Modern Warfare 2 DLC stimulating PS3, PC May 4

Following hot Xbox Live debut, five-map Stimulus Package for Infinity Ward's acclaimed shooter arriving on Sony's console, desktop for $15 next month.

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package detonated with seismic force on Xbox Live upon its release for the Xbox 360 last week. Infinity Ward's first map pack for the $1 billion first-person shooter logged more than 1 million downloads within 24 hours of its release, and that figure ballooned to 2.5 million by week's end. Activision noted that the release set day-one and week-one Xbox Live records, despite the map pack's rocky launch.

Soon, Microsoft's Xbox 360 exclusivity on the map pack will expire, as Activision said today that the PlayStation 3 version of the Stimulus Package will be available in North America on May 4, with the Australian and European rollout taking place a day later. PC gamers the world over will be able to pick up the map pack on May 4, as well. Notably, a free multiplayer weekend for Modern Warfare 2 on the PC will be available through Steam beginning April 8.

Are you ready to be stimulated?

Available for $15, the Stimulus Package includes three all-new maps: Bailout takes place in a vertically oriented apartment complex; Storm plays out amid hulking machinery in an industrial complex; and Salvage sees gamers picking their way through a snow-covered junkyard. The Stimulus Package also includes two popular holdovers from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare: Crash and Overgrown.

Check out GameSpot's video walk-through of the five maps, below, for an idea of what to expect from the Stimulus Package.

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evaneself
evaneself

@naraku2099: What you talking about? I hope to talk again about that, after 10 years. If we survive.

evaneself
evaneself

I meant Standard Edition, not the collection.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@Chyaku I have never ever made out Halo to be a flawless shooter yet, but I find it ridiculous, and yes, fanboyish, to constantly ignore facts showing that the game has changed, especially since it had more evolution from a regular game to an expansion than most games do during an entire series. And Halo Reach in particular has already scrapped a majority of traditional Halo stuff in favor of execution moves, scattering bullets, powers, arena and headhunter modes, new ranking systems, full character customization, daily and weekly challenges, etc. Once again, I don't claim Halo is perfect, and I dont even care that you dont like it, but its clearly biased to say that the game hasn't changed when critics and most of the gaming world acknowledged that your precious Uncharted 2 had minimal changes and only tweaks to the established formula. Keep an open mind dude.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@Chyaku I'm not claiming it's going to be a great game, but I'm saying it's dumb to say that there are no changes to the gameplay when there are videos and news that clearly state that it has. Just watching the video shows that its not the same game it once was. In fact, theres more noticable changes in that one video than most games do. I mean, look at MW2. Almost no upgrades or changes to the game in any way other than new perks and Special Ops (not even any new game modes for online), and yet everyone loved it and made it out to be the best game ever made until this DLC released. Compare that to Halo 1 to 2, which added online matchmaking (which nearly every great game has ripped off to date), more game modes, as well as the typical guns, levels, and other things in typical shooters, and Halo 2 really was a one of a kind sequel. Then with Halo 3, they added 4 player online co-op (which was admittedly long overdue), Forge Mode and Theater Mode, enhanced matchmaking services, more playlists and game modes. And then ODST (an expansion pack mind you) returned the series to its roots in some ways while adding in some sweet new additions along with the complete Halo 3 multiplayer, which was great for me since I didnt buy any of the DLC before. Yes maybe it was an overpriced expansion for anyone who paid for the maps, but for me, counting in the costs of the DLC (over $30 in maps), it was a great value and saved me some valuable harddrive space.

dbe425
dbe425

Greed is not only killing this game but it is killing the company!!! I can't predict the future but I doubt the next MW title will break sales records like this one. I personally doubt I will buy it regardless of how it turns out. The Xbox crowd might be loyal but for PC gamers like myself, its the end of the road. :-(

Chyaku
Chyaku

@MetalMan300 Sorry, I don't need to read an article on something when I've experienced garbage at first hand. Words are nothing over the internet, you can claim you own and have "full knowledge" on consoles, but the thing is, words can only go so far. Sure this can apply directly to me too, but I know that I'm telling the truth, unlike you. The only real reason I've called you a fanboy is because you act exactly like one. Trying your best to defend garbage, insisting that somebody else is a fanboy constantly, and claiming you own all consoles, therefore you know more. If anything, you're the only one fooling yourself here, nobody cares about your fake knowledge, and owning 3 consoles doesn't mean you know more about a video game. Retarded logic, and you say I'm wasting your time? Grow up, Halo hasn't changed, and it never will, stop crying just because somebody dislikes your game.

