Infinity Ward has just revealed via their Facebook Page that Terminal will be coming to all PC Players on the 17th of August.
The classic map from Modern Warfare 2 will be absolutely free for all MW3 Players.
We recently spoke about the Terminal coming to the Xbox 360 first here. Basically due to the Microsoft Activision contract which covers all DLC, Terminal will be coming to the Xbox 360 first and then one month later for PC and PS3 which is what has happened.
The map has been completely re-skinned with all of the English text being converted to russian but the basic map layout is the same. Much like how Carentan was remade into China Town.
Current Terminal Release Schedule:
Xbox 360 ELITE – 17th July
Xbox 360 – 18th July
PlayStation 3 ELITE – 16th August
PS3 & PC – 17th August
The new map is completely seperate from the ELITE Content Calendar and Content Collections, it is an extremely kind gesture on Infinity Ward’s side of things as they are giving it to everyone, absolutely free. Enjoy it people!
Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack 1, it has been out a while now (for PS3 & Xbox at least!) so hopefully most of us will have got all the ‘Nommy’ content it holds via an ELITE subscription or by purchasing the map pack. Map Pack 1 brings us 6 pieces of brand new content into Modern Warfare 3, four of them are new Multiplayer Maps and two are Spec Ops missions, something which has never before been included in Call of Duty DLC season. Since multiplayer is the portion of the game we are all going to be playing most, the maps for that are likely to be contributing factor on whether to buy the Map Pack.
So whats the best one!?
Before we start, take a look at the video below which summarises all the maps in the first Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack. It is fair to say that every single map that the first pack includes is unique and a real hoot to play so there really shouldn’t be any maps you are disapointed with, although some are better than others due to certain short comings and problems!
We will start by looking at the first piece of content in Map Pack 1, a multiplayer map called Liberation:
Liberation takes place in Central Park: New York Manhattan. It’s a map that many will recognise from real life as it is such an iconic location. The map is a vast, militarized landscape, ripe for long-range sniper and LMG fire, with mounted turrets on either end that lend power to anyone brave enough to expose themselves in exchange for deadly firepower. Two things comes to mind when I think of Liberation: BIG & SNIPERS. Liberation is possibly the biggest multiplayer map in all of Modern Warfare 3 while at the same time being almost completely open on the surface, snipers have access to a huge view across the whole map. While non-sniper classes can get around the map via the dried up lake and certain underground areas, at heart Liberation is a sniping map. That said, the map can work quite well for runner classes which can use the huge map to their advantage to flank behind the enemy snipers and wreak havok!
Visually the map is fantastic, its got a greatn leafy Autumn feel going on. The only down fall to Liberation is that because of its sheer size when playing non-objective based matches such as Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed I rarely find myself in a game which actually reaches the required score. The size of the map casues the game to be slow and frankly quite boring since finding enemies is quite a challange, on objective based games it is great since all players have mutual places to fight for but if you are a big fan of TDM or KC then Liberation probbably isn’t for you.
So Liberation was one of the biggest maps in Modern Warfare 3, what does that mean for the second map Piazza? Thats right! Piazza is one of the smallest maps in Modern Warfare 3 and one word sums it up pretty nicely: INTENSE.
Described as a “very vertical, chaiotic, route map” and designed for those who love to run around and gun people down at close quarters. A great map for tactical gameplay types in which you have to be fast and ready for anything. Piazza is pretty much the oppositve of Liberation, it is not made for snipers at all, if you can manage to snipe in Piazza then I take my hat off to you!
Piazza has lots of verticle combat areas, lots of stairs and lots of chairs! (Eh?) Piazza was a nice little sea side town, where the village folk would spend their days in their plastic chairs in the sun drinking tea! At least until you arrived and started blowing it all up… I really like Piazza because it has so many great combat areas, the verticle-ness of the map is what makes it truly unique and it gives me a great excuse to whip out my SMG! Piazza is great for all game modes so it should appeal to everyone! (Unless you are a full on Sniper)
Next up we have Conent Drop 3, Overwatch possibly my favourite map in all of Modern Warfare 3 at the moment but the winner shall be revealed at the end…
Remember Highrise from MW2? Remember how AWESOME it was? Yeah, Overwatch is just like Highrise and it is just as awesome. Cranes you can climb on & Secret locations? Check. Potential to fall 80 stories to your death? Check! It’s definatley like Highrise!
