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COD: Black Ops map pack announced

COD: Black Ops map pack announced

Microsoft's Major Nelson has announced that the First Strike map pack for Black Ops will hit Xbox 360s first.

Microsoft's Major Nelson has announced the first Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack, dubbed First Strike, will be released first for the Xbox 360.

The First Strike map pack will be available for download on Xbox Live on 1 February 2011, at a cost of 1200 MS Points, or £10 GBP.

The First Strike map pack will include one co-operative map for the Zombies mode, plus four multiplayer maps detailed below.
  • Discovery - An Antarctic research station based on a level in the singleplayer campaign
  • Kowloon - A Hong Kong rooftop map based on a singleplayer level
  • Berlin Wall - A map based around the well-known Checkpoint Charlie
  • Stadium - A level built around an American ice-hock rink
First Strike hasn't yet been dated for either PlayStation 3 or PC, but a release on other platforms is expected to follow a month after the Xbox 360 release.

You can check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops review for more information on the game, or take a peek at our Top 10 Games of 2010 to see the four games from this year which our readers felt were better than it.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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adam_bagpuss 20th December 2010, 12:57 Quote
watch as they laugh all they way to the bank when you pay £10 for PC map packs LOL FOOLS which 18 months ago on any PC game were free. dont buy it as it just encourages publishers to release games with about 4 maps on and then release more maps for more money !!!!!!!! its like buying a cake then releasing its only a slice and you want another slice well thats gunna cost ya
mpr 20th December 2010, 13:00 Quote
let the consumer rape begin anew... I was really hoping they'd off the DLC for less than MW:2's was to prove they have the customer as well as the bottom line in mind... guess not.
DragunovHUN 20th December 2010, 13:29 Quote
Hmm. For 1200 MSP do i buy a map pack with 4 maps, some lifted from the Singleplayer campaign, oor do i buy a full game like Monday Night Combat or Blacklight? Tough call innit!

Not to mention, Treyarch tend to release a LOT of map packs for their games, so if you want to keep playing with everyone you'll end up paying as much as the game originally cost.
Spiny 20th December 2010, 13:37 Quote
Good to know we already have this content: http://modsonline.com/Forums-top-132764.html
msm722 20th December 2010, 13:40 Quote
4 maps for £10? lol...

BFBC2 Vietnam cost that and it's got a lot more than just rehashed single player maps.
wuyanxu 20th December 2010, 13:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by adam_bagpuss
watch as they laugh all they way to the bank when you pay £10 for PC map packs LOL FOOLS which 18 months ago on any PC game were free. dont buy it as it just encourages publishers to release games with about 4 maps on and then release more maps for more money !!!!!!!! its like buying a cake then releasing its only a slice and you want another slice well thats gunna cost ya
not 18 months ago, 2 weeks ago with BFBC2 map pack 7 (?) where they added 4 completely new maps completely free. Heavy metal is just awesome.

Vietnam is much better value, im done with Black ops already, only going on there to get knife kills for podcast competition. and god knife kills are just too easy on CoD.
Centy-face 20th December 2010, 13:59 Quote
Judging by the inexcusable state of the PC version is anyone really surprised by this? We were spoonfed a lot of crap in this games development and I hate to admit it but I was taken in by the pro PC anti IW talk that was coming from Treyarch. I bought the game day one and was met with the list of tech problems some of which still aren't fixed so if they want more money from me they must be mad.

No more Call of Duty for me on my PC and if I felt like spending 10 quid on a game I already own I'd go and get Bad Company 2 Vietnam for the same price and a hell of a lot more content,.
BRAWL 20th December 2010, 13:59 Quote
*shrugs* Wouldn't bother getting all worked up about the cost...

MIGHT look into buying it, after I check the maps out online mind.
B1GBUD 20th December 2010, 14:09 Quote
Played the new BC2 map Heavy Metal on the PC just last night, cracking fun!.... and it didn't cost me a single penny.

@ BRAWL..... it's not the cost that's the problem, the game has been out for like a month and they have the god damn cheek to charge for something that should been either free, or it should have been included in the game from the outset. It's not like they've spent the last month beavering away to get it released, they've just sat on it with the intention of charging for it.

I didn't buy BLOPS on PC cos it didn't look that great... reviews seemed so so, I liked MW2 but didn't buy the booster packs for that either. Didn't they charge an obscene amount for BLOPS anyway?