Chyaku
Chyaku

@MetalMan300 And what would your opinion be? That Halo Reach is going to be a good game? You're trying to force it as if it were fact, you can't deny it. No, I don't believe that ODST was being sold off as an expansion, mainly because many moronic 360 owners always claimed that it was "another quality exclusive game for the 360!" But hey, I can admit that I was wrong, why would I want to have the knowledge of a series that generally turned to crap after the second? $60 for an expansion, you people would really buy that up, wouldn't you? Yup, I'm the definition of a fanboy, that's all you can say is that I'm a fanboy, because you generally lack a good vocabulary. I'm a fanboy for having an opinion, do get some original insults, it does grow tiring.

cojax22
cojax22

So is Steam going to make the PC gamers pay $15 for this map pack?! The map pack was free for COD4 on the PC.. I hope it is again for MW2, but... I also wouldn't be surprised if they did charge $ for 'em

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@Chyaku I suggest reading an article on a game you obviously know nothing about (wait, you played it, my bad) before you try to make a point. And being that your other points consist of claiming I'm a fanboy for stating my opinion when I actually have full knowledge on the consoles when you're doing the same with less experience, and stating that previews and reviews can't be trusted, and that my defense for ODST is 'wrong' despite supporting facts from other critics, only because you think its the same thing. Seriously, you're just wasting my precious time and continually making yourself look dumber and dumber. Give up before you try and make another lame, factless point. If you want to talk about a game that hasn't had any evolution or changes with fans that blindly support, you'd have to talk about the Dynasty Warriors series.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@Chyaku SO basically you're a hypocrite, because since I'm stating my own opinion and actual facts to support them, I can still be a fanboy, but you can do whatever you please? What a genius you are! Never knew there was such a double standard. And you REALLY think that Halo ODST was NEVER being sold off as an expansion? Someone keeps showing how blind of a fanboy they really are. From Gamepro: "Bungie's Joseph Staten talks Halo 3 expansion, titled Halo 3 ODST." From Amazon: "Developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by acclaimed developer Bungie, Halo 3: ODST is a new, stand-alone expansion to the Halo saga.." And from Bungie.net itself: "An ambitious EXPANSION pack, Halo 3: ODST allows players to explore dangerous new ground.." I guess the Halo 3 in the title wasn't obvious enough along with Bungie's own admittance that it was an expansion for it to indeed be an expansion. Jackass. You are the very definition of a fanboy, just give it up, trying to defend yourself is just making it worse. It has always been described as a FULL PRICED EXPANSION PACK, stop being an idiot and try to actually use facts when you attempt to make a point.

D2Ultima
D2Ultima

@cashmoney714 You say it's not a lot, but for one, in my country, where $1 USD currency = $6.35 TTD currency, (meaning that my dollar is LESS THAN 1/6 OF THE US DOLLAR), that pack works out to quite a lot. Quite a lot for what? Two remakes and three new maps? These guys don't *need* that money. After claiming over 1 billion copies of the original game sold @ $50 USD for consoles and $60 USD for PC (Yeah that's right, we had to pay an EXTRA set of cash for no reason), let's count them all as 50. That means they made at the least, $50,000,000,000 dollars. I guarantee you, it did NOT cost that much to make the game. Then they did a little work on some maps, and now want another $15 per sale? I would pay for expansions from Fallout 3, that actually do something. Like the Pitt. Or Broken Steel. Mothership Zeta, Point Lookout. Not this that's just a load of laziness.

izmickey
izmickey

@ cashmoney714 So i guess you would be fine with paying more than $15 for bad DLC huh? There is a difference between cheap and being smart about spending money. Maybe you should let those drinks out of your system before doing some math.

cashmoney714
cashmoney714

lol you guys are cheap...$15 is not alot. I spend like that much on 2 drinks at bars with tip included lol

