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Update: BioWare has announced they will be giving PC players affected by this mishap a very special gift.
If you were one of the millions of Call of Duty fans who attended midnight launch events last night to pick up your copy of Black Ops 2 as soon as it was legal to do so, then you're probably sound asleep as you played the game to hell until the sun came up. But a small minority seem to be having issues with their newly acquired game, specifically the PC version.
Reports have been spreading across the Internet of people whose second Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 disc not containing the second part to the game's installation process. Instead, it's a Mass Effect 2 disc. YouTube user zeroiez even took video of his experience when attempting to install Black Ops 2 on his PC, with many an expletive flying in Treyarch's direction.
Microsoft have confirmed, and were most probably grinning the entire time, that Halo 4 has smashed up $220 million in sales in its first 24 hours on sale across the world. $220 million in first-day sales beats box office releases this year such as the latest and final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as well as the awesome The Avengers, based on day-one sales in the United States.
Halo 3 was released three years ago, and the first Halo debuted with the original Xbox, 11 years ago now. Microsoft has said that the Halo franchise has generated more than $3.38 billion, which makes it "one of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world".
Competition to Halo 4's day-one sale record is going to be the just-released Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The last version of Call of Duty, which was Modern Warfare 3, passed $1 billion in sales faster than the record-breaking Avatar from James Cameron. But, Black Ops II is released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, where Halo 4 is an Xbox 360-exclusive.
One of the downsides to StarCraft II is that if you're based in the US, you can't game against someone in a totally different continent. Well, Blizzard are finally talking about Global Play, and that it will be added to the game "in the coming months".
Global Play will definitely open up the world of eSports to StarCraft II, offering "maps and games that aren't yet published everywhere". It'll also allow gamers to join with friends who are gaming in the other side of the world. Each region contains its own separate data so that "characters, profiles, ladder rankings, progress, and friends lists" will not carry over when you switch regions. Boo. More details on the new feature to soon his SCII:
- Players will be able to freely switch between regions via the StarCraft II login screen.
- When your region's game servers are undergoing maintenance, you may be able to play in a different region that is not down for maintenance.
- Your game language and user interface will not change when you change regions.
- Players using Global Play will be subject to the in-game policies of their selected play region.
Any Grand Theft Auto fan knows that with each successive game, the game world itself gets much bigger. Well, it looks like Grand Theft Auto V is set to be the biggest of them all. The digital edition of Game Informer's December Issue is out, and it includes a mammoth amount of information on the game.
There will be not one, but three protagonists in GTA V, which can be switched between at nearly any time during the game. There's no confirmation on whether there'll be cooperative play, but with three players to choose from, I don't see how it can't feature the wicked ability for co-op.
Randomized events make a return, as well as some of the characters from GTA IV. The biggest thing with this feature in Game Informer is that they unleashed the news that the game world is going to be bigger than Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas and GTA IV... combined.
In case you haven't heard, Black Ops 2 is releasing tonight at midnight. Well, in some parts of the world, it's already midnight and pictures of crazed crowds are already flowing in. I know I'll be among crowds like this in about 6 hours when I head out to pick up my copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
You can see just how large the crowds for this game are going to be. I hope I'll see some of our readers online in the game tonight--I know I'll be on!
If you are lucky enough to have snagged an early copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and have been playing the crap out of its multiplayer, then you'll be happy to know that your head start against your friends will stay intact after the game officially releases tomorrow.
Treyarch's Game Design Director, David Vonderhaar, took to his Twitter to answer a question I'm sure many Black Ops 2 players who have an early copy have been asking: will a player's stats be reset when the game launches. He answered the questions with a simple "No," unless you're a "bad person doing bad things."
We kinda knew this was in the works, and I think we're going to see Half-Life 3 rolled out with it. But, during a visit from 4chan.org's /v/ board for his birthday, Valve boss Gabe Newell received some presents from some randoms from the Internet.
He had to pay $2.50 to unlock a real-life Mann Co. crate that included a TF2 Soldier hat inside, and he hung around to talk to fans of his, and his games, that came from all across the United States. The first question asked, and paraphrased from the above video, "Is Valve working on a new Source engine?"
Newell replied with "We've been working on new engine stuff for a while", adding "we've just been waiting for a game to roll it out with". Someone then follows that question up with "is it more than just an extension to Source? Like, is it an entirely new engine?" Newell, the hero that he is, replies with "yeah."
Some new details on Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V have been released thanks to a Game Informer feature detailing a lot of previously unknown information regarding Rockstar's next open-world title.
One of the first things detailed is the main character in Grand Theft Auto V, or rather, main characters as the game will feature three playable characters who will be switchable by a simple button press which will allow players to experience the same mission through a different angle. Each character has their own back story, skill set and even their own friends who players will be able to interact with.
Have you been keeping tabs on the latest Wii U news, but have yet to pre-order the console and live near New York City? Seeing as how pre-orders for the Wii U are going fast, it might be in your best interest to attend Nintendo's midnight launch event at Nintendo World.
The launch event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 17th at 6 p.m., but if I know one thing about New Yorkers, it's the fact that they tend to wait in line for things way earlier than people expect. I wouldn't be surprised if there were people waiting in line at Nintendo World days, maybe even a week before the Wii U launches.
Rumors have unfortunately been confirmed, with Blizzard's expansion pack to StarCraft II has been delayed, Heart of the Swarm was scheduled for a Christmas release, but has been delayed until some time in 2013.
Heart of the Swarm originally was meant to add seven new units to the game, and remove three existing numbers for balancing reasons. But behind closed doors, Blizzard have changed their plans, dropping the planned Shredder and Warhound units for the Terrans due to balancing problems, replacing them with Widow Mines - variants on Spider Mines that fire splash-damage missiles, and tweaks to the Hellion, Ghost, Battlecruiser and Reaper units.
Protoss players will receive three of the four new multiplayer units, while the Replicant has been thrown away over fears that it would encourage players to spam masses of identical units. There are also single player modifications where an expanded plot would continue where Wings of Liberty finished.