From the moment it was announced, fans of Modern Warfare 2 have been up in arms over the new Stimulus Pack map pack. The reason for that being is at a premium price point ($15), even though 2 of the 5 maps are can be found in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
We were able to get some serious time in with the new Stimulus Pack so the question is: Should you spend $15 for it?
Let’s get this out of the way. Yes, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare multiplayer maps Crash & Overgrown are included in this map pack. Being able to play these two popular maps in Modern Warfare 2 definitely brings a bit of nostalgia as I’m sure most of you, like I, spent a lot of time fighting on these two particular maps. The maps for the most part have been left unchanged. The wrecked helicopter is still sitting pretty in the middle of the map in Crash. The bridge is still old and rickety towards the outskirts of Overgrown. You get the idea.
The three new maps, Bailout, Salvage, and Storm actually offer a fair amount of variety between them. Bailout’s locale gives off the feeling like it’s located in the middle of a popular Italian villa and it’s overall layout is rectangular, which doesn’t offer much in terms of hiding spots. Salvage’s snow covered junk yard offers some tight spots that will make you think twice about rushing through the level. Storm is set in an industrial locale with larger shipping containers, old, abandoned warehouses, and did I mention the continuous rain and thunder? This level in particular has some great hiding spots for you would-be snipers.
As is customary with most DLC maps, the Stimulus Pack can be accessed by its own independent playlist from the multiplayer menu. There are two varieties of the Stimulus Pack: One that’s the stimulus pack, and the other is a stimulus pack with hardcore rules engabled. The playlists play through all of the other Modern Warfare 2 playlists, but I noticed the Stimulus Pack favors objective style playlists (Capture the Flag, Headquarters) over more simple ones (Team Deathmatch). As someone who, for the most part, plays Team Deathmatch games, this was both good and bad. It allowed me to actually start playing the other kinds of playlists that I normally wouldn’t take part in, but at the same time, sometimes you just want to play a simple playlist rather than objective based ones.
FINAL THOUGHT: It’s a shame Bailout, Salvage, and Storm were bundled in with Crash & Overgrown for the price tag of $15. The three new maps are very solid and would make most Modern Warfare 2 players happy with how they play, but $15 for what results as 3 new maps is too rich for most people’s blood. If you absolutely need the latest and greatest, you probably already have the Stimulus Pack. If you don’t, I’d recommend waiting until the price drops on these maps.