,” the latest addition to CoD: Black Ops II’s Zombies Mode

Vengeance, the latest DLC map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, was released yesterday for the Xbox 360, bringing four new multiplayer maps, the Ray Gun Mark II, and “Buried,” a new chapter for Zombies Mode.

If you’re a PS3 or PC user you’ll have to wait to play the adventure, but in the meantime you can check out the new “Buried” trailer Treyarch just released. It’s full of dramatics, cinematics, and there’s some shooting, too. You can also catch a glimpse of the Ray Gun Mark II in all its zombie-bursting glory.

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