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Newest Call of Duty title set to be released at midnight

by Kelly MacNeil on November 8, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops is set to be released at midnight tonight, and experts are expecting it to be one of the best-selling video games of all time. Activision, the game's developer, is estimating that the title should outsell its previous title, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which sold over 20 million copies last year.

The highly-anticipated first-person shooter, which is the seventh in the series of Call of Duty releases, attracted attention over the weekend when a new ad for title debuted. The ad featured the likes of Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and late night talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel. In preparation for the anticipated demand, stores across the globe are preparing for long lines tonight. The game is being released for computer, XBox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii simultaneously.

With such incredible hype, many gamers are concerned that it may fail to live up to itsmuch ballyhooed predecessor. However, reports that all signs point toward it stacking up fairly well against the expectations.

While the recently released ad was full of star power, the game itself includes a number of celebrity voices as well. Avatar-star Sam Worthington, Batman Begins' Gary Oldman, Ed Harris and Ice Cube all lent their talents to the game. Reviewers have cited the game's stunning visuals and smooth gameplay as more than enough justification for its somewhat lofty price tag.

The game's storyline is a divergence from the previous title as it takes place during the Cold War. Players take on the identity of Special Forces operative Alex Mason or CIA agent Jason Hudson. The plot takes users through communist strongholds such as Russia, Cuba, Laos and Vietnam, and the story revolves around an experimental Soviet chemical weapon.

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