Shots break out on a construction site atop a New York City skyscraper, 80 stories up. Battle takes place along two levels in a near symmetrical layout, with the central bridge and side routes open to attack from multiple angles. It has 13 thousand square feet of death dealing extravagance, complete with a restaurant, a pent house and loads of sniping nooks and crannies. Watch your every step, as a lack of boundaries surrounding the perimeter leaves nothing to prevent you from falling far to the ground below to your untimely death!
Overwatch is just fantastic. It is a map which is pretty much even no matter which side you start on, its symetrical in most ways. Overwatch is different to other maps in Modern Warfare 3 because the whole map is two seperate levels, you’ve got the top and the bottom levels (obviously) but each one offers something different. Non-Objective based game modes are an absolute rush, especially at the beginning where all players rush to look down the middle straight at each other and snap up that First Blood achievement! You’ll be firing at the enemy quicker than you do in Dome, so you know it is definatley special.
Unlike Liberation & Piazza, Overwatch will appeal to all players in Modern Warfare 3 becasue it will suit to you no matter your play style. I can easily pull off top score on an Overwatch map with a sniper rifile or with an SMG, when that happens, you’ve got a killer map!
One big frustration with Overwatch though I find is the position of Domination flag B, it is right in the middle of the map and is, at times near impossible to capture since you are exposed to attack from every single angle while you capture it, you’ll be chuffed if you do capture it though but it is definitley a challange!
The final Multiplayer Map in the first collection is Black Box.
Battle beside and through the wreckage of a downed Air Force One in “Black Box.” Multi-level homes overlook the neighboring streets, creating a deadly kill zone for players on the ground. With clear sight lines from house to house, however, snipers are far from safe, with counter-sniping an ever-present threat to their dominance. Those that prefer close-quarters combat can succeed in the tight confines of the crashed airplane or in hunting down enemies posted up within any of the surrounding homes.
Black Box is another, brilliant addition to Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer because it is so different from the maps currently available, the lovely houses and grass make Black Box great to look at too which is always a bonus! Before I played Black Box I expected a fairly small map but as it turns out Black Box is actually pretty big, on par with Liberation in fact! The difference is though, Black Box works as a big map for all player styles because the map has three main buildings in it which seperate the map well and don’t create huge sniper views. This means Assault rifle and SMG players will love Black Box just as much as everyone else because but snipers still have the best opportunities.
Black Box really does offer everything as a map though, you can have your long range fights outside between houses and your close quarters intense moments inside them! I always think of Black Box like Estate from MW2, just with 3 houses instead of one.
Domination is probbably the best game mode for Black Box since the flag positions are so strategically place, capturing each one requires a different way of approaching and has numerous ways of defending. The only downside to Black Box is it is a very square map, with no underground areas it can feel a little plain at times.
The moment of truth: The Conclusion.
Above we have 4 brand new maps, each one offering something completely different to the Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer experience but for me, one sticks out above all the rest. To summarise:
Liberation: Great for snipers but too big!
Piazza: Intense SMG fun & fast paced action but very small.
Overwatch: Appeals to all players! Falling off the edge can get annoying though!
Black Box: Awesome visuals but lacks something special I can’t quite put my finger on!
The map that really shines for me is Overwatch, it just offers so much to the game and works in literally all game modes for all players. There are certain sections of Overwatch where you’ll be fighting the enemy like never before! Visually the whole map is stunning too, you can look off into the distance at the whole of New York city and gaze at is beauty while taking down the enemy in a carefully constructed and tactially thought out map.
If you haven’t got the first Map Pack for Modern Warfare 3 then don’t hesitate about buying it, it is seriously worth it, just for Overwatch!!
Content Collection Map Pack 1 is available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & PC for $15.
