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Call of Duty Black Ops: Rezurrection

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

ESRB: M for Mature

PEGI: 18 for eighteen and up

          Ah, another one of Call of duty’s repetitive map packs, or is it? This is one of the only map packs that I felt that were worth my money because it is filled with my new favorite game mode. Zombies. That’s right It is filled with FIVE NEW ZOMBIES MAPS!! Or is it? Actually FOUR of those maps are from Treyarch’s last CoD game World at War. Also the four old map packs were included with the Prestige Edition, so if you got that beautiful package you got the last map (moon) for free when it came out! So is it really worth it to shell out fifteen more dollars on pointless maps you already have? Is it worth it for the only new map in the pack, Moon? What if you don’t have World at War? Is it still worth it pulling out fifteen bucks? Or should you just dig around in the cheap section in Walmart for World at War at twenty dollars. (yes I have seen it at that price) New map and five dollars less, or find the game for twenty dollars, and get the zombie DLC bundle for around twenty-five dollars. Wait, I am starting to see why this map pack is a good idea…

COME AT ME BRO!!!!

          So the five maps are, Nacht Der Untoten (Night), Verruckt (Asylum), Shi No Numa (Swamp), Der Riese (Factory), and the new map, Moon. First off lets talk about Nacht Der Untoten. All of you CoD Veterans remember this as the original zombie map that you got with finishing the campaign in World at War. For those of you that don’t know, this map is the smallest zombies map to date and is set in a German bunker in the forest and (yes you guessed it) at night. It only has 3 rooms, around 4 wall weapons, one perk machine (mule kick) and only one mystery box location! I think this map is easier for beginners because the mystery box is right in the next room making it easier to get started, but it would be harder for people that get past round 12 always, because there isn’t any juggernog, quick revive, speed cola, and traps. Next is Verruckt, this map is set in a asylum (you probably guessed that too) in the middle of a forest (no one knows why). This map is especially tricky even though it has all the amenities that we have came to know and love. The reason it is so tricky is that it has two spawn points, So there is a 50% chance on CO-OP you will spawn apart (after opening a few doors you will get back together). Next is Shi No Numa, which has you fighting Japanese zombies in the swamp, at a command post and some fishing huts. This map is interesting because outside it has bits of swamp that zombies can spawn out of and when you walk on it, it slows you down. Also instead of the normal two different pathways you can go from, this one has four, making some very interesting games! Next there is Der Riese, which is set in a factory (yes, you guessed it, aren’t you so smart?!) at night. This is one of my favorites and plays out much like Kino Der Toten. Lastly there is moon, where you use a teleporter in area 51 to teleport to the moon where you fight of hundreds of zombies. (makes you wonder how many astronauts Russia sent into space) This one is very difficult and different because it has a astronaut in a space suit that works kinda like Call of the Dead’s George Romero except it doesn’t get enraged when you shoot him. Also there is very low gravity and with your space helmet on you can barely hear anything. All I can say is, good luck.

They didn’t send this many people into space in 1969!

There is one obvious flaw staring at you in the face. If you bought World at War and the map packs, your basically paying for one new map and a graphical upgrade! Which is up to you to decide if its worth your fifteen bucks.

If you don’t have World a War and all the DLC, this is a sure buy, especially if you’re a zombie fan. It gives you five exciting maps with amazing sound, graphics, and some sort of plot underneath all the zombies. I recommend this to anyone who doesn’t have World at War and the DLC or is a major zombie fan!

PROS

  • Five exciting maps with different experiences.

CONS

  • Four of the maps are old maps.

 

Sound ———— 9.5  The zombie’s moans and howls are very immersive  and the character’s lines are very humorous

Graphics ——— 8 They aren’t the best but they’re better than the average

Playability ——- 9.3 easy to control but easy to rage quit, n00bs be warned

Plot ————— N/A

Replay Value —- 9.5 This is the main reason why I keep coming back to Black Ops

Overall: 9.0/10

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Burnout Paradise Big Surf Island

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

ESRB: E+10 for everyone ten and up

PEGI: 7+ for seven and up

          One of my favorite racing games is back with DLC. Burnout Paradise had many a DLC but this one was special. It had a ton of content only to be rivaled by the cops and robbers DLC that came a close second to this game. Criterion Games released lots of DLC for this game but most of them were just car packs. I’m fine with that and I loved the cops and robbers that came with a new game mode but I needed a new place to explore. This DLC delivers. You get many cars that you can unlock, (which is half the fun) a new area, more trophies, and more challenges!

One of the examples of the many great stunt areas.

