The numbers are in, and they’re not very surprising: Call of Duty: Black Ops III, is the best selling video game in 2015 across all platforms.
The Activision first person shooter series, now into its 12th installment, keeps on shattering records. the franchise has sold over 250 million copies thanks to its latest release, which came out in November 6 on the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and XBox One.
The title made more than $550 million only three days after its initial release according to Activision, who celebrated the achievement on a blog post. Overall video game sales last year, more and more focusing on Xbox One and PS4 titles, made $13.1 billion, pretty similar to 2014 numbers.
In Black Ops III, the player is taken to the future, specifically 2065, 40 years after the events of Black Ops II. Climate change has spawned fierce competition over scarce resources. Highly effective anti-aircraft systems mean fighting takes place on the ground, often in covert or “black” operations. The campaign in Black Ops III is designed to support 4-player cooperative gameplay, allowing for bigger, more open level design and less corridor shooting. The multiplayer introduced a new momentum-based movement system, which utilizes thruster packs to allow players to perform slow boosts into the air, as well as perform wall running and sliding, all the while giving players complete gun control.
Besides Black Ops III, the top 5 in sales is made out of Madden NFL 16 (EA Sports), Fallout 4 (Bethesda), Star Wars Battlefront (Electronic Arts) and GTA V (Rockstar), mostly thanks to its late release on the PC. The console version was released back in 2013 for the older generation and 2014 for the latest generation of consoles.
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Activision never disappoints when it comes to limited edition Call of Duty release bundles, and for the upcoming Black Ops II, it actually may have outdone itself. Besting the RC-XD from its predecessor, $180 will let you snag the Care Package edition for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. This massive bundle is actually boxed as an in-gamed care package (aerial drop-off not included) that's loaded with a remote controlled MQ-27 Dragonfire quadrocopter drone (!) -- we really wish we'd picked up those Modern Warfare 2 night vision goggles now (not at all for full-fledged, after hours recon of our Aol office-mates...). Naturally, it also comes loaded with the requisite DLC goodies; namely, two extra maps (Nuketown Zombies and Nuketown 2025), exclusive weapon camo, a pair of Player Card backgrounds and copy of the soundtrack. Furthermore, PS3 owners will get a pair of dynamic themes, while those with 360s will receive an XBL Zombie avatar and Claw prop. Lastly, you'll also receive a couple more tangible items in the way of an art book and a duo of "Challenge" coins.
Not looking to terrorize your local airspace? Shave off the $100 premium for the drone and case (not too shabby if the AR.Drone is too expensive for your budget) and you'll be able to grab the Hardened edition packed with everything else. Last, and seemingly least in this case, Activision is putting out a Digital Deluxe for PC users -- similar to the Hardened variant, but with a download code for the aging World at War in place of the physical goodies and PSN / XBL content. Wallet already prepared for the future of secret warfare? You'll find details to place your own pre-order ahead of the November 13th launch at the source links below and trailer courtesy of Joystiq after the break.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Fans of Black Ops have something to be very happy about. The latest map pack titled “Rezurrection” will be coming to the Xbox 360 followed by PC and PlayStation 3 later. Sadly these maps will not be multiplayer maps though.
You get a new map level called “Moon” along with four re-mastered zombie maps: “Nacht der Üntoten,” “Verrückt,” “Shi No Numa” and “Der Riese.” They should be released on August 23rd for the XBox, with PS3 and PC following later.