Xbox Live Update: Black Ops Annihilation DLC

Microsoft's online storefront adds new content for latest Call of Duty game; Backbreaker Vengeance, new Half-Minute Hero, and Galaga Legions DX hit XBLA tomorrow; Games on Demand adds three.

Xbox Live hosts a range of new content this week, including everything from the latest Call of Duty map pack to a new arcade football game.

Leading the charge this week is the Annihilation map pack (1,200 Microsoft points, or $15) for Call of Duty: Black Ops. The content brings four new multiplayer maps and one new zombie level to the Cold War-era shooter.

Black Ops continues the fight with new content available today.

The new killing spaces included in the downloadable content are Hangar 18, Silo, Drive-In, and Hazard. The zombie level is titled Shangri-La, described by Activision as "an exotic and mysterious map."

Debuting tomorrow on Xbox Live Arcade will be three new games, the first of which is NaturalMotion's Backbreaker Vengeance (1,200 Microsoft points, or $15). Whereas the original Backbreaker focused on simulation gameplay, Vengeance will include arcade elements based on NaturalMotion's iOS release, Tackle Alley, which has sold more than 1 million copies.

Though it does not feature officially licensed NFL teams or athletes because of EA Sports' exclusivity deal, NaturalMotion touts Backbreaker's realistic play experience, due to the flexibility of its game engine. Backbreaker Vengeance will offer an expanded version of the Tackle Alley iOS title, featuring "hundreds" of challenge levels.

The other two new XBLA games debuting tomorrow are Marvelous' action role-playing game Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax (800 Microsoft points, or $10) and Namco Bandai's Galaga Legions DX (800 Microsoft points, or $10).

Gamers looking to pick up a full Xbox 360 title this week from Xbox Live have three new titles to choose from via the Games on Demand hub. Capcom's Bionic Commando ($20), Gamecock's Legendary ($25), and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift ($30) are all now available as full-game downloads.

Lastly, gamers can get their hands on NCAA Football 12 via a new demo released today. The sampler lets gamers try out EA Sports' latest college football simulator in two matchups: Alabama vs. Florida State and Oregon vs. Texas.

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26 comments
dylan35
dylan35

hate 15$ map packs i can pick up a used copy of something i wanted to play for around 20$used i started doing the math feed into activisions addiction machine or widden my gameplay?

benboz
benboz

They should just make a zombie inspired call of duty game and seriously, that will sell well.

subtenko
subtenko

......is COD a zombie game? why not make an actual zombie game instead of using it to persuade half the sales of people to buy it... BS tactics...

josh7845
josh7845

OK Activision, how about separating each map for a smaller price and if some idiot actually wants to buy everything provide a map bundle for each DLC release at a discounted price. It would be like iTunes but for DLC.

Vorheez
Vorheez

activision sure knows how to do business. lulz. Just as long as this money get spent wisely, Im fine watching bandwagoners create a better game.

ArtmaSODA
ArtmaSODA

damn!!! i bought this... 8( but i have to admit that these maps are better than the other ones...

Skargamer
Skargamer

@Goyoshi12 Tons. And no matter what people say they will still buy this stuff... :roll:

wisebandit
wisebandit

@Goyoshi12 I would not say the S-word... but u r somehow right... what they are doing, is pressing every penny from us regarding CoD... Question is for every GAMER....where is the limit?

earlmccormick88
earlmccormick88

@shadow580 If they made billions of dollars off this game alone, Imagine how much they are making off DLC.

shadow580
shadow580

@DAMSOG I have to disagree with you on that one. I do say that some dlc's are ridiculously overpriced and come out shortly after the launch of the game, which feels like a slap in the face. However, because disks have to be pressed (and that takes time), the developer often uses the downtime to make additional content, which therefore comes very shortly after the game. So it's basically justifiable to release a dlc shortly after the game. However (hear me out), It's up for you to decide whether the original game is worth the money or not and should have been released along with all the dlc's, albeit later. If the original game isn't worth the money, don't buy it. Dlc's do cost money to make, so it's not something you should expect to be free unless of course the original game is very poor on content. Again, a bare-bones game along with expensive dlc's should not be bought in the first place.

RieseDerRiese
RieseDerRiese

boy i hope there is no "director" type enemy. that thing ruined the last zombie map

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

If they release 4 map-packs a year and charge $15 for each pack, then you are pretty much spending 5 bucks a month to play. So with XBL costing $60 a year and the map-packs costing an additional $60 and then the titled game costing $60, you find yourself without $180 for one game if it takes up the majority of your online play. It's even crazier to think that the membership alone for one year on WoW is exactly the same price. So what is better for the money? I'll choose CoD and the option to play other titles with my friends as well if I want.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@Goyoshi12 Too many,Im afraid :(

ss4matador
ss4matador

@aldesk21 maybe the small DLC shouldn't be sold, but free. If you generalize, games like DAO Awakening, TESIV Shivering, Halo3:ODST, ad so on, wouldn't even be made. But of course, no charging for a couple of maps, that's is ridiculous...

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

When DLC was first announced it was touted as a great way to reward fans by giving them extra content for their favourite games. Now it seems it's an easy cash machine by omitting content from the original release to be "sold" to players at a later date. Developers are loving it because they can churn out map packs every couple of months to keep the cash rolling in, we payed for your game to start with, how about some free content for a change?

aldesk21
aldesk21

map packs should be FREE!!!! i already paid for the game, why not give something back to people and build fan base that way. These maps should have been on the disc when purchased. I discourage everyone to buy dlc content

EFE_LOPES
EFE_LOPES

Hm-mm.... if you buy a game every 12 months Then buy $15 dollar map packs every three months It sounds like your PAYING to PLAY. Then they reuse the same engine since 2007 and never pay the team responsible for building it. Then add Millions whiny of children and teenagers You have a Major Franchise!!!!

echoedpulse23
echoedpulse23

I heard that they pre make these map packs and release them later... Pretty much a money making play before modern warfare comes out....

dstv
dstv

Note to self : never buy COD again ....save money for real games

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

We'd appreciate it a lot more if the map packs were already included with the game!! Yeesh, It's like Need For Speed Pro Street from 2007, there was downloadable content that should have been included but it wasn't, now Black Ops is following along with it too!

jackson84
jackson84

blk ops is not bad but can be very annoying at times (Spawning) I still play it and enjoy it most of the time. Map pack is good...not as bad as the other ones. if you on xbox live and a decent player holllllaaaaaa GhostJackson617

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

much as I'd love another zombie map im not paying $15 dollars for it, maybe in a month or two ill be back in the mood for cod but im done at the moment

Deliat
Deliat

Another Map Pack?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Such a nice surprise. Talking specifically about the zombie map. Shangri La looks dope! Don't understand why more people aren't willing to give the zombie mode on this game a chance. I gave up on CoD's multiplayer long ago, but the zombies keep me playing many hours a week. So addictive.

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

How many people here STILL buy this $#!+? :roll: