The PS3 finally gets the First Strike Map Pack DLC this weekend and I couldn’t be happier for them. Yes I own a 360 but what? I can’t share some enthusiasm for my friends across the console pond? I mean, I am not excited that Microsoft paid Activision a (probably large) sum of money to get early rights to CoD DLC. I feel like I can speak on the maps however, having played them for a month or so.
So come, PS3 users, join me on an exploration of the new maps you’ll be downloading and learning this weekend. Let me drop some knowledge on you, with some overhead maps.
This is a map inspired by the single player, I think … I didn’t actually delve into the campaign. It is set on a very rainy day in a high rise slum area. There are 2 zip lines that the devs tauted as AMAZING and GAME CHANGING, but you can pretty much ignore them because they are lamely in the middle of the map going outwards to either base. The map is pretty much a square framed around the middle building that houses some monkeys for some reason. There is also a secret tunnel under the map that is perpendicular to the zip lines which is very useful.
Team 1 spawns up top in between A2 and B2, while Team 2 spawns down where E4 is. The middle area just left of the napalm marker is the top room, where the two yellow dotted zip lines originate. C3, the monkey room, has a great view of both spawns and pretty much 40% of the map.
There are many crevices and ‘secret’ areas which campers love to hang out in but being aware should keep you alive. This is a fun objective map as you can get pretty much anywhere on it in 25 seconds, great for clutch Search plants.
You should always take the scenic route on this map because there will ALWAYS…. ALLLLLWAYS be many enemies watching the obvious routes. Also there are about 3 or 4 ways up to each vantage point so if an entire team is not there you have a good chance of catching whoever is off guard.
Stadium is the kind of map where you see it and say ‘Why the hell did they name it this?’ There is barely any of the inside of the ice hockey rink to go into, which is very disappointing. They could have set it in a mall, or a parking deck or anywhere really and gotten the exact same map. Oh well it is fun to play on at least.
This above map is pieced together from some of the mini maps in game, sorry it is the only pic I could find. the center area with the circle is a large fountain, it is the lowest spot in the map and a real cluster f*** in objective games. As you can see by the player position marker this is a very small map, 15 seconds and your across the whole thing.
If you can read it, the area that says C3 is a large plywood scaffolding that comes out of the stadium, there will be tons of people sitting on that. The same can be said for the lower yellow marker, that and the B3 mark 2 very camped spots as they have an immense view of the middle and about 1/3 of the map from each spot.
There is a bit cut off from the bottom left, but it is a gym type building that you can get on the roof, it isn’t very useful but you will spawn there a good deal. Again, take the long route to get around pesky snipers or areas where you think someone is holed up in a corner.
Ahh Berlin Wall. This map is cut in twain by a large ‘no man zone’ with only 3 routes from side to side. This isn’t so bad though as a lot of the time you spawn on the same side as the enemy. So you don’t always think of this map horizontally, sometimes it is vertical. And it is vertical in more ways than one. Each side has multiple buildings with windows just waiting to be camped in. The record store to the top right of D3 and the building where the yellow marker are in are polar opposites. Each has a great view of the middle and one other route across the no man zone.
Always be wary of the windows, one or 2 plays on it will give you an idea of which ones to check before rushing out. There are also several fire escapes which make for good places to catch players unawares. Domination on this map is a bitch sometimes because B flag is right in the center. There is 1 thing about the no mans land though, if you throw a smoke in the right place you can run through the middle unscathed. Also, the turrets make an alarm sound when you enter the red zone, so you can fool enemies into looking that way by quickly running into it and out. Just be careful, and don’t blame your swiss cheesed death on me!
This is the largest DLC map, so ironically it must have the smallest image. There are 3 destrucable bridges in this map, but they can be jumped over after destruction so it isn’t an issue. Again there are really only 3 ways from side to side but instead of auto turrets to kill you there is a big death pit. There are a myriad of buildings to hide in and shoot out of so watch yourself if you are on the ground because there is probably a Wa2000 aimed right at you!
The top has a long… looooooooong catwalk from side to side. This is oddly enough one of the most used ways to traverse the map, seeing as how it is 1)elevated and 2) has NO cover on it. Keep an eye out every once in a while for people running their mouth and trying to get to your base. There is not a set way to really prosper on this map, just have a gun with some range and a steady aim and you will be ok. It may take a day or so to get used to the giant aurora going on in the background, or to wrap your head around just WHY is there so much military hardware at the south pole… but just try not to think about that.
Overall these 4 maps are a great addition to Call of Duty Black Ops. Ya’ll PS3ers, or Xbox users who are just buying the maps are in for a treat. You may be frustrated at first because I am sure there are SOME dual owners who will take advantage on the double xp weekend, but don’t get discouraged, you will learn the maps soon enough. One great thing about them is most of them have *extremely* easy to see Spy Planes… no more Hanoi or Summit where you only have 10% visibility. I am excited to hear some feedback from you guys on if I helped any or not so please drop me a line here or at BlackOpsForum.com where my name is “ALungsackFish”