Black Ops' 'First Strike' DLC hits XBL Feb. 1

$15 map pack hits Microsoft's online platform in a little over a month; new content packs in five maps: four standard, one for zombie mode; release dates for PC, PSN not mentioned.

Call of Duty: Black Ops launched last month to volleys of critical plaudits and gargantuan sales tallies. Now, the title's online world, brimming with headshots and RC-XDs, is preparing to grow.

Yesterday, during Microsoft's director of Xbox Live programming Major Nelson's weekly podcast, Treyarch's Dan Bunting announced Call of Duty: Black Ops' first map pack, First Strike. The $15 (1,200 MS points) content will arrive on Xbox Live as a timed exclusive, as part of Microsoft's deal to land Call of Duty map packs before any other service.

Unfortunately, Treyarch did not provide screenshots of the new environments.

The content packs in four competitive environments: "Discovery," which is set in an antarctic German research center; "Berlin Wall," set near the famous Checkpoint Charlie in Germany; "Stadium," a map set inside a United States hockey rink; "Kowloon," set in the Chinese city on rooftops, as well as one environment for the title's Zombie mode, "Ascension." None of the maps are based on previous environments, according to Treyarch, as was the case with Modern Warfare 2's controversial Stimulus Package.

Black Ops depicts a number of Cold War-era covert operations in such countries as Russia, Vietnam, and Cuba. The game represents new territory for the series, which has previously focused on more familiar World War II and modern-day settings.

Call of Duty: Black Ops is now available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, and PC. For more information, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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WhatsY0UTUB3
WhatsY0UTUB3

@AnUndEadMonk3y First off, I was level 47 in Halo 3, so I did memorize every spawn of every weapon. Secondly, how can you say Halo is not as balanced? You start with the exact same weapons, on maps with even distances to vehicles, weapons etc, and there are no bonuses for how much you've played. Just because you can't do anything against a team of people with "2 banshees, a tank, a sniper and some SOB w/ a rocket" doesn't mean its not balanced, its your fault for letting the other team get them before you could. Also, big team battle is for noobs anyway, so don't whine about vehicle imbalance.

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

@steve, I did play MGS4. About halfway through then got tired of all the cutscenes. The online mode is the only reason I kept the game, other than that, the story was kinda boring and over convoluted. I was a big fan of Snake Eater, and felt they went too Hollywood with MGS4. If you dont agree, so be it. But the fact remains, the single play campaign consisted of more cut scenes and movies than actual gameplay. Oblivion was boring, took way too long to find any action. They tried to pack way too much on the discs of the time, and it showed. I did not like the graphics, the scale of the maps made for poor quality and slow movement throughout the game. The only credit I give Oblivion is the engine gave birth to Fallout 3 and New Vegas. I dont know where your gay Army comment is coming from, nor do I understand what kind of insult you are trying to make. Because I like first person shooters, I want to join the military? So if Peter Pan were recruiting fairies, does that mean you would be up his rear because you like Oblivion and Master System? Seriously, you're a douche.

setsinanju
setsinanju

@firefox1988 i like what your saying, if only more people thought like you.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

@AnUndEadMonk3y Theres a I saying you control the past you will control the future, you control the present you control the past, I play new to old games what about you, I wouldn't even count that army propaganda bllsht as a game. And I will tell you a game that is light years better, and more fun than Call of duty, Golden eye 007 on N64, and Duke nukem 3d for the live arcade Yeah shut the hell up. And if your going to cry about graphics Crysis is much much better, and its like 4 or 5 years old.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

@FireFox1988 Oblivion not a good game? Theres something wrong with you my friend if you think that I bet you didn't even get out of the sewers, there the only people who say its a bad game... no shame go back get out of the sewers it gets 90% better, I am not joking. I doubt it tho if your to incrested in your call of duty world, they will be offering you a free Army sign up to afghanistan when you buy the new MW3. "Its crazy its like your in the video game". Ooo and saying MGS4 is a bad game I will pretend I didn't here that, because I said the same thing when I hadn't played it you HAVE NOT played it, you cut that right out of the gamespot review of to many ingame videos, it has online you know? Lastly the Nes is sht, I owned a master system the underdog when it was just about dead :)

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

If you dont want to read it, then dont. Simple as that.

