Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Call of Duty: Black Ops II cover
Developers
Treyarch
Publishers
Activision
Engines
IW engine
Release dates
Windows November 13, 2012
Reception
Metacritic 74
IGDB 78
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Call of Duty: Black Ops
Subseries of Call of Duty
Call of Duty: World at War 2008
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops III 2015
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII 2018
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2020

General information

Official Call of Duty series site
Official forum
Steam Community Discussions
BO2 Optimizations Summary - Useful optimization list thread.
CallofDutyMaps - A detailed Website for all included multiplayer maps.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Version differences[edit]

Black Ops II: Contains the base game.
Digital Deluxe Edition: Contains the base game, Call of Duty: World at War, original soundtrack and digital deluxe content, no Season Pass.
Black Ops II Bundle: Normal version with Season Pass.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass Contains Revolution, Uprising, Vengeance and Apocalypse packs, also Nuketown Zombies Map. 1 special Calling Card for Season Pass owners.
Windows
Revolution 4 Multiplayer maps, 1 new weapon for Multiplayer, and 1 Zombies map.
Windows
Uprising 4 Multiplayer maps and 1 Zombies map.
Windows
Vengeance 4 Multiplayer maps, 1 new weapon for Zombies, and 1 Zombies map.
Windows
Apocalypse 4 Multiplayer maps and 1 Zombies map.
Windows
Nuketown Zombies Map
Windows
Nuketown 2025 Free, initially available as exclusive pre-order content.
Windows
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Ultimate Customization Bundle Contains Extra Slots pack, all Calling Card and Personalization packs. Ghosts and Advanced Warfare Personalization packs are not included.
Windows
Extra Slots Pack More slots for Create-A-Class, emblems, films and screenshots.
Windows
Bacon Personalization Pack
Windows
Ghosts Personalization Pack Free, Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-order bonus.
Windows
Advanced Warfare Personalization Pack Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare pre-order bonus.
Windows
Benjamins Personalization Pack
Windows
Dia de los Muertos Personalization Pack
Windows
Graffiti Personalization Pack
Windows
Jungle Warfare Personalization Pack
Windows
Kawaii Personalization Pack
Windows
Party Rock Personalization Pack
Windows
Viper Personalization Pack
Windows
Zombies Personalization Pack
Windows
North American Flags of the World Calling Card Pack
Windows
South American Flags of the World Calling Card Pack
Windows
European Flags of the World Calling Card Pack
Windows
African Flags of the World Calling Card Pack
Windows
Asian Flags of the World Calling Card Pack
Windows
Cyborg Personalization Pack
Windows
Paladin Personalization Pack
Windows
Aqua Personalization Pack
Windows
Breach Personalization Pack
Windows
Coyote Personalization Pack
Windows
Glam Personalization Pack
Windows
Pack-A-Punch Personalization Pack
Windows
Rogue Personalization Pack
Windows
Beast Personalization Pack
Windows
Dead Man's Hand Personalization Pack
Windows
Octane Personalization Pack
Windows
Weaponized 115 Personalization Pack
Windows
Afterlife Personalization Pack
Windows
Comics Personalization Pack
Windows
Dragon Personalization Pack
Windows
UK Punk Personalization Pack
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Mission cutscenes automatically play until the mission level is loaded, upon which a left click will allow skipping.
Delete video files[citation needed]
This will disable the game intro video which forms part of the campaign storyline. You can keep this by not deleting intro.webm.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\video\
  2. Delete or move these files:
default.bik
default.webm
dolby.webm
frontend_load.webm
intro.webm
treyarch.webm

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players\bindings_xx.bdg[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/202970/pfx/[Note 2]
There are several configuration files in the players folder but only bindings_sp/mp.bdg is unencrypted.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players\save[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/202970/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
65-90°, configurable in the in-game options menu
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
There is a "Texture filtering" option with low, medium and high settings.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA, FXAA and up to 4x TXAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Called "Sync Every Frame" in game.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Multiplayer is capped at 200 FPS.
Color blind mode
Set in Options. Changes green and red elements to blue and orange.[1]
A comparison of video setting image quality can be found on the GameSpy Port Authority.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, SFX, Music, Voices, Cinematics.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Not available in every language [2]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
No option to disable it.
Game supports 7.1 positional audio and there are several sound mixing settings in menu (bass heavy, high heavy, hearing impaired etc.)

