Call of Duty: Black Ops Exclusive Multiplayer Map Pack

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Activision is getting ready to release the First Strike pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops in just about two weeks. To build the hype and satisfy the thirst of some, Activision went ahead and created a video preview of everything you should expect of this upcoming $15 download-able content.


Dan Bunting, Treyarch Online Director, promises more sniping opportunitis and more “verticality” in these new multiplayer maps, titled Kowloon, Discovery, Berlin Wall, and Stadium. Some new features coming alone with these maps are the ability to use a zipline and destroy bridges, among other things.

Lucky for Xbox 360 gamers, Activision and Microsoft announced a new agreement at this past E3 that will make Call of Duty DLC timed Xbox exclusive until 2012. The PlayStation 3 and PC fan-base will have to wait a couple of months after the release. This is a no-doubt win for Microsoft, and will likely result in another cash cow and possible record breaker.

You can watch the Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer map pack video preview over at Joystiq.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Review

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops

A lot of Modern Warfare 2 owners are wondering whether or not they should make the transfer to Call of Duty: Black Ops. There is a bad taste left in the mouths of many gamers from Treyarch’s last title, Call of Duty: World at War. So how does COD: BO compare to MW2?

First, take a look at what Modern Warfare 2 has to offer. They took out the gold styling of weapons altogether in favor for the “Fall” camo. This made many gamers upset because a Gold tint is a way to both show off and show off how much work you put into your weapon. Besides that, MW2 still has a lot to offer. They added the riot shield, which adds a whole new element of strategy into the mix. Many times, you may run into a player who will throw a smoke grenade down, run into it, plant a claymore and crouch there, guarding. It is a perfect way to bait unsuspecting gamers and it diversifies the gaming experience altogether.

Infinity Ward added many new killstreaks to work for in the game, which ultimately lead to extreme camping. The most controversial kill streak is definitely the nuke, which requires 25 kills for this game ending explosion. You will most likely find a person in a corner with scavenger and heartbeat sensor, calmly and patiently waiting for a victim to walk by.  In all, Infinity Ward managed to upgrade the experience from Call of Duty 4 and offer great gameplay. Every aspect of the game was upgraded and one of the only complaints was the rampant camping going on throughout the game.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is Treyarch’s chance at redeeming themselves. Call of Duty: World at War was nothing short of disappointing in its delivery. It was a basic copy and paste of Infinity Ward’s last game, and that is what they praised it as. However, this game is said to actually be better than MW2 in many ways.

Black Ops offers the gamer a wealth of options when it comes to customization. Instead of running into players that look exactly like you, you are able to customize your appearance to make yourself pop out. You can change the model of your character, the color of the camo your character wears, the camo of your gun, the red dot sight of your gun, place an emblem on your gun and more. This is all made possible through the game’s currency system.

The currency system can be a bit disappointing at times. In example, you have to unlock pro-perks by completing a series of pre-requisite challenges. Even after unlocking the pro-perk, you will still have to dish out a pretty penny before you can actually use it. You basically have to pay for virtually anything you want in game, which can be a bit annoying. This was meant to give players even more options when leveling and improving their character, although it can become troublesome to people who feel paying for something they earned is unfair.

Although it is still the first week of Black Ops’ launch, camping is at bare minimum. The perks offered to you in the game, especially the pro-perks, allow for very smooth gameplay and little camping to encounter. You will still encounter camping, but there are numerous ways around it that you can avoid. If anything, you will definitely see less of a camping problem than is in Modern Warfare 2, which is a definite plus.

Between Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops, I would have to recommend Black Ops. Keep in mind, this was only a brief look into the multiplayer aspect of the game. The single player is so crappy in writing, it is almost embarrassing. I would definitely recommend avoiding the single player if you are actually looking for a good story. It was clever at some parts, but most of the time I caught myself face-palming at the stupidity at some times. The lack of suspense can also be disappointing.