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Submitted by Game-Modo 509d ago | opinion piece

Activision Upset At Black Ops II Wii U Sales And Pigs Can Fly

Today whilst reading through some video game news and articles Game-Modo's Richard came across an article that smelt a bit fishy. This particular article has made the gaming communities on the internet go slightly thermo-nuclear over something that in his opinion is not true. So what exactly is this article? Well Calvin Hall (an unknown blogger) claimed that he had a chat with a so called Activision employee at this years D.I.C.E summit.

Usually when Game-Modo's Richard come's across these kinds of articles he puts on his Sherlock homes outfit and goes investigating, then tries and finds out the truth or the nonsense they are claiming. Well Calvin Hall are you spouting the truth or not? Come check out Richards findings and thoughts. (Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Wii U)

Benjaminkno  +   509d ago
Sounds like the ramblings of a man in fear of losing his console preference. Or he's mad that WiiU has the better version of the game.

Either way, this Calvin character should do more "reporting", it amuses me.
MasterCornholio  +   509d ago
"Or he's mad that WiiU has the better version of the game. "

Actually Wii U owners should be mad that they have the most unplayable version of the game.

"The Wii U version matches the look of the Xbox 360 game and thus gives it an edge visually over the PlayStation 3 release, but unfortunately it comes up well short in terms of performance - an aspect that is all-important to the playability of a COD title. The frame-rate variance is such that the PS3 game feels generally smoother, while the 360 release feels like an entirely different game in the more demanding levels. Bearing in mind the commonalities in hardware design between Wii U and Xbox 360, we can't help but feel somewhat disappointed that Black Ops 2 under-performs so noticeably."

http://www.eurogamer.net/ar...

Seriously if Wii U owners like yourself are going to accept poor ports as the " the better version of the game" then you will just give the developers an incentive to spend less time optimizing the game on the console.

You know what this reminds me of? The Bayonetta scandal on the PS3. PS3 fans complained about the port so much that Platinum games made sure that there next game would be optimized correctly for Sonys console. And the result of that is Vanquish a high speed aciton packed scifi 3rd person shooter thats a blast to play.

" If you own both machines and are wondering which to buy, it's a tough one to call overall but in my view, the v-sync implementation has to give the PS3 version the edge."
http://www.eurogamer.net/ar...

""The biggest failure for Platinum so far, the one that really sticks in my mind, is that [Bayonetta] port," lamented Inaba."
http://www.eurogamer.net/ar...

In conclusion, by complaining to the developers about a poor Wii U port you will give them lots of incentive to do a better job with the next game that they make for it. This is what Wii U owners should do instead of accepting terrible ports as " the better version of the game" when it isnt.
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PopRocks359  +   509d ago
Okay, I own the Wii U version of the game and it runs almost exactly the same as my brother's copy on his 360. Aside from framerate issues it's pretty much the same game. And considering its has optional control styles and Off-TV mode, it offers more features than that of the PS3 and 360 versions.

That's not what I call a "poor" or "terrible" port so much as an adequate one. So don't exaggerate.
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Whymii  +   509d ago
@MasterCornhollo

Instead of copying and pasting other peoples opinions, why don't you play the game and make up your own mind instead of letting others do it for you.

I have BLOPS II on both Xbox and Wii u and the Wii u version looks and plays fine. In fact I've stopped playing it on the xbox so I guess I prefer the wii u version.

In addition, the article that you've posted on isn't about Activision or BLOPS, but about the crap people make up from so called sources who can't be named. Lets face it, that's half the rubbish being posted on N4G nowadays. That and the '5 reasons why/how/etc'... garbage posts.

In conclusion, stop preaching to wii u owners about what they should or should not do, because most are probably happy with their console. If you don't like a game or a console, don't buy it, pure and simple. No one is holding a gun to your head saying you must buy this or that. Developers and publishers care about money, because unlike opinions, money is worth something to them. That's what a free market is about, being free to put your money where your mouth is.
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mcstorm  +   509d ago
I have to agree with the two guys above me but I don't notice any frame drops (don't know if that's tv related or internet related) and ice had people round playing it who play the game on the ps3 and 360 and have said they are impressed how well it plays on the Wiiu and really like the playing mp or even sp on the controller screen to.
lilbroRx  +   509d ago
Actually, the Wii U has higher res textures than the other 2 just like ME3, but other than that, it wasn't much better.
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dantesparda  +   509d ago
Im disappointed at the Wii U too for being such a technically disappointing system and costing to much. And man, do i feel sorry for Wii U/Nintendo fanboys, you's are the most pathetic bunch of fanboys..., it's sad really. You should demand better and not make so many excuses for a poorly performaning company
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Whymii  +   508d ago
@/dantesparda

