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There's an Awful Lot of Famous People in Call of Duty: Black Ops' New Zombie Mode

Activision signs on Buffy, Machete, Freddy Krueger, Merle Dixon, and George A. Romero to kill some undead scum.

A few weeks ago when we reported Activision's announcement of the new Escalation DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops and its 1200 Microsoft Points pricing, some of you in the comments expressed a bit of dismay at the notion of paying $15 for four new maps and a then-ill-defined new zombie mode. Well, as of today's announcement from Activision regarding that previously ill-defined, and now fully-defined zombie mode, we now know where your $15 will actually be going: Danny Trejo's paycheck.

Yes, the great, inimitable Danny Trejo is starring in Treyarch's Black Ops' zombie DLC, titled Call of the Dead. But he's not the only one! Also on board are Sarah Michelle Gellar ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scooby-Doo), Michael Rooker ( The Walking Dead, Slither), Robert Englund ( A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Mangler) and, in perhaps the most amazing cameo of all, the BIG DOG PITBULL of the zombie genre, George A. Romero...as himself. Everyone's in-game characters are modeled after the real actors, so if you want, you can just pretend Danny Trejo is Machete, or that Robert Englund is playing the skeezy, germ-obsessed strip club owner from Zombie Strippers. I know I will.

There is also a full trailer for the DLC, which we have provided below. Because honestly, there is nothing worse than someone endlessly describing something to you when could just look at it yourself. Be sure and take note of every Grindhouse reference, as there will be a quiz later.  == TEASER ==


Obvious B-movie pandering aside, this actually looks kind of awesome. I'd say it looks awesome in a very Left 4 Dead kind of way, except that it would be inappropriate of me to draw direct comparisons to another game when I haven't even played Call of the Dead yet. Instead, I will simply mention Left 4 Dead, thus planting the bug in the brain of the reader that it could be similar to Left 4 Dead, and therefore manipulating you into making your own comparative statements in the comments and sparking ample discussion amongst yourselves, while I get away scot free and wipe my hands clean of the whole situation.

It's called journalism, people.

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Posted by Alex

A few weeks ago when we reported Activision's announcement of the new Escalation DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops and its 1200 Microsoft Points pricing, some of you in the comments expressed a bit of dismay at the notion of paying $15 for four new maps and a then-ill-defined new zombie mode. Well, as of today's announcement from Activision regarding that previously ill-defined, and now fully-defined zombie mode, we now know where your $15 will actually be going: Danny Trejo's paycheck.

Yes, the great, inimitable Danny Trejo is starring in Treyarch's Black Ops' zombie DLC, titled Call of the Dead. But he's not the only one! Also on board are Sarah Michelle Gellar ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scooby-Doo), Michael Rooker ( The Walking Dead, Slither), Robert Englund ( A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Mangler) and, in perhaps the most amazing cameo of all, the BIG DOG PITBULL of the zombie genre, George A. Romero...as himself. Everyone's in-game characters are modeled after the real actors, so if you want, you can just pretend Danny Trejo is Machete, or that Robert Englund is playing the skeezy, germ-obsessed strip club owner from Zombie Strippers. I know I will.

There is also a full trailer for the DLC, which we have provided below. Because honestly, there is nothing worse than someone endlessly describing something to you when could just look at it yourself. Be sure and take note of every Grindhouse reference, as there will be a quiz later.  == TEASER ==


Obvious B-movie pandering aside, this actually looks kind of awesome. I'd say it looks awesome in a very Left 4 Dead kind of way, except that it would be inappropriate of me to draw direct comparisons to another game when I haven't even played Call of the Dead yet. Instead, I will simply mention Left 4 Dead, thus planting the bug in the brain of the reader that it could be similar to Left 4 Dead, and therefore manipulating you into making your own comparative statements in the comments and sparking ample discussion amongst yourselves, while I get away scot free and wipe my hands clean of the whole situation.

It's called journalism, people.

Posted by Jethuty

I instantly knew who wrote this when i saw the title.




it has kinda become alex's trademark now haha
Posted by Romination
@Jethuty said:
" I instantly knew who wrote this when i saw the title.



it has kinda become alex's trademark now haha
"
I feel like Patrick has similar headline styles though.
Posted by Jethuty
@Romination: yeah but Alex's tend to be longer and more sarcastic than patricks so far 
Posted by Nexas

Treyarch has too many crazy ideas to be wasted on CoD.

