Call Of Duty: Black Ops fans will pleased to know that Microsoft's timed-exclusive window for the game's "First Strike" DLC isn't particularly long
Activision's announced that the first set of maps will hit the PlayStation 3 on March 3rd. While we're sure the exclusivity period is a good marketing point for Microsoft, it seems crazy short in the scale of things.
There's a lot of movers and shakers in this week's UK sales charts, but nothing really of notable discussion
Dead Space 2's continued its reign aloft the UK sales charts for a second consecutive week, beating out the usual convoy of FIFA 11, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Call Of Duty: Black Ops. Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet 2 has kept its head in the top ten, finishing up in fifth position..
Celebrating the release of timed exclusive XBOX 360 Call Of Duty: Black Ops map pack, Treyarch's decided to double up the XP on all versions of the game from February 4th - February 6th
Unsurprisingly Dead Space 2 has topped the UK sales charts this week, destroying the numbers of its predecessor by a good 70 percent
And people wonder why publishers release sequels rather than new IP. Speaking of which, Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet 2 continued its dally with the top of the charts, finishing this week in a respectable second position (and top of the PlayStation 3-only charts)..
By the way, the PlayStation 3 got a new firmware update the other day
We would have reported on it, only we were struggled to stay alive during the onslaught of NGP news. The firmware promised a bunch of "security updates", though it was cracked within minutes by the lovely homebrew folks that we don't talk about on this site. Seems there...
Call Of Duty: Black Ops' First Strike DLC might be a timed exclusive on the XBOX 360, but it'll find its way onto the PlayStation 3 before long
Until that day, Activision's dropped us a new trailer, showing off the game's new multiplayer and zombie maps. Looks like Call Of Duty. If that excites you, hit the jump.
Let's all pause for a quick cheer: hoo-ray
Chart-Track's just revealed that LittleBigPlanet 2's rightfully topped the British software sales charts, knocking Call Of Duty: Black Ops from its perch. Big congratulations to the guys over at Media Molecule. It's a stunning game and it deserves every success. LittleBigPlanet 2 was only one half of a big week for PlayStation 3 though. Bioware's..
We told you it was an absolute load of hog-wash
Treyarch's community manager, Josh Olin, has hit the Twitter airwaves to confirm the studio are committed to Call Of Duty: Black Ops on PlayStation 3. Olin wrote: "<span>PS3 servers comments were taken out of context. Treyarch's committed to supporting the PS3 community with some great updates on the way."</span>..
We woke up this morning to see a bunch of websites reporting that Activision were about to "pull the plug on the PS3 Call Of Duty: Black Ops servers
" We don't know how the story gathered steam, but we'd just like to reassure everyone that it's not going to happen. While Activision reserve the right to pull the servers on any multiplayer game, Call Of Duty: Black Ops is still a relatively new..
Microsoft might have spent a number of pennies securing exclusive DLC for Call Of Duty: Black Ops, but it's not going to stop us posting the package's first trailer
The DLC, called First Strike, features four new multiplayer maps and an additional zombie mode. Of the maps, Stadium and Kowloon look the most interesting from a visual perspective. There's no date on the PlayStation 3 launch yet, but..
We nearly called it and then we were like, nah, too crazy. Who'd have thought Call Of Duty: Black Ops would become the UK's best selling game of 2010? Our money was on the Nintendo Wii's Just Dance. We were close. That came in second. But blimey. Black Ops — crazy that. Gran Turismo 5 fared pretty well, coming third on the PlayStation 3 chart, while Red Dead Redemption and FIFA 11..
We're not really sure why people blame Activision for making money
They have the hottest property in video games right now, and while we share concerns about them taking something actually quite good and driving it into the ground, we absolutely don't blame them for wanting to make some money. Which is why, despite frequent denials, some kind of monetary Call Of Duty subscription service seems..
The people of Britain like Call Of Duty: Black Ops
How do we know? It's back at the top of the UK sales charts. Again. Y'know what else British people like? Football. Not the kind that's played with eggs, the kind that's played with balls. Football. Yup, FIFA 11's right at the top of the UK sales charts too. In fact, you know what, these charts never really change. Sure there's the appearance of..
