Black Ops "First Strike" Pack Launches February 1st On 360

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Posted by MattBodega (2277 posts) -

Already sick and tired of those regular "on-disc" maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops? Then you've played those maps way more than I have. But you're in luck! We have a date for the first downloadable Map Pack for Black Ops. Revealed on Major “My name is Larry” Nelson’s Xbox podcast, the new “First Strike Map Pack” will launch on the Xbox 360 come February 1st, a little less than three months after the game’s  November launch.  
 
And yes, thanks to that neat little deal signed between Activision and Microsoft, you’ll be seeing these new maps first on the 360 and then later for the PS3 and PC. There’s no specific timeframe indicating just how long the Map Pack will remain a 360-exclusive, but if the Modern Warfare 2 Map Packs (which also debuted first on the 360) are any indication, then we’re looking at a one-month window, at the very least, between the releases of these maps on other systems. 
   

This map has snow. One of the new maps also has snow.  
This map has snow. One of the new maps also has snow.  

== TEASER ==In fact, if you've bought either of the previous Modern Warfare 2 map packs, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the first DLC for Black Ops; “First Strike” features, like the Resurgence and Stimulus packs, five new multiplayer maps for $15—sorry, I mean, “1200 Microsoft Points.” Four of the included maps are for the standard Call of Duty competitive multiplayer modes, while the fifth is a new area for the Co-op Zombies mode.  

Two of those four maps are repurposed levels from the single player campaign; “Discovery” takes place in an arctic research station that’s completely different from those other multiplayer maps featuring arctic research stations, while Kowloon sees player-on-player action back in urban Hong Kong

The other two maps, however, are based on locales not yet seen in Black Ops. The first, “Berlin Wall” set near the famed division between East and West Germany, will help us discover just how many explosive RC-XDs you need to tear down that wall. The 4th map, Stadium, trades the cities, jungles, and nuclear testing facilities of the other multiplayer maps for an American Hockey Rink. Hopefully, players will be able to trade out their knives for hockey sticks, earning extra COD Points by checking enemies to death
 
So, Black Ops players, will you have finally had your fill of Nuketown when the "First Strike Map Pack" launches on February 1st? 
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#1 Posted by MattBodega (2277 posts) -

Already sick and tired of those regular "on-disc" maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops? Then you've played those maps way more than I have. But you're in luck! We have a date for the first downloadable Map Pack for Black Ops. Revealed on Major “My name is Larry” Nelson’s Xbox podcast, the new “First Strike Map Pack” will launch on the Xbox 360 come February 1st, a little less than three months after the game’s  November launch.  
 
And yes, thanks to that neat little deal signed between Activision and Microsoft, you’ll be seeing these new maps first on the 360 and then later for the PS3 and PC. There’s no specific timeframe indicating just how long the Map Pack will remain a 360-exclusive, but if the Modern Warfare 2 Map Packs (which also debuted first on the 360) are any indication, then we’re looking at a one-month window, at the very least, between the releases of these maps on other systems. 
   

This map has snow. One of the new maps also has snow.  
This map has snow. One of the new maps also has snow.  

== TEASER ==In fact, if you've bought either of the previous Modern Warfare 2 map packs, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the first DLC for Black Ops; “First Strike” features, like the Resurgence and Stimulus packs, five new multiplayer maps for $15—sorry, I mean, “1200 Microsoft Points.” Four of the included maps are for the standard Call of Duty competitive multiplayer modes, while the fifth is a new area for the Co-op Zombies mode.  

Two of those four maps are repurposed levels from the single player campaign; “Discovery” takes place in an arctic research station that’s completely different from those other multiplayer maps featuring arctic research stations, while Kowloon sees player-on-player action back in urban Hong Kong

The other two maps, however, are based on locales not yet seen in Black Ops. The first, “Berlin Wall” set near the famed division between East and West Germany, will help us discover just how many explosive RC-XDs you need to tear down that wall. The 4th map, Stadium, trades the cities, jungles, and nuclear testing facilities of the other multiplayer maps for an American Hockey Rink. Hopefully, players will be able to trade out their knives for hockey sticks, earning extra COD Points by checking enemies to death
 
So, Black Ops players, will you have finally had your fill of Nuketown when the "First Strike Map Pack" launches on February 1st? 
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#2 Edited by Claude (16651 posts) -

No way. I'll be damned. Nice post man.

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#3 Edited by MayorFeedback (685 posts) -

Pretty much, yeah, Claude. Nice job! 
  
I can't think of a hockey rink Call of Duty map without thinking of: 
 

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#4 Edited by mithhunter55 (1005 posts) -

Whoa thats as close to first I've been and this is a  call of duty post.

