Call of Duty: World at War DLC Hands-on - Zombie Verruckt

We take a spin through the new Nazi Zombie mode included in the upcoming map pack.

On March 19, Activision will be releasing a new map pack for Call of Duty: World at War. Three of these maps--Nightfire, Station, and Knee Deep--will be for use in the game's standard competitive multiplayer mode. But a fourth map included in this DLC pack has a bit of a lurching, undead twist to it. Yes, a new zombie map is on its way to complement Nacht Der Untoten, the one that players who've beaten the campaign have already unlocked. Known as Zombie Verruckt, this new map will also let a team of up to four players fight off hordes of the undead in a quest to survive as long as possible with brains fully intact. We recently spent some hands-on time with Verruckt to see how the gameplay will differ from the zombie-themed map that's already included with World at War.

Verruckt is based on the Asylum multiplayer map, which is a two-story building outfitted with an expansive courtyard in the middle. If you play with a team of four, your squad of survivors will be split up into two pairs, each on opposite sides of the map. The goal of the team is to reunite in the middle of the building. It's not just a desire to see their long-lost buddies that's driving this impulse--or at least not entirely--but rather a new goal-oriented feature that has been added.

Verruckt takes place on a modified version of the Asylum map.

In the first zombie map, players would earn money from killing zombies and repairing the barricades that the undead had torn down. The money would then be used to buy new guns and unlock doors to progress to different areas of the map. The main point of unlocking these doors was to find new equipment to use and put a little distance between you and the zombies. But in Verruckt, you'll be unlocking doors that guide you to a power generator that controls a series of conveniently placed zappers and vending machines able to deal out perk-fueled soda.

Getting to the generator won't complete the game, but adding such a goal does give the team some helpful unlockables to strive toward. In the case of these zappers, you can wait until a group of zombies comes strolling by and then let out an electrical blast that takes care of the entire bunch in one fell swoop, letting you stay safe and save precious ammo. Killing zombies like this keeps you from gaining points as you would by shooting them with guns, but given that the end goal is to survive as many rounds as possible, it helps a lot in that regard.

The other point of making it to the generator is to turn on power to the vending machines scattered throughout the map. Like the Nuke-A-Cola machines that you see scattered all throughout Fallout 3, these machines are a sort of beacon of reassuring pop culture amid a war zone, and likewise they provide benefits that extend beyond their warm, reassuring glow. Indeed, you can use the money that you've earned to buy soda from them. The delicious nectar contained within each of these machines comes with a specific perk. For example, the root beer machine will give you the Double Tap ability, whereas the other three will give you Juggernaut, Sleight of Hand, and Fast Revive. These will all last until you're knocked down by zombies.

You'll see zombies coming at you in scary new directions.

One of the other changes to the gameplay is a collection of modifications to the zombies themselves. You'll notice them come at you from out of the ground as well as through fully preserved walls, and when they do get at you, they're a bit more vicious than before. You'll still see an assortment of both slow and fast zombies, but now you need to stay on your toes a bit more considering that you might have your back pressed against a wall that's about to be smashed through by a zombie, Kool Aid Man-style.

Call of Duty: World at War's Map Pack 1 will be released on March 19 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. PC players will be able to snag the pack at a later, unconfirmed date. The pricing on the download is also unconfirmed. You can look forward to seeing our impressions of the other three maps within the next few days.

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221 comments
slick3d
slick3d

how do i get this map for xbox 360 ?

epyon346
epyon346

Since when do things come out later on PC? Especially for franchises that got cooking on PCs. And since when did we have to pay?

pounder60JD
pounder60JD

my roommate wants to know if this is coming out for the Wii

schoeier
schoeier

it's march 20th 7.26 am and still not out in belgium!!! do sombody knows when it comes out in europe?

Awsemo4000
Awsemo4000

March 20th and i'm downloading it now. I'm so pumped!

dav_528
dav_528

wtf its 6:08pm in Australia March 20 not out???

