Black Ops 2 DLC leaks with possible four maps plus Zombies map

A possible promotional image for the first “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” DLC titled “Revolution” leaked on the game’s official forums Sunday. The image reveals four multiplayer maps along with a new Zombies map and a bonus weapon for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC shooter.

The four multiplayer maps shown in the “Black Ops II: Revolution” image are Hydro, Grind, Downhill and Mirage. Hydro appears to take place at a hydroelectric dam while Grind is set at skate park. Downhill is a snowy map set at a ski resort that reminds us of the Summit map from the first “Black Ops.” Lastly, Mirage appears to be set in China as there are Pagoda-type buildings in the background.

The new Zombies map is Die Rise which almost sounds like a play on words with the original Der Riese map and “high rise”. The background shows buildings half-toppled over but we’ll have to wait and see if that is something players get to enter or not.

Finally, the “Revoltuion” DLC adds a bonus Peacekeeper Sub-Machine Gun which is an interesting choice given the amount of complaints from the “Black Ops II” community about how the SMGs are over-powered.

No release date or price is listed on “Revolution” promotional image but we expect it to $15 (1200 MS Points) like all previous “Call of Duty” DLC packs and to release on Xbox LIVE first followed a month later by the PS3 and PC. There is still no word from Activision or Treyarch on if they are supporting DLC on the Wii U version of the game.

Update: An image from a GameStop promotion poster indicates that the “Revolution” DLC will be released on Jan. 29. The forum post that leaked the initial image has been removed by Activision.

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Black Ops 2 – Wii U Receives A Patch

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The Wii U version of Black Ops II has a new patch that you can now download.

Activision and Treyrarch have not yet released official details on what the patch does, although Nintendo Everything has reported the following improvements from the game:

– Weapon balance fixes
– Return of the “Cursor Sensitivity” and “Cursor Speed” options for Wii Remote players
– Multi-Team, Mercenary Moshpit modes added

The patch is available now and is 106MB.

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Black Ops 2 Wii U review – Official Nintendo Magazine

Call Of Duty hasn’t been kind to Nintendo fans. Wii’s ports resembled school productions of the other formats’ Hollywood blockbusters: all cereal box skyscrapers and mushroom clouds conjured with weedy guffs of dry ice. Online modes were missing and those that made the cut were abandoned at birth: no DLC, no patching, no chance. But after five long years of battered COD, Activision has finally promised Nintendo Wii U owners the real deal.

Treyarch has made a pretty game about ugly warfare. Voyeuristic grimness – slit throats, immolated soldiers, slow-mo gunshot wounds – plays out with a polish we’ve not seen in our COD games. Your stomach (and conscience) may well lurch at Black Ops 2’s fondness for graphic torture, but it’s hard to take your eyes off a framerate and textures that’d make the Wii gag.

Admittedly, it bears the hallmarks of a team getting to grips with new hardware. The goal of 60 frames per second dips into the 30s in busier scenes and there’s some shadow and texture pop-in. There’s little rhyme or reason to what it can and can’t handle: a rain-lashed mountain ascent plays seamlessly, but an old dude in a wheelchair causes the cutscenes to creak.

Playing the entire game on the GamePad screen is a cool option, even if it does sap the epic scale. And during long-ranged fights, the size of the screen transforms opposing forces into fleas. GamePad play is better suited to multiplayer, as it enables you to take the game away from the TV. ONM’s online strategy meetings are much more productive when you can ‘pwn’ some ‘n00bs’ under the boardroom table. Though the swearing-upon-death thing gives us away.


It’s important that BLOPS2 looks good as it often uses spectacle to distract from what is quite a mundane shooting gallery. Hints of freedom – a level on horseback, another in a fighter cockpit – disguise endless corridors where hostiles pop up with the mechanical regularity of a funfair duck hunt. You just keep lining up the headshots until the next global landmark falls over.

To be fair, these are Treyarch’s most ambitious corridors to date. Customisable loadouts let you to season the linear story to your liking. It even boasts its own unlock system: meeting certain criteria earns you more campaign kit. How long until online and offline play share one profile? Some missions even present two corridors, letting you choose between, say, sniper overwatch or running the gauntlet below.

The writers weave an impressively reactive yarn around these rigid events. Key choices impact events in later missions and the final outcome of the game. Characters can die and vanish from the game entirely, superpowers can crumble and the bad guys can win. Treyarch is brave in how little signposting it includes. Odd moments scream IMPORTANT MORAL CHOICE, but most junctures pass unnoticed. Fail to lay down some suppressing fire, or allow troops to burn military intel, and repercussions might not be felt until the final hours.

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This, paired with challenges and branching mission paths, makes for the most replayable Call of Duty campaign yet. It’s just a shame it hasn’t evolved the mechanical nuance needed to sustain interest to see all six major endings. Annoyingly, you have to restart the story from the start in order to tweak any decisions.

It makes sense that the story itself is about sins of the past infecting the future, with flashback missions showing how shady ops in the 1980s laid the foundations of a cyber threat in 2025. Really, it’s an excuse to wheel out BLOPS1’s heroes for missions in the past and play with robot spiders and tiny helicopters in 2025. We’re not sold on wrist-mounted grenade launchers, though: is throwing really the biggest problem facing the modern military?

