Black Ops 2 Elite integration details coming next month – Elite 2.0

September reveal planned for Elite 2.0’s “innovative features”.

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The first details on Call of Duty: Elite’s integration with Black Ops II will be released during September, Activision has revealed.

Beyond the revelation that this year’s version of Elite will include “several innovative features”, it’s currently unknown how the service will function with Treyarch’s upcoming sequel.

A subscription to the online service is also absent from Black Ops II’s Care Package and Hardened Edition. In contrast, a pre-paid 12 month subscription was included with Modern Warfare 3’s Hardened Edition.

Call of Duty: Elite is an online service offering premium consumers early access to all Call of Duty DLC. Users are also able to track their stats and access a series of exclusive videos from the developers.

Over 10 million people are said to have registered for the service, with over 2m of them signing up to a premium membership.

Black Ops 2 remote quadrotor drone in-flight

Following on from the huge reveal about the Care Package and Hardened Editions of Black Ops 2, Treyarch has now released a useful unboxing video, giving you a sneak peek at what is included in the Care Package edition, including a brief look at how the remote control MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone will operate.

The remote control quad rotor is easily the highlight of the premium edition of Black Ops 2 and for an total asking price of $180, fans are obviously expecting to be wowed by Treyarch. The developers have done their best to big up the luxurious items and you’ll see the exact scale of the Care Package you’ll have to take home with you if picking one up from retailers.

It’s a big unit indeed and you might want to make a quick exit before you get people trying to ransack your bounty in the street. The quad rotor drone looks impressive and the clip below lets you see what it looks like in flight, with Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar even flying it in a way so that it can land in his hand.

Aside from the drone, there’s plenty of other goodies on offer, including various downloadable items, some limited edition coins with in-game codes on them and of course the other two main highlights in the Care Package. You’ll also be getting access to the exclusive Nuketown 2025 multiplayer map which is set in the future from the original favorite in Black Ops 2.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, the masterminds at Treyarch have said that it was purely down to listening to the community that they decided to unleash Nuketown zombies as well. Just to clarify for those that are still unaware, this Nuketown zombies map is going to be exclusive to the Care Package and Hardened editions, so you won’t get it if you have already pre-ordered the standard edition of the game that just includes Nuketown 2025.

After seeing what the quadrotor drone looks like in-flight, are you planning to drop $180 on this?

Black Ops 2 Care Package without Elite, premium zombies

Following on from the excitement regarding Nuketown zombies, Activision and Treyarch have just confirmed the special editions that will be available for Black Ops 2. Players will be able to choose from the Care Package or Hardened Editions, but fans may be unwilling to part with the extra cash upon hearing that there is no access to Call of Duty Elite included.

As expected though, there are plenty of other goodies to tempt you away from just the standard edition. If you haven’t pre-ordered Black Ops 2 yet, you now have the option of the Hardened Edition which costs $80 or the Care Package Edition for hardcore collectors that will set you back a cool $180.

You may remember the remote control RCXD car that Treyarch offered with the Prestige Edition of Black Ops 1. Now the developer are taking one step further and into the future, by offering Care Package buyers a working remote control quadrotor drone. Officially known as the MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone, it is fully functional and we imagine you’ll be able to cause a little bit of mischief when taking one of these out for a spin or into a neighbor’s window just for fun.

The Care Package edition also comes in a rather over the top giant box, obviously to emulate the care packages that you get on multiplayer mode. Aside from the quadrotor drone, there is also access to the Nuketown 2025 multiplayer map and exclusive access to the Nuketown zombies map, as previously mentioned.

That now means that Activision has done the unthinkable in making a premium zombies map only available to those who pay extra, leaving those who pick up the standard edition drooling over YouTube videos. Hopefully the zombie map that is included on the standard disc is still substantial enough to satisfy gamers, otherwise we could be seeing Activision come in for considerable criticism.

Then of course there’s the fact that neither the Hardened or Care Package editions come with a subscription to Call of Duty Elite. When you are willing to fork out $180 for the premium edition, you would think a goodwill gesture from Activision to throw in Elite would be their way of saying thanks for the support, right?

That doesn’t appear to be the case though and we can already see that many of you won’t be buying it if Elite isn’t included. Take a look at the images here to see what else is included in the special editions and let us know if you will be buying the Care Package for Black Ops 2 or not.

Waste of money, or decent value in your opinion? Do you agree with the general feeling that Elite should be included?

