Emerging as the first (and probably not last) form of DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops, First Strike offers 4 new multiplayer maps and 1 new zombie map for those eager enough to spend the $15 price tag. Each map offers something a little different than the next and it’s enjoyable to see a change of scenery. We’ll break down each map then review the overall product.
Your new dose of zombie slaying has you pitted in a space station which offers new weapons, lunar transportation, and space monkeys. Yes, monkeys and they aren’t friendly. Much like the other zombie maps, you’ll start in one area and need to purchase door unlocks to turn the power on (and color) and obtain better weapons. Zombie killing is pretty fun regardless of the map so having a new place is awesome but it may take you a few tries until you learn the layout.
This is the snow map that contains the auto-turrets so look out on your mini-map and avoid the red zone. There are 3 ways to get to the other side; 2 big open areas and 1 tightly squeezed path in the middle of the turrets. For you Domination fans, “B” is located in that tight path in the middle so it gets the most action, expect grenades aplenty to fly. A few buildings offer some cover and some aerial perspective but most of the fighting takes place outside.
Another snow map that is much larger, open, and easier to get around than Berlin Wall. Once again, “B” is located in the middle crossroads so expect another heavy battle for its custody in Domination. This location offers lots of paths to choose, some decent sniper spots, and a destructible ice bridge. If the bridge goes out, a good run and jump can still get you across but be cautious when crossing if it’s still intact. A majority of this map is fought outside and only offers a few covered locations.
Probably the most favored map right now, Kowloon takes place on the rooftops offering lots of levels to travel and zip lines. The zip lines can really get you across the map quickly but there are some downsides to it. First, you cannot shoot once you’re moving; and second, you cannot change your line of vision. Meaning, if you happen to be looking straight down when you activate the zip line, you’ll be looking down the entire ride and cannot change until you’re completely off. The rest of the map is awesome though that has many ways to sneak around either from the bottom levels or get the drop on someone from the higher grounds.
Personally, I dread when this map comes up. There’s a good combination of outdoor and inside areas and there’s actually a hockey stadium inside but you can only get to the bleachers. There are a few places to get elevated so a majority of the fights will be at ground level. Watch your corners especially when traveling in the middle of the map around the fountain.
Overall, the first map pack is pretty good. All the maps offer something unique and a breath of fresh air. Personally, I think the $15 asking price is a bit steep but fans will buy it regardless. With maps like Kowloon and the recently added First Strike playlist really make this stand out and worth a purchase for Black Ops fans.