What is your favourite map from Map Pack 1 in MW3? Let us know in the comments below.
After a long wait, the PC Community has finally got access to Map Pack 1, bringing 4 brand new Multiplayer Maps to the game and two brand new Spec Ops Missions. As well the Map Pack the PC community now has access to the community playlist’s which the PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 have had for a good 3 months (Infected, FFA Gunplay & Drop Zone), although this update brings the PC up to speed!
Armed with just this one content pack, players can choose between heading to a militarized Central Park in Liberation, destroying scenic vistas in a seaside Italian getaway in Piazza, raining glass on New York passersby from 70-stories-up in Overwatch, and battling beside a downed Air Force One in Black Box.
As if that breadth of multiplayer variety wasn’t enough, fans of Special Ops can hop aboard snowmobiles to infiltrate a diamond mine in Black Ice or head to India, where Negotiator will leave the fate of hostages in their hands.
There will be a new Playlist for the new content, the new community playlist’s which have been added will be under the community playlist section.
Below is the content that will be included, check out each post for information on all the content in this collection.
The day is finally upon us! Black Ops 2, the next installment from the best selling Call of Duty franchise will be officially revealed to the world.
Pushing the boundaries of what fans have come to expect from the record-setting entertainment franchise, Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2 propels players into a near future, 21st Century Cold War, where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare.
Black Ops II propels players into global conflict featuring advanced weaponry, robotics, and drone warfare in a new Cold War scenario whose seeds are being sown in today’s headlines. New graphics technology drives the stunning cinematic action of the single-player campaign’s branching storylines and non-linear missions.
Black Ops 2 will mark the first time ever a Call of Duty game will be set in the not to distant future. Call of Duty made a name for it self when it was originally set in the World War 2 era, when the boat was pushed out and the first Modern Warfare game was released, it was met with astoundment. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is commonly regarded as the best Call of Duty game to date. Will Call of Duty 9: Black Ops 2 mark a similar achievement as it offers gamers an experience like nothing ever before seen in Call of Duty?
Black Ops 2 was on the 1st of May. A YouTube video which can be found below is the full, official release trailer.The trailer is now available, watch it on the YouTube player below.
In an Roll Call interview on YouTube between Dan Amrich and the studio head of Treyarch (Mark Lamia), lots more information was revealed about the new title: “With Black Ops 2, Treyarch is pushing the boundaries out on every front. So on the campaign we’re going to be going to the near future, a little more than a decade in an entirely new setting with all kinds of new gameplay.
We’ve done a lot of research into making this plausible near future scenario really resonate with the players and we are very excited about it. We are going to have branching storylines, new non-linear gameplay elements that we’ll be designing into the campaign and that’s just going to make for a lot of great new experiences for people that like to play the campaign.
If you like Zombies you’re going to be happy with what we’ve got in Black Ops 2, it’s out biggest, most ambitious zombies ever.”
As far as it goes on the ELITE front, you can expect some real deep integration inside of Black Ops 2.
Black Ops 2 will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, the release date is 13th November 2012.
Full synopsis of official trailer video (From the point of view of Sgt. Frank Woods):
Aside from the fact that I’m still alive, none of this suprises me.
Technology got stronger… but we got weaker.
We built computers, robots. Pure unmanned armies and no one ever asks… what happens when the enemy steals the keys.
And the things they built to keep us safe, would turn against us.
That’s when they figured it out… they’ll always need men like us! Those who are willing to do, what other cannot.
Check out some images of the official box art for Black Ops 2 below.
Black Ops 2 screenshots below looking very futuristic (Maybe not the horses though!).
Dan Amrich (The official headliner for Activision) has written a huge article on his blog about Black Ops 2, revealing a massive amount of information about the game, the most noteable bits are as follows:
“A housekeeping note: The game’s official title is Call of Duty: Black Ops II, with a colon and the Roman numeral.”
“Welcome to the future — and the past.
