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BlackOps2 Revolution Map Pack 1

Black Ops II: Revolution Map Pack 1

The first map pack for Black Ops 2 is only a few weeks away before it graces us all with brand new, jaw dropping content. The first Black Ops 2 map pack called “Revolution” is the first time ever in the history of Call of Duty DLC that a brand new weapon will be added to the game.

Release Dates:

Xbox 360: 29th of January 2013
PC & PS3: 1 Month later (likely the 28th of Feb or 7th of March)

Unlike how the content season worked for Modern Warfare 3, Black Ops 2 is adopting the classic and much easier to understand map pack system. There will be a total of 4 map packs for Black Ops 2 over the next 11 months each available for purchase separately or you can get them all for free when you purchase a Season Pass and save your self a little bit of money.

Revolution includes 4 brand new Multiplayer maps, a brand new Zombies map, a brand new Zombies Game Mode and a brand new SMG, the PeaceKeeper.

The first multiplayer map is called HYDRO, a large hydro electricity dam set Pakistan. The map design really focuses on bottlenecks and choke points but there is a twist… The level has a major spill way which will actually flood during the game! If your in the path of the raging water, you wont be for very long…

The second is GRIND which takes place in a skate park in the middle of Venice California. A map which is entirely comprised of skate ramps and curves, forget the hard edges of walls you are used to. Since taking cover from walls is no longer an option in this map is makes for some really interesting and brilliant combat encounters. This map is guaranteed to deliver fast and frenetic Call of Duty action.

Next up we have DOWNHILL which brings back the snow environments to Black Ops 2 that so many players have been missing! It is a medium-sized map based in the French Alps complete with snow, chair lifts, and a strategically placed lodge. The map feature long range line of sight areas, perfect for snipers.

MIRAGE is the last multiplayer map featured in Revolution, based in the Gobi Desert it utilises sand dunes to provide different levels of elevation and a sanctuary in the center as a natural choke point. The luxury building has been hit by a massive sand storm which has left large sand dunes in its wake. The dunes make for some really interesting and new combat scenarios because you can get to an elevated position so quickly.

Are you ready from some Zombies action? I know I am, the next map up is DIE RISE which is strangely pronounced like ‘Dye’ rather than ‘Dee’ as the Germans would say it. The map takes place in the far east in a series of crumbling sky scrapers and is the first ever zombies map which features a level of verticality in it meaning there are a number of different floors and heights to battle the zombie hoard from. Massive open areas coupled with narrow corridors make Die Rise an interesting maze like map with some very interesting sections which will have you questioning whether you are upside down or not!

A new game mode has also been added alongside Die Rise called TURNED, which allows players to play as the zombies! Yes thats right you can actually play as the zombies! How cool is that? You’ll be up against a lone human player which you must take down, upon killing them you’ll respawn as the human and take the role of zombie slayer.

Last but not least we have probably the most unique piece of content in this DLC, the PEACEKEEPER weapon. The weapon bridges the gap between SMG and Assault rifle making for an interesting hybrid weapon.

Revolution will be available for Xbox 360 players on the 29th of January 2013 for purchase at 1200 Microsoft Points.

If you are a season pass holder you will of course get all the content for free. Release dates for PC and PS3 will be about one month later, we predict either the 28th of February or the 7th of March. Prices on the PC and PS3 will be at the $14.99 mark and be purchasable through the PSN and Steam.

So to summarise all of the above, the following will be available in the first Black Ops 2 Map Pack ‘Revolution’:

  • Hydro
  • Downhill
  • Grind
  • Mirage
  • Zombies – Die Rise
  • Zombies Game Mode – Turned
  • Peacekeeper SMG

Revolution will undoubtedly be a fantastic addition to the game, the maps look fantastic and the new game modes are a massive surprise! Plus there is a brand new weapon, what more could you ask for? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Black Ops 2 on sale in USA.

Black Ops 2 is currently on sale from various retailers in the US for the super low price of just $39.99! Now a game sale doesn’t sound that uncommon these days but for Call of Duty games, it is fair to say that it is a very rare thing indeed. The usual price for Black Ops 2 is around the $59.99 so it is a substantial price reduction.


The price reductions are applied across all Black Ops 2 games for all platforms (this includes the Wii U and PlayStation Vita). If you haven’t got Black Ops 2 already or you know a friend who hasn’t then now is a brilliant time to pick one up because as I said before, Call of Duty sales are rare!

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Black Ops 2 Map Packs: Zombies are coming?

Call of Duty have always been ones to leave fun little Easter eggs and hints around their games either for fun or to get people excited about future content. Black Ops II is no exception there as users have found hints towards future Zombie maps…

Across 4 maps in Black Ops II there are notice boards, each with a special sticky note attached which reads “Zombies are coming”… The sticky notes can be found multiple times in all maps along with various other stick notes. The four maps the stick notes are found in are: Turbine, Cargo, Express and Standoff.

The notes could be subtle hints at future content for Black Ops 2 map packs, there are 4 maps above and 4 map packs in total… Either way the four maps above are fantastic and would make brilliant additions to the Zombies game mode.

