This laggy little vid shows off the Zombie Mode of the new Call of Duty: Black OPs.
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Here's a glimpse at the multiplayer map select and killstreak screens of upcoming shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops. While McWhertor detailed the killstreaks for Black Ops back in September, I think this is the first time we've seen what our source tells us is the full multiplayer map list
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Treyarch community manager Josh Olin has confirmed and detailed a number supposedly 'little-known' features that'll be included in Call of Duty: Black Ops' multiplayer package come November 9.

Olin details a 'Custom Games Editor' which allows you to tweak your own custom matches any way you like. "From variables as simple as Time Limit and Score Limit, or as deep as which weapons, Perks, and gear are available. You want a Pistols Only match? Make one! No longer do custom game modes rely on the honor system," he explains.
"Furthermore, any Custom Game you create and configure can be placed in your File Share, for friends and the community to browse, download, and enjoy."

There'll be split-screen support for two-player online play; the second player can sign in as a guest and join the online fun, but any perks they earn are lost when the session ends. A second player can also sign into their own PSN account on the same PS3 and play at the same time.

Standard stuff. Wasn't that in previous games? We never tried.

An in-game friends list will let you "browse Recent Players, Friends, navigate their File Shares, Recent Games, Combat Records", as well as send and receive game invites all via in-game menus.

It'll also feature regional matchmaking, which is changeable by the user. "So, no matter where you're at in the world, you will have the ability to specify whether you want to match with players from other geographical regions, or only those local to you," explains Olin.

As a final note, Olin clarifies that Emblems earned are NOT reset when a player chooses to go Prestige. They will sacrifice XP, COD Points, Challenge progressions, Loadouts and such, but Emblems remain.

All very exciting. Meanwhile Tesco kicked off the price war today, offering Black Ops for £39.90.

[ Source: US PS Blog ]
 
The first notable Call Of Duty: Black Ops torrent has been dismissed as fake by sources. But its existence has seemingly given an insight into just how strictly Treyarch is monitoring the leak of the game in the US.
According to torrent news site TorrentFreak, the studio was one of the first to attempt to downloaded a file posing as an Xbox 360 Black Ops full game torrent on a popular P2P site.

The site runs an image - which you can see here - showing 'external.treyarch.com' downloading the torrent file.

The site admits that 'it's impossible to confirm its authenticity' - and Treyarch is unlikely to confirm its involvement.
But it certainly looks as though, following pirate sales of the game in the US, the studio is taking no chances when it comes to the game leaking online - and is watching P2P movements very closely indeed.

Indeed, if you've attempted to download the Black Ops torrent mentioned, the developer may already have you in their sights. Sleep tight.

For the rest of you, avoid.

If you're sensible enough to wait for the retail release, Black Ops hits stores on November 9 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

[Source: CVG, TorrentFreak]
 
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The next Call of Duty game, Black Ops, promises to be a lot more PC-friendly than the last Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare 2. So let's see if your PC can run it! The system specs for the title are out, and read as follows:

Call of Duty®: Black Ops Download Minimum System Requirements

* OS: Windows® Vista / XP / 7
* Processor:Intel® Core™2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 or better
* Memory: 2GB
* HDD:12GB**
* Video: Shader 3.0 or better 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600GT / ATI Radeon® X1950Pro or better
* Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible
* DirectX: 9.0c


Not mentioned is the fact you'll also need a Steam account to run the game, but really, who doesn't have one of those by now?