Anthony Capone
11 Sep, 2011

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Rezurrection Map Pack Review

360 Feature | Spacing out with the undead.
The latest entry in Activision’s flagship shooter series, Call of Duty: Black Ops, has seen a healthy dose of post-release content, comprising of both multiplayer and zombie maps. The newest downloadable add-on, titled Rezurrection, forgoes further multiplayer support, instead offering players a swathe of maps for the zombie wave defence mode. Five zombie maps are included in the DLC – ‘remastered’ versions of Call of Duty: World at War’s four zombie maps and a new out-of-this-world map, aptly titled ‘Moon’. Again priced at 1200 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE, this premium will likely be too costly for anyone less than hardcore, but the new content offers zombie aficionados both a frantic new map and hours of entertainment.

Included in the price of the Rezurrection Map Pack is a Moon-themed wallpaper for your Xbox 360 and a downloadable code to access 20 tracks of mysterious zombie mode music. These additional goodies may not seem much, but go some way to mitigating Rezurrection’s premium price tag. It is also worth noting that anyone who opted for the Hardened or Prestige Editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops are rewarded for making the larger splurge, with the Moon map and other zombie goodness available for download at no extra charge.

When you’re undead, you don’t need oxygen.

When you’re undead, you don’t need oxygen.
Whether of not the Rezurrection Map Pack makes a worthy addition to your original Call of Duty: Black Ops purchase will depend entirely on your love for the never-ending zombie scourge. The biggest stickler is the inclusion of World at War’s zombie maps. If you already have them installed to your hard drive, being asked to pay all over again is a very bitter pill to swallow, even with the aesthetic improvements and new weapons. The four remastered maps – Nacht der Untoten, Verrückt, Shi No Numa and Der Riese – are, for all purposes, identical to as they were before. Nonetheless, they are just as fun, and if you or your friends skipped playing World at War and possess an unquenchable thirst for Treyarch’s zombies, the purchase may just be warranted.

However, the Rezurrection Map Pack is primarily focused on the new map, Moon. Players begin at an Earth research station, before being teleported to a scientific Moon base. Being in outer-space, you quickly need to locate a space suit and oxygen supply. The undead have also made their way into the cosmos, and once players screw on their breathing apparatus, the traditional wave-after-wave of increasingly difficult zombie defence begins.

As you would expect, the Moon’s gravity (or lack of) affect’s your character’s movements. Walking and jumping feels a little different, but you adapt quickly. The space environment also affords some comic moments when, after taking a shot to the brains, zombies go soaring through the atmosphere. The Moon base itself is rather large, giving players a sprawling area in which to confront the undead menace. Further, Moon sports several new perks and gadgets scattered across the map to assist in your zombie extermination.

Too late for WorkSafe.

Too late for WorkSafe.
To make sure things stay fresh, there are also several new enemies to content with. One new zombie variant resembles an astronaut, bearing an enigmatic Gamertag above it’s his head (tip: learn the names of your buddies so that you can identify this crafty menace). If it gets too close, it can cause damage and teleport you to a random point on the map. This ability is particularly unnerving, but ensures that you are always aware of your enemies and surroundings.

The hours quickly go by as you use stations to teleport about the map, co-ordinating your actions with friends and competing to seeing how many zombie waves you can endure. Dedicated players will enjoy discovering Moon’s very complex easter egg and subsequent achievement. Moon is possibly the best Call of Duty zombie map, which makes Rezurrection’s high price even more disappointing. Players will be discouraged from paying a premium for what is essentially one new – albeit fantastic – new map.

For players that missed out on the four classic Call of Duty: World at War zombie maps, or who just can’t get enough of the zombie infection, shelling out for the Back Ops Rezurrection Map Pack may be justified. However, if you have no love for the undead or don’t see the value in paying for just one new map, we recommend sitting this one out.

Worth buying? Maybe


Downloadable content ratings system

We've given a 'buy' rating of 'Yes', 'Maybe', or 'No'.

Yes means that the content is either great value or brings some substantial additions to the game, or possibly both.

Maybe means that the content may be fun while it lasts, but may either be too short or not enough to fully justify the price tag.

No means that we don't recommend downloading this insubstantial content.

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