Black Ops II Amazon's most preordered game ever

Treyarch's upcoming Call of Duty game "shatters" previous record held by last year's Modern Warfare 3.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is Amazon's most preordered game in the online retailer's history, the company announced today. According to a company representative, Black Ops II dethroned Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the top spot, "shattering" that game's record.

Amazon did not provide any further insight into how much more successful the preorder campaign for Black Ops II has been compared to Modern Warfare 3. The company was not immediately available for comment.

Not only is Black Ops II Amazon's most preordered game ever, it is also on pace to become GameStop's biggest launch in the speciality retailer's history. GameStop president Tony Bartel said last month, "We are seeing the highest pre-orders in history. With its current pace, this Call of Duty is on track to break records and is likely to be our biggest game launch of all time."

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is due out tomorrow across the world for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. It is a sequel to 2010's original Black Ops, which is the best-selling series entry to date, moving more than 25 million copies as of August 2011. A Wii U release will follow day-and-date with the system on November 18, with a PlayStation Vita game Black Ops Declassified also shipping November 13.

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amaan4ever
amaan4ever

I don't get how year after year cod breaks sales record!

mokalid
mokalid

you know what, at the begning t hought that was mw3

91210user
91210user

oh that's nice, can't wait for the pre-owned which are going to be resold

Araknie
Araknie

I don't like anymore amazon, has going to fancy on Wii U lately. I would have dislike them happening to any console. But i'm pretty sure they will fully support PS4 and nextbox.

petez34
petez34

it's all fuel for the big hype machine. Quite depressing really.

Dark_W4rrior
Dark_W4rrior

 it's sad that the gaming industry lives solely on giving people mindless straightforward competitive multiplayer that even our grandmas can pick up and play.  Some industries tried to innovate, like the two batman games , TES ( TES was in production for almost 4 years if im not mistaken ) , demon souls and dark souls, Bioshock. heck , even dishonored did some innovation.

i'm sure that These games were overlooked by at least 65% of the PS3 / XBOX/ PC community , since they dont provide you with your straightforward easy to play, multiplayer from the very moment you pop your disk in for the first time.  Storytelling, Solo play, and even production quality and originality  is starting to fade from the gaming industry, since it wont have record breaking sells like A COD game has.

It still bothers me that , after more than half a decade later, the SAME freaking game  being released every year, still gets sold like this.  (dont get me wrong, I Loved the first Call of duty, at least it had a decent story).

I guess that it's safe to say that , COD is the new Farmville.    There's still hope in the PC/xbox market  , where more and more indie games are being made each day  (imagine it as the re-living of the early NES period, when many companies started making games with their own ideas in it). Indie games are also getting more sophisticated , no longer does an indie game have to be a 2D sprited or vectorized looking game.  There are plenty of 3D , beautiful to look at indie games, with a good story, and with the best game engines being easily acessed  ( Unreal engine Cry engine and such).

i predict that the future of indie games is going to be a bright one. 

 

franzito
franzito

As always, good for the ones who will keep the money.

1234ritchie
1234ritchie

This can only be bad news for the gaming industry. More companies trying to recreate a CoD feel to their games with games like Resident Evil being caught in the crossfire.

 

Innovation lives, but only just. I soon believe all games will be on - rails shooters with a true enphasis on marketing to children and hyping multiplayer.

Dragdar
Dragdar

i sense a disturbance in the force of free markets, like a million gamer voices screamed at once and then were silent...

 

something is wrong with the world when the same old crap keeps turning on a wheel of hype. even the 12 yo fanboys will be admitting the game sucks after two weeks. yet it makes profit

 

all i hear on these forums is how cheap the whole thing has become, but out there... in the real world... people are actually buying this.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

I think I already played this game 5 years ago, it's called cod4:MW, the extra map packs are just keep rolling out every year with the same big price tag.

rollerloller
rollerloller

You wanna know what else is rehashed? Anti-COD rants!

LazyyAmerican
LazyyAmerican

Isn't Call of Duty the same as that over used marketing in the form of Far Cry 3? When the guy tries to apply impressive err not so much logic to tell us the definition of insanity is *drum roll* doing the same thing over and over.

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

maybe the myans were predicting the end of the gaming world

towny_
towny_

I just can't wrap my head around dropping $60-$90 on a video game that's the exact same as the one made before it. Even for a good game, $80 is a ridiculous price.

tightwad34
tightwad34

This is almost the most unshocking thing I have heard. I could have told you this without even reading any numbers or facts.

pooltable
pooltable

The seed of corruption grows like moths to the flame

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

Why is this happening !!? ... God help us from Activi$ion arrogance :[ !

