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Information on all of the Call of Duty: Black Ops map packs: Rezurrection, Annihilation, Escalation and First Strike.

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Which Black Ops map pack should I get?

For those of you who don’t currently own any Black Ops map packs, you may be wondering “which one should I get?” Well do not fear, we are here to help. There are currently 4 map packs available for Black Ops and each one adds something different to the game so let’s help you decide which ones suit you best.

We will start by looking at the very first Black Ops map pack known as “First Strike” this was a map pack that was made to address peoples growing concerns in the game, particularly the lack of good sniper levels. Berlin wall is a really good map for medium to long range assaults, designed especially to be good for snipers. It also brings back the classic WW2 feel that made so many people fall for Call of Duty in the first place. Discovery is also a fairly large map split by a large chasm which makes it also good for sniping and the good flanking areas. The other two maps, Kowloon and Stadium go in the completely opposite direction, being both very small maps for lots of close quarter combat.

The zombie map included in First Strike is pretty generic zombie map which includes two new perks. It’s a really fun map to play but lacks anything really unique about it. Overall the map pack has a lot to offer, two great sniping maps and two great rush maps as well as another Zombie installation.

Next we’ll look at the second map pack “Escalation” which again adds a fairly wide array of levels, breathing new life into Black Ops multiplayer experience. Zoo is a fun maze sort of map on par with array but a little smaller. It’s got a monorail which allows you to get around the map quickly. It’s a good map for all kinds of combat. The next map, Hotel is set in Cuba, a map that was made for sniping, good old building to building style which are great fun while at the same time maintaining a close quarters combat approach within the Hotel it’s a good mix of both game play types, just watch your back if you’re planning on camping! The last two maps Stockpile and Convoy are fairly similar in size and both offer something new to the game, you may find a few long range open areas but we’d stick to assault rifles with both these maps.

The Zombie installation for Escalation is called “Call of the Dead” where you “Play as the zombie-killing dream-team of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund, Michael Rooker, and Danny Trejo against a new and unnerving zombie menace. Set in a mysterious ice-covered remote Siberian island and inspired by legendary writer and director George A. Romero, a group of four fearless explorers fight for their lives amidst an army of bloodthirsty Russian zombies.” It really spices up the Zombie game type and adds a story element to it which makes it much more engaging and fun.

Overall Escalation offers three new medium size assault maps each adding something new and unique along with a map which really brings sniping back into Black Ops which is really fun. The Zombie map is new and exciting too and takes it to a new level of fun!

 

For the third instalment we have “Annihilation” which offers 5 new maps which are all unique in their own way. We’ll start by looking at Hangar 18 which is a fairly small map set around a hangar containing a SR-71 jet. A fun map for generally running around or hiding in buildings and picking of enemies! Next we have Drive-In which has been described by Treyarch as a “Close quarters slugfest” which amazingly incorporates a small sniping area! It’s a great map on par with Nuketown. Silo is a map which is big, its all about flanking think of it like the Array map currently available for Black Ops with more buildings and cover around and a lot less sniping. Hazard is based off the old World at War map Cliffside which was always known for great sniping areas and spontaneous combat with two main flanking areas and a non literal death pit down the middle.

The zombie instalment for Annihilation is called “Shangri-La” which is set in an old Aztec temple and the surrounding caves. It’s a Zombie map like no other with the addition of a new fiery enemy and special ways to travel around the map. It’s nice to see another Zombie map that’s being different.

Overall Annihilation like the previous map packs adds a few good sniping maps along with a fairly generic assault map with Hangar 18, but the Silo map is new and exciting as well as the new Zombie instalment.

Last but not least we have “Rezurrection“, it is pretty simple whether you’ll be getting this map pack since it consists of 5 Zombie maps. If you love Zombies and you play it more often than normal multiplayer than this pack is for you, if not you may want a map pack which includes a mixture. 4 of the 5 maps included have been copied from Treyarch’s previous Call of Duty title: “World at War” so there is little unique about these maps apart from them being classics! If you’ve purchased the World at War map packs before then feel free to be ripped off if you buy them all over again for Black Ops.