Carpe_Mofo
Carpe_Mofo

Firefox1988, maybe you should take your own advice and stop clogging up the comments with your stupidity that no one else wants to read.

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

Also, about the campaign, the include the worst friendly AI ever. I dont know how many times I died playing the campaign because of enemies standing right next to Woods, or Bowman, or Weaver, or any friendly NPC with a gun. I never see either of my squad mates ever get a kill. Its pathetic, I dont know how this game got the reviews it has. This has been the worst COD Title to date, and for numerous reasons that dont include multiplayer.

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

My main butthurtness comes from the majority of people giving this game credit it does not deserve. Everyone says astonishing visuals, fantastic story, blah blah blah. The graphics are sub par to MW2, and are basically the same as WaW. I always thought you are supposed to improve on games as you go. All they did was take WaW, add in some face paints, change the look of the guns, and add in custom emblems. The sounds of the game are crap, all the guns sounds horribly fake. Even compared to WaW the sounds of the guns and explosions are horrendous. The story is completely boring. Everyone was blown away by the very short mission with a helicopter that even on Veterans was way too easy. They give you this boring, over convoluted story, that actually makes no real sense, and basically force you to endure it. The missions are not hard, that offer no real resistance, and the fact that you play a SOG vet that has been brainwashed by Castro and some Russian guy kill the president, but then some other Russian guy adds some details in your brainwashing to kill a few other scientists, but then that Russian guy was a figment of your imagination the whole time after the second or Third mission, and end up that you were him in a weird Me Myself and Irene manner. Its completely stupid, and not cool. They ripped off countless number of movies, included a horrible voice cast, who the hell thinks Ice Cube is cool anymore? He does more kid movies than anything now.

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

The port was purposely downgraded to give the 360 better reviews. I agree most games are developed on a specific system, made to run optimally, then they work on the ports. As was the case with MW1, WaW, and MW2, but just because they did an even port, MW1, and WaW looked the same on both consoles. MW2 on the otherhand, performed greater on the PS3 because of its superior hardware. That was done by chance, not purposely. Because of that, 360 sales started to drop, and there has been an increase in those not renewing the subscriptions. So, Microsoft being the greedy rich bastards they are, they basically copyrighted the 360 version so it could no be an equal port. They had to downgrade the graphics, change certain codes, yada yada yada. Microsoft paid for the bad port on the PS3, look it up. Dont take my word for it, research it. They did this to make people want the 360 for Black Ops. Thats why they pay for the rights to release map packs first, its even rumored that PS3 wont even get the map packs because of Microsoft. I dont know about the validity of that, just seen it mentioned in quite a few forums. Im not being a fan boy, Im just trying to get all gamers, 360ers and PS3ers alike, to join forces against these butthole corporations. We are not going to see any genuine new games if we do not make our voices heard. They will keep shoveling out the same games with new visuals if we dont step up.

DARREN636
DARREN636

FireFox1988 ... ps3 was screwed over with a poor port of black ops? i do not think that is the case, tradition is to optimise for the leading console AND THEN port over to other platforms. as was the case with the ps2 (lead platform) and xbox (superior yet less units sold , hence ps2 level graphics etc)

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

....continued.....Lets not forget Activision wrongfully terminating the head developers of Infinty Ward over stupid, false allegations. Which in turn, further degraded the experience of MW2 online game play. Now we are at Black Ops, you claim astonishing visuals, where? Great story, where as well? Black Ops has been a franchise failure in the same respect as Tony Hawk 3,4,5, etc. You supporting Activision shows your stance in the gaming industry, you do whats cool. What everyone approves of, and you probably watch MTV as well. You sir, are a douche as well. Whats wrong with gamers these days? No one cares about the game they are playing, they only care if their friends play it as well. And since 100k people have a mediocre experience with the game, the millions of others with problems must be stupid, or its cause by something other than the game.