Gokou00
Gokou00

Yet they still don't bring back .99cent release day shipping I would rather have that than 10.00 amazon video promo bs.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

Call of Duty -- An amazing way to keep your virginity.

 

Girl: Hey, you wanna come over?

 

Guy: Nah im playing call of duty.

 

Possible permanent side-effects: 

Geekiness

OCD

GRS (Girl Repelent Syndrome)

 

 

 

Harrydapro
Harrydapro

This statistic only shows you just how many children can use the internet these days.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Nice to see you can still bank on peoples comfort for the old and familiar.

 

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

It makes me want to cry, finding out after every annual release, how many stupid cod fanboys there are in this world, and you cant talk to them to make them understand because they're so racist :'( 

Smash_Master
Smash_Master

Replace "Black Ops 2" with "Modern Warfare 3" and "Modern Warfare 3" with "Black Ops" and you have this same article from last year. Heck, "Modern Warfare 4" over "Black Ops 2" and "Black Ops 2" over "Modern Warfare 3" and you'll have next year's article.

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

Why would you preorder it online?  You might not get it for a week! 

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

COD is like communist USSR -- people bought the same car for 40 years. The difference is, the Soviets didn't have much choices between crap cars. Can't blame them. COD fans though are voluntarily dropping $60 every 12 months like clock-work to buy the same game over and over and over. Do you know what the definition of insanity is? 

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

 @Gatts1978 You state the harsh truth, when I read comments here on the site, it's clearly that we are talking to ourselves while there are millions out there who will buy the game.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

 @Gatts1978 Think about what you just said... A bunch of 14 year olds pretending to play COD.

 

Why do these 14 year olds even know what COD is? Who is buying it for them? There lies the real problem... Activision making money off the youth, and parents not caring enough to get in the way.

 

COD breaking records is merely a symptom of a bigger problem in society.

Zatto-1
Zatto-1

 @Gatts1978 If you want INFERIOR games like cod i say more power to you i dont have anything against it (i wont lie sp story is nice but its for one game and not three), but the thing is that cod, when it sells like hot cakes it gives the dev the permission to make such games withous any improvement or just copy paste (the point is to have everything better, not just graphics or gameplay).

 

Then others will follow since it makes money without any effort and we will have copies over and over again.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

 @1234ritchie Yup, RE6 and MOH get low scores for being like COD. Then the new COD comes out and reviewers forget about the old ones.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

 @LazyyAmerican You obviously didn't get the context!In this case, the sane person would stop buying the same product when they are far superior alternatives. The "insanity" from my part was directed towards the same drone consumers who keep buying the same game over and over and over and I was hoping it would be different and gamers would mature over time from this over-milked franchise. I guess most of us gamers who started gaming 20+ years ago have underestimated the OCD generation of noobs. 

rollerloller
rollerloller

 @LazyyAmerican And expecting different results. COD fans know what exactly they're getting every time with each installment. It's people that expect the same old COD to be different are insane :)

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

 @towny_ Who the hell is spending $80 on a single game??? What is this madness??

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

 @BestJinjo Oh, and people who play Starcraft (which you gave a 10) are just neck deep in tail, is that it?

rollerloller
rollerloller

 @BestJinjo It's doing the same thing over AND expecting different results. Don't think COD fans look for postmodern angst narrative in one game then expect post-Hegelian existentialist discourse in the next

soccerpzn
soccerpzn

 @BestJinjo well to be fair if you go by the definition of insanity then pretty much everyone in the world is insane

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

 @BestJinjo Yeah ur right, more like every 6 months with Modern Warfare and Black Ops both in on it now

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

 @BestJinjo  A new sucker is born everyday.... Endless supply for Activision to feed off of.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

 @Sgthombre To add to my previous post, you may hate strategy games, but if we compare COD to other great FPS titles, it's terrible. The campaign is scripted, there is no thinking, it's not a learning/sandbox experience. COD is like the old corridor shooters with just better graphics and we have long graduated from that type of gameplay. Even those old shooters like Doom and Quake were more complex. If Doom was done today:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4yIxUOWrtw

