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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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  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

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  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

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  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

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  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

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  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

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  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

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  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

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  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

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  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

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  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

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  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

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  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

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  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

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  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

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  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

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  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

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  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

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  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

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  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]