Can you escape the island?
The second map pack for Call of Duty Black Ops 2 was released for the Xbox 360 this week and, as always, will be coming soon (May 16th) to the Playstation 3 and PC. The Uprising Map Pack will cost you 1200 MS Points ($15), just like previous ones, and it comes with four new multiplayer maps and a new Zombies mode called Mob of the Dead. Let’s take a look at the Uprising Map Pack.
What You Get
Let’s start with the new Zombies mode, Mob of the Dead, which is an all new mode with a few new tricks up its sleeve. The story behind it is that four mobsters, played by actors Ray Liotta, Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano, and Michael Madsen, who are currently spending time behind the bars of the legendary prison on Alcatraz Island and are about to try to escape, when all hell breaks loose and zombies overrun the prison. It plays like a regular Zombies mode, with increasingly difficult waves of enemies, doors to unlock and windows to barricade, but your goal is to find aircraft parts scattered throughout the prison and escape the island. The new gameplay feature in Mob of the Dead is that when you die, or if you kill yourself, you will become a ghost-like figure that can electrocute enemies, revive your human character, levitate and even help complete some of the objectives. You can only enter this state so many times in each match and each time you do, you’ll have a limited amount of time to revive your human character before you die.
The downside to being in this Spirit state is that you don’t earn points for any kills you get, but at the same time, you don’t lose the points you had before your human character went down. It’s a pretty even trade-off if you think about it. Much like Turned was in the Revolution Map Pack, Mob of the Dead is a really cool addition to Zombies that not only makes it a little easier when playing alone, since you can revive yourself, but it also brings something new to a mode that I was getting tired of. I played a lot of Mob of the Dead over the last few days without getting bored with it, which isn’t something I can normally say about Zombies.
Moving on the multiplayer side, the four maps included in the Uprising DLC are the brand new Magma, Vertigo, and Encore and then the fourth map is a re-imagining of the original Black Ops map Firing Range, called Studio. Treyarch kept the layout of Firing Range intact, but they brought Studio to life by giving it a Hollywood movie studio makeover. You’ll fight through movie sets that you’d see in movies about Pirates, Aliens, old Westerns and there’s even a miniature city that makes you feel like a giant. I think fans of the original map will love being able to play on it again, but it’s inevitable that some will hate the new look and feel.
As for the brand new maps, there’s nothing wrong with any of them, but there’s also nothing extra special about them either. Magma is set in Japan, where a volcano has erupted and spewed lava throughout the streets, so you’ll have to watch your step in certain spots. Vertigo is set high up on the top of a skyscraper in India, and much like other Call of Duty maps set high in the sky, you’ll have to watch your step around the edge. Then there’s Encore, which is set around the stage of an outdoor concert in London. It’s a very typical Call of Duty map, with both indoor and outdoor areas to fight, but there’s just nothing that interesting about it, unless of course you’re just fascinated with London and you want to stand around looking at the city across the Thames. You could easily buy and play these maps a few times and have a good time, but then delete them and never think about them again.
The Uprising Map Pack DLC also includes 10 new Achievements, all for Mob of the Dead, worth an additional 250G.
If you bought the Black Ops 2 Season Pass, the Uprising DLC is included and there’s no reason not to download it. For everyone else, the multiplayer maps may be forgettable overall, but you can think of them as bonus content that you get with the real star of the show, Mob of the Dead. The newest Zombies mode brings something different to the table that will reignite your desire to shoot zombies in the face again. I wouldn’t pay $15 for Mob of the Dead on its own, but packaged together with the new maps, it’s worth it to those still going strong with Black Ops 2.
Price: 1200 MS Points ($15) or Free with the Season Pass
Release Date: April 16th, 2013 – Xbox 360, May 16th, 2013 – PS3 and PC
Available On: Xbox 360, PS3 and PC