In many ways, the Call Of Duty franchise is an XBOX 360 exclusive
It's a "modern" exclusive if you like. Back in the day, exclusivity meant "absolutely not coming out on any other platforms". That kind of exclusive still exists in some cases, but the numbers are diminishing. That's especially accurate when it comes to third parties, where exclusivity tends to mean "a bit of..
Last week's leader, Gran Turismo 5, is back down to the number four slot this week in the UK weekly sales charts
Call Of Duty: Black Ops reclaimed its place at the top of the charts, with FIFA 11 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood all sitting above Sony's racer. Ubisoft's Nintendo Wii dance games claimed two of the top ten spots, with a bunch of other Wii titles joining Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit..
It was going to take a monstrous game to overcome Call Of Duty: Black Ops, and Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 5 is that game
Sony's exclusive has netted the top-spot on this week's all-format charts, pushing Treyarch's Call Of Duty title into the second-place spot. Polyphony Digital's racing sim enjoyed the sixth biggest launch ever on PlayStation 3, with sales 6% higher than GT4's launch week..
It's testament to the strength of Call Of Duty that Black Ops suffered an 85% drop in sales last week, while Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood enjoyed the franchise's biggest launch in the UK -- yet still ended up finishing second in the British sales charts
The excellent Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was also unable to rival Call Of Duty, landing in third. The rest of the chart is by-the-numbers. FIFA..
Remember Infinity Ward? The guys that brought you Call Of Duty? Yeah, we'd almost forgotten too, particularly after all the hoopla that went on earlier in the year
According to Vivendi — which has a controlling interest in Activision Blizzard — the studio is still very much around, albeit in "reconstructed" form. The Treyarch studio, which made this years game, has done better..
Treyarch's announced that it's released a new update for Call Of Duty: Black Ops on the PlayStation 3
The changes are pretty minimal this time, offering some improvements to matchmaking and leaderboard tracking. The PlayStation 3 version also has some "anti-friends list" spamming features. No idea what that is, but apparently it'll improve the game's performance for those with large..
Call Of Duty: Black Ops has topped the UK sales charts selling a whopping 2 million units in its first week. Interestingly, the PlayStation 3 managed to command a 44% share of the sales — surprising given Call Of Duty's strong ties to the XBOX 360 fanbase. The usual suspects of FIFA 11 and Just Dance 2 occupied the top three, while a bunch of casual Kinect software fleshed out the top..
Treyarch's detailed a list of updates heading to Call Of Duty: Black Ops on the PlayStation 3
The pipeline updates, posted by community manager Josh Olin, include improved matchmaking, host selection, tweaks to the party functionality and fixes for erroneous weekly and monthly leaderboards statistics. There's more information through here.
MCV's gone live with some numbers for Call Of Duty: Black Ops' first 24 hours on sale
According to the site Black Ops sold 1.4 million units in its first day on sale in the UK, raking in £58 million in revenue. Activision revealed yesterday that Black Ops sold 5.6 million units over its first day in the USA and UK, leaving about 4.2 million sales over the same period in North America. Pretty..
Activision's Thomas Tippl has told an audience at an industry conference in New York that 2011 will bring the company's "largest digital offering ever" in the form of Call Of Duty DLC
Over-priced map packs are what you always wanted, right? Still, Tippl's remarks support comments made by publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, when he claimed last week that Activision would offer "the Call of Duty..
Guess what readers? Call Of Duty: Black Ops made a lot of money within its first 24 hours on sale
The Treyarch developed shooter eclipsed Modern Warfare 2's sales records, scoring the world's largest entertainment launch with opening day revenue of $360 million in the US and UK alone. The total destroyed Modern Warfare 2's margin of $310 million over the same period according to Activision's..
So, regardless of your current location in the world, you should be able to buy a copy of Call Of Duty: Black Ops
The latest in the franchise from Treyarch has been all over the media for the past 24 hours, and now we can finally play it. We want to know if you went to a midnight launch, if you've booked the day off work and what your first impressions are. The reviews have been rolling all..