Let us know what you think in the comments below! Are there any maps you’d rather see return?

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How does matchmaking work in Black Ops 2?

Following the realisation that public matchmaking has an element of skill based matching involved Activision deemed it a good time to go into depth about how it all works in Black Ops 2. Check out the full post from Activision below:

“Note: This article is intended to dispel some of the mysteries surrounding this feature, as the matchmaking process happens largely behind the scenes. The article does not cover the skill-based matchmaking of League Play, which matches players more strictly on skill rank.

The first step in the matchmaking process starts at the playlist level. Playlists divide players into collections of maps and gameplay rules. Playlists are a set of rules that form a mix of gameplay experiences and should not be confused with game modes. The specific collection of gameplay rules defined in playlists can change over time based on the changing tastes of the online community.

Once a playlist is chosen, the game starts the search for the best match within the playlist’s population. Playlists will typically range in population from 500 to 100,000 players around the world at any point in time. The number of available games in a playlist is around 10-20% of the total player count. At the lowest end, for example, a playlist of 500 players may have only 50 possible games from around the globe to join. The search query takes the list of all available games and filters it down using these steps:

  1. Filter all games that can be joined by proximity to the player. Proximity does not adhere strictly to city, state or country as seen on a map. Rather, it breaks down into four tiers of geographical region surrounding the player. The query starts in the tier closest to the player and expands from there if it cannot find enough matches. The query also ignores all full or “non-joinable” games, which could be half or more of the total available games in a playlist.
  2. Filter by broad skill range. This step takes the proximity-filtered list and narrows it further to the set of games that fall roughly in the same broad skill range. This is very loose criteria in Public Match and is a broad-stroke filter that avoids games at the extreme ends. A player of very high skill should generally not get matched to games where the average skill of players is very low, and vice versa.
  3. Steps 1 and 2 normally take a fraction of a second and result in a list of “top 50” available games. From here, the game tests for the best connection quality of those 50 games. Connection quality includes a measure of ping, bandwidth between you and the host, and NAT compatibility. The game attempts to join the you to the game with the best connection quality of all possible matches, starting at the top of the list.

Note: The total process of all three steps could take several seconds, depending on your connection to the internet and the games available in your playlist and region at that point in time. In the best-case scenario, you should get matched to game hosts in your region, where the average skill is not at an extreme above or below your level, and where the game is the best connection quality you can find.

There are several factors that can decrease the quality of matchmaking and degrade the quality of your online matches:

  • The first is your local network connection quality which itself is determined by a number of variables. If the quality of your network doesn’t meet minimum criteria, the matchmaking won’t matter – the game cannot control variables that are general aspects of internet connectivity. For steps on improving your local connection quality, see the article on decreasing lag. Here are some factors that can decrease your quality of network service:
    • Low bandwidth to the internet due to ISP bandwidth limits.
    • High bandwidth usage by other services in your home (video/audio streaming or high-volume concurrent downloads, for example).
    • Your local home network has restrictive NAT settings.
    • You are playing the game over a WIFI connection rather than wired Ethernet.
    • Your ISP is throttling data throughput from your location. Some ISPs erroneously flag online games as “spam” and will throttle the speed at which data can transfer in and out of those games. If you experience consistently laggy games or games that lag during the same time periods every day and there are no other problems with your home network, check with your ISP to ensure that they aren’t throttling specific types of data.
  • The second variable is your region. If you live in a remote region, it will be more difficult to find hosted games that match your profile. The best option for those in extremely remote regions is to play during local peak hours in playlists with high player counts.
  • The third variable is time of day. Since matchmaking works to find the game with the best connection quality, it will have a much easier time finding high quality connections when there are more players online in your area. As a general rule, peak usage occurs during the late afternoon and evening hours in each time zone.
  • One last variable to be aware of is DLC. DLC map packs divide matchmaking pools into groups of players who have DLC and players who don’t have DLC. The more map packs that are released, the more matchmaking pools there are. Nine months after the initial launch of the game, for example, the highest single population of players is that which owns all map packs.

Now that you understand how matchmaking works, you know what factors contribute to the quality of games available to you at any point in time. If you frequently find yourself in games with lag, first check your local internet settings for ways to improve performance. Then, check with your ISP to make sure they aren’t throttling bandwidth. If your internet and home network are both in good shape, but you still find yourself in games with lag, you may want to schedule your online sessions for times of day when there are more players online in your location, typically late afternoon and evening.

The game also provides the option to change matchmaking search preferences to favor getting into games faster (which may result in lower-quality network connection between you and the host) or getting into better-quality games (which may extend the time it takes to find games). In the “Find Match” selection screen, press the button labeled “Search Preferences” and select your preference: “Normal” (default) follows the exact steps outlined above; “Any” reduces restrictions in the query and will return results faster, although they may not be the best results; “Best” increases requirements for connection quality and may result in longer search times.”

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Black Ops 2 HD Wallpaper Collection

Check out the awesome collection of Black Ops 2 HD resolution wallpapers below. If you want to view any of the images in full resolution then simply click on them and then set it as your computer or smartphone background! Enjoy.

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