Have a gander at the new Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation maps

The most important thing headed your way in the Escaltion map pack DLC on May 3rd? Color! Or at least a couple that don’t stand on the tired shoulders of brown, grey and green. My interest in all things CoD has waned a bit, and I think a large part of that is due to each entry in the series looking damn near identical to the last regardless of location or era. But not the Escalation DLC, no sir!

Featuring four new maps (Hotel, Zoo, Stockpile and Convoy), plus an all new Zombie venture called Call of the Dead, Escalation looks to be bringing a little vibrancy back to franchise in a way that makes the whole shebang seem a lot more alive in a way that hasn’t caught my eye since CoD 4.

Stockpile and Convoy veer a bit more traditional, but Hotel boasts a pastel Cuban resort with all the garish visual panache of a Tony Clifton tuxedo. However, my favorite of the bunch would have to be the map that takes place in a post-apocalyptic Soviet beast sanctuary complete with derelict monorail perches perfect for sniping. What can I say? I’m a sucker for the inherent creepiness of abandoned amusement parks.

Not much is said about the new Zombie map, but the Treyarch fellas will offer a dickload of potentially useful tips and tricks in the vid above, so long as you can just stay your hand from bashing Activision in the comments for just one goddamned second! Escalation hits May 3rd, my darlings. A $15 price tag and 360 exclusivity are safe bet.

Apr 19, 2011


  • jjenista - April 26, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    I CANT WAIT!!! Hopefully the PS NETWORK is bak up & runnin by then...I,ve been playn SOLO ZOMBIES ASCENSION-
  • UberNoob - April 20, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    @Zepaw I play Black Ops too, and I don't hate it. It's just a fun, senseless game even if it is a mess to some people. If it cannot meet your standards, don't go around the internet saying, "BLACK OPS SUX!!1!!!1! OMFGI'MPISSEDATAVIDEOGAMECUZITHASNOCOOKIES!!!111". ... So...the maps look decent at best, but I have to agree with CitizenWolfie. If they showed the zombie map (probably the major reason I want it) and it's good, I'll get it.
  • Zepaw - April 20, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    I still shamelessly love CodBlops so I will be grabbing these. I enjoy the first map pack.
  • CitizenWolfie - April 20, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    I don't want to sound like yet another CoD hater, but some of these look a bit familiar. Zoo looks quite similar in style to Carnival Hotel looks similar to Highrise Stockpile looks like any other Soviet level, with a bit of Estate/Rundown thrown in. It's ony really Convoy that looks any different. Although with the ruined roads etc it's still not far removed from Cracked. But still, as the above poster said, I enjoyed the First Strike set so I'll probably enjoy these as well. But would it be too much to ask for some more Jungle-style maps? I mean some of the major campaign levels were set in the Vietnam jungle.
  • cj12297 - April 20, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    These don't look great, but i didn't think that first strike looked good and it turned out to be pretty good
  • peaceful765 - April 20, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    One of these maps looks like a road with a hole in it. Very imanginative :/
  • NaughtySnape - April 20, 2011 6:30 a.m.

    Don't care of your senseless yammering on multiplayer maps. Call of the Dead info right now.
  • shadowreaper72 - April 20, 2011 2:38 a.m.

    Yeah yeah whatever Call of the Dead details NAO!!!!
  • Bri77777 - April 20, 2011 2:32 a.m.

    I can already imagine bastards camping in that tram thing.
  • Fiirestorm21 - April 20, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    Another Call of Duty map pack. In other news, the sun rose again today.
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - April 20, 2011 12:48 a.m.

    I can't help! It can only eat what they feed me :(
  • Fedexcommando - April 20, 2011 12:19 a.m.

    Oh what a surprise. No info on the sole reason I'm getting this. Call of the Dead.
  • RicePuddingUK - April 20, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    Oh, a CoD Map Pack.....I urm, couldn't care less I have Trials HD to download.
  • Cleanser247 - April 20, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    I guess I'm buying it for the new zombie map...... Anyone else think Ascension's easter egg was a "disappointment?" I hope the new Nazi Zombie map has something related to it. : )

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