Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Black Ops II Adds Microtransactions From Tomorrow
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Activision is bringing microtransactions to Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Xbox 360 from tomorrow.

Described by the publisher as “Micro Items,” the in-game items will offer “either personal customizations or nice little luxuries.”

And following the recent kerfuffle over Dead Space 3‘s microtransactions, Activision is quick to add that they will not “affect gameplay” and are instead “small, specific ways to enhance your online experience.”

Read on for the full descriptions of each of the packs being made available, courtesy of the One of Swords blog.

  • Personalization Packs

Like dress-up for your favorite weapons. Each themed pack contains a unique weapon camo, three targeting reticles (one each for the Reflex, EO Tech, and ACOG sights), and a custom player Calling Card. All that stuff comes as a set for 160 MS Points.

One notable example: the Bacon Personalization Pack (!) wraps your favorite weapon in the most delicious cured meat known to man. I like that Treyarch has a sense of humor.

  • Nuketown 2025

Folks have been asking me about the pre-order bonus map’s wide availability for some time now, so here it is – and it’s free, so all players can enjoy it together.

  • Nuketown Zombies

If you didn’t get Nuketown Zombies as part of the Hardened or Care Package limited editions of the game, now you can get it as a standalone level for 400 MS Points.

  • Extra Slots Pack

This one’s for the players who requested even more loadouts and/or are fans of Theater Mode. You can now get 10 more Create-a-Class slots (giving you 20 total if you’ve gone all the way up to Prestige Master) and significantly expand your media storage, allowing you to archive 20 more emblems, 32 more films and 40 more screenshots for 160 MS Points.

  • Flags of the World Calling Card Packs

These packs include national flag-themed Calling Cards from countries around the world. Packs are divided by geographical region and costs 80 MS Points per region pack.


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Comment #1 by MajorUndeadZ
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 05:57:47 AM
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it was only a matter of time before they started this shit too

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Comment #2 by citizen666
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 05:58:13 AM
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O how I miss the old days... You'd buy a game, and that would be the end of that. I understand that games are a business, but jesus, must we be nickel and dimed at every turn?! O well, welcome to the future.

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Comment #3 by JustinSane
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 05:58:19 AM
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In that way, Gears of War 3 had microtransactions too with the weapon skin packs right?

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Comment #4 by Dasha UK
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 05:58:55 AM
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Everything's better with bacon !

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Comment #5 by DTM V1
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:00:02 AM
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nice to see they not really microtransactions more like custom packs mmmmmmmmmmmmmm bacon

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Comment #6 by adbailey18
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:00:43 AM
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Let me buy double xp that's all I want.

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Comment #7 by TotalBlank
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:06:14 AM
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So it's official then? Activision finally outsourced their creativity and innovation to EA and this is what was born.

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Comment #8 by StormedKestrel
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:07:02 AM
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at least nuketown 2025 is free, got nuketown zombies with the season pass so at least i can get the normal one now

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Comment #9 by ATOMICKILA3000
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:07:11 AM
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As soon as I read the title I though "great, now Activision is gonna do this shit" but this won't affect anybody. Unless the bacon does extra damage!

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Comment #10 by Fozki Razormaid
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:09:21 AM
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some people hate this
some people like this
its our choice
not a forced thing

this is America
not the soviet union


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Comment #11 by FreiZeitGeipel
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:10:55 AM
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@7 What creativity and innovation?

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Comment #12 by Fozki Razormaid
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:12:03 AM
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or Canada . UK . Australia

I know we are not all American

id like these in taken tag 2 . so many expensive character costumes . so little reward for beating game 8 times

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Comment #13 by Mad Man
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:16:19 AM
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@6, I am with you on that idea.

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Comment #14 by Crimson Ridley
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:20:36 AM
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At least they don't give any kind of advantage over a regular user who doesn't want to pay extra.

That's when microtransactions are wrong, when you gain an unfair advantage by buying something (weaponry, equipment, etc.) not originally in the game for everyone else.

This kind of stuff, I have no issues with.

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Comment #15 by HowCanHeKillMeWithBread
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:24:03 AM
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WOW, so the whole mad rush to pre-order for nuketown 2025 was completely pointless. I wish they would just put more hardcore modes in this game then I might be inclined to play it again.

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Comment #16 by Jeesp
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:24:32 AM
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Can't go wrong with bacon

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Comment #17 by Blackest Metal
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:25:29 AM
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They dont seem too bad to me, cheap little add ons if you like that sort of thing

If they had said "pay 240msp and get a permanent item unlock token" or "160msp to unlock a title of your choice" THEN I would take issue with it

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Comment #18 by XoNiNjAlEoNoX
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:27:21 AM
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it's just like EA did with their extra marketplace items in Battlefield e.g. soldier shortcut pack and stuff

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Comment #19 by pined5551
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:27:25 AM
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"Damn, this weapon isn't as good as it needs to be. You know what'll make it better: wrap it in bacon!"


What a stupid thing to charge for! Couldn't think of anything even remotely useful to introduce, so they do that!. What bellends! I'm glad I gave up on Call of Duty 4 titles back, if I'd known the money I did spend on past games was going to be used to fund ideas like this I'd have demanded a refund!

