Black Ops II accidentally shipped with Mass Effect 2 disc

By on November 13, 2012, 6:30 PM

If you plan to pick up Call of Duty: Black Ops II this week, you may want to rely on a digital service rather than a retail store. According to many users on Steam, Reddit, the Call of Duty forums and elsewhere, boxed copies of Activision's latest shooter can't be fully installed via DVD because the second disc contains data for Mass Effect 2. From what we've seen, there's no way to tell if the second disc is correct or not without a computer because the labeling is correct. So, for instance, it'd be tough to check the disc before leaving the store.

On the bright side, all retail copies of Black Ops II come with a Steam key, so most affected users should still be able to play without waiting for a replacement disc, though you might as well spare yourself a trip to the store if you're going to activate the game on Steam anyway. In fact, if you're willing to activate it through a Russian VPN, you can get a multi-language Steam copy with English support for only $30.99 through CDKeysHere (the site offers a tutorial on using the VPN and you can play with your normal connection afterward).

It's unclear how widespread the issue is, but Activision is calling for purchase information from folks who have received the Mass Effect 2 disc so the company can sort things out. The most plausible explanation at this point is that Activision and EA contract the same manufacturer and, well, someone messed up.

Interestingly, in related news, there's also a mix up with Lego: The Lord of the Rings, as some packages contain a demo instead of the full game. The issue seems isolated to the Xbox 360 and it appears that the incorrect discs are labeled as demos, so you should be able to verify your purchase on the spot.




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ikesmasher said:

*applauds packagers*

hey, they paid for what they thought was a good game, now they are getting an actual good game!

Lionvibez said:

Haha so true I would take mass effect over Call of replay any time!

mccartercar said:

Im unsure on the matter, but is it not against Steam's TOS to do as advised and buy and register keys from foreign countries?

Ahmed90 Ahmed90 said:

Im unsure on the matter, but is it not against Steam's TOS to do as advised and buy and register keys from foreign countries?

thy cant do anything about it specially in EU since its already legalized by thy law reselling such products are allowed

//ontopic Russian and Polish versions have the English option on steam but steam don't download the English language files

""Could not load default asset ?fonts/720/consolefont? for asset type ?font? - this issue appears to be related to users in Russia and Poland running their clients in English. Setting the game back to the correct language appears to resolve the issue.""

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so be careful wait for a fix before you buy

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Also if your buying the game on a Russian VPN whats to stop them from sniffing all your data (Just as they will hello) and taking your key along with it. I dont use steam so Im unfamiliar with the process but if the key is sent through the VPN they have a copy of it, encrypted or not. Maybe thats why the website is called CDKeysHere?

Ahmed90 Ahmed90 said:

Also if your buying the game on a Russian VPN whats to stop them from sniffing all your data (Just as they will hello) and taking your key along with it. I dont use steam so Im unfamiliar with the process but if the key is sent through the VPN they have a copy of it, encrypted or not. Maybe thats why the website is called CDKeysHere?

russian keys are allover the place you can use any VPN you like or anyway to get russian/ukrainian IP even if you gave your account info to a friend who live there its not an issue at all the key will be registered to your steam account and email so it is safe from CDkeyhere or any CD keys seller

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Hum interesting.. I wonder why their games are $30 such as in this case whereas ours are $60.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

This....this takes the cake of today's tech news.

"Buy one overrated game and get another overrated game inside!"

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

So what? I'm safe. Not a big fan of Black-Ops anyway..

2 people like this | avoidz avoidz said:

Glad I changed from being a regular gamer to just an observer of gaming.

Gareis Gareis said:

Glad I changed from being a regular gamer to just an observer of gaming.

So, would you say that you "avoidz" games?

Sniped_Ash said:

Hum interesting.. I wonder why their games are $30 such as in this case whereas ours are $60.
That's probably the most they can charge before piracy becomes the more attractive option.

Ahmed90 Ahmed90 said:

Hum interesting.. I wonder why their games are $30 such as in this case whereas ours are $60.

as far as I know its because of some Russian law that sell at cheap prices that is affordable for our people or get out of our market

and its not 30$ the price even before release was as low as 20$ and some suppliers can go all the way to 14$

Guest said:

Someone is getting fired over this.

treetops treetops said:

I feel sorry for people who bought this at gamestop, those people suck at refunds.

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