"Activision-Blizzard has released yet another DLC map pack for Call of Duty:Black Ops this week, as it continues to take advantage of the shooters enormous popularity. Considering that this is the third map pack to be released to the public, is “Annihilation” a way for the publisher to “milk” for profits, or is this a quality DLC that players should be willing to shell out fifteen dollars to play?"
"An Australian retailer has leaked the first details on the second map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops, which will be called the Escalation Pack. An advertisement on GAME Australia lists the new DLC's title and a release date of May 3, 2011. If that proves to be the release date for the Xbox 360 version in North America, PlayStation 3 owners can expect to see it in early June, assuming the exclusivity period is similar to that of the First Strike map pack.
"The latest instalment of the Call of Duty franchise is apparently the most pirated game of 2010. According to Torrentfreak, CoD: Black Ops is got the dubious distinction of being the absolute winner in terms of illegal downloads. It is estimated that 4.27 million PC users downloaded an illegal copy of the game as of December 26. Bear in mind that the game launched in November and that the number of total illegal downloads will continue to grow for months to come." | more
"Polyphony Digital's long-delayed Gran Turismo 5 has debuted in pole position in the all-formats UK chart, overtaking Call of Duty: Black Ops for highest number of sales in the week ending November 27. Kazunori Yamauchi's driving simulator joins Heavy Rain and God of War III as the third Sony-exclusive title to sit at number one on the UK sales chart in 2010." | more
"The blockbuster video game "Call of Duty: Black Ops" is continuing to break records, grossing more than $650 million worldwide during the first five days of sales. The game easily surpassed the previous five-day record holder, last year's addition to the franchise, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2." That game took in $550 million, according to "Call of Duty" publisher Activision Publishing." | more
"If you were a fan of the zombie mode in Call of Duty: World at War, then the chances are that you’re already playing the new zombie mode in Black Ops more than the main multiplayer mode. If you are one of these gamers, then we would like to hear your progress on zombies so far, either on the Kino Der Toten, or Five zombie maps – how far have you managed to get?" | more
"Here's your friendly reminder that Call of Duty: Black Ops is now available for sale--and to play if you own it--on Steam in all regions around the globe. Although some gamers are just now waking up after a marathon session of Cod Blops since picking the game up at midnight, PC users who purchased the game via Valve's digital distribution service were forced to wait until this morning." | more
The PC specifications for Call of Duty: Black Ops have been released by Direct2Drive (via Eurogramer). Is your PC up to the task?
* Minimum System Requirements OS: Windows Vista/XP/7
* Processor: Intel Core2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 or better
* Memory: 2GB
* HDD: 12GB
* Video: Shader 3.0 or better 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT/ATI Radeon X1950Pro or better
* Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
* DirectX: 9.0c
"With four full weeks remaining until its November 9 release, Call of Duty: Black Ops is on pace to set a new record for pre-orders at GameStop. SVP of merchandizing Bob McKenzie noted that they are ahead of where the prior record holder, Modern Warfare 2, was last year. This revelation came in a press release from the retailer promoting its "Surprize Attack" sweepstakes aimed at driving even more pre-orders." | more
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