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Black Ops: First Strike PC release date announced

Black Ops: First Strike PC release date announced

Activision has announced that Black Ops' map pack, First Strike, will see a March release on PC.

Activision has announced the release date for the PC version of the First Strike DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops, with pre-purchases already open on Steam.

According to a tweet from community manager Josh Olin, Call of Duty: Black Ops' first DLC pack will hit PC this Friday - March 25th. That's the same European release date as Crysis 2 and the Nintendo 3DS, by the way.

First Strike was first released on Xbox 360 more than a month ago, then hit PlayStation 3 on March 3.

Steam prices the First Strike DLC, which adds a total of five maps to Black Ops' core, at £11.49 - though you can save 10 per cent if you buy it now. The five new maps include one map exclusive to Black Ops' zombie mode.

Check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops review to learn more about the game, then let us know whether or not you'll be picking up First Strike in the forums.

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Parge 22nd March 2011, 12:09 Quote
Over £10!

Should be half that if you ask me!
AcidJiles 22nd March 2011, 12:15 Quote
I just hope people don't buy it. It is far too expensive and while I am not against DLC but paying a third of the price of the game just for 5 maps is ridiculous and Activision should be ashamed. Unfortunately people will buy this and they will release more map packs at this price point. DLC also doesn't reduce in price over time (as far as I can tell, excluding GOTY editions which include all DLC) so in some cases you can get the full game for the cost of a map pack. If the price of DLC fell over time then I would find a high start point more acceptable and I can get the product later when the price falls.
smc8788 22nd March 2011, 12:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
Over £10!

Should be free if you ask me!

FTFY.

I wouldn't mind so much if they actually bothered to patch the game, but the console versions have received several major patch updates that still have yet to be released on the PC. It's obvious they were trying to shove their paid DLC out the door (and even that was later than the console versions) before they bothered working on stuff they wouldn't get a paycheck from. I have no interest in giving any more money to a developer which makes it so blatantly clear that the PC platform means less to them than the consoles.
mi1ez 22nd March 2011, 12:25 Quote
What a shocking price!
frontline 22nd March 2011, 12:30 Quote
They still haven't fixed the issues from the original release so i definitely won't be paying over £10 for 5 maps.

I'll be too busy playing Brink in a couple of months anyway.
wuyanxu 22nd March 2011, 12:35 Quote
so can people install their own zombie maps or do we have to rely on their DLC?

and if one person buys the DLC, can other people play the map? or does everyone has to have the DLC?
RedFlames 22nd March 2011, 12:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
and if one person buys the DLC, can other people play the map? or does everyone has to have the DLC?

everyone has to have it IIRC
hrp8600 22nd March 2011, 12:56 Quote
£11.49 for 4 maps ( zombie map should be a DLC map on its own ) for a game that still need fixing .
They have got to be kidding.
I don't buy DLC on principal EVER not going to start now.
Just had Dragons age ultimate edition and WOW if thats what pass's for DLC I am glad I have never bothered
bogie170 22nd March 2011, 12:57 Quote
£5 for 5 maps would be realistic. I'll pass until it comes down in price. Activision are rip off merchants.
Jamie 22nd March 2011, 13:07 Quote
Just like MW2 I will wait until they hit £5. The price of the extra maps has yet again killed any love I had for the game.
xaser04 22nd March 2011, 13:19 Quote
So a 1/4 - 1/3 of the games price for maps that really should have been in the game from the get go.

Seems like a bargain......Not!

Perhaps if this "DLC" had included a whole new campaign (say a 2 hour single player portion) AND new multiplayer maps then it would be worth £10 but as it stands it is an absolute rip off.
niro 22nd March 2011, 14:53 Quote
I will not be buying this, I will not give Activision anymore money for a game that firstly they overprice delivering lot less content and then do not even have the decency to get the problems fixed.

It's just unfortunate that loads of ppl will still buy it, and as long as they do, these turd companies will never change their ways
Zurechial 22nd March 2011, 15:39 Quote
**** Call of Duty, **** Activision and **** paid DLC.

That is all.
Mankz 22nd March 2011, 15:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zurechial
**** Call of Duty, **** Activision and **** paid DLC.

That is all.
UK-Blade 22nd March 2011, 16:10 Quote
After all the problems the game had (and plenty of people, me included, still have) can't believe Activision have the cheek to try and charge for it.

Fix the game before you try and get any more money out of its users........

Shame on you Activision. It used to be a name that generated warm and fuzzy feelings for gamers the world over, now your just a bunch of money hungry incompetents.

You won't be getting another penny off me.
Parge 22nd March 2011, 16:33 Quote
I remember my housemate bought the two Modern warefare DLC packs on 360...... for £1 less I went out and bought BFBC2 - best decision of my gaming career.
cjb119 22nd March 2011, 18:28 Quote
Far too much money, half that tops. Are they really trying to say these were took as long as say TorchLight to produce and give anywhere near the same value for money.

