Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation "Call of the Dead" XBox 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 8.0
Distributor: Activision
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
June 2011
Reviewer:
James Wright

8.0


Call of Duty: Black Ops
Escalation
"Call of the Dead"

Featuring the talents of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, Robert Englund, Michael Rooker and George Romero, this thoroughly entertaining add-on for the Call of Duty series entitled "Call of the Dead" is as clichéd as they come and features almost every George Romero Zombie stereotype imaginable with a killer atmosphere.

Unfortunately for our four protagonists, they are stranded in an abandoned Siberian outpost and needless to say, it's not just the cold that want them dead. With the cold and zombies surrounding them, their search for the mysterious Element 115 has come to a halt and to make matters worse, George Romero has been infected by a zombie. Unfortunately Mr. Romero is not your average zombie and powered by Element 115, he's definitely a royal pain the ass.

With similar tones of the Ascension Zombie map, Call of the Dead has some great tension built into the gameplay that really keeps you on the edge of your seat. From its ghostly winter environments to the Zombies that want to feast on your fresh body, the only friend you really have are your weapons.

Apart from the usual suspects in terms of weaponry, the developers have added some interesting weapons to Call of the Dead that include the all-new Scavenger Sniper Rifle plus the prototype V-R11. So what exactly is the V-R11? It's basically mana from heaven that reverts zombies back to their original human forms. Consider it the Deus ex Machina of weaponry and there is quite a bit of strategy employed behind it. Although not as fun (unless you enjoy gibbs), the Scavenger Sniper Rifle is almost as equally entertaining that contains explosive rounds so when one of these touches one of the undead, you can expect to see something messy.

The gaming environment of Call of the Dead is huge and there's plenty of both indoor and outdoor places to explore which can make the fighting a little tricky at the best of times. There are also plenty of weapons to be found but if you want to suit up fast but with a risk, the shipwreck area is the best place to start, although just be warned, it's not easy.The game also contains heaps of very sneaky shortcuts so you can zip between areas quite fast such as using the zip line on the lighthouse.

With lots of enemies and apart from your standard grunt zombies, the boss battle with Romero is a killer. He is easily one of the toughest opponents that I have faced in the Call of Duty of series and this zombie amped up on Element 115 is a real Mr. P. RICK to kill. Although when in doubt, the Russian Dolls do play havoc to not just Romero but also his zombie brethren.

Without spoiling the unlockables in this map, there's a few very impressive ones to be found in the gaming environments and if you find them all, there is a really cool surprise. However if you're just in it for the violence and mayhem, there's plenty of this to be found in Call of the Dead also.

Compared to some of the other DLC's for the Call of Duty series, I think Call of the Dead is far my favourite because of the intricacies of the map that pay homage to all things Romero. With new weapons, enemies and some great team action to be found, Call of the dead is a must have download from XBox Live and really goes above and beyond the current DLC maps.

So what are you waiting for go? Go download Escalation now!






 
 



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