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

@AnUndEadMonk3y, giving Activision credit they dont deserve is the very problem with the gaming industry. Look at Activisions portfolio, please name one quality franchise that Activision has put out besides COD. Tony Hawk was a complete failure after the first 2, but they kept shoveling out new versions with worse gameplay and features. The same with Guitar Hero, the first few were ok, but now they just release a new game for 65$ that is the exact same thing with a new theme. What about all the games from the 80s and 90s? None, unless you count PitFall. Now on to COD, what have they done? The first 3 were mediocre FPS that didnt light up anyones radar, Medal of Honor was the big dog then, along with Halo. Then comes COD4, the first online multiplayer FPS for the consoles. Big hit, great gameplay, only had problems once people figured out how to hack. Otherwise, was a grade A formula. Then comes WaW, gameplay was shotty, knifing looked horrible, boring story that had been 100s of times, everyone already knows how WWII ended. Zombies was the only good thing that came from WaW. Then comes MW2, great visuals, great campaign mode tied perfectly with MW1, but then plagued with horrible online issues once people started hacking due to less than adequate skills and needing an extra advantage, which in turn ruined the entire experience of MW2.

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

@steve4123456789, you really are disillusioned. Crazy Taxi, Metal Gear Solid 4, and Oblivion are not very good games. Crazy Taxi is a horrible arcade game, no real physics, no real graphics, and can be easily played through a flash engine on a web browser. Metal Gear Solid 4 was nothing but a really long movie, something like a total of 18hrs game play, which 12-14hrs of that 18 are cut-scenes and movies. Oblivion was a horribly rendered RPG, and the only use it had was the basis for Fallout 3. Of all the games you mentioned, only 2 hold any kind of credibility, and thats Sonic and Halo. And to try and brag about being an old gamer just shows how stupid and pathetic you are, what is so great about owning an NES or SNES? All that proves is that you are atleast 30 years or older. Sure, its okay to be a gamer in your 30s, I know a few. But they are not excitingly proud that they had an NES or try to act as if they are better than younger kids who never played those systems. You sir, are a douche.

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

Otherwise, we are just empowering the developers to do what they want. Because they know the vast majority of gamers are stupid, lazy and insecure. They dont want to voice their opinion professionally, 75% of gamers would rather talk crap through use of forums and internet chat. They know the majority of you will complain and cry all day long while keeping that game in your system, racking up ratings for them day after day. They know the majority of you will just bend over, and take it deep without lube, then ask for more. They know the majority of you are losers and only associate with others through game chat. They know the majority of you will fork over 15$ for garbage as long as its associated with a specific title. They know the majority of you will just sit there, quietly, doing what your told for the rest of your life. They know the majority of you are ill informed, unintelligent, unmotivated, and just plain zombies to the system of Capitalism. They know you feel powerless by the massive Corporation known as Activision, who is mainly employed by those who dont even play video games. These are the reasons video games are getting worse, and nothing ground breaking has come out in the past 10 years. The last break though in gaming, was Grant Theft Auto 3 on PS2 and Halo on XBOX. Everything else has just been variations of these 2 games. Why, because the majority of you are stupid.

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

We cannot let these companies continue to make a profit off of garbage. Everyone can agree, that Black Ops has been the worse performing Call of Duty title to date. Sure its fun at times, when you can play, sure its got plenty of customized features, but all of that means nothing with horrible gameplay, lag issues, spawn deaths and traps, problems that have been associated with COD since its debut in the multiplayer with COD4. All of these problems have been neglected, and they still use outdated software. They have not changed anything besides the visuals in every COD Title. Everything else is the same, and they actually down graded the graphics for Black Ops from MW2. So, in order for us gamers to get what we want, we have to put Black Ops on the shelf.