Or double the number of maps and keep the price...which actually would be better. They make a game with fairly decent multi-player, entice you to play it lots (with ranks and unlocks), but you get damn bored with the same maps over and over again. Not quite as battlefield 2 though, that need to ship with a least twice as many maps.
hrp8600 22nd March 2011, 19:55 Quote
I forgot they charged £10 more for the game in the first place the every one else charges for new games.
And they called Heather Mills a gold digger.
knuck 22nd March 2011, 20:02 Quote
do_it_anyway 22nd March 2011, 20:48 Quote
Don't worry. No-one is playing this any more. So no one will buy it and they will realise that they are a daft bunch of numpties.

If it was released for free, those who have left the game (like me) would install the DLC and start playing again.
As it is this has convinced me and the rest of my clan to just delete the game. And cancel our server. The remaining servers will empty and no-one encourage their mates to buy it and the game goes in the bargain bin 6 months early. Good market plan!
slothy89 22nd March 2011, 22:18 Quote
The reason PC gets the raw end of the deal is all in the numbers.. And is all about the money. A mate of mine showed me some stats about the Market share on Black Ops:
360: 12,000,000 units sold
PS3: 9,000,000 units sold
PC: 1,500,000 units sold

These are approximate numbers, both 360 and PS3 are actually a little higher. PC only makes up about 6-8% of their total sales. Why should they care?

Personally I wont be bothering with this. I will play black ops as it stands until I can no longer play online due to the servers having the new maps. I await Battlefield3 with what little hope I have left.
Plugs 23rd March 2011, 00:42 Quote
how does paid for dlc work with servers anyway?
do you get kicked from a server when it comes to play a map you dont own?
or do you get a very limited list of servers with no dlc maps?
Mankz 23rd March 2011, 02:47 Quote
If the DLC was a fiver, maybe.

Seeing as the ONLY server I ever go on isn't going to support it? Hell no.

I only play Blops when I can get onto a tactical hardcore search and destroy server which bans last stand, hopping, and launchers. Otherwise, its an awful game.
dark_avenger 23rd March 2011, 02:53 Quote
5 maps for the price of a full game on steam?

What planet are they on?
pantalaimon 23rd March 2011, 10:49 Quote
I bought CoD 4 in 2007, and that was OK. But now, nearly 3 and a half years later, I am disgusted to see these morons selling a game for + £10 retail, with £10 in DLC, totalling over £50 for what is essentially the SAME game as the one I bought in 2007!
spectre456 24th March 2011, 02:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788


FTFY.

I wouldn't mind so much if they actually bothered to patch the game, but the console versions have received several major patch updates that still have yet to be released on the PC. It's obvious they were trying to shove their paid DLC out the door (and even that was later than the console versions) before they bothered working on stuff they wouldn't get a paycheck from. I have no interest in giving any more money to a developer which makes it so blatantly clear that the PC platform means less to them than the consoles.

This.
Adnoctum 24th March 2011, 13:13 Quote
I'm not usually a big fan of DLC, but not all are a waste of time.
The Borderlands DLC (excepting Underdome Riot) were excellent and well worth the money I spent. The Fallout 3 DLC were very good (even Mothership Zeta). I'm not thrilled with the quality of Dead Money for New Vegas, so I'm holding out for a Steam special on it.
DLC extra content are often good. Multiplayer map packs are usually not worth the money though. DLC that are extra weapons or vehicles are crap.
Parge 24th March 2011, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Adnoctum
I'm not usually a big fan of DLC, but not all are a waste of time.
The Borderlands DLC (excepting Underdome Riot) were excellent and well worth the money I spent. The Fallout 3 DLC were very good (even Mothership Zeta). I'm not thrilled with the quality of Dead Money for New Vegas, so I'm holding out for a Steam special on it.
DLC extra content are often good. Multiplayer map packs are usually not worth the money though. DLC that are extra weapons or vehicles are crap.

Agreed - the infinite war map pack for SupCom 2 is an essential purchase for anyone who enjoyed the full game, lots of new units and very beautifully designed maps.

Also, lets not forget, back in the day, we all used to buy expansion packs for £15! Total Annihilation had The Core Contingency (awesome) and Battle Tactics (rubbish), Red Alert had Aftermath and Counterstrike etc etc.

I'm actually a fan of DLC, if you love a game and just want a bit more from it after a few months of play, its great, but only at the right price given the content!
BRAWL 24th March 2011, 13:57 Quote
Dear Corporate F*cktards,

We (The Cosumer) should not have to buy such expensive Downloadable Content for your games when you have failed to provide, on release and on time patches and updates to core failings within a game.

How do you justify £2 a map when I have already spent £39.99 on a game that has failed the FPS community as a whole?

Yours Sincerly,

Brawl
God-Emperor of all things right.

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Not a chance of me buying this waste of time.
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