Game developer Treyarch has announced via their Twitter page, that the first map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops, dubbed “First Strike,” will be coming February 1st. The video below introduces the four new multiplayer maps. The fifth map in the set, specially made for zombie mode and titled Ascension, has not been revealed.
The first map is called Kowloon and takes place in Kowloon, China, much like the mission you encounter during the single player campaign with things adjusted a bit for online play. The stand out of this map is that it has zip lines, which you can use to move quickly around the map. Unfortunately, you can’t use your gun while you’re on them, making you an easy target. I’m sure I’ll use this once, get shot and never use it again.
The next map is entitled Discovery. This map is split in half with a chasm running through the middle. There are bridges that run over the chasm, some of which are made of ice and snow. these bridges can be blown up, which I think is great for some of the objective modes to the game.
Next up is Berlin Wall. This map takes place, you guessed it, at the Berlin Wall. This is a really large map. An interesting feature is “No Man’s Land,” which allows you to quickly cut across the map, but auto turrets are there to cut you down!
The most promising of the bunch is Stadium. This is a small map with lots of corners. Better for my type of play. I don’t have the attention span for sniping, so I like to run around.
Look for the “First Strike” map pack to come out February 1st on Xbox for 1200 Microsoft Points, or 15 bucks hard currency. It’s unclear if and when this new DLC will be released on other platforms.