If anyone is dumb enough to get butt-f***ed for some extra maps then fine.....

STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DOES
Gunsmith 20th December 2010, 14:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
If anyone is dumb enough to get butt-f***ed for some extra maps then fine.....

STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DOES

a shame theres so many retards out there. :/
rothers 20th December 2010, 14:28 Quote
"The First Strike map pack will be available for download on Xbox Live on 1 February 2010," surely this is supposed to be 2011?
UK-Blade 20th December 2010, 15:31 Quote
I so miss Unreal Tournament. Remember when you bought a game (which came with LOADS of great levels, plus the game worked!). It came with a level editor so thousands of levels got pumped out by the community (alright so lots were BAD, but even some of the very bad, were good ;) ) Every now and again the developer would release a map pack, which contained some of the best community maps and some of there own new maps and all they wanted was a 'Thank You' (and keep playing the game....)
Then the XBox Live business model came along and F**ked it all up........

Might not be so bad if the BLOPS levels didn't suck (in my opinion, some of the worst MP maps I've ever had the displeasure of playing). Most of the bad community maps available for UT are better than these 'Professional' levels...
RichCreedy 20th December 2010, 15:32 Quote
they should make it free for all as compensation for the hassle of trying to play the game
iXROBiNzONXi 20th December 2010, 16:06 Quote
PS3 gets it a MONTH later... What The ****!?
kornedbeefy 20th December 2010, 16:21 Quote
I enjoy it quite a bit on the PC but I'm not buying map packs.....and this is why DLC is a bad idea. It fragments and destroys the player base between those who buy and those who do not. This kills the longevity of the game and future sales of the product.
bouncingjohn 20th December 2010, 17:32 Quote
It shouldn't really be necessary for me to point out to those complaining about paying for DLC on the PC version that the article makes no mention of that at all.

I wouldn't be surprised if Treyarch do as they did with World at War, i.e. get someone to sponsor the DLC and give it away free on PC.
Matticus 20th December 2010, 17:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by UK-Blade
I so miss Unreal Tournament. Remember when you bought a game (which came with LOADS of great levels, plus the game worked!). It came with a level editor so thousands of levels got pumped out by the community (alright so lots were BAD, but even some of the very bad, were good ;) ) Every now and again the developer would release a map pack, which contained some of the best community maps and some of there own new maps and all they wanted was a 'Thank You' (and keep playing the game....)

Play TF2... nuff said.
ssj12 20th December 2010, 17:40 Quote
And thats why I didnt by Black Ops and never will.
GravitySmacked 20th December 2010, 17:55 Quote
I'm really enjoying BLOPS MP, much prefer it over MW2; doubt I'll buy the map packs but at least the option is there.
lxrysprtmscl 20th December 2010, 18:39 Quote
i love the date error... Feb. 01, 2010. haha. the map pack is long overdue. and was supposed to be released months before the actual game came out. niice. but seriously... 1200MS points? forget that. what a waste of money.
knuck 20th December 2010, 19:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by UK-Blade
I so miss Unreal Tournament. Remember when you bought a game (which came with LOADS of great levels, plus the game worked!). It came with a level editor so thousands of levels got pumped out by the community (alright so lots were BAD, but even some of the very bad, were good ;) ) Every now and again the developer would release a map pack, which contained some of the best community maps and some of there own new maps and all they wanted was a 'Thank You' (and keep playing the game....)
Then the XBox Live business model came along and F**ked it all up........

Might not be so bad if the BLOPS levels didn't suck (in my opinion, some of the worst MP maps I've ever had the displeasure of playing). Most of the bad community maps available for UT are better than these 'Professional' levels...

I came here to post the same thing ;)

rep for you sir
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Originally Posted by Matticus
Play TF2... nuff said.

I have become a huge TF2 fan but it cannot be compared to UT at all. No game ever had as may maps as the original UT did. I'm talking about hundreds of maps for every type of gameplay (ctf, tdm, assault, low-g, sniper matrix, ig. everything)

Nothing will ever come close to UT. To me, online gaming competition and fun peaked with UT,CS and Quake 3.

It's never going to happen again because noobs and retards make for about 80% of the market.




*sigh*

EDIT:

and I agree, the maps of black ops are awful. They ruin the game completely for me. I played about 4 hours and I don't think I will play it much more. I get pissed half a second after connecting to a server because I inevitably get shot in the back, spawn, get shot in the back, spawn, get shot in the back.

