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Platform PS3, 360, Wii, Win, DS Publisher Activision Developer Treyarch Release Date 2010-11-09

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Nuketown 2025 map finally shows up on Wii U

Two years after the game launched, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has made the Nuketown 2025 map available on Wii U, coinciding with a double XP weekend on that console. Nuketown 2025 free, and players will get it by installing an update to the game. The map was originally a pre-order incentive for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and was made available to all platforms through the Revolution DLC pack in January 2013. Additionally, the Zombies-mode map Die Rise is expected to finally arrive on Wii U. Miiverse users had said they'd seen it added to the game's menus (and included screenshots) but were unable to launch it yet. No formal announcement was made of the map's release, leaving it to players to speculate why it was coming out now. Or, as one put it in Miiverse: "This is wonderful....

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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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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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How flimsy games characters lead to bad movies

David S Goyer, writer of the recent Batman movies, believes video games can become the basis of great movies, once they begin producing more compelling characters. Speaking at the BATFA and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture series, he said that the best video game movies were based on strong characters like Lara Croft, adding that an Assassin's Creed film might also do well. Goyer, whose credits as a writer include Man of Steel, Blade and Godzilla has also had a hand in scripting Call of Duty: Black Ops. "Most good video games are about immersive environments," he said. "If it's a first-person shooter you are the character. Most games, and this is changing, tend not to have strong characters. If you think about video games you think about how cool that level was, I did this or I did that. "...

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Call of Duty games discounted on Xbox Live this week

This week, Xbox Live's regular slate of sales includes discounts of up to 50 percent on Call of Duty titles, Microsoft's Major Nelson announced today. The Games on Demand versions of Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: World at War are available for 25 percent off; Call of Duty Classic, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are 33 percent off; Call of Duty: Black Ops is 40 percent off; and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (screenshot above) is 50 percent off. In addition, Microsoft is running a "back to school" sale with various deals. These offers are good from today through Sept. 9. Tomorrow, Sept. 4, will see the release of Pipeworks Software's Avatar-based poker game, World Series of Poker: Full House Pro, for free,...

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Call of Duty Championships returning in 2014

Infinity Ward has confirmed that Call of Duty Championships is set to return in 2014. The news follows last year's inaugural contest. At the Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal today, the company said it would be supporting e-sports, offering a sample contest featuring pro players and soldiers. Ghosts will be the exclusive first-person action game at Major League Gaming The first annual Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, took place on April 5-7 in Los Angeles. Thirty two, four-person teams competed on Call of Duty: Black Ops II for a share of $1 million. "Call of Duty took competive gaming to a new level last year with Black Ops 2," said Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin. "With Ghosts, we're continuing to support competitive gaming

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How Killzone: Mercenary plans to be a console-quality handheld FPS

The design of Sony's PlayStation Vita suggests that the line between console, handheld and mobile games doesn't have to be so thick. The Vita sports two analog sticks, like the consoles that came before it. In a nod to the smartphone and tablet revolution of the last half decade its display doubles as a touchscreen. Even the backside of the handheld includes a giant pasture for touch input. But there's at least one dominant genre that hasn't made a smooth transition to the PS Vita. Despite the graphical leaps over its PSP predecessor, despite is dual analog sticks, since its early 2012 release, there haven't been many first-person shooters. And those that have been released haven't been lauded with praise. Resistance: Burnings Skies earned a 6.5/10 and Call of Duty: Black Ops...

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Best Buy back to school sale discounts BioShock Infinite, Battlefield 3 and more

Best Buy launched its back to school sale yesterday, offering discounts on a handful of video games including BioShock Infinite, Battlefield 3 Premium Edition and Assassin's Creed 3, according to the company's sale page. Customers have until this Saturday to take advantage of the sale, which also includes free shipping. Sale games on the table include: Assassin's Creed 3 on Xbox 360 or PS3 for $19.99 Battlefield 3: Premium Edition on Xbox 360 or PS3 for $29.99 BioShock Infinite on Xbox 360 or PS3 for $39.99 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Wii U for $19.99 The Hip Hop Dance Experience on Xbox 360 for $11.99 Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition on Wii for $7.99 Pokemon Conquest on Nintendo DS for $14.99 SimCity Limited Edition on Windows PC for $39.99 Tomb Raider...

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MLG's future involves working with developers 'hand-in-hand'

Major League Gaming's president and co-founder, Mike Sepso, has big plans for the future of the competitive gaming league, and it involves seeing the MLG as a place where games start. Speaking to Digital Trends, Sepso said that the league already works extensively with developers of the titles it features in its tournaments like League of Legends, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and StarCraft 2. It helps those developers with built-in streaming and integration of other MLG features that are necessary for competitive games. Sepso told Digital Trends that the future of the MLG will feature more direct involvement with developers. "That's the future of MLG ... closed beta games debuting at our events so that the top 20,000 people in the core competitive community get their hands on it, working...

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