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

As gamers, whether you had the NES or not, rather redundant but one poster feels otherwise, we all are in the same boat. Being ripped off by developers who care more about publicity than quality and integrity of their products. They would rather spend 2 million dollars to get a spot on MTV than use that 2 million in testing and development, which would have made for a higher quality game at launch. We all need to stand up, use the forums to voice our complaints to the developers. If you want free maps, or affordable maps, we have to take Black Ops out of our PS3s, show them we mean business. They screwed over the port for the PS3 to give the XBox an edge, now they are releasing the map packs first on XBOX, and are going to charge us for maps we already have on our systems. The only way these companies like Activision, EA, and Microsoft are going to get the point, is if we stick to our goals. We cant let these companies rape us anymore.They are just going to shovel out this map pack, and its going to be plagued with issues of all kinds, and it will take them months to fix it, if they even do. Like MW2 with the rock glitch of the last map pack, not sure if its been fixed or not, but it wasnt as of November 15th.

FireFox1988
FireFox1988

Now, on to my comment. 15$ is expensive for map packs, like many of you have said, millions will pay for it, the b*tch about it. I on the other hand, feel 15$ on a Black Ops map pack is mediocre. Definitely better than MW2 charging 15$ for 3 new maps and 2 old ones twice. Thats extortion, plain and simple. Also, to those who are willingly going to pay for the Zombie maps. That is extreme extortion and thievery. Millions of us still have the Zombie maps from WaW, and they are going to charge us again for the same maps with no improvements whatsoever, save for the horrible selection of guns, if they change them at all. I dont know anyone with the Prestige or Hardened edition so I cant say for sure what guns are available. The fact is, we all need to stand up and make our voices heard.

jm3811
jm3811

Haven't explored the original maps yet so there's no hurry. I will buy it when I want to anyway. I just started Uncharted (the first one) and I have plenty to do so no big deal. You don't even need to release this at all for PS3, that's fine by me.

caliche18
caliche18

Its there a lunch date for the PS3?

DARREN636
DARREN636

steve4123456789 yes yes yes. take a stand on an issue that does not matter to me? you are missing the point , my ignorant chum. the time to make a stand against pay for dlc was the day they started charging for it. the rubicon was crossed a very long time ago. i agree with AnUndEadMonk3y . well said.

AnUndEadMonk3y
AnUndEadMonk3y

@ steve4123456789 "NO YOUR NOT, YOUR A LIAR! I CAN TELL! You know how? Because I'm a freaking retard Are you done? Cause, No, I am not a liar, and yes you are stuck in an old generation wishing the "glory days" of video gaming with single joysticks and blocky faces would come back. I have owned pretty much every system at one time save the Wii. If you really feel like comparing sonic, you can cause last time I checked its a free country. But those freaking games do not even compare to modern ones. You wana say Cod4? Really? 20 weapon choices tops, 4 attachments and 3 kill streaks? What are you afraid of progress?! From reading your comments I can see your pretty much the most ill informed SOB I think I've seen on this site. Your stuck in the past dude.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

@AnUndEadMonk3y Your a liar your a kid I can tell you never played no Nes, am from the 16bit, and late 8bit generation am 100x times the gamer you are, or ever be 1/4 the gamer I am by what I just read people like you don't know, or will never know what a real video game is, and hes the start of the Wisdom tree Black ops is not one of them cod4 maybe, but down hill from there lol. Also are you just trying to anoy me, or are you serious about what your saying because if you are you make my piss boil young gamers like you make me sick hes some quotes I liked the most... "winning formula", "GREAT GAME", "amazing story", "GOOD GAMES", "superb visuals", "addicting multiplayer" The first thing I noticed is you said its a good game, then great? This shows me your deluded, and uncertain or just have low standards, if you tried real games like the ones am going to list a rare treat for you below you would be blowin away. Panzer Dragoon saga, Halo 1, Shenmue, Shining force 3, sonic, Alex kidd, Resident evil 1, crazy taxi, Soul calibur 1, Little big planet, MGS4, Oblivion, NiGHTS, golden axe, COD4. I bet you have not played more than 1 of those games guess which one.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

@DARREN636 I pitty you will regret those words some day my friend when harder times come which they will I promise its coming there is no doubt in my mind. Buy things you need not things you don't need especially a ripe off can you see if you don't take a stand, and say your not being part of this expect they price to raise to new heights; and I ask you what will you do then continue buying and keep saying you wipe your a@s with that money, or will it hit you then, I fear it will never hit AnUndEadMonk3y hes to far gone to save.