Having said that though the main feature of the Rezurrection pack could make up for it. It is a map called “Moon” where you initially you start the mission at Area 51 where you fight the low level and weak zombie. After a while the teleporter to access the moon become availabile and you can all enter it and the awesomeness can begin! If you don’t leave Area 51 when the teleport becomes availabile then Hellhounds will spawn to get you to get a move on! Oh and just a hint, don’t forget to pick up a space suit after the teleport!



Verdict:

Let’s start by deciding whether you want the most unique map pack which will separate most players: Rezurrection. As stated earlier this map pack is only really for Zombie lovers, if you love Zombies then you should definitely get this pack since it’ll keep you lust for blowing out Zombie brains satisfied for at least a while! If Zombies isn’t your thing though then you still have 3 other map packs to choose from.

What are you looking for in a map pack?

The most unique map pack by far is Annihilation which has the most diverse range of maps, incorporating a good array of game play strategies too.

The map pack best for snipers would be between First Strike and Escalation since Escalations Hotel map is so good for sniping its hard to choose between that and First Strikes Berlin Wall and Discovery. But since Escalation offers an awesome Zombie map and some other very unique additions we’d go with that.

The best map pack for Nuketown & Firing Range Lovers would be First Strike since Kowloon and Stadium are both similar in size and combat strategies while making the experience much fresher. Drive-In from Annihilation is also a really good for these close quarter battles.

The best map pack which allows for all types of classes would be Escalation, it offers maps which allow you to snipe, run around with a shotgun or SMG, rack up loads of kills with assault rifles and LMG mow down spots!

The most fun map pack would be either Annihilation or First Strike since their maps offer things you wont have seen in existing Black Ops map packs which add new ways to approach the battlefield and take down your enemies!

The best for map pack for Zombies is Rezurrection. Although Call of the Dead is an appealing map!

At the end of the day all the map packs offer something unique and different into Black Ops multiplayer and the chances are you won’t stop at buying just one map pack! All the map packs breathe new life into the game and you won’t be disappointed no matter which pack you buy. If you still have no idea which one to choose from then start with First Strike since you’ve sure to like at least the majority of the maps included.

P.s Have you noticed how if you take the first letter of all the map packs it spells the word FEAR spooky huh?

 

 


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Rezurrection: Map Pack 4


Rezurrection is the fourth set of maps that is to be been made available for Call of Duty: Black Ops as downloadable content (DLC).

Release Date:
Xbox 360: August 23, 2011
PC & PS3: September 22, 2011

The map pack is available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The package differs from all the others for Black Ops in that it is all Black Ops Zombies orientated and all the maps included are for the Zombies game mode. One of the maps is brand new but the other 4 have been copied from Call of Duty: World at War (Treyarch’s other Call of duty title which was the first to include the zombies game mode) but they are said to be re-mastered…

The new DLC also includes the following: “An enhanced Zombies soundtrack INCLUDING, three tracks never before available for purchase. A new Zombies “Moon” theme.”"Lift off into the latest Zombies epic with “Rezurrection,” the new content pack for “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” and the first to launch players into space! Old school Zombies strategies get blown out of the airlock in “Moon,” where armed with new perks and a space-age arsenal of weapons, our heroes must overcome undead astronauts and fluctuating gravity as they unearth conspiracies that began in 1943.”

The maps included in Rezurrection are as follows:

Moon:  Descriped by Treyarch as the most challenging and thrilling map yet. It is set in a space age area so the weapons and zombies match this theme. A very atomispheric map which includes uniquie gameplay with zero gravity at times, futuristic guns and futuristic zombies… This is the map that stands out from all the others currently availabile for Black Ops.

Initially you start the mission at Area 51 where you fight the low level and weak zombie. After a while the teleporter to access the moon become availabile and you can all enter it and the awesomeness can begin! If you don’t leave Area 51 when the teleport becomes availabile then Hellhounds will spawn to get you to get a move on! Oh and just a hint, don’t forget to pick up a space suit after the teleport!

