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The first piece of DLC, the Revolution Map Pack, for Call of Duty Black Ops 2 was released for the Xbox 360 yesterday (Feb 28th on the PS3 and PC) and it brings four new multiplayer maps, one new Zombies map, one new Zombies mode and one new weapon. Not having new DLC released each month, like with Modern Warfare 3, is a little weird, so hopefully Treyarch are going to bring us some great new content to make up for the extra wait this time around. Let’s take a look at what we get in the Revolution Map Pack.
What You Get
The four new multiplayer maps are: Grind, Hydro, Downhill and Mirage. Starting with Downhill, which is a well rounded, medium-sized map set on a Ski Hill in the French Alps, it has plenty of snowy pathways, buildings to take cover in and even a Gondola Lift going up the middle of the map. Sadly you can’t get in any of the cable cars, which was really disappointing, and they will kill you if you’re not paying attention; also a bummer. I don’t know why but I always enjoy snow covered maps and Downhill is no exception. Next up is Mirage, which is set on a Luxury Resort that has been “ravaged by a catastrophic sandstorm” in the Gobi Desert in China. The map is decent enough, but it’s worth pointing out that the description of the map mentions that “the sands offer interesting, varied fights”, but it’s really just a little bit of blowing sand here and there that barely affects your visibility. It’s not like how sand could change things in Spec Ops The Line or anything.
The next map is Hydro, which is a smaller map that’s set at a Hydroelectric Power Plant in Pakistan. There’s nothing specifically wrong with Hydro, but it’s a very typical Call of Duty map and I feel like I’ve played it many times before. There’s just nothing that interesting about it, even with the lower level of the map covered in water. Last but not least is Grind, which is definitely my favorite of all the new maps. Set in Venice Beach, at a Skate Park that could have been taken right out of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Grind has a great atmosphere for multiplayer action. I can’t remember ever playing a Shooter on a Skate Park map before so it’s at least a fresh idea. Whether you’re blasting people in the Skate Shop, Bathroom or Locker Room with the Shotgun, stalking them through the pipe or just climbing up ramps and running along rails, Grind is just a fun map to play on.
Also on the multiplayer side of the Revolution Map Pack is the new Peacekeeper SMG, which has stats similar to the MSMC, with a high Fire Rate and good Accuracy, but better Range. It’s a decent gun if you want the best of both an SMG and an Assault Rifle.
Moving over to the new Zombies content, hardcore fans of Zombies mode will enjoy the new Die Rise map, which takes place in a series of a crumbling Skyscrapers in China. As you explore each floor, you’ll find plenty of doors to unlock, weapons to buy and Zombies coming from all angles. I don’t hate Zombies mode, but it’s not something that I want to play that often, and Die Rise didn’t really do anything to make me want to play it any more than the original maps did. Sure, there are parts to create new weapons to find, a new enemy type and the fact that you’re playing in Skyscrapers so you have to watch your step and not fall to your death to mix things up, but I still just couldn’t get into it. Since I couldn’t find anything technically wrong with the new map, I’m sure those of you who still enjoy Zombies will like Die Rise more than I did.
The new Zombie game mode, Turned, however was much more interesting to me. When the match starts, one player will be the Human and the other three players will be Zombies, and their goal is to kill and become the Human to earn points. The player with the most points at the end of the round, wins. I enjoyed fighting each other much more than just killing random zombie after random zombie, but the fact that it can only be played on the Diner map is a little disappointing, since that map is quite small. Playing on such a small map and the fact that the zombies can see the outline of the Human player through walls makes it hard for the Human to have any time to hide or find a good spot to set up camp and prepare for their attacks. Having a second, larger map would have been an easy way to give us the best of both worlds. One map for those who want to play at a more frantic pace and another map for those who want a little more breathing room. Hopefully Treyarch will expand Turned to more maps in the future.
In my opinion, the Revolution Map Pack is worth the $15 price tag. Whether you’re looking for some new multiplayer maps, new Zombies content or both, Revolution has something for you. Multiplayer maps like Grind and Downhill were the stand outs to me and the new Turned mode gave me a reason to want to play Zombies again. If you’re not sick of Black Ops 2 yet, then I think you’ll enjoy the new Revolution Map Pack.
Price: 1200 MS Points ($15) or Free with the Season Pass
Release Date: 1/29/2013 on Xbox 360, February 28th on PS3 and PC
Available On: Xbox 360 and Coming Soon for PS3 and PC.