Call of Duty: Black Ops II limited editions unveiled – prices

Activision never disappoints when it comes to limited edition Call of Duty release bundles, and for the upcoming Black Ops II, it actually may have outdone itself. Besting the RC-XD from its predecessor, $180 will let you snag the Care Package edition for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. This massive bundle is actually boxed as an in-gamed care package (aerial drop-off not included) that’s loaded with a remote controlled MQ-27 Dragonfire quadrocopter drone (!) — we really wish we’d picked up those Modern Warfare 2 night vision goggles now (not at all for full-fledged, after hours recon of our Aol office-mates…). Naturally, it also comes loaded with the requisite DLC goodies; namely, two extra maps (Nuketown Zombies and Nuketown 2025), exclusive weapon camo, a pair of Player Card backgrounds and copy of the soundtrack. Furthermore, PS3 owners will get a pair of dynamic themes, while those with 360s will receive an XBL Zombie avatar and Claw prop. Lastly, you’ll also receive a couple more tangible items in the way of an art book and a duo of “Challenge” coins.

Not looking to terrorize your local airspace? Shave off the $100 premium for the drone and case (not too shabby if the AR.Drone is too expensive for your budget) and you’ll be able to grab the Hardened edition packed with everything else. Last, and seemingly least in this case, Activision is putting out a Digital Deluxe for PC users — similar to the Hardened variant, but with a download code for the aging World at War in place of the physical goodies and PSN / XBL content. Wallet already prepared for the future of secret warfare? You’ll find details to place your own pre-order ahead of the November 13th launch at the source links below and trailer courtesy of Joystiq after the break.

 

CARE PACKAGE (Xbox 360/PS3) SRP $179.99:


Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Remote Controlled MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone – Command cutting-edge technology, exclusively for this once-in-a-lifetime combat collection.
Nuketown Zombies Bonus Map – Battle hordes of Zombies in this beloved 1960s nuclear neighborhood.
Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map – Relive the close quarters chaos of this classic fan-favorite map re-imagined in a 1960s visionary depiction of the “model home of the future.”
Collectible 2-Sided SteelBook – Limited edition game case featuring exclusive artwork.
(2) Challenge Coins – Limited edition challenge coins that serve as your key to exclusive digital content.
Weapon Camo – Rank-up in style with an exclusive multiplayer weapon skin.
(2) Player Card Backgrounds – Liven up any killcam with two exclusive player card backgrounds, inspired by Nuketown 2025 and Zombies.
Official Call of Duty: Black Ops II Soundtrack – A digital copy of composer Jack Wall’s epic in-game score with Theme by Trent Reznor.
Xbox LIVE CLAW Avatar Prop – An exclusive avatar prop, deployable to a dashboard near you.
Xbox LIVE Zombies Avatar Costume – Show off your pride with an avatar costume built exclusively for fans of the Call of Duty undead.
(PlayStation 3 versions include a dynamic multiplayer theme of the Turbine map as well as a dynamic Zombies theme that shows off Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies)

HARDENED EDITION (Xbox 360/PS3) SRP $79.99:

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Nuketown Zombies Bonus Map – Battle hordes of Zombies in this beloved 1960s nuclear neighborhood.
Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map – Relive the close quarters chaos of this classic fan-favorite map re-imagined in a 1960s visionary depiction of the “model home of the future.”
Collectible 2-Sided SteelBook® – Limited edition game case featuring exclusive artwork.
(2) Challenge Coins – Limited edition challenge coins that serve as your key to exclusive digital content.
Weapon Camo – Rank-up in style with an exclusive multiplayer weapon skin.
(2) Player Card Backgrounds – Liven up any killcam with two exclusive player card backgrounds, inspired by Nuketown 2025 and Zombies.
Official Call of Duty: Black Ops II Soundtrack – A digital copy of composer Jack Wall’s epic in-game score with Theme by Trent Reznor.
Xbox LIVE CLAW Avatar Prop – An exclusive avatar prop, deployable to a dashboard near you.
Xbox LIVE Zombies Avatar Costume – Show off your pride with an avatar costume built exclusively for fans of the Call of Duty undead.
(PlayStation 3 versions include a dynamic multiplayer theme of the Turbine map as well as a dynamic Zombies theme that shows off Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies)

In addition, the Digital Deluxe Edition for PC contains the following digital items–

DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION (PC) SRP $79.99:


Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Nuketown Zombies Bonus Map – Battle hordes of Zombies in this beloved 1960s nuclear neighborhood.
Nuketown 2025 Bonus Map – Relive the close quarters chaos of this classic fan-favorite map re-imagined in a 1960s visionary depiction of the “model home of the future.”
Weapon Camo – Rank-up in style with an exclusive multiplayer weapon skin.
(2) Player Card Backgrounds – Liven up any killcam with two exclusive player card backgrounds, inspired by Nuketown 2025 and Zombies.
Official Call of Duty: Black Ops II Soundtrack – A digital copy of composer Jack Wall’s epic in-game score with Theme by Trent Reznor.
Call of Duty®: World at War Game Download Token – A digital download of Treyarch’s classic title, traversing WWII storylines from the Pacific to European theaters of war.

More information and assets on all of the above can be found here: http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2/ce.

 

Source Article from http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/28/black-ops-ii-limited-edition-care-package-rc-aerial-drone/

Black Ops 2 Care Package and Hardened Editions Revealed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Prestige Edition

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Prestige Edition

Contents:

  • Bonus In-game content, in the form of Nuketown Zombies and Nuketown 2025
  • Comes in replica Care Package
  • Collectible Steelbook
  • Official soundtrack by Jack Wall with theme by Trent Reznor
  • Limited edition Challenge Coins
  • Exclusive weapons camo and playercard background
  • Exclusive PlayStation Multiplayer and Zombie Theme
  • MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone with remote control.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Hardened Edition
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Hardened Edition

Contents:

  • Bonus In-game content, in the form of Nuketown Zombies and Nuketown 2025
  • Collectible Steelbook
  • Official soundtrack by Jack Wall with theme by Trent Reznor
  • Limited edition Challenge Coins
  • Exclusive Xbox Live Claw Avatar Prop and Zombies Avatar Costume
  • Exclusive weapons camo and playercard background

Black Ops 2’s Nuketown Zombie Invasion

  • Treyarch has just recently posted a tease image of what could be included in the up-coming zombie mode in their new title Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2.

 

This teaser image that has appeared on their Facebook page is signposted artwork of the Welcome to Nuketown sign that is found in the more popular multiplayer map of the first game. The release picture is signed in blood the words zombies, that can only confirm that the walking dead will be invading the town.

 


Nuketown is only available to those that pre-order a copy of Black Ops 2, will you be joining in on the zombie-killing mayhem when it releases.

 

Black Ops 2 drops on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC November 13.

Via Call of Duty official Facebook page

 

‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops II’ Third Wave of Pre-Order Bonuses

Featuring new graphics technology that drives stunning cinematic action, Treyarch’s new creation delivers an epic single-player campaign including branching storylines and non-linear missions, a re-imagined multiplayer and the most diverse and biggest zombies experience ever.

By pre-ordering now at GameStop, Call of Duty fans will receive a code to register at www.GameStopBlackOps2.com and choose one of three bonus offers:

  • The Quadrotor XBOX Live Avatar Prop or the PS3 Dynamic Theme. Choose either of these exclusive digital items based on console preference and guarantee your download by picking up your game when it launches.
  • Treyarch VIP Experience Sweepstakes. Enter for your chance to win a tour of Treyarch Studios, a multiplayer session with developers, a swag bag with a signed Prestige Edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and more.
  • Entry into Turtle Beach Prize Pack Sweepstakes. Enter for your chance to win one of a 100 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Turtle Beach Ear Force X-Ray Gaming headsets.

In addition to choosing one of these three bonuses, those who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops II by Oct. 7 will automatically qualify for the fourth and final wave of bonuses before the game launches.

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Source Article from http://worthplaying.com/article/2012/8/27/news/86895/

Duty Calls – The Patriot Ledger (blog)

My boyfriend was having a rough start to his holiday season 2 years ago. He was told he was being promoted, but was instead laid off. He did the whole thing guys do when their ego is hurt, “Oh, I was gonna quit that place anyways“. But his pride was hurt, and worse: he was bored & poor. I felt bad for him so I did what any sympathetic girlfriend would do…actually I did what a complete schmuck would do: I bought him a new video game. I had heard all of his guy friends raving about this game called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, so I ordered it online and had it sent to his house as a surprise. At least he would have something to do after spending half his day job hunting, right? Dead wrong. Biggest mistake of my entire fucking life. Call of Duty is a bigger home-wrecker than Angelina Jolie. How could I have been so naive to buy him this shit?! Job search was off, duty had called, and my boyfriend had answered by enlisting in the virtual war.