New features in Moon include a new Perk-A-Cola: Mule Kick: Gives the player access to a third weapon slow when purchased as well as two new weapons known as the Wave Gun and the Quantum Entanglement Device (QED)

Nacht der Untöten: (Meaning “Night of the Undead”). This is the first ever zombie map that was available for World at War when it was first released. It really is a classic and many will already be familiar with it. Its a simple map, no teleporters or wolves but still great fun!

The map is set in a broken up concrete building with holes everywhere. You start the game downstairs and can later open the door to the supply room where you can access the Myster weapons boxwhere it will not ever disappear so you can easily spend all your money on it hoping for the ray gun! The map is one of the smallest amongst the Zombie franchise so there is little space to run away!

The map is split into three main areas: The starting area, The supply room and upstairs. The supply room is great for getting extra weapons etc. The map gets hard though once you’ve cleared all barricades since they’ll be coming at you from all angles!

Verrückt: (Meaning ”Crazy”) Set in some sort of medical facility in Berlin, with a fairly small map size compared to some it is still lots of fun. This map features originally in the Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 1 but has now been brought to Black Ops. In World at War this was the first map to include the Perk-A-Cola feature so there are plently of these scattered around the map. The map is also the first to ever include traps! Electroshock barriers are included in the map to hold back the oncoming hordes… Just remember you need to turn the power on first to access these features!

The map is larger than its predecessor Nacht der Untoten but its not huge enough to get confused! Zombies have a much faster approach in this map too so don’t wait around to take em’ out! The Mystery weapons in Verruckt disappears to a different part of them map when it is used to much so use it wisely. It can spawn to any part of the map so you’ll have to search around a bit for it.

Shi No Numa: (Meaning “Swamp of Death) is set in a swamp with huts, this map was the first to include the feared Hellhounds. It also includes Japanese zombies rather than Nazi ones! This first featured in Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 2 but has now been brought to Black Ops. The map is good because it is the first to allow you to use the Perk-A-Cola machines without having to turn on the power first.

There are 5 different huts which you can access throughout the map. In order to access each you must forst battle accross a different area of swampland. You start in the large main hut and progress outwards when the time is right. This is one of the biggest maps from World at War but still a really fun one since the Hellhounds really make you have to work together since they appear completely randomly.

Der Riese: (Meaning “The Giant”) is set in what looks like some sort of Nazi factory. It includes Hellhounds and was the first zombie map in World at War to include teleporters. “Pack-a-Punch” perk machine are also a featured as expected! This first featured in Call of Duty: World at War Map Pack 3 but has now been brought to Black Ops.

The use of teleports add a new tatical approach to dealing with Zombies because in the event that you need to run away you can get teleported to the other side of the map where it should be safer. The map includes the additon of a new weapon called the Monkey Bomb. Similar to the Pipe bombs featured in the Left4Dead games it attracts all zombies towards it when placed before exploding and taking them all out. It is really useful to distract zombies.

Electroshock defences are included in this map too although power must first be activated before you can use them. The same goes for the Perk-A-Cola machines. The power will also lower a bridge and give you access to other parts of the map. Another new feature is the Carpenter power up that dead zombies can drop, it drops in the same was as Insta-Kill and Max Ammo. Carpenter instantly fixes all of the wooden barricades at zombie entrance points.

The way I see it is there is one new map available in this DLC, many people will already own or have purchased majority of the maps! Afterall PC users got all these maps completely free when World at War was out. If you own most of these maps already or own World at War on the PC then I see very little point in the pack (unless you really want to play “Moon”). On the other hand if you never owned World at War this is a great way to catch up on what you’ve been missing since every map offers something different and unique.

Prices: £11.49 or 1200 Microsoft points

Source: http://www.treyarch.com/news/490

 

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Annihilation: Map Pack 3

Annihilation is the third set of maps that is to be been made available for Call of Duty: Black Ops as downloadable content (DLC)

Release Date: June 28, 2011

The map pack is available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The package adds four exotic and different multipley maps as well as another new Zombies map.