It's stupid
spectre456 20th December 2010, 19:23 Quote
all this complaining and people will still end up buying these map packs. same complaints from MW2 map packs and i'm sure the sales will be the same if not better.

People seem to forget that you can literally charge what you want when you dominate the market in terms of sales and mass appeal. why should they offer them for $10 when they can sell just as well for $15.
Showerhead 20th December 2010, 19:45 Quote
Bear in mind as well when you say all this complaining we are a tiny proportion of the market. A huge chunk of that market will probably never read gaming journals/websites.
Veles 20th December 2010, 19:54 Quote
Hahahaha! £10 for 4 maps?! I shouldn't be surprised from a game published by Activision really but I didn't think they were that greedy.
knuck 20th December 2010, 21:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by spectre456
all this complaining and people will still end up buying these map packs. same complaints from MW2 map packs and i'm sure the sales will be the same if not better.

People seem to forget that you can literally charge what you want when you dominate the market in terms of sales and mass appeal. why should they offer them for $10 when they can sell just as well for $15.

Not elitists like us ;)
alf- 20th December 2010, 22:29 Quote
if you liken this to a DVD, it is actually good value.

people bitch and moan about how this DLC costs this, or that.
but never consider how much value you get, put it this way for COD MOD2 i have a few hundred hours of playtime, and if i were too buy Black ops, i would imagine this would be about the same after the same time.

for a game that costs around 35 pound i think thats fantastic value, hundreds of hours of entertainment from an investment of 35 pound, theres not many other forms of entertainment that can beat that, for dvd you get what?, 3 hours max plus maybe several hours of extras for around 10 pound, thats pretty **** value in comparison to games like COD.

and this same logic applies to DLC, sure it would be great if it was free, but even at 10 pound its not bad value at all, considering the amount of playtime it could add to the game.
smc8788 20th December 2010, 22:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
Vietnam is much better value

Didn't BFBC2: Vietnam also have 4 maps? :|

If Treyarch called these 'expansions' instead of 'map packs', would that give them a higher perceived value?
lewchenko 20th December 2010, 23:01 Quote
I will buy it.

£10 is cheap. The game cost me £35 and I've had more than 35 hours just out of the multiplayer so far with still the single player left to play. That's only £1 per hour of fun.
I've had none of the technical problems plus treyarch have now released a decent patch which seems to have helped people that do.

Compared to a DVD or a cinema ticket, this is cheap. For people that love cod black ops, they will love this.

They only negative point is the timed exclusive for the 360 platform which sticks two fingers up at the ps3 and pc customers.
Sloth 20th December 2010, 23:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by alf-
if you liken this to a DVD, it is actually good value.

people bitch and moan about how this DLC costs this, or that.
but never consider how much value you get, put it this way for COD MOD2 i have a few hundred hours of playtime, and if i were too buy Black ops, i would imagine this would be about the same after the same time.

for a game that costs around 35 pound i think thats fantastic value, hundreds of hours of entertainment from an investment of 35 pound, theres not many other forms of entertainment that can beat that, for dvd you get what?, 3 hours max plus maybe several hours of extras for around 10 pound, thats pretty **** value in comparison to games like COD.

and this same logic applies to DLC, sure it would be great if it was free, but even at 10 pound its not bad value at all, considering the amount of playtime it could add to the game.
Consider whether you'd actually get any more hours out of a map pack. You're still playing the same game which you already paid for, just in a slightly different setting. If you'd have kept on playing with the same maps anyway then the DLC adds nothing.
alf- 21st December 2010, 00:03 Quote
of course you will get extra hours of game play from a game, if you add additional content,
people who buy this DLC are obviously going to play it.

some people get tired of playing the same maps, so in that sense this DLC of extra maps will add something.

when i bought the first Modern warfare, i played it a lot, but eventually i got bored, so when they added the DLC to it, it reignited my interest in the game, adding dozens of hours of extra game play, of course this DLC was free, but even if it had cost 10 pound or even slightly more i would still consider it worthwhile, as it added a large amount of entertainment to that game.

