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Call of Duty DLC on sale for charity

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Hey, remember how we always say Call of Duty DLC is overpriced? Well Activision have just launched an great big sale, offering 50% any Black Ops or Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack for the next week. That takes the price down from an exorbitant £11.49/$14.99 to a much more reasonable £5.74/$7.49.

There's something else to, a portion all all sales will go to The Call of Duty Endowment, a charity launched by Activision back in 2009 that helps veterans find jobs when their tours of duty are over.


Black Ops 2 dedicated servers confirmed for PC

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Treyarch director of technology Cesar Stastny has confirmed on Twitter that the latest Call of Duty will feature dedicated ranked multiplayer servers on PC.

Confirmed: Ranked Dedicated Servers for #BlackOps2

— pcdev (@pcdev) June 16, 2012
 
It's good news, and more than a little overdue. Dedicated servers made a return with Modern Warfare 3, but were unranked and therefore didn't contribute to your overall progress. It seems like reliable, full-featured servers have crawled back bit by bit since they originally vanished from the series.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection review

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I remember storming the beaches of Normandy five years ago in one of CoD 2’s most tense and memorable levels. Yesterday in Black Ops I shot a zombie on the moon with a gun that made it vomit blood then explode. What the hell has happened to Call of Duty?

Whatever our memories of the shooter series, the zombie survival mode introduced by Treyarch in World at War has frequently been the best part of the regular Call of Duty: Black Ops packs. It follows, then, that a DLC pack made up of five zombie levels should be the best. It is, but not by much.


Editorial: Call of Duty fans deserve better than Rezurrection

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection came out on Friday. The pack adds five new arenas to Call of Duty: Black Ops' zombie survival mode, except four of them aren't new at all. Nacht der Untoten, Verruckt, Shi No Numa and Der Riese are all "remastered" versions of zombie maps from Call of Duty: World at War, released in 2008.

That means 80% of the map pack is made up of recycled, three year old content. What's more, those who bought the Hardened and Prestige editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops received the new maps as part of the deal last year. The asking price? £11.50 / $14.99. This has to stop.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection trailer goes gross, double XP weekend kicks off on Friday

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection is out this Thursday, bringing us the mad new zombie map, Moon, and four other remastered zombie survival missions from Call of Duty: World at War. Yes, it's yet another Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack, but this may well be the best of the bunch. The zombie maps have consistently been the best part of the rest of the DLC, with brand new enemies and some memorable weapons. The Moon map will have its own selection of mad weaponry, including moon grenades. See them action in the truly disgusting new Rezurrection trailer above. Everyone will earn double XP this weekend in Black Ops to celebrate the last bit of CoD DLC before Modern Warfare 3 arrives. But will it be worth $14.99 / £11:49? Hmmm.


Black Ops map pack sales hit 18 million

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Activision Blizzard have sold 18 million Call of Duty: Black Ops map packs report Gamasutra. The numbers, along the fact that Black Ops has sold 23 million copies were revealed during an 'Analyst day' conference call. The figures far exceed those of Modern Warfare 2 (11 million map packs, 19 million games sold) and World at War (9 million map packs, 9 million game sales).

These results mean that, between DLC and the initial cost of the game, the average player has spent $76 on Black Ops. In our Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike review we felt that Black Ops map packs were too expensive, what do you think?


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will use Steamworks

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will use Steamworks, CVG report. That means even retail copies will need a Steam account to run. Steamworks brings with it all the usual benefits, auto-updating patches, stat-tracking, achievements and the ability to join and invite friends through Steam's matchmaking service. As previously confirmed, Modern Warfare 3 also will support dedicated servers, which is nice.

It's not out until November, but you can pre-order Modern Warfare 3 on Steam right now. No pre-order bonuses are listed, but you'll be able to "start playing immediately upon its release on Steam," which suggests Steam versions will be pre-loadable. For more Modern Warfare 3, check out the recent footage of Spec Ops survival mode, or the latest Modern Warfare 3 screenshots.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection trailer sort of explains space-zombie outbreak

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They took zombies into space, they put zombies on leashes, they blasted them with experimental weapons, but putting a zombie on a treadmill was one step too far. The new moonbase map that comes as part of the new Black Ops Rezurrection pack looks like it could be the most interesting of the lot. The reduced gravity means dead zombies drift comically into the sky when dispatched, and the whole space suits + machine guns combo is a good one. Reminds me of the underplayed space shooter, Shattered Horizon.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection map pack will put zombies on the moon

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The latest Call of Duty map pack is set to hasten Black Ops' descent into zombie madness. It's called Rezurrection. It will feature five zombie maps. Four of them will be the reworked versions of Call of Duty: World at War's zombie levels that came bundled with Hardened and Prestige editions of Black Ops. The other one is brand new, and will be SET ON THE MOON.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation out today

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation map pack is set to unlock in Steam in a couple of hours time. The pack will add four new multiplayer maps set in Area 51, a golf course, a sixties drive through and a soviet nuclear missile base. There's also a new zombie map set among the stone palaces and spike traps of Shangri-La.