So you're disappointed with your wii u purchase. I knew exactly what I was buying before I laid down my hard earned cash, so I have no complaints on the technical side. Or maybe I'm wrong and you haven't bought one but feel that you can complain and preach about it. That's ok as there seems to be plenty here with the same view.
KillerBBs  +   508d ago
This title is a pig and the only time it flys is "off the shelves"
Cod rip
Good_Guy_Jamal  +   509d ago
Its funny how fanboyism leads to hypocrisy on this site.
Activision is mostly begiled on N4G and yet when they call out Nintendo fans and say they're all talk for not buying CoD BLOPS 2 (another object of scorn here) the fanboys of the other console(s) stand behind Activision and lambast Wii U owners.
How can we call CoD fans brainless sheep and then turn around and toss insults at Wii U owners for not buying a CoD game by the millions?
Make up your minds people. And don't you dare come here and say it isn't necessarily the same people because it is, that story didn't get hot from 3 or 4 extreme fanboys, it was all of you.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   509d ago
***"And don't you dare come here and say it isn't necessarily the same people because it is"***

Yeah.. no. You can't make that claim. If it is the same people you should have no problem pointing them out. I agree with your first sentence though, hence why your comments contain a lot of it.
mistertwoturbo  +   509d ago
This article is trying to see if the other article is credible. Based on the findings, the other article by "Calvin" isn't legit...

Welcome to the internet.
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RyuCloudStrife  +   509d ago
I though it was beyong debate that all Wii U gamers care for is Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros, and some exercise game Nintendo made.
PopRocks359  +   509d ago
If that were true then why would a Wii U owner like myself own a PS3? Having a preference doesn't turn everyone off from other material you know.
Benjaminkno  +   509d ago
It's more like Nintendo fans know they're getting their money's worth when they buy Nintendo software.

I'm not sure what IP's you prefer, but I think it would be disingenuous to say that those are all we care about. I play ME, RE, COD, Resistance, Dead Space, Halo, Gears, Drake, Crysis, they're all good, but they're all strikingly similar.

Activision didn't make money on "Boom Blox"... until they marketed the game.

Then they sabotaged the sequel with the title: "Block Party!", still one of the best games out there.

It's your adamant mentality of great graphics that leave gameplay to sacrifice.

Do we really need 6 Assassin's Creed games in 6 years? I mean, that's not even counting "Prince of Persia" which is the same game.

We're perpetuating a downfall in this industry, and there's plenty of blame to go around.

Really you can thank "Goldeneye" for every shooter since. And where's Rare at now? On the heels of Microsoft figureheads. There's some science for ya

whammy
Summons75  +   509d ago
Maybe make a game with quality and substance and people will be interested. Don't be surprised next gen for the other systems and cod sales tank because the systems are expensive and you cod drones can't afford or don't want the next system because they're all casuals who want cheap systems.
gamernova  +   509d ago
Nintendo gamers know what's good. Even they know the Wii U isn't good so they're waiting for a price cut. Not buying into CoD is a beautiful thing; I'm glad Activision is pissed lol
MNGamer-N  +   509d ago
Shooting people in the back and getting shot in the back works just fine on WiiU.
falcon79  +   508d ago
If they don't show us a true NEXTGEN COD running on wiiu then why expect miracle's it's an up port,with better lighting,textures,shadows,and online the framerate is pure silk,so yeah they did some extra work,but surely its a new console so all you can expect is that with a port is that it's an advert,a very good one for future COD games,Activision shouldn't read too much into the sales and if they want to sell big numbers in the future on any console you have too build respect and with the superior port,everyone that bought it will defo buy the next COD,so all is not bad,it can only of costed 1 million pounds at most to port,as other big games have only cost half that,stop crying Activision,the game has been at a constant No5 in wiiu charts so it must of sold 250,000 easy ?
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