While it’s not as bountiful as Black Ops 2‘s first DLC pack, Revolution – which offered an additional weapon and a new Zombies mode along with 5 new maps – there’s still a lot to like about Uprising. And, as with Revolution, we’ve created a walkthrough for each of the four multiplayer maps to give players a sense of their layout and what type of combat opportunities each presents.
Before giving their $15 to Activision, gamers will likely want to see what the map packs include. And that’s where we come in.
The first map included with Uprising is called Encore. It’s set in a small concert arena with a wide open central space. There are plenty of areas for players to hole up and feel a little safer, but the speed with which players can get from one end of the map to the other should make for some great firefights.
Magma is one of those iconic Call of Duty maps: built on a gimmick, but still wildly detailed and very fun to play on. As the name implies, Magma’s central premise involves an erupting volcano which, if players aren’t careful, will send them down in flames. Even without the treacherous terrain, the map has a great sense of verticality and plenty of nooks and crannies for players to explore. After about the first match, the lava will never be a problem, but its presence does give the map some personality.
Vertigo is another map that if players aren’t careful on they will end up in the negative. Set on a futuristic high rise, the map has a lot of open space, but plenty of opportunities for cover. There are also some risky leaps that can be made to get a drop on the enemy. And again, it’s best to keep an eye on your footing lest you plummet to your death.
The Call of Duty franchise, or any FPS franchise for that matter, has featured plenty of map remakes, but Studio should be counted among the best. The map takes the Black Ops 1 map Firing Range and redresses it with a Hollywood backlot theme. The general makeup of the map is preserved in its entirety, but the design is much more detailed than Firing Range.
Just walking around Studio for the first time is a delight, even if the general terrain is familiar. Movie fans will love Studio, and the map itself is still a decent offering.
Overall, Uprising isn’t quite the DLC offering that Revolution was, but it still delivers four maps, and one Zombie map, that are diverse enough for multiplayer fans to enjoy. The maps themselves are on the smaller side, but the intricate design more than makes up for that.
Have you had a chance to check out Uprising? Which of the four new multiplayer maps is your favorite?
Black Ops 2: Uprising is available now for the Xbox 360. There is no word on a PS3 or PC release at this time.
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