Black Ops 2 PC and Lego Lord of the Rings 360 disc mix-ups

If you bought Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for PC or Lego Lord of the Rings for Xbox 360, you might want to check your discs real quick. Users have reported some truly bizarre mix-ups for both games which left them with either demo versions or the wrong game entirely.

Game Informer reports users (as well as one of its own writers) have discovered only a demo disc for Lego Lord of The Rings--clearly labeled "NOT FOR SALE"--sitting unexpected and unwanted within some copies of the Xbox 360 version. The issue appears to have only affected certain shipments, but it's worth checking before you leave the store.

In a more surreal switcheroo, GameSpot has compiled user complaints that some retail packages for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for PC have all the discs properly labeled--but the second one is actually for Mass Effect 2. Yes, some copies of Activision's next big shooter apparently contain install discs for Electronic Arts' 2010 space opera (a bit more sci-fi than we'd bargained for), leaving users unable to install either.

Those who prefer zombies over husks can still punch the activation code into Steam and download Black Ops 2, which should give them plenty of time to marvel at how this could possibly happen (and how many heads will roll at the distribution center as a result of Activision and EA's reckoning).

Update: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has confirmed that it will be recalling a small number of Lego The Lord of the Rings games that were released on the Xbox 360 to Walmart, Target and Toys 'R' Us in the US with a disc labeling error. These discs include the full game but were incorrectly labeled as demo discs.


  • avery78 - November 13, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    That sucks for those people
  • jivecom - November 13, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    I was wondering how the second bit could even happen, but then I remembered that devs probably usually aren't responsible for disc printing and thus must therefore outsource that work to some disc printing companies without any real affiliation
  • laurenhiya21 - November 13, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    Someone definitely screwed up with the 2nd one...
  • Fox_Mulder - November 13, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    Seriously, how DOES this happen?!
  • BaraChat - November 13, 2012 9:21 p.m.

    My thoughts exactly. Not the LEGO one, it's really not that bad, but the Black Ops II thing... I just don't get it.
  • db1331 - November 13, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    For the life of me, I do not know why people still buy retail, especially on PC. Take Black Ops 2. You can pay $59.99 on Steam and have it preloaded and ready to play the second it unlocks. Or you can pay $59.99 plus tax and shipping, get your game whenever the delivery guy shows up, stick in the disc and run the installer (Which in some cases just downloads the game from Steam anyway). Once you do that, your disc is useless. You don't need it to play, and you've used up your product key. You've gone through all that extra time and money just to be left with a new coaster.
  • brickman409 - November 13, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    It's just nice having things such as paper manuals or artbooks, Most games don't come with those, but when they do it's nice to have. also you can resale a physical game once you're done with it. Plus it's much faster just to walk to the store and buy it, than waiting hours for gigabytes of data to download. Also there's some security in buying in cash, especially after psn got hacked. Of course you could go to the store and buy those psn cards or Microsoft point cards, but that sort of defeats the point. Downloading is better than having a game shipped to you but going to the store to get it is the best in my opinion.
  • Manguy17 - November 14, 2012 6:33 a.m.

    Because new game smell of course you silly pumpkin
  • blackbeltbap15 - November 13, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    couldnt they just send a ptach through that says you can download the game without the second disc through steam, and keep mass effect 2 for your troubles(if its playable on disc 2, idk), acctually i dont see why you would need 2 discs if its going through steam anyway
  • PolarBearsInHeat - November 13, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    except that Mass Effect 2 is published by EA, who just happens to be Activision's biggest competitor
  • darkvare - November 13, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    there's a code on the pakage to download the game so there really isn't much of an issue except for the wait of the download
  • Darkhawk - November 13, 2012 9:29 p.m.

    BioWare's response to this is nothing short of amazing: they're offering free copies of Mass Effect Trilogy to the first 50 users who post images to the BioWare blog. What great guys :D
  • Baggy_Scraggy - November 15, 2012 11:13 p.m.

    ★★★★★ I just got 4200 Microsoft points from this site for free! :D ★★★★★

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