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:


Berlin Wall
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


Stadium
 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. 


Discovery
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. 


Kowloon
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. 




source:http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/114/1148025p1.html

20 comments:

  1. Oh Kotick you so crazy, seriously though stop milking the parents of 12 year old kids.

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  2. I already summed up all my feelings about this 'game' a few weeks ago:

    http://criticalhitreview.blogspot.com/2011/02/call-of-duty-same-ops.html

    tl;dr - Black Ops is a terrible game.

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  3. It seems to me personally like it's not worth it. Ascension sounds fun though, shouldn't they make that one available.. alone?

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  4. Urghh, they're still trying to milk money from that game huh.

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  5. Sooo has anyone tried Duty Calls :D?

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  6. Gave Black-Ops a few minutes, but not my type of game although that might just be my lack of skills :P

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  7. I want this, but I have a PS3. Waiting sucks.

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  8. i want a cool game, like cod 4. following tho!

    numberrumbler.blogspot.com

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  9. In all honesty, even if you don't like the maps, if you like playing online it's pretty much necessary to get.

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  10. Don't think I will be getting these maps, despite the fact that I have spare microsoft points.

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  11. Black Ops isn't a good game. It's better then most FPS games out now, true, but that doesn't make it good, just the least crap.

    Check me out at:
    http://brassdragons.blogspot.com/

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  12. Good game is good. I still love Day of Defeat

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  13. hmm... you are going to make me reconsider buying the maps. Helpful review!


    will support and follow
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  14. That's why I like battlefield a bit more, the free maps.
    But this one has monkeys!

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  15. i love Call of duty !!!
    BTW following Bro

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  16. mw2 > black ops imo.
    but i like the new maps nonetheless

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  17. BUILT AROUND AN ABANDONED HOCKEY RINK?!

    Why haven't I downloaded this yet?! Nice review of the maps by the way. Thanks

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  18. Stadium is my favorite map now by far. And Ascension is a great zombie map. I've already put quite a few hours into it.

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  19. I'm curious. What's the author's answer to the question he posed in the middle of the article: Should you buy First Strike?

    Personally, it really seems like these guys are just milking money from it. DLC never seems worth my money (I rarely buy any) but in some instances it is. I am just spoiled from being a PC gamer with though.

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