Black Ops Rezurrection Review - Moonwalk your way to Zombie heaven
I'd like to thank you wholeheartedly for your inventive and entertaining Black Ops map packs. While plenty of other gamers out there whine and moan about the supposed lack of innovation in your Call of Duty titles, I embrace your Zombie-fests and ability to implement fascinating and interesting things in your effort to expand the Black Ops experience.
Sure, your fourth Black Ops downloadable content in 'Rezurrection' might include four maps from your 2008 hit, Call of Duty: World at War, but its your inclusion of a thoroughly engaging, entertaining and eerie map in 'Moon' that has me in full praise for what is probably your last Black Ops effort.
A Call of Duty fanboy.
OK, so I've given my thanks to Treyarch for their Black Ops effort, but how is Rezurrection? Is this fourth map pack the Black Ops farewell fans of the game deserve?
If you're not especially fond of the Zombies mode in Treyarch's Call of Duty titles, 'Rezurrection' might not have much worth to you. This is a map pack aimed directly at Zombie devotees, so there's really no excuse to complain about any lack of variety on offer here. The focus here is on 'Moon', and it's an entertaining enough experience to justify a purchase.
What I especially loved about 'Moon' is that it is quite relentless in offering a very stressful environment, and it quite obviously strives to keep you constantly active and anxious as to what's coming up.
There's a bunch of new stuff included on the map, and Treyarch really has taken full advantage of the concept. Low gravity and low oxygen both influence how the map plays out, and these elements have a very strong affect on the ways in which you should approach certain instances (as can be seen in the above-linked Easter Egg tutorial).
The difficulty on Moon is something that must be applauded, as it creates a sense of urgency that has normally been reserved for later stages in previous Zombies affairs. Things get very hectic very early, and the map offers a very challenging and fast-paced battle of zombie-killing experience.
With the action taking place in such a strange environment, gameplay functionality is compromised, which might annoy some more seasoned Zombie gamers. This is a different pacing from what you might be used to, fueled by a low-pressurized, low-gravity environment. The gravity plays quite heavily into how both you and zombies move around the landscape, and it definitely takes a little while to get used to.
This leads into a much steeper learning curve then when compared to other Zombie modes. Zombies come at you more frequently but ultimately in a different capacity, as the environment has such an affect on how they interact with the world. It's a welcomed change to the experience, as it mixes up how you actually play a mode that was arguably starting to feel a little dated and repetitive.
There is one awesome new zombie that ups the ante quite considerably, especially in later missions. This special zombie spawns randomly into an astronaut suit, taking so much damage to the point where it expands and explodes in an awesome spray of blood and guts. This beast doesn't actually count towards your final kill total for a round, but they do contribute to a very tense and stressful battlezone that is already severely compromised by the environment's gravity (or lack thereof).
Two new weapons in the Wave Gun and Quantum Entanglement Device are specific to the map. Wave Gun is great fun: it swells up zombies to the point of explosion, which makes for a very satisfying kill. The Quantum Entanglement Device is interesting: it has 11 (yes, 11!) different functions, all random. It takes up the second tactical grenade slot and when thrown can do anything from reviving a teammate, act as a turret, or doing absolutely nothing at all. It's a weapon that perfectly compliments the eeriness and mysteriousness of the Moon map, and is a welcomed addition to the weapon arsenal.
The Final Verdict
There's quite a lot to the Moon map, and while it isn't the only thing to come included in Rezurrection it quite obviously takes center stage. This DLC is all about the secrets and mysterious of the illustrious Moon map, and it's well worth exploring.
By Gaetano Prestia
Call of Duty: Black Ops 'Rezurrection' DLC
Platform Xbox Live Marketplace (PSN and PC at a later date)
Similar To Call of Duty: World at War
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