Monday, June 20, 2011

Call Of Duty: Escalation

I finally got around to purchasing the the latest downloadable content (DLC) pack for Call Of Duty: Black Ops this weekend. The latest map pack, Escalation, features four new multiplayer maps as well as as a new zombie scenario with an all-star cast called Call Of The Dead.

I spent a good part of Saturday and Sunday playing Call Of The Dead with Jason, Gene and Todd. It took me an age to finally join their party online. Once I tried running through the Call Of The Dead map solo, the multiplayer aspect seemed to work fine. It was almost as if I had to remind my PS3 locally that the new map was there. Weird. Anyway, Call Of The Dead features Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, Robert Englund and Michael Rooker as playable characters fighting zombies in a shipyard. Legendary zombie movie guru, George Romero appears as a nearly un-killable advarsary who chases the players all around the map. The goal is to survive as long as possible by running around the map killing zombies and avoiding George. This is actually a very fun map and is even more fun to play than the "Five" map that came with the original release. The only real tragedy here is that some idiot hired Michael Rooker. They should have gotten Bruce Campbell instead.

There's not much I can say about the other standard multiplayer maps included with Escalation aside from the fact that they seem to be more geared towards campers and snipers than any of the other maps previously released. The new maps feel like little more than re-skins made in a map editor. The addition of an elevator in the Hotel map and the security door in the Stockpile map are nice methods of shaking up the gameplay. I was hoping we'd see some more hazards in the maps, though. It would be awesome to have a wandering hungry tiger harassing players in the Zoo map or something similar.

I'm having fun with the new DLC pack, but I honestly don't think it's worth the $15 price point. Ten dollars would have been much more reasonable. Of course, having already paid for it, I've fed the beast once again and further encouraged Activision and Treyarch to continue this practice of milking the Call of Duty franchise to death.

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