Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Fails To Impress At Retail?

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A recent MCV report has suggested that “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” is not doing as well in the sales department in comparison to previous releases. It is claimed that sales are down by around twenty percent from last year when Modern Warfare 3 was launched on November 8th 2011, and that it might not even break the sales record set by the original Black Ops.

Activision tried to hype the market by announcing that Black Ops 2 had grossed more than $500 Million in its first 24 hours of release, but has since not revealed any other data officially. Modern Warfare 3 had grossed more than $775 million in its first five days of release which broke the $650 million record set by the original Black Ops after its five days of sales. Let’s also remember that almost by this time last year, Modern Warfare 3 had hit the $1 Billion milestone globally in a period of just 16 days, eclipsing the entertainment sales record set in 2009 by the feature film “Avatar,” which reached the $1 billion milestone in 17 days – at that point Call of Duty seemed an unstoppable behemoth of a franchise.

While we wouldn’t like to speculate that sales figures for this year are down due to the really dismal and uninspiring campaign, or that Activision held off sending review copies out as late as possible, or even that it has been hindered by the release of Microsoft’s “Halo 4” – it could just simply be down the current economical climate since sales of all games are down by approximately 28% from last year. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has still out-sold any other game this year to date, but it could be a sign that the franchise is losing it’s touch.

If you’re yet to buy this game and share in the misery of the awful story set in 2025, then why not read our review here.

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  • The fact is a lot of people with perfect connections aren't getting what they paid for. The top cod players throughout all the cod games are having trouble with this game and are also complaining. I love the cods so i'm no "hater" but this cod is the worst yet. I have a great connection and the amount of times i've been killed through connection. (Dying without hit markers, dying off 1-2 bullets, dying without even been hit watching the killcam. The hit boxes are lies.. and many more) Another problem would be dying through objects that in reality would just be impossible. You can be hit through mountain sides, huge metal for example bullets traveling through x2 cargo crates, buildings and so on. YES bullets CAN go through many things but they can not travel through 5-15 meters of rock! Seriously its stupid. I was doing some tests and you can be shot through the edges of mountains BUT you cannot fire through HAYSTACKS!! This game has been clearly rushed! Another thing is that the guns are completely messed up. The damage from guns is all over the place. The sub-machine guns on this are far to powerful! The spawns aren't to bad in my opinion but there has been a few times i've thought this is ridiculous! The score streak replacing the kill streaks is a HUGE mistake!! The new 10 point system is another mistake. BUT the WORST thing about Black Ops 2 is the MAPS! They're getting worse. In my opinion the only map good on this game is Raid. They have some sick ideas for maps, it's just the layout of them are all wrong. They need to keep it simple instead of adding all these sneaky shortcuts around the edges of maps and so on. It's not that i don't like change or that i'm hating on cod because i'm not, that's stupid. I love these games but its safe to say i'm going back to MW3 and trading Black Ops 2 in. Everyone i know feels the same and is also trading this in to go back to MW3 and others heading over to Halo 4.

  • Yeah I totally get you… I'm a massive CoD fan, but once I have the Achievements I want in this (because I never do Zombies anyway) I shall be returning back to MW3…

    …and almost everyone I know feels the same way we do.

  • Almost.

  • yeah, one or two love the campaign – but I've since found this is usually by such folk who skip the Modern Warfare series, it's been that long since they last played a decent campaign that this little effort will suffice…

  • Ouch. 😉