BlackOps2 PC Multiplayer Free Weekend is here again! Tell your friends they can play for free on Steam until Sunday 1pm PDT. Frag on!— pcdev (@pcdev) May 9, 2013
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is going free to play this weekend on Steam, available for anyone who hasn't had a chance to check out the game to do so without any obligation to purchase.
If you haven't been playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, we highly recommend that you do so for this weekend regardless of whether you have played the franchise in the past. The game is fantastic and a lot of fun to play, especially with friends online. We're thinking that anyone who takes part in the free weekend probably hasn't already played Black Ops 2 in any capacity, so here are a few things that you are not going to want to miss while you have your chance.
Multiplayer - hands down the bread and butter of Call of Duty, make sure you jump online and spend some time in the competitive multiplayer modes that Black Ops 2 offers. Get your feet wet with Team Deathmatch or Free for All if you're new to the game before you move on to objective based game modes. We recommend Domination and Hardpoint as enjoyable objective modes to start with.
Party Games - originally featured in the first Call of Duty: Black Ops, party games are an absolute blast. These free for all game modes all have a unique spin on them that drastically distances them from traditional MP modes. One in the Chamber, for example, spawns every player with only their knife and a pistol with one bullet and three lives. Kill an enemy and you take their bullet - knife them and you don't even have to spend your own ammunition, allowing you to stockpile bullets.
Zombies - an absolute staple of Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, you aren't going to want to skip out on the cooperative Zombies game mode. If you can't rustle up a few friends, Zombies is still a lot of fun to play solo although it is much more challenging. Try to grab a party or find one online and work together to overcome wave after wave of bloodthirsty zombies.
Campaign Mode - while this is not the most popular offering that Call of Duty brings to the table, the singleplayer campaign is always a lot of fun and generally takes under 10 hours to complete. If you have the weekend free of work or school obligations, we recommend giving the campaign a spin - particularly if you enjoyed the singleplayer story in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Combat Training - if you are new to the game, like we expect most people are who are picking it up for the first time this weekend, we recommend starting off in Combat Training. This is Black Ops 2's version of multiplayer with AI bots, instead of real life players. In multiplayer matchmaking, your lobby will be split with human and AI players but if you want, you can create a custom game with entirely bots outside of matchmaking.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is a blast, a game that we've gotten many hours out of on multiple platforms. If you get stuck, be sure to drop by our guides section and enlighten yourself with our list of tips & tricks!