Chyaku
Chyaku

@MetalMan300 Oh the stupidity is high in this one, I guess it's something to expect from a person who will blindly defend the Halo series to their death. So I'm apparently a PS3 fanboy because I voice out my own opinions and to some degree, facts? I never knew that! Let's not forget to mention that previews and reviews aren't necessarily going to fit a persons own personal tastes, oh no wait, I'm sorry. It does, because it's Halo, right? As for your comment on ODST about my comment on ODST, I guess you didn't read anything, now did you? 'Tis the intelligence of one such as yourself, right? ODST was never being sold off as an expansion, saying otherwise is just the words of fanboys defending it. It was stated that it was being sold as a full game, a new one to the series. There's a difference between the words of a fanboy and the words of an official, but you wouldn't know that, now would you? Oh, you own all 3 consoles, this obviously makes you know what you're talking about, but you just assume that I haven't already owned both the PS3 and Xbox 360, right? Oh wait, I'm a hardcore Sony fanboy according to you, so that doesn't make it a possibility.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@Chyaku My comments were only in reply to stupidity, and as huerito323 said earlier, ODST is an expansion that added more onto the series. That's about as lame as crying that F.E.A.R. Extraction Point on PC wasn't totally different and therefore sucked since it didn't change the base gameplay of F.E.A.R. Expansions add onto the base gameplay of the game it goes with, it doesn't necessarily have to do anything radically different, and the fact that ODST did more changes than many similar expansions and even some sequels is surprising. Of course, I don't expect a blind fanboy to make sense of it. Since I have all 3 systems, I actually know what I'm talking about. And to think this whole thing started because YOU were the one that brought 360 into a MW2 post... how sad.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@Chyaku Yes, you're right. I never knew I was a fanboy for pointing out (in my original post if you actually read it) the universal fact that people bought this DLC, and on a PS3/PC related article! I guess this DLC just never released on 360, woe is me for missing that fact. And as for my "fanboyish comments", if you read this history you'd notice that it was a reply to one of the most incorrect, blind, and braindead statements I've ever had the displeasure of reading on Gamespot. I believe it said that Halo Reach wouldn't be any different? Idk what Halo Reach had to do with MW2 DLC, but it sure had much less to do with it than my comment about how it sold well on 360 and that it would on PS3 and PC too, regardless of the value. The very fact that you said that it isn't any different and I'm only going off words of people and previews shows how ignorant you really are (because I'm supposed to take the word of you, a PS3 fanboy who hasn't played Halo Reach yet either over previews from reviewers that actually have, makes SO much sense!) You then tried to defend your pathetic comment by bringing up ODST as an excuse that the Halo series didn't evolve or change (although critics nearly universally said it did), and you somehow really believe that I'M the one being the fanboy? .

naraku2099
naraku2099

@evaneself: "You will wake up with a game at a price of $100, if you support them thieves." There was a $150 version of MW2. You're too late!

jokethis21
jokethis21

@Flint247, I do agree its different.. But would you call giving money a waste of money? Probably not, because it makes the person giving the money feel good about themselves, and they know they are helping someone out. But why is it "a waste of money" when you buy something worth 15 $ that makes YOURSELF happy and feel good? I know they are two different things, but if you have the money and it wont effect you that much, why not buy it? People also dont realize that MW 2 has a lot of maps to begin with.... they could have easily not put it a map or two and people would not have noticed.

HectorFAO
HectorFAO

ytf May? y not this week a$$holes!

CyberPenguin88
CyberPenguin88

5 maps or Battlefield 1943? There the same price. Seriously an arcade game is the same price as an add-on? That's riddiculous

evaneself
evaneself

All the time, large firms do not survive long because they never get enough money. We no longer are respected by their products. They want more, more money. Support small businesses. Buy games that are yours after you purchase them. Just so you can praise you with a collection.

evaneself
evaneself

Do not buy 3 maps for a half price of a good games. This is how go all to hell. You no longer supported laziness. You will wake up with a game at a price of $100, if you support them thieves. Maps were a bonus for those who bought the game. It's a shame what is going to play. A shame and a theft. Buy games that not have DRM. Support those that will not steal. Buy them.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

I have this on X360 and it's worth every penny. Buy it! :)

Cabal23
Cabal23

$15-20 more dollars and you can get BF 2.

Cabal23
Cabal23

Didn't John Lennon write a song about this? "Imagine all the gamers, playing DLC for free, Imagine all the people, being rewarded for supporting the game." How about as a thank you for making COD the best selling game ever, they give us the maps for free? Sometimes corporate greed astonishes me. I appreciate capitalism, but a small kickback to those that made them successful wouldn't be bad for brand recognition. Take a note from Blizzard's treatment of customers. Oops Activision is Blizzard. Huh?

izmickey
izmickey

@ loksta87 If you feel like 3 maps and two RECYCLED maps are worth $15, then fine. But, it still doesnt hide the fact that its a bad deal. You need to think outside the box. The package bothers people because so many have bitten the bait. If other companies see that many are willing to pay so much for a little new, mixed in with a little recycled work, who benefits more? Certainly not us gamers. But since you and those 2.5million dudes who thought it was ok to pay $15 for that "stimulus" package, don't be surprised to see future DLC prices rise and content from DLC decline.

