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Black Ops becomes biggest-selling game ever in the UK

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 12:23 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Boom. Less than a year after its predecessor Modern Warfare 2 took over from Dr. Kawashima, Call of Duty: Black Ops has become the biggest-selling game in the UK ever.

Chart-Track’s announced that the Treyarch shooter has sold 3,722,411 units, just barely more than MW2 at 3,702,410 units.

The sales numbers are as of June 25.

“This is an outstanding achievement for the development team at Treyarch and the amazing Call of Duty community,” said Activision UK boss Andrew Brown.

It follows the release of the game’s third map pack, Annihilation, on Xbox Live earlier today.

Activision will be looking to do the same again around this time next year with the release of Infinity Ward-Sledehammer joint effort Modern Warfare 3 on November 8.

Thanks, MCV.

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25 Comments

  1. Yoshi

    Looks like Acti needs a little more faith in Treyarch now.

    *whispers* Rockstar… I know you’re listening… you know you wanna reclaim that top spot ;)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DSB

    They should at least send Infinity Ward a case of beer for that one.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. PsychoPCG

    I feel sorry for UK or anywhere else with the same sales charts.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    @1

    Well I am inclined to believe that purely from a sales perspective, the game could/will sell insanely well on the brand alone regardless of who is developing the title.

    In regards to the quality of the actual game, BLOPS’s isn’t a patch on MW2 from my perspective.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. polygem

    yea…but this really looks like the neverending story. mw3 will top even those incredible sales for sure. i think acti should give something back to their loyal customers, like making elite for free, giving us some dlc for free and stuff like that. it wont hurt them in any way. it would help actually to polish up their bad reputation. this wont happen though because they just don´t understand. anyway…i liked blops and w@w. mw3 will be good as well i believe. nothing new but good ol´ cod action. so what. cod4 is still my favorite though.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Johnny Cullen

    I’m going to come out and say it: Black Ops was a better game than MW2.

    Come at me.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    @4 I think a lot of people bought Black Ops based on MW2, like myself, and it seems that a lot were equally disappointed by what they got.

    At least on the PC, there are fewer and fewer people playing it, while more and more are going back to MW2. We can only guess as to the actual numbers on Xbox Live, but I’d guess they were relatively close.

    Whether it’s a patch or an alternate take may differ to anyone, but to me it simply went against the basic design principles that made MW2 so much fun. While the Cold War setting and the promise from MW2 made me buy it, the game itself was too sloppy to keep me playing for much more than a couple of weeks.

    I like the idea of the game modes and customization, though.

    @5 Elite is free, you just don’t get the “premium” stuff for free.

    @6 You can keep it, Johnny!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Razor

    Sickening.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. StolenGlory

    @6

    I’m pretty much going along the same line of thinking as DSB here; the setting simply wasn’t as compelling as MW2 and most crucially, the MP balancing of weaponary that IW had worked so hard to achieve in MW2 was all but absent here.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. AHA-Lambda

    @6 – i agree

    #10 4 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    I agree that the SP of BO is completely pants. I’m struggling to force myself to play through it, only slightly less so than I had to with CoD3, and that was one of the worst SP games I’ve ever completed.

    I’ve also never really been a fan of the zombie mode.

    However, I do think that the MP for BO is the best CoD MP so far. I can’t speak for the PS3 or PC versions, which I haven’t played, but on 360, it (only just) beats MW2.

    For me, MW2 was a strange game. At times, it was absolutely amazing. You could have some games and matches that were a pure adrenaline rush and the essence of what MP gaming is about.

    But it had it’s handful of flaws. Those flaws, few as they were, could ruin the enjoyment completely at times.

    BO, however, did it’s best to remove those flaws, while still keeping the standard formula. The added stats/customisations/modes and continual tweaks and patches also helped to push it above MW2, even though it might not be as good in some specific areas.

    So basically, for me, if they we both scored in individual areas, MW2 would have a whole lot of 10′s, a few 9′s and one or possibly two 3′s. BO, would have straight 9′s across the board.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    I agree with Johnny. I liked black Ops much more. It was much more refined in my opinion. Not a lot of innovation, but at least some kind of balance.

    + there were maps that in most cases i didn’t hated.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    That’s an extremely adequate way of putting it G1GA. Kudos.

    Those flaws were G18′s and shotgun lag, right?

    I felt like the maps and the weapon design was a lot better in MW2, and that’s what matters to me. While everybody else is burying themselves in pointless stuff like parabolic ballistics and dispersion, that game actually let you hit what you shot within a genuine margin, which meant that the best guy always won.

