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
Black Ops II
Release dates
Windows November 13, 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops II guide at StrategyWiki
Call of Duty: Black Ops II at Wikipedia
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General information

Official Call of Duty series site
Official forum
Call of Duty Wiki - A detailed wiki for every Call of Duty game made.
Steam Community Discussions
BO2 Optimizations Summary - Useful optimization list thread.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass
Windows
Revolution
Windows
Uprising
Windows
Vengeance
Windows
Apocalypse
Windows
Nuketown Zombies Map
Windows
Extra Slots Pack
Windows
Bacon Personalization Pack
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
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

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 option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Scale from 65-90°.[1]
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 2x TXAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Uncapped in Singleplayer/Zombies Mode, max 200 FPS in Multiplayer. Set in Settings, Advanced.
Color blind mode
Set in Options. Changes green and red elements to blue and orange.[2]
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 options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, SFX, Music, Voices, Cinematics.
Surround sound
Subtitles
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
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.

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 (outbound) 3074, 27014-27050
UDP (outbound) 3074, 3478, 4379-4380, 27000-27030

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 usng Cheat Engine or similartools, 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]

Crash during campaign whenever Career Record is displayed, or in Zombies whenever Leaderboard is displayed. Caused because of bug displaying more than 60 and less than 100 Steam friends.
Change number of friends[8]

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

Steam Offline mode[9]

Set Steam in Offline Mode.

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]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

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), and zombies (~1.0 GB) separately.

References

  1. http://community.callofduty.com/message/413552518#413552518
  2. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (PC) | AbleGamers.com
  3. SteamDB: Every depot associated with Japanese Retail Product Key
  4. SteamDB: Every depot associated with Polish Retail Product Key
  5. SteamDB: Every depot associated with Russian Retail Product Key
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjqRTO5exDM
  7. Black Ops II Huge FPS Drops While Zooming-In - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  8. Game freezes on Zombie Leaderboards. - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  9. Steam Users' Forums - View Single Post - Game crashes on career record. (retrieved)
  10. Unhandled Exception Caught - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  11. http://steamcommunity.com/app/202970/discussions/0/882965737372041556/
  12. http://steamcommunity.com/app/202970/discussions/0/882965737311926725/#p1
  13. 1920x1080 resolution :: Call of Duty: Black Ops II General Discussions
  14. http://steamcommunity.com/app/202970/discussions/0/882965737372041556/#c882965737387565006