Cabal23
Cabal23

@loksta87 Then your either a fan boy or a poorly informed consumer. Your the guy who buys a $5 cup of coffee, and the rest of us wonder how we got to a $5 cup of coffee. Because people like you who support awful corporate progress. The sales of this will set the stage for a lot of companies and the future of DLC. If this goes off, we are all in for a royal sc$ewing. And yes many of us will not buy this despite what you might think. Most people have moved onto BF 2 anyways. MW2 although it was fun, lost it edge to the more realistic games like OFP and BF2. None of my friends have touched MW2 since BF2. The community is much more polite and they have no plans to charge for DLC. Sold me.

loksta87
loksta87

Everyone still b!tching about the price of the DLC, just GTFO. I'm gonna get it, and so are most of the other MW2 PS3 players and we're gonna be happy. Just stop going on every possible message board and stop bashing the game!! If it bothers you so much, don't f*cking play it!!

anthonycg
anthonycg

At least the Madden DLC tries to hide the fact that it's not worth it...

thebeav3
thebeav3

@Oblenator, Damn you man i was gonna say the same thing

dinoryan
dinoryan

yay now we have the overpriced dlc piece crap that i DEFINTELY wont buy

miX_master53
miX_master53

im not wasting money on this at all, a lame attempt to raise more profits, Activision, what have you become?.....

Flint247
Flint247

@jokethis21 Charity and DLC are two different things. Actually, I rather use $15 to donate to charity instead of wasting here. (my opinion, of course)

jokethis21
jokethis21

I bought this thing and i aint stupid... I donate money to charity all the time... am i stupid? I dont think so.

BkLiveWire
BkLiveWire

I got mine free from the monster energy promotion. Only paid $3.99 for a 4 pack and got a code.

snake289
snake289

You have to be a right fanboy tool to pay for maps anyways.

cjasko94
cjasko94

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famguyfan2685
famguyfan2685

I watched the walkthrough of the 3 new maps and 2 classic maps, and I just can't justify $15.00 for this. I'll just wait for a price drop. And if one doesn't come then I'll just have to stick with the maps that came with the game. I'd just rather save my money to be put towards the purchase of new games.

AnasAlHasani
AnasAlHasani

ok, lemme say this. crash map desirve 10$. I like that map like no other map on all Call of Duty series. I remember I were repeating that map 15 times a day with my friends on LAN party. the other 4 maps I will consider it as an add-on value of what we already have on MW2, with only paying 5$ more :)

myungish
myungish

no thanks. i only play it once or twice a week now so i wont be wasting any more money on this.

Flint247
Flint247

"Modern Warfare 2 DLC stimulating PS3, PC May 4" I rather stimulate "Common Sense".

chico129
chico129

@Santithedude Aaaaaaand you're also subscribed to a gaming website... So by your own logic, you have no life, nice comeback there.

GBPackersrule
GBPackersrule

With the new stimulus Package, you get to experience more of the following: Campers, Glitchers, Noobtubers, Ten-Year olds, Akimbo rangers, ACR- Bling noobs, Commando- Marathon- Lightweight- Knifers, Hail Mary grenades that fly across the map and land at your feet, knives that fly across the map and hit you in the brain, AC-130 spawn campers, and more! Oh how fun! Now I get to experience this on 5 more maps! Oh Joy!

Danagan
Danagan

Ok im just gona say one thing, a few months back everybody was crying in the corners of their room cus a rumor spread that call of duty would become an xbox exclusive, so did any of ye think that if ps3 owners boycot this that maybe activision or iw might think "well it sold great on xbox lets just not bother with ps3". Also it doesnt really matter cus i know for a fact most of ye are gona buy it, cus thats always the way, just like the thousands of people who said they would boycot mw2 alltogether and still ended up buying it. Im gona buy it, im bored of the old maps...oh and yes i have bad company 2 ands its great but i like mw also.

Chyaku
Chyaku

@MetalMan300 Really, because you trying to insult me and call me a pathetic fanboy makes you look even better, right? One review on ODST? Oh wait, how about this, I played the actual game because at one point, I owned an Xbox 360, but I guess you didn't think that far ahead, right? I wonder why that is, maybe ignorance blocks your field of judgement. 5 hour long campaign and bringing back something that originated in the older games isn't changing anything, the only thing that changed was firefight, and that's it. If you want to talk about change, then include something _new._ Oh but hey, let's just get back onto another subject, you saying I'm a fanboy. Obviously you're assuming the most idiotic things present in that small thing you call a brain, so let me bring this to you. You're in a PC and PS3 related section trying to prove a point, and you're calling other people fanboys? You have no valid argument, just blind idiocy and insults that mean nothing, but if that's what you believe is an argument, then that's good for you.

DarkKnightZ42
DarkKnightZ42

instead of ripping everyone off for maps why not introduce new perks and weapons for a much more resonable price. . . .seriously who uses the F2000 as their main weapon other than for challenges. . . . . . obviously some people but come on new weapons killstreaks game modes ect i would pay but not for getting camper killed by a 12 year old on new effin maps!