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#5 Posted by TheCheese33 (398 posts) -

nothankyou.jpg 

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#6 Posted by Nadafinga (1040 posts) -

Thanks for bringing some content to the site today Mr. Kessler.

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#7 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2727 posts) -

$15, lol.

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#8 Posted by jkz (4169 posts) -

This pack's proximity to BFBC2: Vietnam, which is closer to an expansion in scope, and costs the same amount, is really making me think twice about purchasing it. It really does seem quite ridiculous.

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#9 Posted by Meptron (1306 posts) -

By the time this comes out on the PS3, Killzone 3 will be out.  Seems like this timed exclusive is bad timing for Activision. Do I want to spend $15 for only 4 maps (zombie map doesn't count for me), OR do I want to buy a full game for $60 and avoid the Activision-tax? Clear cut.

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#10 Posted by Tesla (2126 posts) -

800 points is as high as I go for map packs.  I guess I'll be trading the game in come February.

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#11 Posted by GeekDown (1179 posts) -

And just as usual there's no fucking way I'm paying 1200 MS points for a map pack.

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#12 Edited by Onno10 (394 posts) -

Will it be free for pcs again?

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#13 Posted by MaddProdigy (1074 posts) -

I do love me some Nuketown, but I'd like to check out some new maps for sure. 15 dollars is a tad steep, but I'll buy em.

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#14 Posted by MattBodega (2277 posts) -
@Onno10: Probably not! Since the PC release of MW2,  Activision has insured that the delivery mechanisms are in place to sell you that content directly, rather than hoping for someone else will sponsor those maps. So... yeah. Those maps will cost ya on the PC.
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#15 Posted by PKHilson (217 posts) -

*Comment, WHOOOOOOO

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#16 Posted by IncredibleBulk92 (949 posts) -

1200 is far too much.  I don't give a crap about the zombie mode, it sucks and people refuse to help out.   Guess I'll go back to PC shooters with their free updates.

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#17 Posted by PKHilson (217 posts) -

I don't even have this game, still playing God of War 3 lol

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#18 Posted by John1912 (2393 posts) -

Man, Im sick of this over charge on DLC.  Maybe if someone can actually show me they are not clearing a 300% profit Ill change my mind, but fuck.  This would be a great game to boycott the DLC and get these fucking companies to stop seeing how much we will pay before we say no fucking way.   
 
At least charge 30$ and give me a proper fucking expansion of single player and 8-10 maps like the old days.

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#19 Posted by Onno10 (394 posts) -
@MattBodega: 
That's unfortunate, but thanks for clearing that up for me.
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#20 Posted by mikesmith (37 posts) -

new maps weeeee

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#21 Posted by Dimsey (1122 posts) -

I had my fill of Nuketown ages ago, bring on new maps.

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#22 Posted by Mus (233 posts) -

BWhaha, no chance. I have not given a single penny to  Activision and will continue not to. They are the only company I  buy there games for second hand.  
Not nice I know. However I see no value in there games for along time and I am fed up with them over charging Call of duty series to loyal fans and running game series to the ground. 

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#23 Posted by G0rd0nFr33m4n (826 posts) -

when are they gonna post the GotY DELIBERATIONS ?!!?!?

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#24 Posted by buft (3409 posts) -

Maybe im reading it wrong but this seems like a very negative news article, i have yet to buy the game myself but i'll consider it down the line when money is easier to come by.

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#25 Posted by JoelTGM (5784 posts) -
@Mus said:
" BWhaha, no chance. I have not given a single penny to  Activision and will continue not to. They are the only company I  buy there games for second hand.  Not nice I know. However I see no value in there games for along time and I am fed up with them over charging Call of duty series to loyal fans and running game series to the ground.  "
How are they overcharging?  You miss out on a lot of fun and accomplish nothing by being like that.
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#26 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -
@DOUBLESHOCK said:
" @Mus said:
" BWhaha, no chance. I have not given a single penny to  Activision and will continue not to. They are the only company I  buy there games for second hand.  Not nice I know. However I see no value in there games for along time and I am fed up with them over charging Call of duty series to loyal fans and running game series to the ground.  "
How are they overcharging?  You miss out on a lot of fun and accomplish nothing by being like that. "
I think he's referring to the cost of the map packs.  Depending on your viewpoint, it could be considered too much.
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#27 Posted by Reizarvg (109 posts) -

1200 points? You can get Monday Night Combat for that. Balanced, unique multiplayer shooter with great developer support and some free DLC for the same price as a few new maps? Nice.

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#28 Posted by Moridin (734 posts) -

I don't mind paying $15 for five new maps.  
 
Rather than $15 for three new maps, and two maps from the previous game that I already own. Cough, cough.