The game’s narrative is split into two eras — the Cold War of the 1980s and the second Cold War taking place in the year 2025. The villain, Raul Menendez, spans both time periods; we learn about what created him during the previous Cold War and what makes him so pivotal in the next. Black Ops II will also answer the questions posed from the first game — namely, what was reality and what was in Mason’s head?”
“This war isn’t science fiction. Black Ops II’s future Cold War needed to be rooted in the actual present. Today, China controls 95% of the world’s rare earth minerals, a critical resource used in electronics, new energy tech, hybrid cars, and military equipment like F35s and missile guidance systems.”
“Quadrotors are just the beginning.
That’s the cold war; what about when it heats up? As game director Dave Anthony puts it: “Warfare, up until very recently, has been hundreds of guys shooting at each other across a battlefield. But warfare has been completely redesigned, and 15 years from now…” You saw the quadrotor in action and you probably have seen the BigDog project; more and more of the military is turning to unmanned drones to keep humans out of harm’s way.”
“Branching storylines and player choice rule.
The playable level I saw — an escort mission protecting the President through a semi-destroyed downtown Los Angeles in 2025 — began with a choice: Snipe or Rappel? You’ll be able to pick paths during levels that better suit your play style or sense of adventure.”
“Get ready for Strike Force Operations.
Strike Force Operations “have a very meaningful influence on how the story progresses,” says Dave Anthony. In these missions, you choose which mission to play and who to play within them. You can swap between people within the squad, or you can also just control the drones — be the quadrotor, if you want — or you can be in Overwatch mode and control from a top-down perspective, almost like a tactical strategy game. But at any point, you can pick a soldier on the field and zoom in instantly to take their place. These are open sandbox levels.”
“Storytelling is key.
Mark says Black Ops II will offer “an epic story that’s going to span generations.”
“We’re in for a visual overhaul.
Dan Bunting, Treyarch’s Director of Online, showed some of the graphical upgrades Treyarch has been working on – what he called a mix of “tech and technique.” He walked us through an unpopulated level on Socotra Island in Yemen that showed off HDR lighting, bounce lighting, and self-shadowing”
“Zombies is going to be big.
Mark Lamia didn’t want to beat around the undead bush: “I’m not going to hide it from you – it’s a Treyarch game, we’re making Zombies. It’s a huge world, running inside the multiplayer mode. There are new game modes; it’s bigger and better”
“Multiplayer is no longer a one-size-fits-all solution. Yes, there will be multiplayer, but no, they’re not talking much about it yet, and no gameplay was shown. But game design director David Vonderhaar did offer a few cryptic clues: “Multiplayer is no longer a one-size-fits-all solution. We’ve stripped the game back a lot and started from a very core place” with a goal of supporting the broadest range of players and play styles.”
“If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to offer an editorial comment: This strikes me as a lot more info than I expected to get at this point. I saw the hints, teases, and unfortunate leaks that everybody else saw, and I saw a lot of people smugly saying that they had found out the name of the game — as if spoiling that piece of information was a personal trophy.”
So much official information right there on the brand new Call of Duty! Check out Dan’s full blog post with even more details here.
Let us know what you think of the futuristic setting and how excited you are about Call of Duty: 9 in the comments below!
Better late than never: The long wait is over! PC players will be able to purchase the first Modern Warfare 3 map pack on the 8th of May 2012. To download visit Steam here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/42695/
Over three weeks after the release of the Map Pack for PS3 users the PC community has finally been blessed with 4 brand new multiplayer maps and 2 Spec Ops missions.
The release date was revealed by Infinity Ward’s official Twitter feed: “#MW3 PC DLC Content Collection 1 available May 8th on @steam_games. Includes 4 Maps for MP and Survival Mode and 2 Spec Ops Missions.”
We have written before about how the PC community is being slowly pushed aside by Activision & Infinity Ward as they seem to be just an after thought, the late release of the DLC & lack of the Call of Duty: ELITE service are prime examples of this.
The map pack will cost $15 and you will be able to purchase it through Steam.
The first map pack for Modern Warfare 3 will include the first 6 content drops that ELITE members have received over the last few months.
Below is the content that will be included, check out each post for information on all the content in this collection.