how much would anyone here spend on a night out, be it the cinema, pub, club or even dinner and thats just for one night of maybe several hours.
DLC isn't for everyone, but to people who say its expensive they need a reality check, 10 pound for something that could potentially extent a game by dozens of hours is pretty good value.
SMIFFYDUDE 21st December 2010, 00:48 Quote
@ alf- £10 is not cheap when its just 4 mp maps that should'nt cost a penny, no amount of comparisons can convince us that its good value. £10 for a proper expansion is decent value, but maps and mods should be free.
FelixTech 21st December 2010, 00:56 Quote
As Phantasy Star Online showed us, less is more when it comes to maps :)

It's interesting how this is kind of the opposite model to TF2. TF2 gives you all the maps, and then encourages you to pay for some shiny weapons to pwn your friends with (random items aside...). BLOPS lets everyone get the good guns, but then demands you pay £10 to keep playing with everyone.
alf- 21st December 2010, 01:03 Quote
depends of your definition of value really.

i would consider it good value if it added dozens of hours of extra game time, which i suspect it will based on other map packs i have downloaded.

but really people will decide with their wallets.

i just find it funny that people will spend several times this on a night out without any qualms, or spend 10 pound on a single DVD without any hesitation, but yeah each to their own and all that.
metarinka 21st December 2010, 03:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by UK-Blade
I so miss Unreal Tournament. Remember when you bought a game (which came with LOADS of great levels, plus the game worked!). It came with a level editor so thousands of levels got pumped out by the community (alright so lots were BAD, but even some of the very bad, were good ;) ) Every now and again the developer would release a map pack, which contained some of the best community maps and some of there own new maps and all they wanted was a 'Thank You' (and keep playing the game....)
Then the XBox Live business model came along and F**ked it all up........

Might not be so bad if the BLOPS levels didn't suck (in my opinion, some of the worst MP maps I've ever had the displeasure of playing). Most of the bad community maps available for UT are better than these 'Professional' levels...

I was a former UT player and CS player, where yes there were hundreds of maps, BUT I think people are forgetting how much less time it took to create a map back in those days as compared to now, I mean maybe 40 hours for a very pro home made map. (I used to make CS maps) I made the transition to Ut2k3 but after that the amount of time and varying skills went up a lot in terms of making maps yourself, lighting, physics consideration, optimization etc etc. It took a lot more work to make a map for a later engine like source or cryengines.

I think the DLC model is here to stay, and while it's a shame we don't get as much bang for the buck and free content as we used to. look at the cost of making a triple A title now as compared to late 90's it's vastly different and they are trying to recoup as much as they can.
M_D_K 21st December 2010, 07:48 Quote
"Puts hand up"
I would be one of the dumb ones, I've got some xbox points kicking around ready for the map pack, already ranked up 2.5days worth of gameplay on BlackOps so the extra maps should see me through to the next map pack :) or game that I like the look of and then shell out another £40 for it.
It is the only game I like playing on the xbox, sit on it most nights for a couple hours with my Brother & mates.
frontline 21st December 2010, 08:17 Quote
I don't understand the comments about poor maps on BLOPS. There is plenty of variety and maps like launch and radiation are excellent. Much better than COD 4's map selection.

I played Bad Company 2 a lot, but DICE's marketing spin of 'new maps' which basically consisted of different game modes on the same map was a bit much. Also aren't 2 of the 4 maps released recently from the original Bad Company game?

If they charge for the extra maps on BLOPS PC i probably wouldn't bother, but i've had a lot of fun playing the multiplayer so far.
Xtrafresh 21st December 2010, 08:48 Quote
I thank COD for keeping all the tards and 13 year olds away from good games. I don't want to imagine how a game like WoT would play if all these idiots would join my precious servers :D
Culinia 21st December 2010, 08:53 Quote
[QUOTE=frontline] DICE's marketing spin of 'new maps' which basically consisted of different game modes on the same map was a bit much. Also aren't 2 of the 4 maps released recently from the original Bad Company game?