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How to score call of duty time without your missus getting miffed


So it’s the festive season and you need a bit of downtime. You’ve been working hard in the run up to finishing work before the holidays. Let JOE tell you how to get some.

by Genna Patterson

If Carlsberg did bloke Christmas’s this would mean you with a crate of beer (Carlsberg of course), the telly and Call of Duty. No interruptions unless they’re of the call of nature variety.

However, unless you have no family, friends or obligations (what’s wrong with you, even Hitler had a girlfriend?), you will probably spend most of your time being shepherded around family and friends houses, roped into helping make dinner or worse, clean up after dinner; before or after you’ve done the rounds with the other half.

This does not please you. So how do you get the time, without being nagged, to relax, put your feet up and get some time to yourself with the Xbox or PlayStation?

By ‘buying’ time, that’s how. Here’s JOE’s guide to Christmas tasks that may just appease your loved ones and score you points for some real man time.

CDT = Call of Duty Time

Visiting the in-laws – 1 hour CDT

Visiting the siblings-in-law with the screaming house full of kids – 1.5 hours CDT

Setting the table – 10 minutes CDT

Clearing the table – 10 minutes CDT

Loading the dishwasher -10 minutes CDT

Hoovering – 20 minutes CDT

Present shopping (unattended) – 1 hour CDT

Present shopping (attended by missus) – 30 minutes CDT

Wrapping presents – 10 minutes CDT

Cooking dinner – 30 minutes CDT

Peeling spuds, carrots, Brussels sprouts etc – 20 minutes CDT

Going to mass/church – 40 minutes CDT

Designated driver for any Christmas drinks occasion – 15 minutes CDT

Buying last minute items – 15 minutes CDT

Fixing the thing that broke – 10 minutes CDT

JOE would like to suggest using your CDT when the missus is getting ready – you know you might get some extra time in while she figures out what to wear. Use your time wisely, and maybe even save some up for when you really need it.

Note: Running a bath for your lady will not only buy you at least 30 minutes CDT, but you will also get to use the time she is occupied for some extra CDT.

Happy Christmas from JOE.

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Call of Duty games on sale for Steam’s Sale

mw3-content-collection-2-face-offSuch as every year Steam generously gives everything a sale that massively drops the prices of games. Steam has now announced that many of the the games will be included for the Holiday Sale.

The games are all 50% off from the original price.

Games on sale:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – now $29.99
  • Modern Warfare 3′s DLC:
    • Content Collection 1 – now $7.49
    • Content Collection 2 – now $7.49
    • Content Collection 3 – now $7.49
    • Content Collection 4 – now $7.49
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – now $9.99
  • Modern Warfare 2′s DLC:
    • Resurgence Pack – now $7.49
    • Stimulus Package – now $7.49
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – now just $9.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Mac Edition (now $24.99) and PC Edition (now $19.99)
  • Black Ops 1 DLC:
    • First Strike – now $7.49
    • Escalation – now $7.49
    • Annihilation – now $7.49
    • Rezurrection – now $7.49
  • Call of Duty 1 – now $9.99
  • Call of Duty 2 – now $9.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II – now $49.99 – just 17% off.
  • Black Ops 2 Deluxe Edition – now $66.39 – just 17% off.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’ gets a small update the weekend before Christmas


Earlier today, Treyarch posted the patch notes to a small update that was applied to the Xbox 360 version of “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” this morning. Even Treyarch referred to this title update as small, and they weren’t exaggerating. In fact theCall of Duty: Black Ops 2 patch notes consist of one line only, “added a number of security system enhancements.Of course, a topic regarding security systems could be involved in its own right and naturally won’t be discussed at length in order to preserve those very security enhancements.

David Vonderhaar, Game Design Director for “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” also informed gamers today that there’s, “not much to say about this update. It’s tiny, deals with stuff behind the curtain, and doesn’t have a single ounce of gameplay impact.” Nevertheless, it’s comforting to know that Treyach is still working on the game the weekend tied to a major holiday break. Perhaps that is the reason they wish to tighten down security in the game since, undoubtedly, there will be a large infusion of additional players swarming the servers who will be getting the game on Christmas day.

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Call of Duty “stamped out memories” of what made FPS games great, says THQ

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THQ’s global communications boss Huw Beynon recently spoke to OXM about Metro: Last Light’s post-apocalyptic appeal and handsome Russian mutants. Benyon’s thoughts eventually expanded to a criticism of the rut he believes the FPS genre has wallowed in for years. Specifically, he calls out Call of Duty’s rinse-repeat military formula for “stamping out” other creative shooter ideas.

“I think it’s probably very true to say that there’s reaction to what used to be a small subset of the genre of a military shooter,” he said. “It’s ballooned and mushroom-clouded to almost define the genre and kind of stamp out memories of what I remember being great about first person shooters, whether that was Half-Life, System Shock, or GoldenEye—where a FPS didn’t necessarily have to involve military material, it just meant an invitation to a fantastic other world, which to me was always the point of video games in the first place.”

Beynon also suggested gamers are slowly detaching themselves from the idea of always playing as a military superman, and that gamers are hungry for different experiences—like Metro. He also points to Dishonored as a successful experiment. ”I’ve hugely enjoyed [Dishonored] and I’m thrilled that they’ve had success with that—it’s probably the game that’s interested me most this year and am glad to see it get the critical and hopefully commercial success that it deserves.”

THQ filed for bankruptcy earlier this week but continues to keep its publishing duties and upcoming releases active. Elsewhere and earlier on, Black Ops 2 raked in gobs of profit, but not quite as many as its big brother, Modern Warfare.

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