Awsemo4000
Awsemo4000

It's march 19th and it's not out yet in Canada either!

aceofspades076
aceofspades076

I'm in the USA and it says it hasn't come out yet

zebrahead7777
zebrahead7777

i am on playstation.asia and it still doesnt have the download. btw i agree with MajorBrian since we already spend our money on the game.

leerer
leerer

Its already March 19 for me and its 5:12 am. I have yet to see the download available. this sucks.

bibliomaniac15
bibliomaniac15

@Pizzaman103, @Setsuka I never said anything about what I thought of Nazi zombies. It's a fun idea, but I'm still sticking to COD1.

TheYoshster
TheYoshster

It totally sucks that Activision had to be so LAME!!!!!! And leave out the Zombie mode. It would be so cool to download and play this on your Wii!

Ironthor
Ironthor

I can't wait! Hopefully it's only 400 MP!

MajorBrian
MajorBrian

How about for free since we have already bought the game?

jcbis2005
jcbis2005

there only one word for this "SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET"

halfpike95
halfpike95

i dont know the answer to your question, but the new map looks awsome.It's definatly bigger and cooler looking than the first zombie map.

Willceace
Willceace

Can you have more than 1 perk from the machine or do you have to be tactical with your perk selection?

atlfan7
atlfan7

so is it 4-player offline or not?

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

yeah 800mp seems like the price. or 1000. anything above that would be pushing it.

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

Some of these Zombies look like they went on holiday and got a little sun, no?

BurningChrome
BurningChrome

800 points ( $10.00) seems to be the new standard price point now. With Valve releasing free modes and a new map for L4D, I can't see it being much more than 800.

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Zombies are just a fun mini-game and I am glad it is in there. It gives you something to play to keep it fresh. They need to add 250 points of zombie mode achievements with this map pack.

DarkFadi
DarkFadi

What are zombies doing in the world war?

Del125
Del125

How much will it cost

Zelda344
Zelda344

is this also for the wii?

Jhraxlin
Jhraxlin

Fun game, I didn't like it as much as COD:MW, but hey, it was fun, and the graphics are absolutely amazing. Nazi Zombies wasn't my thing, I think I made it to round 3. XD Really, I can't wait for COD:MW2, hopefully these guys will fix the multiplayer splitscreen issues.

wolf0
wolf0

god i love call of duty. the zombie modes alot o fun

poisonyoshi
poisonyoshi

Interesting concept they have here. Personally, I'd think it would pretty cool if they did something like aliens, sort of like a "War of the Worlds" theme. But that's just me.

tonyhawksP8
tonyhawksP8

Why stuff a perfectly normal game with 3 star Left4Dead action in it. Hey Battlefield is still alive I think I'll stick with that series.

unbentonslaught
unbentonslaught

nathace what is wrong with you it is historic this is just a bonus game

unbentonslaught
unbentonslaught

this sounds better than the original, the lightning is a bit dubious though....

apothix
apothix

i am in love with nazi zombies cant wait for this new map

shakensparco
shakensparco

Eh, I'll pass on this game. I should have bought CoD4 when I had the chance. I guess I'll just wait for the next Modern Warfare. This isn't a bad game but there is something about Triarch that I don't like a whole lot. CoD3 was okay, but left me disappointed.

DBZknight1
DBZknight1

I hate the fact that the PC players always get the CoD DLC's for free unlike us console players. :(

DBZknight1
DBZknight1

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Kleeyook
Kleeyook

@Ultimatesnake90 I know it already. But I live in Sweden, not the USA. here's no Wallmart here. And there's no such a PSN gift card here either. Don't overlook the fact that this is global, not only the USA.

dockholidaiy
dockholidaiy

How could anyone complain about the zombie mode? Only thing i wish for is to be able to search for matches

rob_42
rob_42

To the few naysayers, the zombie game mode was purly a bonous thing u cant really criticize it, theres zero reason to play it if u dont want to. uh and yeah i guess if u want to buy a _whole_ nother game, get Left4dead. otherwise i thought it was a pretty well done bonous game, definately cant wait for a new map

rocketdanman
rocketdanman

I always thought that the zombie nazi idea is stupid and this just furthers the point. Who cares that u can now kill zombies in a different level. I you wanna kill zombies just play left 4 dead.