My experience with the zombies mode of the Treyarch Call of Duty games goes back to World at War, when I first played it at a friends house. I never owned that game, so I never really got into them and it was just sort of “another useless feature” for me. When Black Ops came out I ignored the zombies mode, for the most part. I was too busy with the Wager matches to be bothered by those damn Communist zombies. Most of my attention was focused on the normal multiplayer modes and the wager matches. I never even finished the campaign.
I don’t remember exactly when I got into the zombies thing. I think I got bored with the multiplayer one day and decided to give it a try. At first I thought it was boring because I had no idea of what I was doing, but as I kept playing and meeting people I found out things and objectives about the mode. It finally made sense. Then I started playing with a friend. He has a lot of time to waste (I don’t), so as soon as he caught the zombie virus he kept insisting every single night that we should play. Well, at first it was cool and fun, but then it got a bit annoying.
The worst thing was we didn’t really have matching schedules. Sometimes I had time to play on the afternoons while he had the mornings free, and so we usually ended up playing at separate times. One time I met these really experienced guys and we got to somewhere around level 30. That was pretty cool and I got to mock my friend about it for a couple weeks. That time I learned a lot about the game, and from then on our round average was around the 20-25. Good times. We even got a few other friends to join us in our addiction, but they didn’t take it as seriously as we did.
We also never got to play “Five”. We played it a couple times but found it to be too damn difficult, and we had already gotten used to our strategies on “Kino der Toten”. There’s just so many things that could go wrong. So many strategies to try out. The box, that damn box that can surprise you as much as appall you. The upgrades and the machines and which doors to open first and where to turn the traps on, there’s just endless re-playability to this mode. To this day we still play zombies whenever we can. But we are getting kind of tired of Kino. It’s time for the new maps, bring them on!
I should probably also mention that I play on the PS3, and we haven’t gotten the new maps yet. The package that Activision puts out is called “First Strike”, it includes 4 new multiplayer maps and a zombie map. The multiplayer maps are:
- Discovery: An old abandoned research station. Creepiness ensues.
- Kowloon: You battle on a rooftop in China.
- Stadium: Yeah, a hockey arena, you heard it right.
- Berlin Wall: You battle on both sides of the famous dividing wall.
But who cares about multiplayer, right? Let’s talk zombies. The new zombie map is called “Ascension” and it is set in a Soviet launch facility. You get access to new weapons like the MP5k and the AK-47u. The mystery boxes make an appearance, obviously. There are many rooms where you can head to, just like always. There is also a new type of zombies called the “monkey zombies”, and they have the ability to steal your perks, so be careful out there.
The new map pack is out now for the Xbox 360 and will be available March 3rd for the PS3. It is $15, or 1200 Microsoft Points.
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