|System: Xbox 360*|
|Release: August 27, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs|
The last map in the multiplayer package is “Pod,” which oddly reminds me of a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) map. From each spawn point, you essentially have three options–left, middle, or right. Although each path is slightly skewed from being this basic, they are undeniably laid out this way. The failed utopian community that once existed here is green with overgrowth and not much else. The open pods serve as bunkers, while other obstacles keep you on one of your three tracks. However, the simple design of this map, coupled with the strategic placement of shortcuts to other lanes, makes this map the most frenetic of the bunch.
But enough of the same old multiplayer, let’s talk about zombies! The new Zombie mode included with Apocalypse is called “Origins.” Most likely because it brings back the original cast from the very first Zombies map on Call of Duty: World at War, and possibly because this installation in Treyarch’s Zombies goes back to explain the origination of the zombie threat. But either way, “Origins” is by far the best reason to give Activision fifteen bucks of your hard-earned cash for this DLC. In my opinion, this is the definitive Zombies experience within CoD. This chapter in zombie lore has Nazi zombies, Templar Knight zombies, trench warfare, huge outdoor environments, weather effects, a tank to ride on, and giant robots that can squash you if you’re not careful. This is the biggest Zombies yet, and it doesn’t disappoint. Just don’t forget to get your Jugger-Nog before wave 8!
So, is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - Apocalypse worth it? Well, that depends. Are you looking for fresh, new, and exciting multiplayer maps? If so, you won’t find them here. But are you looking for the most complete and sprawling Zombies experience ever to come out of Treyarch? If you answered yes, stop what you’re doing and get it. Now.
Date: August 30, 2013