Call of Duty: Black Ops has become the most illegally downloaded games globally with a record of four million times download in just a month. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is second most illegally downloaded games as revealed by data collected by analyzing torrent data. It crossed four million mark in 2010.
Though the CoD games are too much pirated, but it has still not affected Activision. The developer’s sale is more than a billion dollar to its loayl console playing gamers. However, the piracy has highly affected the Xbox 360 and Wii consoles.
Below is the list of most illegally downloaded games. It has been compiled by TorrenFreak:
Top 5 Illegal PC Game Downloads in 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Mass Effect 2
Top 5 Illegal Wii Game Downloads in 2010
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Kirbys Epic Yarn
Red Steel 2
Top 5 Illegal Xbox 360 Game Downloads in 2010
Red Dead Redemption
Call of Duty: Black Ops
This holiday, the most anticipated game is Call of Duty: Black Ops, everyone even remotely attached are saying this. The pre-orders of the game is setting records so far and only four weeks are left for the D-Day. It is set to be released on November 9. According to retailers, the pre-orders of Black Ops are through the roof. It has surpassed the pre-orders of Modern Warfare 2.
Well, the high pre-orders does not mean that the sales will go down after its launch. It will go into the clouds through the roof.
This is the third Call of Duty for developer Treyarch
following Call of Duty: Big Red One of 2005 and Call of Duty: World at War of 2008. Call of Duty: Black Ops is hotly anticipated and it is surely going to send other games running for cover.
Black Ops is available for Xbox 360, PC and PS3. Recently it was also announced by Activision that the game will also be available on Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii. Added to this, it will also be available in 3D to make the whole experience a real one for gamers.
DLC map paks of Modern Warfare 2 becomes cheaper ahead of the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Novembre 9th. The Xbox Live is hosting promotional offer for the two map packs of Modern Warfare 2. The price has been almost cut to half.
Till now there are two map packs of Modern Warfare 2, the Stimulus map pack and the Resurgence. Each is being available for 15 dollars or 1200 MS Points. Now, the two has been reduced to just 600 MS Points, a Microsoft offer.
Both the map packs add 5 new maps to the MW2 multiplayer mode. Three of the maps are new and two are the remakes of classic ones from the original Modern Warfare that was released in 2007.
The Stimulus map pack adds Bailout, Salvage and Storm, and remakes are Crash and Overgrown.
In the Resurgence map pack, the new ones are Carnival, Fuel and Trailer Park where as the remakes are Vacant and Strike.
Since the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in November 2009, it has not yet seen any fit challenge on Xbox LIVE. This is in fact true. Regularly, almost in every week, the game has been on the top of the chart. The game has proved to be the most played on the service across the world.
The recent listing for the week of September 13th indicates a new challenge for Modern Warfare 2. The challenger is Halo: Reach. It is effortlessly climbing up on the chart and now it is on the third place. It is now the third most played game on Xobx LIVE.
Below is the list of top ten titles of Xbox 360 Top LIVE:
•1 Modern Warfare 2
•2 Halo 3
•3 Halo: Reach
•4 Call of Duty: WaW
•5 Call of Duty 4
•6 Mafia II Playable Demo
•7 GTA IV
•8 Red Dead Redemption
•9 Gears of War 2
•10 FIFA 10
•11 Halo 3: ODST
•12 Battlefield Bad Co. 2
•13 Madden NFL 11
•14 DEAD RISING 2: CASE ZERO
•15 Left 4 Dead 2
•16 Forza Motorsport 3
•17 Monday Night Combat
•18 Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 – DEMO
•19 Trials HD
•20 FIFA Soccer 11 Demo
In 2009 Activision sparked sparked controversy when Modern Warfare 2 was launched. Many believed that the Collector’s Edition of MW2 was the most ridiculous one that has been ever seen for a video game.
But, the Prestige Edition of the game sold out quickly which was priced at $150.
It is natural that consumers talk about their individual wallets. So, for Black Ops also Activision will be bringing back the Prestige Edition.
