If you look at the packs Revolution and Uprising, it’s clear to see that when it comes to downloadable content, Call of Duty players certainly get a lot for their money. The brand new pack Vengeance contains four maps and a brand new zombies level but how do they stack up?
Detour is a long and narrow map set on a crumbling American bridge. It’s more set up for snipers, as there are long sight lines and a few good places overlooking the No Man’s Land in the centre of the map to set up a spot and rack up the kills. The map is pretty flat, with limited opportunities to get a height advantage on your enemies, but the indoor arenas offer some spots to run and gun your way through encounters. Detour is a fun map, but not the best that Vengeance has to offer.
Uplink will be familiar to anyone who has played the original Black Ops, as it’s a remake of the popular Summit map. The research facility now has a distinctly futuristic look and it’s caught in the middle of an impressive looking thunderstorm. The multileveled building in the middle of the map is where you’ll find most of the action, but there are plenty of choke points to be had, as well as treacherous paths down either side of the facility which you can use to get around the fire fights to try and flank the opposing team. Not only that, but there are plenty of places to camp, if that’s your thing, and the cable car makes a return. Uplink is a nice all rounder map and a fan favourite and makes a welcome return in Black Ops II.
Cove is set on a beautiful tropical island, and it’s refreshing to see a map in a first person shooter that’s so full of colour. There’s some good places where you can get the height advantage over other players, and many opportunities to skulk around the huge rocks on the fringes of the map, if that’s more your style of play. The airplane wreckage is a fun and busy choke point where lots of players seem to gravitate towards throughout the games, and it’s where a lot of the action happens. Cove is a great addition to Black Ops II’s roster of maps, and is easily the most visually appealing.