COD: Black Ops First Strike Map Pack Sneak Peaks

By Rebecca Smith, 7 years ago
More details and screenshots have emerged about the Stadium map that will be included in the "First Strike Map Pack" DLC for The game's official website describes the setting in fine detail:

Combat erupts outside a vacant hockey stadium on the outskirts of the city. Tensions between the Cold War powers remain high, and the victor will revel in their enemy's demoralization. A mid-sized map designed for close-quarters mayhem, teams must fight tooth and nail in a maze of tight corners and deadly vantage points.

Entrance from the western turnstiles allows the most breathing room, with a nearby souvenir shop providing cover overlooking the entryway. Planters adorning the walkway give cover to enemies, while entry to the rink encourages heavy through movement from soldiers rushing in and out of the stadium's entrance.

Offices in the north test your level of alertness on the bottom floor and reward those who make it to the second with a view of the courtyard and beyond. In addition to the stadium's second story windows, it's in everyone's best interest down below to keep these vantage points clear - especially when battling in the central courtyard.

Don't let the beautiful eastern lakeside view distract you. This side of the map forces cramped movement and a three-entry weight room. Cover the doorways and attack soldiers weaving in and out of the maze. Expect SMG and Shotgun loadouts, and consider Flak Jacket to stand up against flying grenades and Claymores. Success lies in controlling the battlefield and keeping a level head. Stay cool and let your reflexes kick in. If you come out last, take some time to study the latest edition of Popular Weapons '73 - you can find copies all around the map. Just look for the Sentry Gun on the cover.
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Further details have previously been released for the Berlin Wall map too:

The battle for control of Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall rages on in this mid-sized map set in the cold of German winter. Twisting streets and prosperous businesses line the West. Watch for snipers perched on balconies and behind the second story windows of Blume Bücher & Musik and Schulz Apotheke. Equip the Flak Jacket to survive the bombardment of grenades bursting in the small buildings. Expect blasts to be followed up with frenetic, close-quarters combat - shotgun and SMG loadouts will be particularly abundant on this side of the Wall.

Towering buildings in the East lend shooters a commanding view over the terrain, and their open layout encourages frequent group skirmishes. Cover each other's backs when moving through the distillery and count on heavy resistance and Claymore placement through Täglich Zeitung. Assault Rifles provide a great balance between the open road and overlooking buildings.

Run as fast as you can when crossing between the two sides. Automated gun towers shoot everything in sight. If they don't get you, you can bet an enemy soldier peaking over the border from a nearby building will. Danger lurks around every corner, inside every building, and on both sides of the Wall. The fate of democracy and the German people rests in your hands - defend it well or crush it under an iron fist.
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The map pack will include a further three maps: Discovery, Kowloon and Ascension. Ascension is a zombie map, but although rumours of its contents have appeared in some forums, Treyarch are still describing the details of Ascension as "classified". However, they have also promised that further coverage of the other maps will be coming. This trailer shows footage from all of the maps, with the exception of Ascension. There are a couple of additional screenshots here as well.

The "First Strike Map Pack" DLC will be released on February 1st, 2011, and will be priced at 1200 MSP.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.