Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Revolution
Revolution is the first of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s DLC installments, adding four new maps, a new map for zombies, as well as a new weapon for multiplayer and a new game mode for Zombies. It’s refreshing to see not only new maps but also a new weapon and new mode for Zombies, which shows that Treyarch have listened to what fans want, but also has the intelligence to add maps and modes that will challenge new and old Call of Duty players alike.
What do I get and why do I want it?
To put it simply, you get a lot of bang for your buck this time round with this Call of Duty DLC. As many would expect, there are new multiplayer maps, four in total. Downhill, is the first map to feature snowy terrain in Black Ops 2. There are lots of large, open areas, as well as some vantage points for snipers, and a pretty cool area with some ski lifts. It isn’t a remarkable map, but it helps break up the monotony of the standard maps.
Mirage takes place in a hotel located in the Gobi desert after a major sandstorm has submerged most of the hotel rounds in sand dunes. With the constant ascending and descending terrain, it makes for hectic gunfights as players will lose sight of their targets and also be able to ambush their opponents from different balconies and the pool area.
Hydro is by far one of the better maps in the Revolution DLC, taking place in a Hydro-electric dam. Players can run underneath the dam through a spillway, which will occasionally flood with little to no warning. The map also has vantage points for snipers, as well as some very cool indoors areas and choke points where the action is concentrated.
Last, but not least, is Grind, which is a skate park. The curved bowl and pipe areas make for interesting gameplay, as cover is scarce in an emergency, and thus allows for more frantic running-and-gunning gameplay. Grind surprisingly works, and works rather well.
Fans of the submachine guns in Call of Duty will be delighted with the new Peacemaker hybrid assault rifle/SMG, once they learn how to use it. Capable of both long range and also as a running weapon, the Peacemaker isn’t overpowered or too weak.
The new zombies map, Die Rise takes place in an extremely-damaged Japanese high-rise building. There is a animated introduction to the clip, which fleshes out the zombies mode story and characters a little more. The building is an absolute wreck, and it’s an absolute blast exploring the labyrinthian corridors and elevator shafts in search of weapons and secrets.
Finally, the last piece of the Revolution DLC is the Turned game mode in Zombies, which has players finally assuming the role of the zombies themselves. Like a cross between Infected and Juggernaut game modes from previous Call of Duty titles, players begin as zombies in search of a singular dose of a cure. The player who grabs it first becomes a human, armed with a weapon. Each successive kill then grants the player a better weapon, but, die from a zombie attack and the roles are swapped, with the player returning to being a zombie and the player responsible for killing them then becoming a human. Its frantic, and an absolute blast with friends. For the achievement junkies, Revolution adds 250 Gamerscore for you to unlock.
How much does it cost?
1200 Microsoft points (if bought without a Call of Duty Season Pass), which isn’t too steep considered both Multiplayer and zombie addicts will be satisfied with the amount of value in the DLC.
At this point Revolution is not currently available on PC or PS3, no date has been set, though usually, PS3 and PC owners get COD DLCs roughly a month after Xbox 360.
- Truly excellent value for the price
- New zombies mode is frantic and fast-paced compared to other zombies modes
- A new gun, perfect for the running class of players
- New maps are fun, and offer different gameplay than players are accustomed to
- Maps still cater to “campers”
Conclusion – is it worth it?
Absolutely. Not only are there 4 enjoyable new maps for multiplayer, but also a new gun. Zombies players get a new map and they get a new mode. At this point, I’m still cautiously optimistic about the rest of the DLC. Sure, it can improve, but for me personally, it always feels as though Activision push developers to churn out DLC before its fully developed or realized, leading to waning interest in Call of Duty after about two to three DLC installments.
Revolution, however, is great.