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Published on January 17th, 2011 | by CodCom

Black Ops’ First Strike Map Pack Previewed

29 days after the official announcement of Black Ops’ first map pack, First Strike, the first preview video of the map pack hit the web.

The map pack due out on the Xbox 360 on February 1 (and some day on the Playstation 3 and PC) will include 1 Zombie map and 4 multiplayer maps. To be the owner of this map pack, you’ll have to cough up $15 (1,200 Microsoft Points)

All of the maps are mentioned in the video, but there is no new footage of or information about the new zombie map, Ascension. However, on the official Facebook page it says: “Ascension”, where you fight zombies in a Soviet launch facility.

The following map details are a transcript of the video.

Kowloon: Kowloon is inspired by the single player campaign level that was also set in Kowloon city, China. But the actual design, layout and the geometry of the map is build from the ground up for multiplayer. Kowloon is the only map that has zip lines which will allow players to quickly get from point A to point B. The trade off to that is that you’re completely exposed while you’re on the zip line. You can’t use your weapon. It’s going to get you to your location much faster, but there is also the risk that you’re going to get shot.

Discovery: Discovery is an Antarctic research station that was a German outpost leftover from World War II. The 2 sides of the map are devided by a deep chasm. You’re always kind of fighting for control over that crossover from 1 side of the map to the other. My tips for Discovery is really just learning the layout of the map, understanding how the chasm can impact the flow of the gameplay. Always being conscious of the exposure  that you have to long ranged weapons. You might be on a snow bridge and somebody throws a grenade which collapses the floor around you.

Berlin Wall: Our large map is Berlin Wall. This focuses on the Checkpoint Charlie area of Berlin. It puts you fighting on two different sides of the wall. So you got East Berlin versus West Berlin kind of thing going. Berlin Wall has certain attributes about it that, if you use it right,  you’re going to have a competitive edge over your opponents. It has a lot of very long view distances. It’s a really great map for snipers. There are some good high points and good elevation there. And one of the unique aspect of Berlin Wall is that there is a no man’s land in the middle. You can take the risk of going through no man’s land to get a faster route, but there is a good chance that you’ll get mowed down by the auto turrets.

Stadium: The Stadium is one of my favorite maps. I am a run and gunner, so I tend to like that map. It’s going to provide those close quarter player type adrenaline action packed experience. So never underestimate the value of  tactical insertion and always be checking your corners and realize that these engagement distances are going to be very small so use that to your advantage. I think it’s going to cater to a lot of the players who just like the frenetic style of gameplay that Call of Duty has to offer.

It was earlier today that Josh Olin send out the tweet a lot of us waited for.

Be the first to preview the #CODBlackOps #FirstStrike Multiplayer maps!
Josh Olin

It comes as no surprise to us that there is no footage of the new zombie map, Ascension. We know how much Treyarch loves to hype up the zombie mode, so we’re bound to get a preview of that as well with about 2 weeks to go.

And did everyone notice that it says Follow @Treyarch at the end of the preview, instead of the usual @JD_2020. Think this could lead to something?

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