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Platform Win, PS3, 360, Wii U Publisher Activision Developer Treyarch Release Date 11/13/2012

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 review: future shock

Black Ops 2 replaces the COD class system with the radically different "Pick 10" Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 dramatically alters the status quo in Call of Duty's genre-dominating mulitplayer mode with a new create-a-class system. Since the original Modern Warfare, players have customized their classes by picking three perks, two weapons, one piece of lethal equipment and one piece of non-lethal equipment. That rigid structure has been discarded in Black Ops 2 with "Pick 10." Traditional equipment choices remain, but with one crucial change: They're all optional. Every slot filled costs a single point. You don't need to walk into battle with a secondary weapon — you can leave that slot open and take an additional attachment for your primary weapon, or a second non-lethal grenade....

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Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer villains hit Xbox March 4

Call of Duty: Ghosts players on Xbox 360 and Xbox One will be able to play as three of the first-person shooter series' villains beginning March 4. According to a post on One of Swords, the $3.99 Makarov Legend Pack will bring Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 terrorist leader Vladamir Makarov to Ghosts. Beyond the facelift, Makarov's Personalization Pack also includes weapon camo, patch, reticle, playercard and background. Two other villain-filled Personalization Packs will also be available for $1.99. They'll include Modern Warfare 2's Imran Zakhaev and Ghost's Gabriel T. Rorke. If bad guys aren't your style, you can engage in multiplayer battle in a $1.99 camouflage hazmat suit. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will also receive four new Personalization Packs next Tuesday for $1.99. Each...

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What happens when Call of Duty Elite ends Feb. 28

Call of Duty Elite, Activision's service for tracking stats and progress in the first-person shooter franchise, will end Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. ET, according to an Activision FAQ that also explains what happens next. Launched in late 2011 alongside the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with a mixture of free and paid services, Elite became free alongside Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in late 2012. The service is available on consoles, mobile devices and PC. When Elite shuts down this week, clans and their management tools for Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3 will no longer be available. Activision is encouraging players to download the Call of Duty app for Call of Duty: Ghosts, which contains similar functionality for the latest game in the first-person shooter franchise. Those who've...

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Activision beats its expectations for third-quarter 2013 earnings

Activision's performance during the third quarter of its 2013 fiscal year surpassed expectations, and the publisher is revising its guidance for the fourth quarter, according to the company's latest financial report. Activision pulled in $691 million of net revenue during the three-month period ending Sept. 30, lower than the $841 million of net revenue from the same quarter a year ago but 8.8 percent ahead of the publisher's expectation of $635 million. Net revenue came in at $409 million, 59 percent of the total — a record-high proportion for Activision's third quarter. Continued sales of two major titles from 2012, Skylanders Giants and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, helped drive Activision's performance — they were two of the top five best-selling games in both North America and...

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Complexity and Dignitas take top slots at MLG Fall Invitational

Major League Gaming's Fall Invitational drew to a close last week as Team Dignitas and Complexity scored first place finishes for their circuits. The Fall Invitational took place in Winter Park, Fla., on Oct. 18 - 19. For finishing as the best of four teams competing in Dota 2, Team Dignitas took home $10,000. The team also received an invitation to compete in the International Dota 2 Championship, which takes place in Columbia, Ohio. The runner-up team, Typical Mistakes, was rewarded $5,000. NoM and The Joikernaught rounded out the competition in third and fourth. Complexity beat out OpTic Gaming for first place in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 competitions, earning themselves $10,000. OpTic takes the second-place prize of $5,000, while 8-12 Unite and Faze came in third and fourth. B...

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MLG Fall Invitational set for Oct. 18-19 at Full Sail University

This year's MLG Fall Invitational is taking place this weekend, Oct. 18-19, at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., Major League Gaming said today. The two-day tournament will feature two games: Valve's Dota 2 on Friday and Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Saturday, with the players competing for a $15,000 prize pool for each game. The winning Dota 2 team will secure a spot at the International Competition at the MLG Championship, which will run from Nov. 22-24 in Columbus, Ohio. MLG will broadcast the Fall Invitational on its website. You can check out the full schedule of events here, and see MLG's guide to the event here.

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Complexity takes top prize at G2 Black Ops 2 finals, wins $30,000

An American eSports team of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 players from Complexity Gaming took top honors at Gfinity's G2 tournament last weekend. The "coL.COD" team walked away from G2, which was held Oct. 12-13 at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden, with $30,000. Gfinity was founded earlier this year "by gamers and with the backing of successful investors" and held its first tournament in July. "Gfinity is a new company and to have seen this much support both at the event and from viewers at home has been overwhelming," said Paul Kent, COO of the eSports organization, which was founded earlier this year. "We aim to put the U.K. on the eSports [map], and G2 has helped to turn that corner by offering professional gamers the chance to play in a high-caliber tournament amongst their...

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Buy Black Ops 2 weapon DLC to support US veterans

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 players on Xbox 360 will be able to support U.S. war veterans through the Call of Duty Endowment by buying downloadable content for the game over the next week, publisher Activision announced today. Players will be able to buy any of 17 different Black Ops 2 Personalization Packs, which allow users to customize the appearance of their weapons, at a 25 percent discount on Xbox Live from Oct. 8-14. Each DLC pack regularly costs $1.99. Activision, developer Treyarch and Microsoft will donate all profits generated from sales during the discount period to the Call of Duty Endowment. The Call of Duty Endowment is a charitable foundation dedicated to supporting organizations that help veterans find employment. Activision said at Gamescom 2013 that it has given more...

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MLG Championship to feature first Call of Duty: Ghosts competition

The Major League Game Championship competition being held in Columbus, Ohio in November will feature the first ever tournament for Call of Duty: Ghosts, event organizers announced today. MLG Championship Columbus will take place Nov. 22 through 24 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Registration is open now for the event, where up to 108 teams will be able to participate in head-to-head matches with the Xbox 360 version of Ghosts. The open bracket portion of the 108-team tournament includes 96 teams; these will be joined by the top eight registered teams in Columbus that are part of the North American rankings for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Pro Points Rankings on Xbox 360 (as of Nov. 5) and the top four registered Columbus teams from Ghosts Pro Points Rankings (as of Nov. 19)....

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s Uprising DLC free to try this weekend

Uprising, a downloadable multiplayer map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, is available to try for free this weekend via Xbox Live, One of Swords announced. Players will be able to test out four new maps. Magma is set in a modern Japanese village overtaken by lava, while Encore takes place in an amphitheater following a London music festival. The Vertigo map is set on a Tacitus skyscraper in India, and Studio players will get to explore a Hollywood reinvention of old level Firing Range. The DLC also adds Mob of the Dead — a new zombie mode set in Alcatraz. Anyone who jumps on this weekend will also receive double experience. Uprising launched in April for Xbox 360 and May for PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. The pack is currently available for $14.99.

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GTA 5 pulls in $800M in one day, nears record

Grand Theft Auto 5 publisher Take-Two Interactive tallied $800 million in sales on the game's first day of release, the company estimates. That's the highest launch-day total for any GTA game and any game in Take-Two history, according to internal estimates. Grand Theft Auto 5 launched yesterday, Sept. 17, on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 worldwide, except in Japan and Brazil, where it will be released soon. Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 currently holds the record as the entertainment release that was the quickest to reach the $1 billion mark — last November, Black Ops 2 grossed $1 billion within 15 days of launch, one day faster than 2011's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and two days faster than the 2009 film Avatar. Black Ops 2 pulled in more than $500 million on its launch...

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    • Released 11/13/2012
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