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#29 Posted by scarace360 (4813 posts) -

Why 15 why not 10 or why not pull some bad co 2 shit and give it to me for free.

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#30 Posted by huntad (2346 posts) -

Haha, I kind of figured Activision wasn't going to learn their lesson with their last packs. I didn't buy those and I won't buy this one, or the next, or the next. 

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#31 Posted by PKHilson (217 posts) -

Dammit, the Facebook link up button is busted? QUESTS!!!

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#32 Posted by ch13696 (4760 posts) -
@DOUBLESHOCK said:
" @Mus said:
" BWhaha, no chance. I have not given a single penny to  Activision and will continue not to. They are the only company I  buy there games for second hand.  Not nice I know. However I see no value in there games for along time and I am fed up with them over charging Call of duty series to loyal fans and running game series to the ground.  "
How are they overcharging? "
I haven't seen anyone charge $15 for a map pack except for Activision. The Bad Company 2 expansion is $15 and the Left 4 Dead 2 DLC is $7 (free on PC). Those are the only other 2 popular FPS's that I can think of that have reasonable prices for their DLC.
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#33 Posted by Depressing_Wizard (190 posts) -

$15 for 4 maps (fuck you, shitty Zombie mode) isn't that bad. I plan on playing this game for a long time, and if the maps are up to the on-disc maps' quality, then this will be worth it. 

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#34 Posted by RavenShade83 (60 posts) -

Everyone please stop complaining about the $15 dollar thing, you didn't change anything a year ago, you won't change anything now, so please just trade the game in so you have nothing to complain about anymore. That being said, I know all of you will be on xbox playing the new maps come release day. kthxbai.

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#35 Posted by MJHAYLETT (485 posts) -

Since E3 everyone has known that COD DLC is coming first on 360 - why even make a note of it in subheadings or headings? Its semi trolling PC and PS3 players. Its a game journo thing I guess as it makes no sense to me to state the bloody obvious.

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#36 Posted by captain_clayman (3349 posts) -

meh.

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#37 Posted by Rebirth1337 (849 posts) -

Not supporting this $15 for 4maps is stupid. 

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#38 Posted by DukesT3 (2095 posts) -

Hm. I don't know about this yet, I'll probably moved on from blops by the time this comes out. if it was 10 bucks. I think thats a fair price for new maps. 

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#39 Posted by toadstule (294 posts) -
@MJHAYLETT said:
" Since E3 everyone has known that COD DLC is coming first on 360 - why even make a note of it in subheadings or headings? Its semi trolling PC and PS3 players. Its a game journo thing I guess as it makes no sense to me to state the bloody obvious. "
But that's the thing, not everyone knows that it is coming out on 360 first. Most gamers probably do but you can't assume everyone does.
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#40 Posted by KyleBaron (179 posts) -

You got a sentence fragment in my news article! 
 
Also, I still love you, Matt.

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#41 Posted by darkjester74 (1655 posts) -

Depends on the how many maps per $ ratio.  If its like the MW2 maps, forget it.

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#42 Posted by S0ndor (2717 posts) -

For that price you can get Battlefield Vietnam or Monday Night Combat or a plethora of other great games that are on sale in the Steam Store right now. Four maps is just utter shite, no doubt millions will still get it for Christmas from their parents though.

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#43 Posted by Xealot42 (390 posts) -

I think I'll spend my $15 on BC2: Vietnam.

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#44 Posted by Skillface (584 posts) -

Great, another huge snow map to provide more argument for the "Big snow maps are garbage" argument (I'm looking at you, Derail and Array).

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#45 Posted by IEK (40 posts) -

what a fucking rip. don't support this guys, have some damn restraint.

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#46 Posted by clstirens (854 posts) -
@Xealot42 said:
" I think I'll spend my $15 on BC2: Vietnam. "
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#47 Posted by fillmoejoe (1579 posts) -

1200 points? I'll check out Bad Company 2 Vietnam instead.

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#48 Posted by Astex (2 posts) -

15 euro is going to vietnam not this crap

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#49 Posted by Junpei (806 posts) -
@toadstule said:
" @MJHAYLETT said:
" Since E3 everyone has known that COD DLC is coming first on 360 - why even make a note of it in subheadings or headings? Its semi trolling PC and PS3 players. Its a game journo thing I guess as it makes no sense to me to state the bloody obvious. "
But that's the thing, not everyone knows that it is coming out on 360 first. Most gamers probably do but you can't assume everyone does. "
Yup, all about due diligence. You should never assume that the reader knows everything there is to know regardless of the source or content.
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#50 Posted by Urmean (609 posts) -

*depressed horn*
 
Wahmp Wahmp wah waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah~

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