Posted by PrnceOfPwng

F*** better be every other word out of Trejo's mouth...

Posted by rosebud04

This sounds like Something Double Fine would think of, but would never get the funding to actually do. 


Posted by Robopengy

And they even got that song

Posted by Yummylee

Bloody brilliant. Surprised to see Englund on the side of the demonic slayers, rather than one himself, with him being so note worthy for playing the undead trickster child molester.

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Posted by PhatSeeJay

I still think they should have gone with Simon Pegg instead of Michael Rooker.

Posted by AlwaysBeClothing

That's quite a, selection, of, stars, they have there.

Good work Activision

Edited by Seppli

Spunky!

Where's that guy doing the nude-skins for L4D's Zoé when you need him? Buffy's muff needs some breathing space for sure.

Buffy fur hats for everyone!

Posted by Animasta
@Nexas said:
" Treyarch has too many crazy ideas to be wasted on CoD. "
yeah really, I want these guys to make something new, because CLEARLY they have a great imagination.
Posted by endaround

Not sure how Rob Zombie is not in this

Posted by Solidfox

I am not a Call of Duty fan at all, but I admit this does sound kinda fun

Posted by briangodsoe

Somebody make this standalone. I want to kill zombies with Machete, Buffy, Freddy Kruger, and Henry the serial killer without shitty Black Ops attached. Also because I traded my copy in a long time ago...

Posted by PeasForFees

Reminds me of Left 4 Dead... God damn you Alex

Posted by Guyzea

Trejo: DON'T MOVE YOUR FEET ZOMBIE!

Edited by Absolute_Zero

I love that last paragraph, Alex. But now I REALLY wish I could buy the zombie maps separately.


@Laketown: I'm glad you agree with Nexas, because I do too.
Posted by Hot_Karl

You know what's a good game? Left 4 Dead 2. Let's just play that instead, you guys.

Posted by Metiphis

Very very cool, may have to pick up the game just for this.

Slightly amusing they used the "Do you wanna party" song from David Russo's 'Return of the Living Dead', seeing as how he and Romero are not very fond of each other.

Posted by dagas

I <3 Buffy the Vampire Slayer but not sure celebrity voices will make Zombie mode better.

Posted by CarpetRemnant

Dude yes Michael Rooker! Does he turn into a mutant brain slug alien monster during the course of the game? If not them I'm afraid I am out.

Posted by SanderT

Looks like they just took the character model from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and put this in this game...
Posted by Olivaw
@endaround said:
" Not sure how Rob Zombie is not in this "
Because they only wanted talented people involved in the production.

Also holy shit. I know I'm being pandered to, but god damn that is some gooooooood panderin'. I might actually pick up Black Ops for this.
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Posted by ckeats
@PhatSeeJay said:
" I still think they should have gone with Simon Pegg instead of Michael Rooker. "
This would be a much better choice. I had to look up who Rooker was.
Posted by Vampire_Chibi

is that the Mexican Rambo

Posted by RampageAssassin

Looks like the coolest thing that has happened to COD in a while. Shame I don't own Black Ops anymore.

Posted by Olivaw
@PhatSeeJay said:
" I still think they should have gone with Simon Pegg instead of Michael Rooker. "
Fuck that! I know Simon Pegg has "geek cred" or whatever the fuck you wanna call it, but putting him in the game would have been even more blatant pandering than it is already. I would have been almost insulted if he were present.

At least with Michael Rooker it feels like more authentic pandering. Plus he has a cooler voice.
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Posted by Daveyo520

Sarah Michelle Gel Lar.

Posted by Romination

Also I don't know how I got "Frst" despite commenting second.

Posted by Seppli

Very cool indeed. You have chosen wisely Treyarch. This gonna sell like hotcakes on a cold winter morning.

Posted by Commisar123

I'd watch this movie

Posted by Xpgamer7

Activision now has more respect from me.

Posted by PhatSeeJay
@Olivaw said:
" @PhatSeeJay said:
" I still think they should have gone with Simon Pegg instead of Michael Rooker. "
Fuck that! I know Simon Pegg has "geek cred" or whatever the fuck you wanna call it, but putting him in the game would have been even more blatant pandering than it is already. I would have been almost insulted if he were present.

At least with Michael Rooker it feels like more authentic pandering. Plus he has a cooler voice. "
I just don't see Michael Rooker as much of a zombie fighting character. I'm sorry for insulting you by preferring Pegg's character in Shaun of the Dead over him?
Posted by OneKillWonder_

This looks like it may actually be worth a purchase.

