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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