AnUndEadMonk3y
AnUndEadMonk3y

@steve4123456789 Ok first of all, your a retard Theres not a billion players. 1/6th of the worlds population does not play COD. Secondly, Cod is a GREAT GAME. It's production values are off the charts good! " "just sort of upsets me that the kids these days, and older live in a box which is FPS ruled by COD (mostly) did you ever stop to think about other great games on offer? That don't get the chance they deserve because of fat cats like Activision with there bland boring mediocre games that get whipped out every year?" Ok, what your saying here is that you are upset that a game company has come up with a winning formula of an amazing story, superb visuals, and addicting multiplayer, and that other companies with worse games are getting there feeling hurt cause they cant compete? You know why Activision is a "fat cat"? Because they make F*cking GOOD GAMES. Consistently. Idk if you actually played Black Ops...but that game is not bland, far from it. Oh and btw, My first system was the NES, I grew up through the "golden 90's" and believe me, new games are better so get out of your 64 bit past. I'm currently going through Fallout and Dragon Age and enjoying it but its like Rockstar man. Every game they come out with is a winner and the Cod franchise has become that. So stop complaining, PLEASE. I've put almost 5 days into the online and still enjoy it. So I'm gonna buy the maps. You probably put 10 minutes, I killed you, then left. So your not gonna buy it. To each his own.

AnUndEadMonk3y
AnUndEadMonk3y

@WhatsY0UTUB3 I got 2 words for you dude. Power weapons. The reason you don't get higher on Halo is that if you don't memorize when the weapon spawns are and were they are and the other team gets them they you are f*cked. And vehicles if the other team is able to gain control of both tanks its just stuipid. The great thing about Cod is that because EVERYTHING is at least a little OP'd (aka realistic) even people at level 1 can do as well as people at level 50 if they just play smart. It doesnt matter how smart you play halo of you have 2 banshees, a tank, a sniper and some SOB w/ a rocket all trying to kill you and all you got is an assault rifle. So I would say Cod is much more balanced then halo could ever be.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

Well, I say no. hope they know that I said no. 15 dollars for couple of maps? no thanks.

ZachariahDvX
ZachariahDvX

F-you microsoft and your take a dump on PS3 owners for no reason but just to look cool for a month or so.

T_U_U_T_A
T_U_U_T_A

Treyarc did not raise the bar what so ever black ops is crap they should leave the multiplayer for infinity ward i would like to see infinity ward make a zombies like 18 player zombies or competitive zombies or pack-a-punch perks or just stop with the patching

Footos_mints
Footos_mints

@f0urz3r0tw0 I agree with your point however the fact that they do pay for online; means microsoft can invest towards that were as all playstation owners have playstation plus which is optional. now i have playstation plus; gimmie good exclusive discount or something on this map pack! :D Or at least gimmie the option to download the old zombie maps! :O

F0URZ3R0TW0
F0URZ3R0TW0

@WhatsY0UTUB3 That has nothing to do with Online support and such. Xbox Live Subscription is Microsoft getting money, not Treyarch.

J-2-K
J-2-K

nice, bit pricey but isnt everything these days, new zombie maps always good :P but does anyone know when they plan on releasing the old zombie maps for people who didnt buy the sepcal version of the game ?

WhatsY0UTUB3
WhatsY0UTUB3

@F0URZ3R0TW0 Well since you don't pay for online why would they support it? You get what you pay for. In this case you get nothing.

WhatsY0UTUB3
WhatsY0UTUB3

@Timmy_Gwar Most people on this site are undoubtedly kids that have parents to purchase this overpriced crap for them, or use daddy's credit card.