The first fifteen minutes of Call Of Duty: Black Ops have hit the 'Net
If you can't wait the five or so hours required to actually, y'know, buy the game, then we've embedded the footage after the jump. Obviously, if you want to go into the game fresh then don't watch this footage. It's unbelievable how people will actively watch a video labelled "The First Fifteen Minutes Of Game X" and..
If you're not sad social enough to head down to London's massive Call Of Duty: Black Ops launch event tonight, don't worry: Activision's streaming the whole thing on their Facebook page
They're also pledging to upload plenty of images and information from the premiere which is set to feature plenty of celebrities and nerds fans. Heck, even the BBC are talking about it. Jump into the comments and..
We've noticed a fair bit of traffic coming into PushSquare via the search phrase "Where can I get Call Of Duty: Black Ops cheap?" Seeing as it's the time of year when every supermarket and mainstream retailer tries to undercut each other, we thought we'd give you a helping hand
The cheapest price for Call Of Duty: Black Ops seems to be at Blockbuster. They'll sell you the game for a minuscule..
There's a soldier in all of us apparently
At least, that's the point this live action Call Of Duty: Black Ops advertisement is trying to get across. It features Jimmy Kimmel and Kobe Bryant. They are people you've probably heard of if you live in North America. (Honestly, we do know who they are here in Britain. Just about.) The thing about the advert is, it's all a bit dumb. But in an absolutely..
If you're in the UK, then you'll know that it's around this time of year when retailers fight over who can sell the biggest video games for the lowest prices
It looks like Call Of Duty: Black Ops is the game to spark pricing fisticuffs this year, with HMV offering the game for a lowly £7.99 when you trade in EA's Medal Of Honor. Considering Black Ops' RRP is a whopping £54.99, that's quite a..
Square Enix -- who are bizarrely handling publishing duties on Call Of Duty: Black Ops in Japan -- have confirmed that certain elements of the localized first-person shooter will be cut in order for the title to see release
This includes Nazi references, as well as a particularly brutal interrogation scene. The game's due worldwide next week. Get hype.
Well Treyarch, take your seat on the throne
Looks like you've earned your place in the Call Of Duty elite. We still need to actually, y'know, play Call Of Duty: Black Ops to make sure but, man, we don't think we've ever been this excited for a Call Of Duty game. Infinity Ward — certainly as we knew them — are gone, and it looks like it's time for Treyarch to take their place as the premium Call..
Call Of Duty fans are crazy
They play one game all year round — imagine that! As such, they're itching for information about Call Of Duty: Black Ops, and we've got some information on the game's multiplayer maps. Just the titles for now, mind. Enjoy!</em>
Has a Call Of Duty protagonist ever talked? We're sure they have, but we can't think of particular instance
Sure, Soap ended up talking in Modern Warfare 2, but we don't think he ever said anything when he was the main character of Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Either way, as far as we can remember, Call Of Duty protagonists are pretty mute. Call Of Duty: Black Ops will change all that..
In "Gun Game" - one of Call Of Duty: Black Ops' new multiplayer game types - every kill matters
Not for your precious KDR or XP statistics, but because every kill rewards you with a new weapon. This new footage which has leaked onto YouTube shows the new game-type in action, and it looks like a ton of fun. The player starts of with a pistol before moving up through the ranks and gradually unlocking..
InsideXBOX (we know, we know) recently got to head down to Treyarch to get a good look at Call Of Duty: Black Ops' multiplayer component -- despite the publication's affiliation with the "enemy", we thought you guys would appreciate the info too
There's plenty of footage in the trailer, including some background on design decisions and some welcome news regarding killstreaks. We still reckon this..
Call Of Duty: Black Ops' zombie mode was only recently confirmed by Activision, but footage of the mode is already hitting the Internet
The ten minute video, embedded after the jump, appears to show someone playing a slice of the new game's zombie component. Given how much of this game is leaking right now, we're going to say it's real. Though it's hard to make out too much detail due to the grainy..