I'm not sure what you mean xtrafresh -- Dice released (I think) around 7 map packs for free (if you are a first hand owner of the game)
Xtrafresh 21st December 2010, 09:14 Quote
What i mean is that i'm happy that games like COD exist, so I can enjoy the games that i actually play. I don't believe it's that much of a strech to say that the more mainstream a game is, the lower the quality of human interaction in this game.
wuyanxu 21st December 2010, 09:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788
Didn't BFBC2: Vietnam also have 4 maps? :|

If Treyarch called these 'expansions' instead of 'map packs', would that give them a higher perceived value?
4 new maps now, 1 more completely new map when some number is hit. there's also 13 new weapons, a couple completely new vehicles don't forget new art design, audio tracks.

feels like a completely different game. not saying the direction towards MoH similarity is good, but the feel is completely different.

to call them 'expansions', you'll need more than just maps.
mucgoo 21st December 2010, 10:33 Quote
Also in each battlefield map there is 3-4 segments each several time bigger than any individual COD map.
While it would be nice to have more variety in these section rather than the same building 2/3 time in different location I'm guessing they take a lot more work than COD maps, and don't forget new weapons/vehicles in Vietnam.
frontline 21st December 2010, 18:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
Quote:
Originally Posted by smc8788
Didn't BFBC2: Vietnam also have 4 maps? :|

If Treyarch called these 'expansions' instead of 'map packs', would that give them a higher perceived value?
4 new maps now, 1 more completely new map when some number is hit. there's also 13 new weapons, a couple completely new vehicles don't forget new art design, audio tracks.

feels like a completely different game. not saying the direction towards MoH similarity is good, but the feel is completely different.

to call them 'expansions', you'll need more than just maps.

"However, rather than just feature new game modes on the same maps, Map Pack 7 will feature two maps from the first Bad Company game (Harvest Day, Oasis), and also two maps from the single player campaign (Cold War, Heavy Metal), so you could basically call this the first REAL map pack for the game if you like".

This was the map pack originally referred to, not the Vietnam expansion - 9 months to wait for the first real new maps.

My main issue with BC2 is that DICE have admitted that the way the game is coded makes it virtually impossible for them to release small updates/fixes, they have to re-code large chunks of the game and release it as a multi mb d/l. I enjoyed the game as it was at release, the updates since then have basically broken the game, plus still no mod tools to support proper match play.

COD is a basic twitch shooter in comparison, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun, otherwise i'm assuming that any game with a basic game mechanic (platform games, racing games etc) are also for the 'retards'.
Sloth 21st December 2010, 19:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by alf-
of course you will get extra hours of game play from a game, if you add additional content,
people who buy this DLC are obviously going to play it.

some people get tired of playing the same maps, so in that sense this DLC of extra maps will add something.

when i bought the first Modern warfare, i played it a lot, but eventually i got bored, so when they added the DLC to it, it reignited my interest in the game, adding dozens of hours of extra game play, of course this DLC was free, but even if it had cost 10 pound or even slightly more i would still consider it worthwhile, as it added a large amount of entertainment to that game.

how much would anyone here spend on a night out, be it the cinema, pub, club or even dinner and thats just for one night of maybe several hours.
DLC isn't for everyone, but to people who say its expensive they need a reality check, 10 pound for something that could potentially extent a game by dozens of hours is pretty good value.
Consider the people who are already playing the game and are perfectly content playing the game for many more hours to come. Ten pounds for four maps is a horrible deal since you aren't adding anything, particularly when you consider how other games are given free maps, as you yourself have experienced.

Ten pounds really is expensive for four maps. Even an expensive full size game only pushes 40 pounds, that gets you sometimes a new engine, new gameplay mechanics, singleplayer story, achievements, easily four maps, and such things. This map pack is a quarter of that price for far less than a quarter of the content. Consider how much more content a 10 pound older or indie game would give you.
Fizzban 21st December 2010, 19:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
Consider the people who are already playing the game and are perfectly content playing the game for many more hours to come. Ten pounds for four maps is a horrible deal since you aren't adding anything, particularly when you consider how other games are given free maps, as you yourself have experienced.

Ten pounds really is expensive for four maps. Even an expensive full size game only pushes 40 pounds, that gets you sometimes a new engine, new gameplay mechanics, singleplayer story, achievements, easily four maps, and such things. This map pack is a quarter of that price for far less than a quarter of the content. Consider how much more content a 10 pound older or indie game would give you.

You're far too kind. £10 for 4 maps is daylight rape. It doesn't matter your argument, it's an unwanted poke up the bum. The community come up with better and they do it for free. And even if they didn't/can't, £10? Really?
comeradealexi 13th October 2011, 23:06 Quote
I agree about the pricing! Read an interesting article here: http://www.callofdutymappacks.com/news/the-price-is-right/ i never realised the maps were already included on the disk as well!!!!! Outrage...
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