Sunday, February 6, 2011
Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike.
It's been a long, cold three months since the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Despite having 14 multiplayer maps and three zombie modes, players across the globe are no doubt hungering for more content to spend hundreds of hours exploring. Earlier this week, Activision released its first set of maps, available exclusively for a limited time on the Xbox 360. For 1200 Microsoft Points ($15), Black Ops players will receive four new levels (Stadium, Discovery, Kowloon and Berlin Wall) plus a new zombie arena (Ascension). I've had some time to run around the levels and get my ass kicked, but in all honesty, I get my DLC for free. You have to pay money – and quite a bit of it too. So the real question is, should you buy First Strike?
Here are my thoughts:
A more traditional, larger map that is split into two areas by walls and a "no man's land." The catch here is that the area between the two sides, except for a couple narrow corridors, are guarded by computer-controlled turrets. Step into those areas for long and you're going to have a few dozen holes put into you. The solution, Run Like Hell
Small and intense, Stadium is one of the most exciting maps from First Strike. Built around an abandoned hockey rink, the map definitely forces you into closer fire fights, though there are still plenty of areas to set up shop and take out opponents from safety. Snipers might have trouble adjusting, but you'll still find yourself plenty of opportunities no matter what type of style you prefer.
Pits, pits and more pits. If you enjoy falling off of ledges, sign right up for a match in Discovery. Set in an Antarctic base, this map is notable for its ice bridges – which you can destroy with explosives or even repeated gunfire. No doubt many of you will be eager to test out your C4 skills here.
Remember Modern Warfare 2's Favela map, set in a shanty town in Brazil? This is a lot like that, but it's at night, more vertical and more chaotic. Oh, and it has zip lines for some reason, keeping the trend of map interaction alive and well.
Ascension [Zombie Mode]
Space Monkeys and Black Holes. That tells you all you need to know about this zombie mode, which certainly is distinct from its counterparts. The core concept is the same – last as long as you can, earning points for rebuilding obstacles and killing the undead.