Call Of Duty: Black Ops isn't out for a few more weeks
As such, Activision want to keep the content a surprise. So YouTube videos of people playing the game don't go down to well with the PR folks over at Acti's head-office. As such, you should digest this footage as quickly as you can. Don't say we didn't warn you if a big "This content has been removed," pops up when you eagerly press..
Guess what game is out today in America? EA's Medal Of Honor
Guess who's decided to release a story trailer for their own first-person shooter? Activision. Cue bombastic action and big guns in this Call Of Duty: Black Ops story trailer. We have a feeling this will be the best Call Of Duty campaign since Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Then again, it's going to seem amazing after the mess of Modern..
GameStop's dropped the first hints of what we can expect sales-wise from Treyarch's Call Of Duty: Black Ops when it drops next month
The US retailer's reporting that pre-orders for the latest Call Of Duty have already out-stripped the previous game; with the big hype machine still to kick in. According to the chain's SVP Bob McKenzie the title has seen "all-time record reservations" and..
Activision's announced that the upcoming Call Of Duty: Black Ops will launch with 3D television support for those with compatible home theater set-ups
The functionality will be available out of the box via an options screen. It's a neat little bonus for those with 3D TVs and a particularly surprising announcement (who though CoD would go 3D eh?). Going by the slew of hands-on impressions published..
Treyarch are doing a lot with this year's Call Of Duty title
By incorporating currency and creation mechanics, players will be able to develop their own online identity when playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops — which is very exciting to us. In games of this kind, there's always the want to show off. Now you'll be able to do so with custom emblems, weapons, dots and character types.
After numerous rumours, Treyarch's finally decided to lift the lid on Call Of Duty: Black Ops' zombie component
The studio describes the "anticipated feature" as one of COD's "worst kept secrets" — which is becoming a catch all for any announcement which gets leaked early. "Zombies have been such a hit with our community that we were committed to bringing brand new zombie..
Strategy guide publishers Brady Games are the latest to say, "Yo, Call Of Duty: Black Ops is going to have zombies in it
" Retailers had already kinda let the cat out of the bag earlier in the year; but now the game's official strategy guide blurb makes a note of the "relentless Nazi zombie horde." Boom. Boom. Boom. 'Cited?
In Japan, you will not see parts of human beings been blown apart in Call Of Duty: Black Ops
That's because the game's been issued a CERO Z rating (think adults rating) with the "brutal or grotesque portrayal" of limbs removed. Boom. That's the end of that. Of course Japanese lurkers, it's worth noting that the PlayStation 3 is region free... You could import it. Yes.
With the massive Call Of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer blow out last night, you might be forgiven for thinking that Activision's blown their load
They haven't — there's plenty more to announce according to developers Treyarch. One such element, is Call Of Duty: Black Ops' co-op mode. While we already know zombies will make an appearance in some manner, community manager Josh Olin was keen to stress..
We can't help but get more and more excited about Call Of Duty: Black Ops
We were one of the first websites to put some serious backing behind Treyarch, and insist that they might actually outdo the good, but over-rated Modern Warfare 2. Going by the details coming out of last night's Black Ops multiplayer reveal, we couldn't feel more comfortable about our prediction. And that's because Treyarch..
If you're Japanese and a fan of shooters, you might want to give Call Of Duty: Black Ops some consideration before you go out and order a copy
Square Enix, the game's publisher in Japan, have committed to two separate SKUs for the title. The first version - which will be available on November 18th - will be a simple sub-titled version of the Western game. The second version, however, won't arrive..
Update @ 13:02: Treyarch's just confirmed on Twitter that Black Ops will indeed feature zombie co-op
The four maps included with the Hardened and Prestige editions of Black Ops are throw-backs to the original World At War zombie settings. Original story: Treyarch's been pretty tight-lipped about the return of their popular zombie horde mode in Call...
How do you top Modern Warfare 2's insane collector's edition (which featured night vision goggles if you'd forgotten) -- you throw in a remote controlled car of course
Yup, we all saw the detonating cars in the game's multiplayer trailer. Well now you can own one of the little gizmos yourself, as part of Call Of Duty: Black Ops' premium Prestige Edition. The special edition packs set to launch..