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Only available in Japanese retail release.
Retail CD Key gives subscription exclusive to single language.[3]
Polish
Only available in Polish retail release.
Retail CD Key gives subscription exclusive to single language.[4]
Russian
Only available in Russian retail release.
Retail CD Key gives subscription exclusive to single language.[5]
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
See Latin American audio mod

Latin American audio mod[edit]

Latin American audio mod[6]
Taken from the console version, the mod dubs Latin American audio over the English release audio. Titles and text are still presented in English
It's highly recommended to backup the English language files before using this mod
Does not support the Spanish version of the game
Some DLC maps do not have Latin American audio available, even with the mod
  1. Download the modded archives here.
  2. Change the language of the game to English.
  3. Paste the downloaded files over the existing language files.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
2D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.Note:Game is on official List but 3D has not been confirmed yet.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest
Novint Falcon

Network[edit]

Having an "open NAT" is important for VOIP, joining/hosting a party and private matches (this may require a static IP).

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
18 Versus, Co-op
Zombie mode 4 player co-op.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3074, 27014-27050
UDP 3074, 3478, 4379-4380, 27000-27030
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

FPS drop while zooming in[edit]

Frame rate drop while aiming down sights.
Set low Depth of Field[7]

Set Depth of Field option to low without significant visual impact.

Additionally you can turn off Ambient Occlusion and FXAA which affect the speed when aiming down sights.

Mouse Lag[edit]

Significant mouse lag with vsync enabled.
Use Borderless Windowed mode[citation needed]

If you're experiencing mouse lag from vertical sync and screen tearing without it, selecting Borderless Windowed mode from the video options menu may solve the issue.

Error '57475' When Joining Game[edit]

Fixing 57475 error[citation needed]
These steps should fix the error, but they reset all of your stats.
Please be aware that, by using Cheat Engine or Similar tools, you are highly exposed to the risk of being banned by either Treyarch Anti Cheat or VAC.
  1. Download a memory address editor (like Cheat Engine).
  2. Run the game. Go to barracks. Use an editor to change the value of address '02e97ca4' (version 21.406.7) to 5.
  3. Go to 'Prestige mode' and then click 'Prestige Awards'.
  4. Select 'Fresh Start'. Your stats should now be reset, and the error shouldn't come up anymore.

Issue with changing Language[edit]

Fixing Localization Problem[citation needed]
This problem occurs after switching the game language. It crashes the game on startup with a message similiar to this one :

"Error during Intialization:

ERROR: sound Bank failed to load cmn_root.Englisch. You have a Build Problem."

Solution : Set the language of all three game parts (singleplayer, multiplayer and zombies) to your desired language and wait for Steam to finish downloading.

Zombies Leaderboard and Campaign Career Record crash[edit]

The game will crash whenever Career Record/Leaderboard (Campaign/Zombies) is accessed if you have more than 60 and less than 100 Steam friends.
Steam Offline mode or Firewall block[8]

Set Steam in Offline Mode. You can block "t6sp.exe" for the campaign and/or "t6zm" in your Firewall by creating a blocking rule for incoming and outgoing traffic. Achievements should work, but you won't be able to play online or retrieve leaderboards.

Change number of friends[9]

Delete friends until total number is under 60, or add more friends until total is over 100.

Unhandled Exception Caught[edit]

Verify[10]
  1. Verify local files for singleplayer and then multiplayer.
  2. Reset Steam.

Highest resolution not showing[edit]

Monitor may support 1920x1080, but highest available setting may be 1440x900 or 1680x1050.[11][12]
Use borderless fullscreen windowed mode[13]
  1. Set the windowed mode to Windowed (Full Screen).
  2. Restart the game.
  3. The missing resolution will now be listed in-game.
Set Catalyst Control Center[14]
  1. Go to the Catalyst Control Center > My Digital Flat Panels > Properties (Digital Flat-Panel)
  2. Activate "Enable GPU scaling".

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video Version 1.9.99.0 Uses VP8 And Bink for pre-rendered cutscenes

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHz
AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB (32-bit)
4 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 16 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800GT
ATI Radeon HD 3870
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Users have the option of installing the campaign (~8.7 GB), multiplayer (~4.5 GB if without DLC), and zombies (~1.0 GB if without DLC) separately.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/202970/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (202970) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References