A leaked information was published on Elder-Geek.com and it indicates that it will feature regular, hardened and also prestige editions. Below are the SKU numbers:
Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened Edition (PS3) – 047875840225
Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened Edition (360) – 047875840218
Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition (PS3) – 047875840249
Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition (360) – 047875840232
The Hardened Edition of MW2 contained the game, an art book along with a token to download the CoD Classic. All these were packed in a slick-looking steel enclosure.
Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition had the aforementioned items along with a pair of night vision goggles. Well, nobody used the goggles though. So, Activision may include something useful this time such as a Zippo lighter or Hello Kitty umbrella.
We are well aware of the gun attachments that are available in the market for Wii, for the upcoming PlayStation Move motion controller and few more paid or free war games. Now, it is also being discussed about the shooter game Modern Warfare 2.
The company is on the way of offering to gamers a gun controller that is juat a replica of the functionality of the regular DualShock PS3 controller.
Well, it is of course a neat way to play Modern Warfare 2, but without any real aiming and shooting in fact in it beyond the use of the thumbsticks.
Not to forget that plastic guitars can take off for music games so why not the same can happen with plastic automatic weapons.
The attachment will cost $65 and it runs on two AA batteries, making shooting noises.
On the PlayStation Network it was another busy week. It was mainly due to the prominent digital release of $15 Resurgence map pack of Modern Warfare 2. This map pack was released on the Xbox Live a month ago. It features 5 maps. Three of the maps are brand new and the remaining two are the recycled one from the original Modern Warfare.
The maps are Fuel, Trailer Park, Carnival, Strike and Vacant. The details of each are as given below:
It is an oil refinery site and also the largest in Modern Warfare 2 till date.
It is just like the Fuel map, located around a variety of motor homes and picnic tables.
It is on abandoned fairgrounds. In it the rides and attractions are left to rust. Gamers will see here themed areas that range from futuristic to medieval. One can use castles and rocket ships type of landmarks to coordinate their efforts.
It features Mideast setting and contains some of the reasonably frantic urban combat.
This map is set in an abandoned Russian office complex. The popularity of this map peaked in the original Modern Warfare.
In the history of gaming industry Modern Warfare 2 was one of the most pre-ordered games. According to statistics claimed by various online retailers, more than 150 people pre-ordered MW2 every minute.
The recent news from Treyarch is more exciting. It confirms that Activision’s latest Call of Duty title named Call of Duty: Black Ops is beating Modern Warfare 2 in matters of pre-orders.
Evan Wilson, analyst of Pacific Crest Securities, said that sources within the retail has confirmed that CoD: Black Ops is beating MW2 in terms of pre-orders, even though the release of the game is months away.
He also added that the pre-order of Black Ops may reach 12 million units. The previous estimat was 10 million.
It is good that Black Ops does good pre-orders because analyst believes that due to various reasons this game won’t beat MW2 in terms of sales. The reason behind this is “Competition, weaker marketing, and the Infinity Ward situation.”
Anyway, it is sure that Call of Duty: Black Ops would beat the largest entertainment launch in history says analyst.
Well, let us wait till November 9th to know all these claims.
A pair of new playlists has been added to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by studio Infinity Ward. These new playlists have removed the killstreak rewards and add party chat.
The game options is yet to be released on PlayStation 3 and PC. Only Xbox Live players have been blessed.
July 6 is the possible date of its release alongside with the debut of Resurgence Pack DLC. Detailed information can be availed from the blog of Robert Bowling, the community manager of Infinity Ward.
The first playlist is named as Barebones Pro. This will be featuring Team Deathmatch and Free-For-All game types. The other one is Objective Barebones Pro that includes match types Domination, Demolition, Capture the Flag and Headquarters Pro. Up to eight and twelve players can play in both the lists.
Killstreak are the perks players that are receied after notching certain amount of kills in a row. The rewards are from a Predator missile strike or else from a helicopter attack to a nuke which immediately ends the game.