           This game makes a complete overhaul of the main screen of the game adding new colors and adding a banner to the Paradise City logo that says “Big Surf Island”. This add-on delivered a new type of challenge called Island Tours where you race in a timed checkpoint manner throughout the island while finding out all the little ramps and jumps that make these games fun. Oh you say your favorite DLC pack for this game was the legendary car pack or the toy car pack? Well this has you covered because toy burnout versions of the Delorean time machine, the Ghost Busters car, KIT, and General Lee are all unlockable by finding all the billboards and such. The first car you get which is already available to you is the Carson Dust Storm which is a Dune Buggy and one of the most fun cars to drive in this game only to be beaten by the Carson Dust Storm Super Turbo. If you haven’t guessed it, that is the car you get for completing the burning route for the original Dust Storm. More so there are still three other cars to unlock in this DLC which are improved versions of the Annihilator and Olympus and a diamond studded P12. There are many different Places to visit. More importantly to jump off of, which seems to be the game’s main purpose other than crashing your own and other people’s cars. There are many huge jumps such as the ski jump, the construction site jump, and the jump that sends you flying through a giant doughnut. These jumps are too massive to be called “Super Jumps” instead they have been dubbed “Mega Jumps” just hearing that makes me want to play the game right now.

The perfect vacation to smash your and others priceless cars.

         There wasn’t any massive flaws or many small flaws but there are a couple I found. The first thing was it’s quick to find everything, to someone who plays this game at a normal pace will find everything in a few weeks but, if you’re a person who loves this game and tries to find everything then it only takes a few days. The majority of the achievements are easy to get so it will take you the same time to get 100% that it took to find everything.

          Overall I think Big Surf Island is a welcome addition to the Burnout series and should not be overlooked.It took me down to that Paradise City again and the grass was pretty green. It has beautiful cars and graphics. and many jumps that keep on making you jump off of them again and again and again. and with the price relatively low for such a DLC If you have the game you should get it. I recommend this to people who have this game or love Burnout and racing games.

Rating: 9/10

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam DLC

Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

ESRB: M for Mature

PEGI: 16 for sixteen and up

          Ahhh yes! EA has broken the average map pack metaphorical box again. No wait, demolished it is a better word for it, demolished it with one of the realistic Vietnam era tanks. That you can drive of course, they’re not just decorations as in many popular FPSs. (Names will go unmentioned.) In this colorful DLC brought to you from EA and Dice, they didn’t just settle for the common rushed maps stuffed in what goes for a DLC, oh no. They packed it with many new and time accurate weapons and vehicles. Also of course all the buildings are destructable thanks to the Frostbite game engine. Lets delve into the many features of this add-on.

Ahhhh, flamethrowers; the original bunker buster.

          First of all when you first buy it then go into the main menu screen you might notice the DLC has its own sub-menu and even has music! So you join a match, which is what you usually do right? You notice that they switched the main game’s orange and white menu colors for a more natural green and brown. You might ask, “Yeah, that’s nice and all, but what does that have to do with the DLC in its self?” well, it sets the mood and shows the developers put a lot of time and effort to polish every little detail. You get into one of the games matches and look through the weapons and notice there are some new, Vietnam weapons like the M16, AK-47, and even the popular Uzi. You can spawn either as the US Army or the Vietnam Army. Also they put a real emphasis on fire. There are napalm jets in the distance, half of one map is riddled with mortar fire and napalm, there is a flamethrower primary weapon, and you can stick one onto your tank. What fun! One of my favorite things that they added was the radios. You could fly over the forest in your Huey with machine guns blazing all the while Ride of the Valkyries is blaring through the radio’s loudspeaker for everyone to hear. Sure it isn’t the most stealthy way to approach a base but at least you can make an entrance. For those who want to be stealthy in that loud rumbling tank, along with the many song stations there is a station that doesn’t play music. I don’t see why you would do that but I guess it is just preference to your playing style. There are five different maps that come in this pack, one of which had to be unlocked by the community much like Coral Sea in Battlefield 1943. To unlock it the community had to do 69 million support actions such as repairing and spotting just to name a few.

           Sadly some diamonds do have flaws. Some things that bug me are that there isn’t any weapon stars for the flamethrower unlike other weapons. So you don’t get a boatload of XP when you reach 50 kills and such. Another thing that bugged me was that the WWII .45 pistol to me seemed overpowered. Every time I got past the snipers to arm the charges they just run up to me with their pistol and kill me in a couple of shots. Finally I think they could have been more creative with the maps. There was rice patties and mountains and such but It was all seemed the same. The one exception was Hill 132 where it was napalm scorched and burning. Besides that most of the maps were jungle with a few distinguishing features. I know Vietnam was mostly jungle but why couldn’t they do some urban map. I’m pretty sure there were some major battles fought in cities that were more than huts.

I love the smell of napalm in the morning, it smells like... victory.

          Overall those annoyances don’t show up for me much when I play for a while. This DLC is a huge bang for your buck and has few major flaws unlike other game’s DLC which sometimes degrade into a few weapons for a couple dollars. If you have Battlefield Bad Company 2 you should get the DLC. If you don’t have the game, buy the game then the DLC because it is a good excuse to get the game. I would recommend this to any one who has the base game or loves FPS games.

rating: 9.5/10