Black Ops II shatters entertainment records – over $500 million in sales in 24 hours

"Once again, it looks like Call of Duty has turned the gaming industry upside down with absurd sales numbers. For the fourth year in a row, nothing comes close to these numbers."

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Neonridr3174d ago

Wow. Didn't Halo 4 only do approx. 400 million in it's first 24 hours?

MikeMyers3174d ago (Edited 3174d ago )

Yup, and the better they do the more the haters come out to voice their opinions. Just goes to show how many still love the Call of Duty franchise and the formula they have perfected.

SJPFTL3174d ago (Edited 3174d ago )

yahh they perfected lag, terrible hit detection, glitches etc etc

nrvalleytime3174d ago

^ What online game doesn't experience all of these things from time to time? I'm not defending the series by any means, but just it's successful doesn't mean that it's immune to all the problems that almost all online games encounter. Even Halo has a tendency to bug out from time to time.

DigitalAnalog3174d ago

It's also a known fact that the "majority" of these buyers are not up-to-date with latest happenings gaming has to offer. You just offered a self-serving statement which is already so blatantly obvious from the start. Nobody is insinuating the game will LOSE sales, which you are obviously trying to imply.

MikeMyers3174d ago


People continue to play Call of Duty for a long time after its release and then repeat that cycle once the next game comes out. I'd say that's a pretty good indication they have attracted a rather large and loyal fanbse. If you don't like the series that's fine but obviously millions of others do.


You have no idea how up to date those millions of gamers are. Enough of the generalizations. They want to play the game. They keep buying the game in large quantities. They spend endless hours on it. End of story.

I am not insinuating they will lose sales from all the flack people give it within the forums. What am I am saying is the bigger something is the more people come out of the woodwork to downplay it.

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pr0digyZA3174d ago

Halo 4 is only one platform. So not really a fair comparison.

farhad2k83174d ago

CoD BO2 on the XBOX alone out sold HALO 4 on the XBOX.

Shepherd 2143174d ago

More people are into the "realistic" military atmosphere than sci fi and aliens and super soldiers. Just sayin.

Neonridr3174d ago

I wasn't trying to start anything, I just couldn't believe that Black Ops 2 did that much. I will agree with a poster below though. Halo 4 did 400 million on only the 360 whereas Black Ops 2 did 500 million on PC, PS3 and 360..

atticus143174d ago

Most brodudes play CoD on 360. It could very well still have beaten halo sales only taking 360 vs 360 sales.

nrvalleytime3174d ago

True, true. Still an unbelievable number of sales though.

SJPFTL3174d ago (Edited 3174d ago )

Halo 4 only did 220 million in 24 hours. Which is still pretty good considering it is only 1 platform.

ALLWRONG3174d ago

I don't thing COD would stand a chance if Halo was multiplatform.

Getowned3174d ago (Edited 3174d ago )

That's still amazing for a console exclusive. Halo 4 looks well worth the buy and if you've ever played Halo you know how great the online is. Uncharted 3 (which is also pretty awesome online imo vary hard also to me anyway) only did 3.8 mill in its first 24 hours, Halo 4's 220 mill in 24 hours it's not pretty good, it's amazing. Blops 2 selling 500 mil is just insane, I honestly never expected less with all the hype it had, it will be interesting to see what GTA5 dose in its first 24 hours.

CalvinKlein3174d ago

haah that 3.8 million was how much uncharted 3 shipped in its first shipment, not sold in 1 day. ahahahhaahhahaha

Neoprime3174d ago

Nah, I think it was 250 mil.

GraveLord3174d ago

Halo 4 did approximately 220million in its first 24 hours.

Donnieboi3173d ago (Edited 3173d ago )

That's pretty damn sweet considering that Halo is an Xbox exclusive. So by that logic, Halo would have likely outsold BO2 if it were multiplatform too (like BO2 is)

Thatguy-3103173d ago

Halo 4 only did 220$ million.

miyamoto3173d ago

This is the reason why Bunjie went multi-platform.

They know Activision will sell their games better to moar gamers and they will make moar money on PS3 than 360 alone.

That is just sound business decision, eh General?

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Hellsvacancy3174d ago (Edited 3174d ago )

Thats insane, not in a good way, please dont gimme the old "its keeping the industry going" because thats a load of bollox, its keeping Activision going, do you think they put the hundreds of millions they make back into the gaming industry? no, they just bring out another cheaply made product and reel in the cash again

Ive got no problem with people enjoying games, its just, THERES OTHER GAMES OUT THERE MAN

Its like a whole culture is under some sort of spell, i mean, ive got people (had) on my friends list, THAT ONLY PLAY COD GAMES, you can just look at there trophy list COD COD COD

shivvy243174d ago

agreed , just played through my friends copy of mw3 today and it was so average ! im gonna go and play Resistance 3 now

NeoTribe3173d ago

Your gonna go play another average game again? Havnt you had enough?

shivvy243172d ago

@ neotribe , single player is awesome and i prefer single > multi

MariaHelFutura3174d ago

Lightning Bolts and Butterflies.

dark-hollow3174d ago

I don't understand this paranoia.
Its not like cod have a monopoly on the industry and gamers only buy cod games, just because your game isn't selling 20+ million doesn't mean your game is failure or you need to follow cod footsteps. If a gamer only plays cod then he probably wouldn't be interested in gaming at all and he wasn't a serious gamer to begin with, but when those new gamers buy consoles to play cod they almost guaranteed gonna buy some other games besides cod to fill the gaps between sequels and BAM, cod turned a non gamer into a core gamer.

the real problem with the industry playing "follow the leader" trying to get some share from cod's pie. THATS what really hurt the industry, because it DOESN'T work!!! Cod is successful because they didn't try to imitate the previous most popular fps games like halo and created their own identity.