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

 @Sgthombre Is that a serious comparison? You actually have to think and manage units in a strategy game. Have you ever played Starcraft 1 or 2? You can't just go " guns blazing" mindlessly "knifing" everything and expect to win. Do you realize the Starcraft universe actually has characters and a story that's not all over the place. It's coherent at least. Also, do you see a new SC game every 12 months? Are you serious?COD was actually a very good series in the past. Go play the original Medal of Honor, Half Life 1 /2 , Bioshock, Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher's Bay, and then go play COD and tell me you how it compares to those other FPS titles.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

 @soccerpzn You are telling me your days are more or less the same day-to-day? Here is Call of Duty: Run, shoot, kill die, run, shoot, kill, die. FPS were not like this before.  There is a reason games like Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament lost popularity. As those gamers grew up, they wanted to be challenged, learn something in a videogame, for a game to inspire them. Yet, COD still continues to be popular. What does that say about the current generation of console gamers? Why is it 10-20 years ago no game franchise in the world besides sports could survive 12 months releases? People expected a new game to be an improvement. How has COD improved since COD4: MW1 in the last 5 years? 

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

 @GH05T-666 I was being nice when I said they drop $60 on the same game, if you add the DLC, it's more like $100 spent on COD every 12 months. No wonder the FPS industry is in a huge rut. A game like Dishonored barely sells, or a brilliant RPG like Witcher 2 flops hard on Xbox360 but MW1 remakes are respawned every 12 months and sell 15-20 million copies. 

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

 @GH05T-666  @BestJinjo No, it takes two years for each to be released, therefore its every year. Ughh, I cant believe I used to play these games...

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

 @GamerMani I used Starcraft because they other guy had rated it in his gamespot page. I need some context to go from where he was coming at on his COD=Virginity comments. 

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

 @BestJinjo Oh, and your posts are full of fail because all of your attempts to belittle me were based on false pretenses. You assumed that I was some casual gamer who only ever played COD and thinks it's the greatest game ever. All you had to due was look at my emblem. How many hardcore COD fanboys have the Vault Dweller from Fallout 1 as their gamespot emblem? 

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

 @BestJinjo I just picked a game that you had rated. Hell, I could've picked Goldeneye 007, but Starcraft was higher on the page. And as far as "ruining the gaming industry".... for the love of God stop whining. What, because call of duty exists are there no games that you enjoy coming out? None at all? 

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

 @Sgthombre How are my posts full of fail? Compared to other FPS games, COD has not innovated. I still don't understand how the comparison to SC even makes sense (other than the Geeky reference). SC1 is not released annually. SC does not have DLC. SC does not have a 5-6 hour SP campaign. SC is among the best games in its respective genres, COD is not among the best games in its respective genre. SC requires you to think to win, COD does not. Carry on though defending COD, missing the entire point of my posts regarding the game stagnating the FPS genre and ruining the gaming industry.  

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

 @BestJinjo 

!. I have played Starcraft (I've always found it to be completely overrated. It's not even Blizzard's best work. I would play Warcraft over it everytime) I was just pointing out how idiotic it is to be like "Oh, the players of game X will be virgins forever, but we players of game Y won't be!"

2. I've played every game you mentioned minus Chronicles of Riddick. BioShock is in my top 3 favorite games. But they're completely different experiences from COD tonally and gameplay wise. I have no issues with that

3. Love strategy games. Personally they're my favorite genre. Command and Conquer, Total War, Company of Heroes being among my favorites within the genre. 

4. Your posts are full of fail. 

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

 @towny_  @Sgthombre You guys can't take a joke? All the other points I made regarding:1) Linear campaign2) Lack of innovation in gameplay/graphics3) The same game is rehashed since 2007 annually4) DLC milking content5) Hand-holding, health regenerationAll these things still apply to the modern COD franchise. It sends a message to other developers that they don't need to design a next generation game engine with realistic AI or physics effects, or a campaign that is actually challenging and makes you think, etc. Because of COD, other developers are trying to make games that are similarly 'dumbed-down'. The COD formula has already ruined many FPS titles such as MOH and Crysis, because other franchises are trying to desperately copy COD instead of aiming to be unique.

towny_
towny_

 @BestJinjo  @Sgthombre He never insulted StarCraft, he was saying that you just said that people that play CoD are geeky, and that starcraft is the same.

Archxaniotiss
Archxaniotiss

 @BestJinjo  @GH05T-666 thats exactly what im saying.Acitivision gets  billions from a crappy game and other companies that put some effort to make a game with story,gameplay,visuals earn the middle finger of "gamers"(cant call gamers these kids who buy COD every year).