So here is my list of problems with COD:

  1. My boyfriend thinks he is playing against real army dudes & forgets who he is actually screaming “You pansy!” at: 10 year olds…
  2. The time invested in playing COD takes away from important time that should be focused on how awesome I am.
  3. COD warps his sense of time. I’ll ask him sweetly, “Are you almost done with that match?” And he will respond, “I just started playing, give me another two rounds then we can watch ‘The Notepad’.” Then I’ll say, “It’s actually called ‘The Notebook’, and just started? You’ve been playing that thing for 7 hours and 34 minutes…without pausing to pee“.
  4. The glazed over look in my boyfriend’s eyes as soon as he turns on the PS3:
  5. The wicked annoying catchphrases that I repeatedly hear the virtual army yell, all day and night. For example:
  6. The self loathing I felt for buying this game. Why did I subject myself to this? Couldn’t I have bought him a cooler video game that I could get into? Like Crash Bandicoot…or this:

Anyways, after a winter of full blown, crack-like addiction, something miraculous happened. My boyfriend said something beautiful. He uttered the words, “I’m getting sick of Call of Duty“. And from that day on, things were back to normal….well, things were back to my way. I got to watch Teen Mom, Lifetime movies, Sex & the City, Sister Wives, and all my favorite terrible television shows again. And he was right there with me, sure he was miserable with this existence while the remote was in my hands, but life was glorious.

You know what they say though, all good things must come to an end. And just like Teen Mom came out with a new batch of pregnant teenagers for a Teen Mom 2, and Kody Brown married a 4th wife, Call of Duty came out with a new game: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. But I wasn’t too concerned. I guess I got cocky, and forgot about the COD Winter of 2010-11 incident. Because I did it again: I overheard my male coworkers talking about the new game. And I went online, and ordered the game to my boyfriend’s house…again. He was so excited, but was wary of my actions. He accused me of purchasing the game as a form of torture…”Look what you have, but I won’t let you play!“. He also suspected an ulterior motive, because Christmas was coming and I realized Blackberry is no Iphone. But no, these accusations were false. I was just an idiot who bought him the same video that almost ruined my life the year before. How could I complain about him playing when I wasn’t naive anymore, I was just…stupid.

Aside from a giant blowout last night that almost resulted in me throwing the PS3 out the window, this round of Call of Duty addiction hasn’t been as bad. Relationships evolve, and you learn how to compromise and make it work. Besides, there is an online support group that is in the form of a Facebook group entitled Girlfriends Who Hate Call of Duty, so I feel less alone.  Every now and then I still hear him screaming, “Screw you, Paula!” at  some weirdo with the PS3 username ‘Paula Abdul’ (like, what?). But life isn’t perfect, and sometimes our boyfriends scream things about a 12 year old’s mother over a headset on the internet. I just try to remember that the day of things going my way again will come sometime in the near future. And the near future is Tuesday at 10pm, the finale of Teen Mom. It’s Gary time. GAME OVER.

To hear more of what Molly has to say, go to BecauseMollySaidSo.com!

Source Article from http://www.patriotledger.com/blogs/molly/x1222024796/Duty-Calls
Duty Calls – The Patriot Ledger (blog)

Black Ops 2 Removes COD Points, Wager Matches, Adds Party Games – Gameranx


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Treyarch has just revealed their plans to remove the “COD Points” currency in the upcoming Black Ops 2. The COD Point system was added to the first Call of Duty: Black Ops as a way to unlock weapons, equipment, abilities and character customization beyond simply leveling up.


The system allowed players to participate in Wager Matches by gambling their points. The removal of COD Points will allow players to partake in a wide variety of game modes without the added competitive aspect this time around, so players can simply have fun—just as they should be having.


Instead of Wager Matches, players in Black Ops 2 will be able to participate in a wide variety of Party Games, which are described by Treyarch as “oddball, out-of-context, just kind of fun game modes.”


“Party games is how we think about that – we think about them as you and I just goofing off, having some fun in this arguably slightly silly game mode. We love making those game modes, and they’ll be a part of this game too. They just don’t have the mechanic of gambling in them in that way, because there are no CoD points,” said David Vonderhaar in an interview with NowGamer.