Call of Duty: Black Ops – Rezzurection Map Pack
The Rezzurection Pack is Treyarch’s last DLC offering for Call of Duty: Black Ops but they’re going out with a bang. Whilst we’ve reviewed previous DLC map packs, our biggest issue was with perceived value, the problem was they skimped on content a bit. This time around Treyarch have done far better by including four remastered maps from World at War as well as the headline map: Moon!
So, lets get the classic maps out the way first, there’s Nacht der Untoten – the first ever Zombie pack to be released and it’s still fun to play for nostalgia reasons. Verrückt has nothing particularly special going on but it’s still great fun doing circuits around the two floor building while you blow Zombies away. Shi No Numa is the third classic map and set in a murky swamp. The last, Der Riese, is one of the larger Zombie maps and is set in the streets of Germany, it also features the pack-a-punch machines and perks so it’s got fun oozing out of it like brains in the mid-day sun.
However, the star of the show has to be the new map Moon; you start out in Area 51 being completely overrun by the horde. As life on Earth is untenable you and your team are forced to teleport onto a moonbase. As soon as you step off the transporter pad it quickly becomes obvious that all isn’t well so it’s a mad rush to the spacesuits – or not in our case the first time we played. It wasn’t long before we ran out of oxygen and had to be revived by our team-mates – oops.
As soon as that helmet clicks over your head the gameplay instantly changes as it’s very hard to hear anything aside from the click of your oxygen cylinder and the boom of your shotgun. Obviously not being able to hear is a bit of a problem when you’ve got Zombies coming at you from all sides and tearing down your barricades so it definitely ramps up the tension. Gravity is also switched off in certain areas of the map so you’ll be bouncing all over the place but so will the Zombies.
You’ll certainly need your wits about you as there’s now phasing Zombies which teleport in out of reality as they move ever closer and then release deadly Nova Gas as you kill them. There are also Astronaut Zombies which head-butt you and if they manage to grab you they’ll teleport you away from your party – sometimes even reducing your ammo or making you lose your Perk-a-Cola treats.
As with any Zombie map the fun comes with seeing what crazy items you can buy and this time Treyarch have included some beauts! The Wave gun shoots a beam that causes Zombies to expand and explode – you can also dual wield them as Zap Guns. Then there’s the QED (Quantum Entanglement Device), this grenade creates 23 separate effects, some good, some bad. For example it might spawn more Zombies, revive a team-mate, teleport you across the map, give you a rocket launcher turret or perhaps do nothing at all!
All in all the Rezzurection Pack is a far better proposition than previous attempts. Whilst some might argue they’ve already played the packs in WaW, and they’d be right, for all those who haven’t, it makes this pack far more compelling. Moon is also ridiculously good fun and Treyarch have even included a downloadable soundtrack and free premium dashboard theme from the in-game store. Bargain!