Treyarch community manager Josh Olin tweets to say that the map pack will come out at 10AM PDT, which works out at 6PM BST. That means you can still grab Annihilation from Steam at the 10% discounted pre-order price of £10.34 / $13.49. Annihilation is the third map pack for Black Ops, which has broken sales records all over the world since its release last November.


Call of Duty XP 2011 will have MW3 multiplayer, MW2 paintball arena and Burger Town

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Call of Duty XP is a huge two day live event in LA celebrating all things Call of Duty. This is really happening. There's proof on the official Call of Duty XP site, spotted by Joystiq.

The event will take place on September 2-3 in a "secure 12-acre compound" in Los Angeles. Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer will be shown for the first time at the show, and Activision are planning to unveil the full feature set for their Call of Duty Elite service. There will also be a $1 million CoD tournament to test the best players.


Call of Duty: Black Ops best selling game ever in UK

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According to ChartTrack, this month saw Call of Duty: Black Ops become the UK's best selling game of all time, beating its closest rival, Modern Warfare 2, by around 20 thousand copies.

Since its launch last November, 3,722,411 copies of the game have been sold in the UK. CVG report that Activision recently confirmed that Black Ops was already the best selling game ever across North America and Europe in a recent earnings call, with 33% more unique players than Modern Warfare 2.


Call of Duty: Black Ops trailer shows Annihilation maps in action

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A man in a burger joint is serving up Call of Duty: Black Ops maps. An expensive meal, no doubt, but the zombie course might make it worth the price. Maybe. The Shangri-La setting looks like it could be the most interesting environment of all of of Call of Duty: Black Ops' maps. The pack is set to be released on the XBox on June 28. Using former Black Ops map packs as an example, Annihilation will come to PC a few weeks later, and likely share the £10/$15 price point as First Strike and Escalation.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation map pack announced

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Treyarch reveal that there's another map pack on the way for Call of Duty: Black Ops. It will be called Annihilation, and will feature four new multiplayer maps and a new zombie hunter level. There aren't any screens or videos of the maps yet, but the four new multiplayer arenas are called Hangar 18, Drive-In, Silo and Hazard.

The new zombie map sounds like it could be the highlight of the package. It's set in Shangri-La. Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia describes it as an "exotic and mysterious map filled with deadly traps, dark secrets and innovative gameplay that will challenge even the most daring Zombie hunters."

June 28 is the XBox release date. It will come to PC shortly afterwards, and will likely be priced similar to the First Strike and Escalation packs, at around £10/$15. Thanks to CVG for the heads up.


Call of Duty: Elite gets 2 million sign-ups. Activision say "More would be even better"

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As reported on Gamasutra, Call of Duty: Elite has already had two million sign-ups. The massive figure was announced on the blog of Activision's Dan Amrich.


Call of Duty: Black Ops free multiplayer weekend starts today

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Call of Duty: Black Ops is one of the most played multiplayer shooters in the world right now, loitering below Counter-Strike and Modern Warfare 2. It's about to become even more popular. If you've been watching the Black Ops phenomenon from afar and find yourself wondering what the hell all the fuss is about, there's a free weekend kicking off later today. This will give anyone with a Steam account unlimited access to Call of Duty: Black Ops' multiplayer modes. The free weekend kicks off at 10AM PST / 6PM GMT, and you can get a head start by preloading the game on Steam now. Thanks to Evil Avatar for the heads up.


Call of Duty Elite subscribers to get CoD web TV series featuring "top hollywood talent"

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Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg has told The Guardian that subscribers to Call of Duty Elite can expect exclusive access to an upcoming web TV series featuring "top Hollywood talent." Activision are keeping schtum on which characters will be in it, and won't say whether it'll be a live action or CG series. "We're not going to give much more detail until we have something to show," says Hirshberg, "That'll be later in the year."


Call of Duty Elite closed beta taking applications now

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There's going to be a closed beta for Activision's new Call of Duty Elite service, which will bring a suite of social networking features to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops' multiplayer components. A lucky selection of players will get early access to these features as part of the closed beta, which is set to kick off "later this summer." You can apply for a spot right now on the Call of Duty Elite site. All you have to do is enter an email address, your date of birth, and your platform of choice, which will be PC, naturally. Good luck!


Call of Duty Elite to bring monthly subscription service to multiplayer

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The trailer above confirms the long-rumoured Call of Duty premium subscription service. Call of Duty Elite is set to launch alongside Modern Warfare 3. It will add social networking features like Facebook integration, video sharing, friends lists, groups, competitive leaderboards and more to Call of Duty's multiplayer. Some of these features, like the Facebook integration, will be free, others will require a monthly subscription fee. Activision haven't announced which features will be paid-for just yet, and the amount of the monthly fee hasn't been decided either. Activision insist that players won't be forced to pay to play online.


Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation release date announced, Steam pre-orders now available

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The Escalation map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops will be making its way to PC on June 2. The pack adds four new multiplayer maps and a new Zombie level. For a good look at the new arenas, check out the Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation trailer, and the recent in-game footage.

The stand-out map of the pack is set in a Russian zoo with a monorail. Sadly, there are no animals there. The day I get to shoot a zebra in the face with an uzi is the day I put money down for Call of Duty DLC. Though, looking at the £10/$15 price tag, maybe not. The pack's available to pre-order now on Steam with a 10% discount.