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Comment #20 by SteaL K1LL
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:32:00 AM
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Finally I was about to hate on this but it's great I got many friends with no nuketown 2025 or zombies that will be great for them nuketown 2025 for free haha I feel sorry for myself for preordering the game but oh well at least activision knows what they're doing

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Comment #21 by Kinky Mong
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:36:43 AM
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Considering that a previous Call of Duty upset some Muslims by featuring text from the Koran on a picture in the toilet, is it really that wise to add in guns wrapped in the tasty meat that they won't eat?

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Comment #22 by Alec216
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:48:14 AM
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@#21 - Good point! Could be a reference in there.

@#10 and everyone else saying these things are our choice and not forced upon us - This is the way things are going and it may not be good! It'll be all this free-to-play stuff, but it'll go extreme. Go and buy a disk, get it home.... Can't do anything until I've paid for something else. Even if we go all digital the games companies are just going to find other ways of squeezing a few more pennies out of us! I don't know what's going to happen, but I feel pretty anxious about the way the industry is heading!

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Comment #23 by KaoFam
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:52:29 AM
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Prices are surprising fair

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Comment #24 by LifeMakesMeLOL
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 06:53:37 AM
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I'm fine with all of these, except for charging for the extra Theater and Create-a-Class slots. That shit should be free.

If people want to pay to wrap their gun in bacon though that's cool, but I'd rather stick with my Diamond Camo.

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Comment #25 by Hudson888
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 07:07:10 AM
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@3 yea I think they did,

I dont see the problem, if you dont want to buy them, then dont.

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Comment #26 by Hagane
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 07:08:16 AM
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This may be a piece of good news for Zombie fans- if they decide to separately sell each zombie map instead of having to buy a whole DLC for it. (Then again, Activision is pretty keen on how to make money.)

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Comment #27 by Emperor 95
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 07:18:08 AM
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and so it begins...

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Comment #28 by Caramel Cardinal
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 07:24:59 AM
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free nuketown for all though :D

these microtransactions should all be included in the season pass, to start giving seasonpass owners more value for money

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Comment #29 by RBREEZAY
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 07:32:37 AM
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Take that Battlefield DLC!

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Comment #30 by bravheart83
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 07:42:01 AM
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Wow I was expecting this to be flooded with activision haters, glad times are changing! I can never understand why people consider activision as evil as EA.
OT this sounds cool and a LOT cheaper than gears weapon packs! This is how microtransactions should b done! Pay attention EA, Epic, Capcom et all

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Comment #31 by gunswat
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 07:53:20 AM
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@28 I completely agree with you there

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Comment #32 by Furryvision78
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 07:55:49 AM
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Aren't micro-transactions things you can buy over and over? These don't look like them...

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Comment #33 by the action frampton
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 08:08:21 AM
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I suppose Activision didn't already make enough money out of the CoD series, so they have to come up with new ideas.

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Comment #34 by xxdiamondxxinfernoxx
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 08:17:51 AM
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People still play this game?

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Comment #35 by DeadlySinz86
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 08:26:17 AM
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Just make sure you lube up properly, it'll make it easier for Activision to stick it in.

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Comment #36 by SeraphTC
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 08:36:45 AM
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@7 - Oh please. Activision haven't shown any creativity or innovation for years.

Besides that, these aren't actually micro-transactions at all - it's more like small bits of DLC.

I feel the title of this article is misleading and inflammatory.

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Comment #37 by Sanchezz4387
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 08:47:38 AM
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are you serious? so there was actually NO POINT in pre ordering or buying the hardened edition?

oh and fuck micro transactions

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Comment #38 by tananset
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 08:54:24 AM
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Comment #39 by i got squeezed
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 08:58:51 AM
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How about you guys fix the bug where you apply the Hardened Edition camo, and next time you boot the game up, its gone.

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Comment #40 by Da Beni Man
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 09:08:36 AM
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I kinda like the way they approached the whole 'micro transaction' scene. They didn't go overboard and as far as I can see none of the stuff really gives you the ULTIMATE EDGE in game. Apart from the bacon, that kills Muslims on sight :O

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Comment #41 by hotdogenigma
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 09:11:35 AM
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@12 Yes please don't assume everyone is an ignorant American. I take great offense!

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Comment #42 by Sanchezz4387
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 09:21:40 AM
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@40 lol

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Comment #43 by mr wong tong
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 09:44:13 AM
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This is so fucking wrong. F2P game? Sure micro-transactions ahoy. A game people payed full price for plus 2000 ms points for the maps and then adding more shit you can't unlock in game but have to buy?

I wish i could say i don't even care at this point but it bugs me greatly. A lot of people will buy these and it will become the norm in the next game. bye bye decent unlockables.

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Comment #44 by Hottub Cowboy
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 10:37:49 AM
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Its only a matter of time before the guys at EA start selling double XP or Achievements. This micro stuff is getting a bit ridiculous.

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Comment #45 by oO Triple G Oo
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 10:54:29 AM
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That bacon skin looks fucking disgusting.

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Comment #46 by francisrossi
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 11:09:24 AM
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EA open the doors for everyone else...