WhatsY0UTUB3
WhatsY0UTUB3

@Sirbobislost Think of how easy it is to be a good CoD player. I come in first almost every game. I played Halo 2 and Halo 3 way more than I play CoD, and I never consistently came in first place. It takes way, way more skill. Everything is balanced, there are no unlocks, no killstreaks, no perks. Everyone is on equal footing at the start of the game. It's much harder to be good at. I'm not saying its a better game, I like both of them. I just think Halo is much harder to be dominant in. I'm not being a hater, I didn't say anything negative about CoD.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@WhatsY0UTUB3 wait so high level halo depends on strat and not CoD? "Because in CoD people die in 3-5 bullets and in Halo people actually have a chance to kill you if you flank them" surely that would mean you have to use far more stratergy to stay alive and not get flanked since as you said you die from 3 or 4 bullets your statement is a fail it takes just as much skill to play halo then CoD you might not like CoD just dont be a pointless hater it makes you look like you facepalm yourself to much anyway on topic im not buying the DLC i dont like black ops enough to pick it up and ive got to many games coming up

WhatsY0UTUB3
WhatsY0UTUB3

@JayQproductions Lol. Halo takes far more skill. You can get to a point in CoD where you get 40+ kills a game with like 10 deaths fairly easily. In Halo it takes more practice, more time, and more skill to be first place each and every game. Because in CoD people die in 3-5 bullets and in Halo people actually have a chance to kill you if you flank them. Not only this, but high level Halo depends far more on strategy than CoD does. *facepalm*

WhatsY0UTUB3
WhatsY0UTUB3

@lm316 I won't. I have stopped purchasing anything with an Activision logo on it.

milan4554
milan4554

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Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@mattman127 Your thinking about it all wrong! Riddle me this, would you rather pay for every gallon water after you've paid for the pipes to get it to you, or would you rather receive it for free? And how long would it be until they started charging you per liter instead of per gallon? Its really that simple people, the more we pay now, the more we pay in the future. I don't know any of you (presumably) and I don't know where you get all of this disposable income during somewhat rough economic times but I don't crap gold. Bottom line is that if it was free before, it should remain that way, especially if the content is as lacking as this. Do you know what is free? Fresh air. Get it before they start charging you for that too.

F0URZ3R0TW0
F0URZ3R0TW0

They are going to make a DLC but not fix problems for PS3 online????? Screw this!!!

mattman127
mattman127

15 bucks. 4 maps and a zombie map that will take up hours of your time. or 2 trips to McDonald's. Come on people.

theshonen8899
theshonen8899

Yay, one more original map. Just kidding, this is horrible.

DARREN636
DARREN636

steve4123456789 ... dude... i leave 15 ££ tips after a meal in a restaurant. i could not care less about saving money ! do you not see my point? i want the maps. i will pay for the maps- i do not care about the money. do you see????

PresidentDman
PresidentDman

Do I want the the DLC = Yes Is it worth $15 = No Will I purchase the DLC = Probably. Thats my choice and my thought process. It is possible to realise the DLC is overpriced but still be willing to pay that price.

Dizzzyness
Dizzzyness

I'm just going to wait till this comes out and mayybbee.. im interested in the zombie map but nobody really knows what these maps are going to be like. AT LEAST remake a map like codmw2 did"LEAST" actually show pictures.

Dark_Infinite
Dark_Infinite

whatever all my psn people know what to do ;)

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

@DaBaka So many people ask me, and talk about it you would think that many I bet that many own it everyone I know owns it, or is getting it. They would be a outcaust if they didn't lol, or buy the maps. But the winner at the end of the day is in your hands you, or Activision if you choose to be part of it my lesson was learned after MW2.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

@DARREN636 Right lol good one, I just married Megan Fox am not bragging, BC2 Vietnam for $15, or maps to add some new life to a already lifelise game you will soon be bored of soon anyway just like the last one, and the one before that it takes a stonger person to not be part of it. If your to brainwashed to think your getting a good deal, am sorry to break it to you, but your a fool my friend they don't care about you just your money that you folk out to them there pigs. And if you keep accepting the prices they tell you they will keep raising them so just stop with this bullsht view of its worth it in the eyes of the beholder IT ISN'T! If we don't take a stand, and refuse to pay this outrageous price they will keep doing this as long as people like the pimp DARREN636 lastly am writing this because its important am saving you alot of money you should be thanking me. I mean Jezz you could probably buy COD4, or COD5 for that price if you love COD that much man.