Will you buy Modern Warfare 2’s Stimulus Package?

1200 MS points. Ouch. That’s how much megaton shooter Modern Warfare 2’s new map pack will cost when it launches on March 30th on Xbox Live. In real-world moolah, that’s a purse strings-pounding $15/£10. Called the Stimulus Package, it features a paltry five maps. Although the good news for COD completists is that two of those are beloved efforts from the first Modern Warfare (namely Crash and Overgrown).

Above: Overgrown as seen in the first MW

We’ve got no beef with being charged for DLC. But, as we discussed last week, is a new map pack really enough to entice people back to Modern Warfare, especially at such a hefty price? To put it into perspective, here’s what you could buy for the same amount…

Battlefield 1943

Trials HD




Rent two new HD films with points to spare

A massive burger that'll probably kill you


So, with that in mind, we’re posing the $64 million or… eh 15 buck question below, in handy poll form.

Is the Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus pack too expensive?
Yes, but I'll buy it anyway

If you voted 'Yes, but I'll buy it anyway' what's persuaded you to part with the dosh? Do you have a semi debilitating COD addiction that knows no bounds in terms of cost? Or are you just desperate to get hands-on with the vintage Modern Warfare maps? Hit up our Facebook and Twitter accounts with your thoughts and together your tiny individual voices will morph into an ear-shattering cacophony of deafening internet opinion.  

Mar 15, 2010


  • Dominodingo - March 28, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    I know nobody really uses their brain any more, but did you guys think why it is 1200 points? There are 5 maps. That is two more than usual. There are always 3 maps. -SO- that means you are buying one and a half map packs. :D 1200 points. Stop complaining and buy. Herp derp.
  • Zeb364 - March 19, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    800 pts was already pushing it, 1200 is definately too much. My main question is, if it was 800 for 4 maps (200 pts a map) then why is it 1200 for 5? What makes the 5th map worth 400 pts while the rest are worth only 200? Is it somehow twice as good? Even if they divide evenly among the 5 and say they're all worth 250 pts, what exactly makes them better then the maps from the other packs that were worth 200 a piece. I'm no tsyaing I won't buy them cause I am kinda a sucker for these things (it's a bad habit I have to work on) but that doesn't mean I won't feel violated afterwards.
  • Elit3m0nkey - March 17, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    Add another map or two and then I will buy it. However as it stands I am not buying. I know some of my friends will however so I will just have then recover their GT on my console and let them DL. Or I will use a memory card. Which ever is easier. That was also a hint on how to get if anyone wants it but is not going to pay for it.
  • headdriller - March 17, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    BigTuna - 1 day 12 hours ago While I agree that it is a tad overpriced, MW2 is currently the game I play the most (that and TF2) and getting 3 new maps and 2 old ones will be worth it to me. I'll probably play them more than any Arcade games I could possibly buy, so if I have the points I'll get it. It may seem like a money-grab but this is the business world... YOU ARE THE TYPE OF PLAYER THAT ACTIVISION RELIE ON TO BUY THEIR CRAP.
  • headdriller - March 17, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    Damned Activision are so greedy, that's why I never brought MW2 because it was over priced and 5 hours of basic gameplay on a "tweaked" version of the orginal game engine. I smelt bull cuddy back then, and every mug went out and brought that crap, Me I went out and got assassin's creed 2 which is a masterclass in gameplay and x2 Monster DLC's. Beside theirs BFBC2 and I can't wait for Medal of Honour MW. Both of this I consider to be much better than that overpriced crap that Activision throw out to dumbass gamers to lap up. Phew had to get that off me chest.
  • powerpc127 - March 17, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    $15 for a map pack!? I'll give you a stimulus package IW. Bend over.
  • Nocturne989 - March 17, 2010 7:30 a.m.

    for a map pack, anything above 800 ms points is pushing it.
  • xXGhostXx - March 17, 2010 4:07 a.m.

    Definitely not.....unless it somehow had nazi zombies
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 17, 2010 3:16 a.m.

    this isnt the most overpriced dlc ever abby road for the beatles rock band was $17
  • gmilf71 - March 17, 2010 2:59 a.m.

    First of all, cod4's variety map pack was only like, what, 5 dollars? And second of all, the variety map pack was for BOTH FUCKING SYSTEMS. NOT JUST XBOX. WHAT THE FUCK.
  • philipshaw - March 16, 2010 4 p.m.

    The maps are not worth £10, actvision ripping people off again
  • alloallo - March 16, 2010 12:32 p.m.

    spent all my money on kanja n bioshock 2, n i rlly need bad company 2! :( recaptcha: makes hookups ?
  • nubP - March 16, 2010 10 a.m.

    $15! for 5 maps?! GTFO Maybe if it was free I MIGHT consider jumping off bc2 just to download some bullshit 3 new maps
  • Tomkins - March 16, 2010 9:50 a.m.

    No way, I think I'm going to have to trade this is for battlefield.
  • phoenix_wings - March 16, 2010 6 a.m.

    To all those that plan on buying it, I totally hope it's worth it...
  • XxRobonxHoodxX - March 16, 2010 5:54 a.m.

    Well Considering I Own, Both 1943, and Trials Ill Prolly Get It, but in reality Modern Warfares MP was 3 maps, so i see no difference lets just hope its worth the money and that it doesnt end up like cod:5 where u had to have the map packs to really even play the online multiplayer.
  • Lurkero - March 16, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    Serious face palm after seeing the poll results. This is the kind of activity that people are supporting these days?
  • Doctalen - March 16, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    We all bitch and complain at the huge price, but the reality is that the majority, maybe not vast majority, will buy it. Sadly, that is what I am going to do. Only wish that the map pack came with maybe two or three more maps to balance out the price.
  • Cwf2008 - March 16, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    If it was 800 i might've. But $15? Screw that i'd rather change my gamertag with the 800 i have...or the AC2 downloads reCAPTCHA: Berlin fein?

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