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Comment #47 by Majica8
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 11:41:09 AM
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I would say extra custom class slots could affect gameplay slightly. Having even more options to go to in game gives you an advantage over people who still have the basic number of slots. Not huge, I know, but an advantage still.

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Comment #48 by Black Barney
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 11:51:55 AM
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I can't help it but I'm going to buy one personalization pack and the flags of the world pack too. I can't resist.

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Comment #49 by WalterWhite
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 11:59:39 AM
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All that content should have been what was included with a Season Pass. I'm glad Nuketown is available for everyone now but they said it wouldn't be and made my pre-order worthless, good to know for next time.

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Comment #50 by TCs Negotiator
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 12:09:08 PM
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Comment #51 by Neomalysys
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 12:18:28 PM
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@49 I can understand how they made your reorder less valuable but they could do what everybody else does and charge five bucks a shot for each separate preorder incentive a month after the game releases. Instead due to people bitching about not having Nuketown they're giving it out for free. Also if you think paying for things that have no impact on gameplay is bad why don't you try to play one of those "free" Korean rpgs. "Free" at least in that you can download the game and make a character and then pay to actually enjoy play the game. Funny how pc gamers didn't bitch about Guild Wars 2 having a paid cosmetic item shop. All console fanboys need to stop bitching about stuff like this and start bitching about stuff like EA giving out paid booster packs for classes that shit ain't fare when rich kids can get everything that you have to work for.

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Comment #52 by Sanchezz4387
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 01:13:41 PM
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@51 Gw2 didnt launch a marketing campaign which made it sound like if you didnt pre order the game you wouldn't have access to content for the agame ever. ...but then few months down the road offer half of it to season pass holders then a few more months down the line offer it out for free....treyarc and activision have and its a real dick move to anybody who was stuoid enough to ore order the hardened/care package edition (myself included) so whem I look back at the £70 dropped on my hardened what did i get? ......a coin with a code on it, a metal case and a dlc playercard and weapon skin... £30 for in game sticking to games like gw2, lotro, uncharted, halo sick to fucking death of activision and ea

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Comment #53 by FatalDeathSG45
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 01:22:35 PM
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Just when I thought I've seen it all... a gun wrapped in bacon. Only in Call of Duty, ladies and gentlemen.

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Comment #54 by AKfoy0face
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 02:45:22 PM
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i love content even if it isnt free soo no bitching here..

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Comment #55 by bravheart83
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 03:00:26 PM
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Lol seriously people upset that nuketown is free for everybody now? Remember the days when maps used to be free after a certain amount of time a la gears, halo.

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Comment #56 by bravheart83
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 03:07:26 PM
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@52 did u seriously think that it wouldn't be made available to everybody eventually? That makes no business sense. you are either ignorant or naive, U got early access nuff said!

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Comment #57 by HxC 740 DxP
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 03:26:54 PM
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Whatever happened to companies being nice and just offering things for free or at least add new challenges to unlock these camos or reticles.

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Comment #58 by JONBLEACH
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 03:45:21 PM
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When are these going live?

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Comment #59 by BeheldBryan
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 03:54:25 PM
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Luckily the stuff is pointless overall.

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Comment #60 by Sanchezz4387
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 04:15:55 PM
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@56 i thought they would of at least done it in a similar vein as they did with BO and the W@W maps i.e rezurection (final map pack), but nah they cant even wait 6 months to screw the numpties who decided to shell out extra,but hey no worries u live and learn right?

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Comment #61 by bravheart83
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 07:06:04 PM
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@60 true, if u knew they were gonna give it for free 4 months later would u still have bought it? I don't regret it, I think it's cool there giving it to others who maybe couldn't pay extra

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Comment #62 by FroZeNSouL
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 07:29:30 PM
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remember PC gaming.
when we spent all our time between gaming downloading patches, addons, mappacks. Because...they were FREE!?
Devs shoved them our way just to keep us playing!
At end of day, it sold more copies!

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Comment #63 by Da Beni Man
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 07:04:07 AM
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Soo I decided I was gunna buy the extra classes today. I thought i was getting 10 extra classes, which seemed rather lovely. I GOT 90 FUCKING CLASSES, WHAT THE FUCK AM I GUNNA DO WITH 90 CLASSES!!!!!

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Comment #64 by Nighthawk1024
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 07:57:28 AM
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Seriously 90?

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Comment #65 by Darkmaster2110
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 10:24:35 AM
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Can we start downloading all the zombie maps for 400 MSP each now please? :)

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Comment #66 by dude1286
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 02:06:26 PM
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Does anyone else see the similarity between the Extra Classes Pack and Bungie Pro. It adds more file share space for a lower cost and even adds create-a-class slots. Will be the only one that I would buy as I don't like skin packs. Although the bacon is tempting.

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Comment #67 by The Red Russian
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 02:27:54 PM
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stupid. who started this dumb precedent? was it farmville?

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Comment #68 by Knaussenheimer
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 @ 03:25:49 PM
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#19 I completely agree with you. I usually don't have a problem with COD add-ons but this is just sad. Are they really that desperate?

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