    I was very disappointed with the handling of the weapons in Black Ops, though. The maps sometimes had too many channels to really stage running battles, anybody could be anywhere in those mazes, and that makes it a lot harder to really play the maps and “get” the other team, which was my favourite thing to do in MW2. Just going around back and killing everybody.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. LOLshock94

    this game really deserves it treyach has put a shit load of stuff in that game

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Dralen

    I’m with DSB on this one as well.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    @13:

    The flaws? Yeah, the usual stuff. Shottys, Commando, Painkiller and nuke boosters…

    I’m not too fussed about map design, though, as I’m a runner/gunner with Ninja, so I like to move around everywhere.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. stretch215

    Well the console crowd DEFINITELY chooses black Pops. I was recently playing mw2 due to one of my kids breaking my blops disc. 1) I fucking hate mw2 . Commando, silenced heavy mg’s? You can keep that bullshit. But the maximum people online playing was like 40k at the highest. I’ve never seen blops below 200k. Ever. Fuck modern warfare 2.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. OrbitMonkey

    The 2 best things Treyarch did was to stop killstreaks adding to killstreaks & remove the kill death ratio leaderboard. That plus the tweak to scavenger preventing claymore resupply and the rats nest maps, stop games turning into the campfest a lot of MW2 maps suffered from.

    And I should know, cuz I was one of those noob tubing, danger close using claymore campers ;) *happy days*

    #18 4 years ago
  19. DSB

    I actually thought Black Ops was worse when it came to camping. There are so many crooked little avenues that are perfect for camping out in. And since everybody’s spread out everywhere, it’s very easy to be had like that at any given time. In MW2 I have a chance to predict where they’ll be within a certain probability.

    I don’t give 2 cents for whining about K/D ratios, though. Personally I play to win. I like to kill a lot, and die little, and in the main game modes, that tends to be the object of the game.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. OrbitMonkey

    @19 Oh sure you still get the corner campers, I think you’ll always get *them* ;)

    But the good/bad thing is theirs no real opportunity for 2 guys to set up in a room guarding the only entrance, as most places have multiple ways in & lines of fire.

    Their’ll be even less chance of camping in MW3, with the promise of destructable environment. It’s *unique* features like this that keep COD on top ;)

    #20 4 years ago
  21. IL DUCE

    @1 every year they feed off the success of the previous year’s Infinity Ward CoD….Black Ops was nowhere near as good of a game as MW2…if it didn’t have zombies it would have nothing unique about it (even though how unique are zombies these days) and just be another mediocre shooter, which it is…

    Plus its pointless reporting this, every year the next CoD will overtake the previous CoD until they eventually crumble, or until they f*ck up and make CoD: Space/Future Warfare featuring space marines!!!

    @5 Money hungry profit obsessed whores usually don’t just give things away there buddy…don’t hold your breath waiting to get something that’s really “free” from Activision…

    @Johnny you’re taking a few too many methods from EG saying crazy shit for shock value…graphics were nowhere near the high fidelity of MW2, it still looks WAAAY better…Black Ops playtime: maybe two weeks on and off and got sompletely bored with it MW2: almost a year before I got bored and actually recently started playing it every day again…the map layouts on Black Ops are abysmal, the story was convoluted and ridiculous, zombies was SOS, and multi just got straight up boring, guns were nowhere near as good as MW2 and CoD points kind of took the fun out of ranking up to get a certain gun or perk…

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Yoshi

    @4 Same, I’ve no doubt it sells like cookies from a 19 year old girl in a short skirt because of its name but Acti used to have way more faith in IW than Treyarch as they used to be the more loved and Treyarch used to be more hated, now Treyarch has proven they can actually create a decent and a half game (even though it’s nothing new really)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. spiderLAW

    MW2>BOps in gameplay
    BOps>MW2 in content/things to do

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DSB

    @20 Actually I think that’s mostly because the BlOps levels tend to be bigger, or at least seem bigger because of all those pathways. In most MW2 maps there are usually two or three places to group up, if you want to hold one side of the map, which means that people are more likely to join up, and set up in those positions, than if they’re faced with six or seven or even ten to choose from.

    Like you say though, camping is just a part of the game. People do it all the time in actual combat as well, because it’ll give them the upperhand in the short term.

    One thing’s for sure though, if you try to lock down those rooms on Underpass or Estate, which is where I’ve seen it happen, then I know exactly where to shoot in the corner of that building to take you out.

    They’ll only get you once if they’re sitting pretty. Those walls aren’t bulletproof, and I love targets that don’t move :P

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Gekidami

    @23
    Hum, i’d say Blops has more refined gun play (which i prefer). Though overall the gameplay is pretty much the same in both.

    #25 4 years ago

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  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]