ABizzel13174d ago


I agree with you, but what @Hellsvancancy said is true. There are "GAMERS" who buy:


1. Call of Duty
2. Sports Game (Madden or NBA2K or Fifa)
3. Halo / Gears of War / Need for Speed

And when you see that it's upsetting, because it's like a complete waste of console. There are ton of other games they could buy and potentially like as well, but they won't even give them a chance even if they're bargin bin prices.

I've had some friends like that as well, and the best thing to do is if you know them personally, bring a copy of a game you think they'll like and force them to play it. Most of the time they'll say it's alright, but as they're saying that they play longer and longer, and not realize how much they like it. Download demos to their console (most don't even bother) and make them play them. If they enjoy your recommendations then they're more likely to buy a game when you say it's good.

The sports fans are the worse, you have to find something they like going to the movies to see and find a similar game. However, I got COD friends hooked on Borderlands, Uncharted, Left 4 Dead and other games the use guns.

Still not the ideal use of a console playing only shooters, but it's better than seeing them play 3 annual franchises all year long.

deletingthis346753343174d ago

Pretty much this. I don't play CoD just like I don't play Angry Birds or FarmVille or WoW or, or, or ... but I don't rag on the games all day long on the internets like a mindless dolt. It isn't really CoD's fault in this case, but rather the majority of the major publishers and their developers in the industry for chasing the money instead of doing what they did best. EA/BioWare is a good example for this one. They abandoned their loyal and supporting fans because of their crave for a little extra cash. As a result the Mass Effect series lost much of what made the games great, in favor of pandering their games to drunken rednecks and battered housewives from the American midwest. Don't get me started on Dragon Age. I couldn't finish that repetitive piece of s*** you call Dragon Age II and I am not buying the third game nor any other BioWare game in the future.

Norrison3174d ago

I bought COD, but I play a lot more games, so stop ripping on COD players as a whole.

Donnieboi3173d ago

COD = Children's Online Daycare

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Zefros3174d ago

To be honest, black ops 2 is a much better game than mw3,mw2 and blops 1. i really like the feel of this game despite the freezing issues i'm having.

nrvalleytime3174d ago

Agreed. I've played each COD since Modern Warfare, but Black Ops II's reviews and gameplay have me thinking this might be the first one I actually purchase. It looks fun.

HSx93174d ago

Trust me, that's what everyone says the first few weeks COD comes out, later everyone starts abusing the mechanics.

torchic3174d ago

weren't you around for the first BLOPS? everyone LOATHED that game from day one. I got the game 6 months later and thought the MP was amzing though.

same with MW3, from day one everyone hated the fact that it looked exactly like MW2, like there was nothing on that game that constituted a new disk, IW could've just threw all of it on as DLC. it deserved all those 0 scores on Metacritic.

BLOPSII is generally accepted by the community though, like there's widespread acceptance for it, and I haven't seen this since CoD4, which is good news.

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WildStyles3174d ago

Please don't tell me anyone is surprised. The COD train won't slow down until people get tired next gen or a new game comes along and takes it's momentum.

shivvy243174d ago

i dont thing people will get tired , there will probably be a graphics leap again next gen then it will be like that for 5+ years , just like the cods now COD4 had the graphical leap and it stayed like that since

ABizzel13174d ago

People won't get tired, but it seems to happen every generation where something comes and steals the "IT GAMES" thunder as far as shooters go.

PC shooters were the first to set up the craze, but for some reason console gamers just can't get with the PC, when they likely use one everyday (Hook it up to your TV, and buy a controller. Entry PC gaming is $400 for a brand new PC and has better performance than the PS360 / Wii-U).

Then Halo came to consoles, and people went wild. It was the first time many people got to enjoy a good shooter on consoles. Then multiplayer took the world by storm. Halo kept it reign for 6 years (Halo 1 (2001) - Halo 3 (2007)).

Then Call of Duty Modern Warfare brought things to a new level with (at the time) next-gen graphics and fast smooth gameplay running at 60fps. Another thing that helped the game was turning it from World War 2, into a Modern Day shooter, giving some gamers a sense of serving in the war in Iraq that was going on at the time which only aided in it's domination. 2007 and running COD has been dominating the market for shooters. Call of Duty's success comes from it's decent graphics, simple gameplay, and 60fps.

Battlefield was next in line to steal it's thunder with it's PC showing. However, things didn't transfer to consoles quite as smoothly, and marred it's chances of a another console take over despite it's superior graphics.

Next year will be 6 years (the general replacement time), and new consoles will arrive giving someone a chance to steal Call of Duty's thunder since the advantage of 60fps in the shooter will likely be lost as most game should run at a similar framerate. I'm sure Call of Duty will continue to sell well for Activision even if it gets replaced just like Halo and Battlefield sale well, but there will be another game that pops it's bubble and storms the 20M+ sales while COD drops down to 10M+.