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Black Ops 2 smashes GameStop’s pre-order record

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 10:58 GMT By Dave Cook

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is officially GameStops’s most pre-ordered title to date. The retailer has also predicted that the game is likely to be its ‘biggest game launch of all time’.

IGN reports that the statement includes comment from GameStop president Tony Bartel, in which he said, “consumer anticipation for Call of Duty: Black Ops II is tremendous. We are seeing the highest pre-orders in history. With its current pace, this Call of Duty is on track to break records and is likely to be our biggest game launch of all time.”

That suggests big numbers indeed. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 also received a launch trailer last night. If you missed it, hit the link below. Oh and crank up your speakers for a loud dose of AC/DC.

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17 Comments

  1. Moonwalker1982

    I just don’t get it how people can’t get tired of this game. Every year it’s the exact damn thing except for very minor changes and new maps, it’s all the same. People apparently just don’t get enough of it, fine with me, i’ll just never understand though.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Have you played it though dude? It’s massively expanded, visually enhanced and offers so much.

    Not being cheeky or anything like that, but I personally think it’s the best one to date. Maybe you should rent it and at least give it a try at launch. Maybe you’ll dig it? :)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. bitsnark

    @2

    To be fair, I know a lot people who approached Halo 4 with the same apprehension and in that example, just about everyone who has gotten hands-on of it or seen the campaign has come away hugely impressed.

    With that said, I can’t help but wonder (as devil’s advocate), whether or not Halo 4 actually does more to separate itself from previous instalments than Black Ops 2 does.

    They both seem to be making strides in the right direction to freshen things up a little if you ask me.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @3 same with DmC: Devil May Cry, which – when you play it – is awesome. Halo 4 is good from what I played, and I previously couldn’t stand the series, even after trying to like it.

    Yeah you’re right too, they’re all making steps to address concerns and to freshen things up a bit. Good times.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Moonwalker1982

    @2

    Yeah i played it for like 20 minutes at Gamescom. The graphics are a bit more crisp and it’s CoD, but i really didn’t notice big changes. I have to admit that i never bought MW3 so i don’t know about real differences. But i’ve been playing CoD since the very first one on PC and i’m just so tired of this series. Tired of the ridiculously fast gameplay, guns that feel the exact same as Black Ops or any other CoD before it. I’m much more aiming towards MoH now. The only thing about CoD i dig is that the levels are small, small compared to a BF game. MoH WF has the small levels but the feel of BF, perfect for me.

    As for Halo 4, i am very excited for it. And i’m not a Halo fan at all. But this developer is doing something different with it, i like it alot.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. KrazyKraut

    Mh…its a long time ago i bought a CoD. And on Day-1 even longer, but the trailer sold me and I think the Campaign is this time really great. But this doesn’t mean that didn’t I pre-ordered MOH too :)

    What I heard and saw, MW3 was extremely disappointed. Three studios and I wasn’t even thinking of buying it.

    And its weird how many ppl say that this CoD will have the best Campaign ever. Fights on Horses with advanced tech and fights in cities, deserts and skies.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. bitsnark

    @4

    Yep, I can fully vouch for DmC too. Absolutely brilliant.

    Anybody who says after playing it that it doesn’t do the IP justice or it doesn’t ‘feel’ like a Devil May Cry game, is clearly out of their tiny minds.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. absolutezero

    Or has no fucking idea what makes Devil May Cry what it is.

    Its not having no lock on, 30 FPS and damage based scoring rather than style.

    Im terrified that somehow for whatever reason the cliche idea of “cool” that DmC has rushed after along with the weird lump faced characters will make a shit tonne of money. Its almost as if people complaining constantly about new IP will reward re-hashing something that never needed re-hashing.

    I have DMC 1, 2 and 3 + Special Edition for the PS2, I have the 360, PS3 and PC versions of 4 and the PS3 HD collection thats 8 games bought at launch in each case for full price. I’m not going to buy DmC, I have little to no interest in what its meant to bringing to (read “removing from”) the franchise. Everyone that seems to be geniunely happy about the game has had no involvement in the series prior to the re-hash. Everyone that did actually love DMC and understood what made it tick, well you know the rest.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @8 “Or has no fucking idea what makes Devil May Cry what it is.”

    Foolish thing to say mate, sorry.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. The_Red

    So can we officially say that Black Ops has become the main COD game and Modern Warfare has become the yearly side game? Because this game looks to be more of the awesomeness that was Black Ops 1 and not something mediocre like Modern Warfare 3 (It had some nice elements but overall, was the weakest of MW titles).

    #10 2 years ago
  11. absolutezero

    It was an overblown response to an overblown statement. They might have gotten the superficial elements of what DMC is by looking at a video of it on youtube or something but the Heavy/Light stances ripped straight from Heavenly Sword and even the fact its running at 30 FPS on fucking UE3 kinda makes it obvious that “it doesn’t do the IP justice or it doesn’t ‘feel’ like a Devil May Cry game”.

    and now we wait for Zer0

    #11 2 years ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    I just don’t get it how people can’t get tired of making negative comments about this game. Every year it’s the exact same comments except for worse grammar and more spelling mistakes, it’s all the same. People apparently just don’t get enough of trolling it, fine with me, i’ll just never understand though.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Fin

    @11

    Man, developers should run everything they decide to do by you first, you obviously know how to make games better than them.

    So what if it’s different, get over it. How long have you played it for anyway?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. absolutezero

    Yes because thats what I said.

    I’m not asking to make it what I want it to be, I’m asking to be understood as a big fan of the series thats not liking anything that he’s seeing. Just because I loved what the series had built up from mechanics, style and most importantly community, does not mean i’m “out of their tiny minds.”

    #14 2 years ago
  15. zinc

    On topic. How close to CoD figures do EA’s sports games, such as Madden & FIFA get? Their the 2 biggest franchises I can think of, that get a annual release.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. stretch215

    @10 +1. I’m definitely looking forward to this. Mw3, IMO, is the weakest entry in the series.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. zhao3gold

    I feel sad that HALO 4 will be outsold by COD.

    #17 2 years ago

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    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]