Thursday, 20 January 2011

First Strike Map Pack For Black Ops.

Yes, it’s that time again! With Call of Duty’s latest instalment ‘Black Ops’ losing interest to many CoD fans, Treyarch have recently announced the release of the game’s first map pack, titling ‘First strike’ and to be honest, the name says it all. The map is set to release on 1st February for all Xbox 360 users, because of the fact that Microsoft struck a deal with Activision for the exclusive content to be on the Xbox first, which is all fair enough when Xbox users have to pay for online. There is no confirmed release date for the PC or the PS3
The map pack will retail at 1200 Microsoft points as priced by Activision. This is about $15 or just under £10. This price may seem a little too much for some; however 1 extra map is included this time around, (4 online maps, instead of the normal 3) along with the all important zombie map that will again "freshen" things up.

Discovery - An Antarctic German research station, abandoned from World War II. There are going to be lots of open ground, meaning this might be the first actual map where you can snipe effectively (not to say that you can’t snipe on a map such as Array for example) This looks like a medium/large sized map.

Kowloon – Inspired from the single-player campaign based off of Kowloon city in China. It's a rooftop map. There are lots of windows, however there is little information about this map and there are no images.

Stadium – Hockey rink in north-eastern United States. This looks like it could be a new favourite for most Black Ops players. Again, another medium sized map, with lots of visible obstacles for cover. Its believed that this is going to be one of the most attractive maps in the series to play on, simply because of the colours and buildings.

Berlin Wall – Takes place at Checkpoint Charlie. A battle between East and West Berlin. To be honest, this is a medium sized map with lots of buildings circling a courtyard, which kind of makes me wonder if it’s going to be a little bit like ‘Block’ from Call of Duty 4.

Ascension – The newest zombie map. There haven’t been any details released about this map, however the word ‘ascension’ may be able to give us a clue, it’s a mystical belief that ascension is when somebody (like Jesus) ascends into heaven. Hmmm, you may think! However there are rumours that this may be set in Dallas where the famous assassination of John F. Kennedy took place. Who knows? We’ll have to just wait and see.

Well that's all the information we have for the time being, but will hopefully get more information near the time and for any PS3 owners there will be information up here once is it is available on Xbox360, so come back in February for the full low down of the newest maps and whether they are worth the money.

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