Treyarch & Activision: Proven to Be Filthy Liars as Nuketown 2025 is Removed from Black Ops 2

“Pre-Order Call of DUty: Black Ops 2 and get exclusive access to the Nuketown 2025 map!”

Yeah, but what they conveniently forgot to mention was that the map was available LAUNCH WEEKEND ONLY. Yeah. Go log into BLOPS 2 now and try to find Nuketown. Oh that’s right, you can’t, because Activision PULLED IT.

From the Examiner:

A remake of the popular Nuketown map from the original Black Ops was offered as a pre-order bonus for Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The map didn’t even last a week in the multiplayer rotation though as Treyarch pulled it Monday. “Double XP weekend is official over,” game director David Vonderhaar wrote on Twitter. “That means Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 is as well. I know. RIGHT? Don’t kill the messenger.”

This means that the only way to play the Nuketown 2025 map now is in custom games until Treyarch decides to bring it back. Will they bring it back though and is so, when?
“Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 will be back for special events,” Vonderhaar continued.

When asked if the map will ever show up in the regular playlists, Vonderhaar said, “Yeah. Probably eventually. We are talking that over internally.”

Taking Nuketown 2025 out of the playlist rotation less than a week after Black Ops II has understandably upset a large number of players already. It’s certainly a strange move and one that will be remembered as one of the great pre-order negative experiences.

I think this is the dictionary definition of the sin of omission.

Early Acquisition Attempts: Black Ops 2

Let’s be clear here: There’s NO WAY I’m going to score an early copy of Black Ops 2. I know this, but it won’t stop me from trying.  Partially because I feel that I have a solid track record of getting games early, partly because I am times a fairly lucky fellow, and partly because I have a sickness.  Of the recent CoD games that I’ve played (CoD4, Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3) I’ve been able to acquire two of them early (and in the case of MW2, almost a week early).  I’ve checked the four stores (all locally owned) that usually supply me: nothing.  Craigslist is a desert.  So this tells me some things.

One, that Treyarch’s & Activision’s distribution partners are shipping the games out much later than they used to. Think about it, games generally just don’t pop up in a store the day of release; for the most part they’ve sat in the back for a few days to make sure that there’s stock to sell on the day of release. Gamestop won’t break street dates but Super Video Game Pals will ’cause they’ve got the stock and need to compete somehow.

Two, Gamestop is sick of the locals eating their lunch and have somehow (and I have no idea how) ensured that the mom n ‘ pop shop are unable to get their merch early, thus not allowing them those extra days to sell the game which GS is not able to do (Speaking to the lawyers out there, how legally binding is something like “street date”?)

Three, Maybe Gamestop’s left them alone but the local shops have been harassed by the game developers themselves and have ceased selling games early.

Four, and to me, one of the more likely scenarios: if you’re just some rando off the street or on the phone, these local shops are going to tell you to go screw.  But if you’ve got a relationship with the place, they’ll probably slide you a copy under the counter.

Since I had a brief obsession with ordering all of my games from Amazon (but no longer, let me assure you) any good will I’ve built up at the four stores that I traffic is pretty much gone. I called all of my spots yesterday and they all told me that while Saturday is a possibility, it will most likely be available on Monday.  WHAT WILL I DO UNTIL THEN? Oh, right.



Trailer Park: First Look at Black Ops II Multiplayer

As much as I’ve bitched & moaned about this game (and will continue to do so right up until release day) this looks super awesome. Dammit.  DAMMIT. Every year they pull me back in!  Am I really so bereft of willpower?

Notes from the trailer:

– What is that thing he’s throwing?

– I like that they’ve changed the kill notifications.

– Is one of the killstreaks a portable microwave emitter?

– Those flying Dragonfire things are going to be as annoying as the RC cars from Black Ops I.  Just you wait.

– You can get a MECH? That is awesome & wholly unfair.

– The throwing implement this go round is a sweet looking hand axe. I look forward to sticking this in your skulls, anonymous BOII players.

– Kamikaze swarms?

Trailer Park: FPS Trailer Off!



Taking bets now on how long & how often I will deny that I am going to buy Black Ops 2 and then break down and eventually buy it.  I think for the original Black Ops it was a week before the release that I still insisted I wasn’t buying it.  But then, like always, I started watching the trailers and the previews and reading the reviews and then, well, tell ’em Fry:Me

New CoD: MW3 maps! I don’t think I care all that much!

As it turns out, I don’t.  Yes, i did get sucekred into paying for CoD: Elite even though I swore up and down I wouldn’t.  But with it not working for the first two to three weeks after the game launched & clans being nowhere to be found for even longer, it ust didn’t seem worth the extra money.  FREE MAP PACKS THOUGH, you say.  Yes, that is a hook…. for a game I’m still interested in playing.  My attention span and desire for Call of Duty is waning with every iteration of the game.  It certainly didn’t help that Skyrim came out a week later either.

Now I’m not saying I didn’t have fun with CoD: MW3 this go around.  I think it was a much better game than Modern Warfare 2. Yes, the single player is still incomprehensible as far as story goes, but the set pieces are interesting and a breeze to get through.  Nothing struck me as much in this game as did “No Russian” from MW2 or that first mission in MW1 where you’re fighting in Baghdad some unnamed Middle Eastern country.

It’s just that, with no MAJOR changes to the cash cow (and why would they change it? Every year EA has a guaranteed, BILLION dollar blockbuster on their hands.) I can’t stop the thought of “You’ve already played this, many many times” from creeping into my head.  That’s when I start looking around for other games to play, and CoD becomes less attractive to me.

It’s not a skill level issue either; this is the first year I’ve actively tried to get good at using a sniper rifle and I picked it up pretty quickly.  Not quick scoping level good, but being able to lead shots to hit runners and keeping my KD ratio from being embarrassingly bad.  After my first Prestige, I started using the P90 and was an absolute terror.  But now what?  Keep re-prestiging? That seems so sisyphean and again…I could be playing other games.

Two new maps aren’t going to pull me back into the game.  A thoroughly rethought game will put me back in the game.  Time for a bold statement: I will *NOT* be buying CoD: Black Ops 2 this November.  I won’t do it.  I can’t.

Dammit, but I probably will.