Update: Well, unfortunately this didn't turn out to be the case! GamesIndustry.biz has updated their GSD UK July Top 20 Video Games table to include Black Ops 3 rather than Black Ops 2, so it looks like they just confused the titles.
It's still a surprise considering Black Ops 3 released back in 2015 — but yeah, it's not what we first thought.
Original story: As usual, we've had a quick scour at the UK game sales data for the month of July, just to see what's what. You often spot the normal culprits, you know, GTA 5 for the 83rd month in a row, but this time a pretty surprising entry cropped up.
In 7th place for the top 20 UK game sales during July (both physical & digital), is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Treyarch's second entry in the Black Ops series is practically a decade old at this point, and it never even got a proper port to Xbox One or PS4!
So, yeah, we're not entirely sure why this has sold so well during July either. We did spot that early last month the game was heavily discounted on Xbox, where it's backwards compatible with Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Even so, it's been a part of the back compat program for years at this point, after being one of the most requested titles last generation.
The recent lull in new releases probably helped the sales of BO2 as well. F1 22 took top spot following its worldwide release on July 1st, and generally speaking, there just hasn't been a huge amount of new releases recently. In that case, an unlikely game stood to benefit!
Is this your favourite Call of Duty game ever? If not, let us know which is, down below.
A game from the golden era of COD, great game.
I always preferred the feel of the first Black Ops myself, but that is no slight on this game.
With all the COD games already being 60FPS they don't need a boost, but wouldn't a XSX/XSS resolution boost be nice for the whole series.
@JetmanUK Same here. That Galil was outstanding! With or without buffs and nerds.
This is why BC is great.
Also, I still think an MCC style legacy COD collection with a combined MP mode would be a massive hit.
@JetmanUK Funnily enough, that 'golden' era basically coincided with Microsoft making a deal with A/B for the marketing and partnership of CoD. Arguably, it was the success of MS's marketing and partnership with CoD4 that really helped push CoD to the 'top' of the genre and of course really helped sell 'Gold' subscriptions too.
Black Ops 2 was one of the great Multi-players of the CoD era and I think put Treyarch as perhaps as good, if not better than IW after they had been a bit of a 'secondary' having been brought in to CoD to give IW an extra year on CoD4 but by BO2, they were definitely on a par, if not better than IW who basically fell apart after MW2...
I fell away from CoD gradually from Sledgehammers Advanced Warfare - although I did enjoy BO3 but by WW2, I'd had enough and haven't bought one since.
I wish they would do a Remaster of this game. I would love to play some Blops 2 but the amount of hackers on it these days makes it impossible to play.
Black Ops 2 is one of my favourite FPS ever. I remember being so happy when they made it backward compatible on Xbox One. I’d also love for them to do a remaster but would also rather have MW2.
BO2 was my favorite multiplayer entry in the series until the recent Modern Warfare reboot
Honestly, if they just remade Blops 1 and 2 with enhanced graphics, I would jump on it, rather than the horrible recent iterations of CoD.
I honestly feel AB need to slow the pace of the game back down a bit (yeah, it's nice have a fast and frantic map in the mix, but you shouldn't be getting blasted within 5 seconds of spawning on ALL the maps).
Hold on, Just checked the chart and it’s Black Ops 3 that’s 7th place not Black Ops 2?
@Techno92LFC Updated! The chart was edited after we published this, sadly. Still, Black Ops 3 managed to make the top 10!
@Kezelpaso That’s no problem! It’s still weird to see Black Ops 3 up there 7 years later.
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