Black Ops 2 Archive
If you're one of those people who has been hammering Call of Duty Black Ops 2 multiplayer since release, the prospect of four new arenas in which to embarrass your enemies will be the main draw in the new Uprising DLC map pack. With this series of gameplay tours we dusted off our own meagre skills and headed into each map to get a feel for the layout, with a little help from YouTuber iTemp.
Mob of the Dead is Uprising's brand new zombies experience, starring Michael Madsen, Ray Liotta, Joe Pantoliano and Chazz Palminteri as 1920s gangsters fighting their way through hordes of the undead to escape from Alcatraz Island. In this gameplay video, Mike and I wander around the map's dilapidated cell blocks looking for airplane parts, becoming electric ghosts and occasionally killing zombies.
We're joined by professional YouTuber Syndicate to round up the highlights from Saturday's play at the Call of Duty championships. The competition switched to a two-tier knockout system - teams who were knocked out of the upper bracket had to fight their way up through a lower bracket to stay in the tournament. Drop out of the lower bracket and your day was done. We have all the stories for you.
Call of Duty: Blacks Ops 2's second downloadable content bundle is called Uprising. It's coming on April 16 with four new maps and a new zombie encounter called Mob of the Dead. Catch the trailer below the cut.
Ireland team Epsilon won the grand final of the Call of Duty Championship's European leg, beating the UK's Fariko.Dragons in the knock-out phase. The Dragons' loss came after a sensational semi-final against French team Millenium. We speak to Black Ops II mastermind David Vonderhaar about Epsilon's final match-up, Dragons versus Epsilon, and whether sweary eSports are ready for for the "family-friendly" prime time.
Fariko.Dragons beat fellow UK team TCM.Gaming in the European final of Call of Duty's Black Ops II championship, smack-talking their way to victory against TCM in a best-of-three showdown. They win a place in the international final next month. Watch on for the word from Dragons captain aMaZe on "tactical" banter and his team's chances in the US.
With this weekend's European final in Cologne, the first annual Call of Duty Championship thunders towards its million-dollar Hollywood showdown in April. UK teams Fariko.Dragons and TCM.Gaming are riding high in the line-up. We talk to them just ahead of their Black Ops II match-up, as well as to David 'Mr Black Ops II' Vonderhaar.
Die Rise is the Zombies mode map added by Black Ops II's new Revolution DLC. In this gameplay video, you can see us shamble around the map's wrecked Chinese skyscraper scavenging parts, falling off ledges and killing the occasional flesh-eater.
In addition to the four new maps, Black Ops II's Revolution DLC pack adds a new gun to the multiplayer arsenal for the first time: the Peacekeeper SMG. Watch it in action, with tips from the pros, after the jump.
Today's the day for Revolution, Black Ops II's first map pack, and we've got gameplay from new maps Grind, Hydro, Downhill and Mirage. Find gameplay videos and map tips from Treyarch's David 'Vahn' Vonderhaar below the cut.
Revolution, the first DLC pack for Black Ops 2, comes with a new Zombies mode that lets you play as the undead. Watch the walkthrough trailer after the jump.
A hastily pulled listing by Amazon has confirmed the maps in Black Ops 2's upcoming first DLC expansion, Revolution. Four multiplayer maps, one Zombies map and a new weapon after the jump.
Inception's long, dramatic horn noise has migrated from film into games, with trailers for games as diverse as Dead Space 3, Star Wars 1313 and Modern Warfare 3 featuring the cinematic BWAAAH or electronic variations thereof. Watch on for a selection of horn-heavy trailers.
In this week's show, we hail Call of Duty: Black Ops II - a surprisingly energetic shake-up for a series still riding high in its genre. Developer Treyarch feeds a number of CoD's sacred cows into the meat grinder; multiplayer killstreaks as we knew them are out, for instance, replaced by scorestreaks, and guns, gear and perks have been pitched into a single pool of options. Help yourself to any 10, says Treyarch, and there's your new favourite loadout.
Not everyone is destined to be Lionel Messi. Some people are destined to be John Motson (or indeed Chris Kamara, for that matter). But that's no bad thing, Motson is a national treasure and has fine taste in sheepskin coats. In the same way, we're a bit bum at Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer but we might have a better shot commentating. We will need the help of shoutcaster and Treyarch's eSports advisor Hastr0 though.
With Call of Duty's rise in fortunes, the Call of Duty launch event has become a bombastic November ritual - like Fireworks Night but much, much louder, as evidenced by this video in which Mike is bellowed at by legendary football pundit Chris Kamara.
When we played Black Ops II's Zombies mode recently, we spent the majority of the time on fire, being eaten by zombies, or on fire while being eaten by zombies.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is upon us, and in its multiplayer arsenal of near-future guns are some good matches for your favourite weapons from Modern Warfare 3.
So if, like us, you fear change and want to make the transition from Modern Warfare 3 to Black Ops II multiplayer with the closest match to the ACR, SCAR-L, UMP45, MK-14, TYPE 95, STRIKER or MP7, you've come to the right video. Watch on for their nearest equivalents in Black Ops II, plus a few tips on the new attachments and wildcards.
As much as it annoys me to use the word "pillars" in this context, Zombies is now one of the "pillars" of Treyarch's Call of Duty games, going from a bonus add-on in World at War to a mode as prominent as the single player and multiplayer games in Black Ops II.
You might know Michael Rooker from his role on The Walking Dead, where he plays a dangerous racist. I don't, I remember him from Days of Thunder, where he played a dangerous racer. Oh and apparently he's in this little game called Black Ops 2, where he plays your bestest buddy Mike Harper during the missions set in 2025.
If you watched our sneak peek behind the scenes at Black Ops II Live you'll know that today from 8pm there's a four-hour Black Ops II tournament featuring celebrities and pro gamers. It's the perfect opportunity to get a headstart on map layout and work out exactly how the pros will be taking advantage of the new 'Pick 10' system that promises to revamp loadout selection in the new game.
From now until Monday, you can get your hands on Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer at community bash Black Ops II Live in London's Bloomsbury Ballroom. There you can sample Nuketown 2025, a futuristic reworking of the classic Black Ops map, for the first time anywhere in the world. Selected players will also be let loose on the new, expanded Zombies mode.
One of the new maps in Black Ops 2's multiplayer is a train station called Express. It's perfectly symmetrical and every so often a bullet train zooms down the middle, turning any soldiers in the way into a meaty mist.
Yesterday, with mere minutes of the Expo left, we took a moment to reflect on both what we'd been up to on that final day and the show as a whole. If you look really closely, you can see the last few joules of energy leaving our body through our overworked gobs.
The biggest queues at Eurogamer Expo this weekend were for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's multiplayer - especially as attendees were trying out three brand new maps, never before seen elsewhere.
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