Posted by BlazeHedgehog

Can we please stop riding the whole "Grind House Zombie Movie" aesthetic? The movie came out in 2007. Crackly voices and overbearing film grain has been done, and done, and done.

Posted by Zimbo

I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this but it really does seem eerily similar to Left 4 Dead.

Posted by 234r2we232

Promotional videos can never ruin a 45 Grave song:


  
I hope so anyway, I loved this song.
Posted by Miketorreza

Looks pointless and dumb and out of touch with what made this series good. Using hollywood actors just looks like they're desperate to make people care. Plus the whole grindhouse thing is so played out and dumb now... All that wrapped around more stupid Zombies, I guess that's three strikes for me. I really don't like what Treyarch gets away with now that IW isn't there to say no. But its Activision and its $15 so I wouldn't have bought it anyway. Whatever.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Haha, great article!  Love me some Danny Trejo.

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Posted by DanP

Aww Shit! I may or may not have made a few squeal like noises while watching this trailer. Please pander to me more video games, it doesn't happen nearly enough! It's like they thought of what i didn't know i wanted, then made it better. Man i forgot about how much I used to love Buffy... :( i miss that show. Oh and PS i really don't think three examples makes this style played out, some people just have to hate everything. It's as if once something is done no one may ever attempt to do something similar again. Which is just insane.

Posted by DonPixel

Im so getting this if it make it to the PC

Posted by triple07

Sweet this is my favorite part of black ops and it sounds like it will be getting even better.

Posted by shamroll

For the most part, I'm sick and tired of zombie-modes in FPS games but with that said, I am really impressed by this.  I probably wont get it but I give my props to Treyarch.

Posted by golguin

I love me some L4D and the black ops zombie mode. The only problem is that the price of the map pack essentially only applies to the zombie map since that is all I care about. Solution? Let my friend buy the map pack and play that.

Posted by Olivaw
@PhatSeeJay said:
" @Olivaw said:
" @PhatSeeJay said:
" I still think they should have gone with Simon Pegg instead of Michael Rooker. "
Fuck that! I know Simon Pegg has "geek cred" or whatever the fuck you wanna call it, but putting him in the game would have been even more blatant pandering than it is already. I would have been almost insulted if he were present.

At least with Michael Rooker it feels like more authentic pandering. Plus he has a cooler voice. "
I just don't see Michael Rooker as much of a zombie fighting character. I'm sorry for insulting you by preferring Pegg's character in Shaun of the Dead over him? "
It just drives me up the wall that no one respects Michael Rooker's b-movie cred!

Motherfucker was in Slither, Repo!, Undisputed, The 6th Day, The Marine 2, even The Replacement Killers!

But Simon Pegg gets in ONE good zombie movie and every nerd is worshiping at his altar.

Again, I prefer being pandered to with some effort, rather than the base, obvious "yo throw that british dude all the geeks love in there, that's a good boy treyarch"
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Posted by Slaker117

Didn't Jeff suggest the idea of "play CoD as famous people" one time on the bombcast? Not exactly what he was talking about, but getting close.

Posted by ComradeCrash

This kinda makes me wanna buy this...but I really hated the first pack.

Posted by PhatSeeJay
@Olivaw said:
" @PhatSeeJay said:
" @Olivaw said:
" @PhatSeeJay said:
" I still think they should have gone with Simon Pegg instead of Michael Rooker. "
Fuck that! I know Simon Pegg has "geek cred" or whatever the fuck you wanna call it, but putting him in the game would have been even more blatant pandering than it is already. I would have been almost insulted if he were present.

At least with Michael Rooker it feels like more authentic pandering. Plus he has a cooler voice. "
I just don't see Michael Rooker as much of a zombie fighting character. I'm sorry for insulting you by preferring Pegg's character in Shaun of the Dead over him? "
It just drives me up the wall that no one respects Michael Rooker's b-movie cred!Motherfucker was in Slither, Repo!, Undisputed, The 6th Day, The Marine 2, even The Replacement Killers!But Simon Pegg gets in ONE good zombie movie and every nerd is worshiping at his altar.Again, I prefer being pandered to with some effort, rather than the base, obvious "yo throw that british dude all the geeks love in there, that's a good boy treyarch" "
Again. No idea where I've discredited his B-movie status by not finding him to be a very known actor when it comes to zombies, but hey sure. Whatever you say.
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