Hangar 18:  Located in the famous Area 51 facility, it includes weird experimental weapons labs and the “SR-71″ test hanger as well as an autopsy room… It is a good close quarters combat map with few places to snipe.

Drive-In: Described by Treyarch as a “Close quarters slugfest” which takes place in a 1960′s American drive-in theater and classic arcade. Very small and is designed to be a fun as Nuketown but at the same time has some designated sniper areas which work well.

Silo: This one is a rather generic Soviet missile site, a massive map though with lots of ways to be approached. You can easily run round the edges of the huge map to flank the enemy head on or sneak through many of the buildings. A map that incorporates every type of tatical approach!

Hazard: Anyone for golf? Taking place on a luxuary costal golf course on the cliffs of Cuba. Includes stocked clubhouses and areas for awesome ambushes. Based on the World at War map cliffside but with a golf twist.

Shangri-La: Another map which addsto the Zombies game mode. New enemies, lots of traps and many new ways to get around the map! Set in some sort of ancient Aztec temple. The setting is different to any other Zombie map and the weird new Zombies add a new way to approach them.

Prices: £11.49 or 1200 Microsoft points

Check out the video below for more info:
Source: http://www.treyarch.com/news/480

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Escalation: Map Pack 2

Escalation is the second set of maps that has been made available for Call of Duty: Black Ops as downloadable content (DLC)

Release Date: May 03, 2011

The map pack is available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The package includes 5 new multiplayer maps, one of which is a new map for the Zombies game mode. The 5 maps that are included are listed below:

Zoo: Takes place in an abandoned soviet zoo. It includes lots of overwatch positions and a monorail you can run along to get around the map.

Hotel: Inspired by the vistas in Havanna, this map is set in a Cuban hotel. Lots of hiding places and elevators to take you to the upper floors.

Convoy: Inspired by the fears of soviet invasion by the USA. It takes place around a US convoy that has been ambused by soviets. A really good map for sniping.

Stockpile: Offers a lot of variety in one map in the form of a suburban village in Russia where weapons have been stockpiled.

Call of the Dead: ”Play as the zombie-killing dream-team of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund, Michael Rooker, and Danny Trejo against a new and unnerving zombie menace. Set in a mysterious ice-covered remote Siberian island and inspired by legendary writer and director George A. Romero, a group of four fearless explorers fight for their lives amidst an army of bloodthirsty Russian zombies.”

Prices: £11.49

Source: http://www.treyarch.com/news/460

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First Strike: Map Pack 1

First Strike is the first set of maps that has been available for Black Ops.

Release Date: Feburary 01, 2011

The map pack is available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The package includes 5 new multiplayer maps, one of which is a new map for the Zombies game mode. The maps try to offer something new and unique and to differ from all the original ones available with the game while sticking to the Cold War theme. The 5 maps that are included are listed below:

Berlin Wall: Set at the famous or infamous Checkpoint Charlie. The map has a East Berlin vs West Berlin theme to it since it is set around the Wall. Lots of long distance areas which make it perfect for sniping. A special part of Berlin wall is the ability to walk across no-man’s land to get across the map quicker but at the risk of being shot at by auto-turrets!

Discovery: An antartic research station that was once occupied by Nazi Germany. A deep chasm splits the map in two, the crossings between are the main points of combat.

Kowloon: Based on the mission in single player, this map offers lots of rooftop action and the ability to use ziplines online! Be careful not to fall off though!

Stadium: A small map, on parr with Nuketown & Firing Range. Good for close encounter battles. Check your back, the enemy could come from anywhre it’s so small!

Ascension: The largest Zombies map yet with new creatures, weapons, perks and transports! Set in a Soviet launch facility. Includes two new perks, pHD Flopper which allows the player to emit a mini version of the nuke zombe drop when diving to prine. The second is Stamin-Up which gives the player faster movement speed and sprint duration.

Prices:
Playstation 3: £11.49
Xbox 360:
PC: £11.49

Check out the video below for more information:


Source: http://www.treyarch.com/news/442