|System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC|
|Release: August 23, 2011|
|Players: 1-4 (Online)|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language|
The third map is Shi No Numa, which takes you to a barren swamp somewhere in the Pacific where the recently deceased soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army are now zombies. This map is unique, at least from the four zombie levels in the Rezurrection pack, because it introduces a Special Round where you and your team must fight off a unique enemy. The unique enemy in question is the Hellhound, a creature that many Zombie mode veterans have grown to hate. The Mystery Box that gives you random weapons now also spawns randomly as opposed to on a set path throughout the level, so it's far more difficult to find and therefore infinitely more exciting when you actually do come across it. It's mostly up to you and your team here, because there aren't any traps or power switches to lend you assistance.
The final map is Der Riese, or Waffenfabrik Der Riese (which roughly translates to "The Giant Weapons Factory"), and it takes the fight to a secret Nazi facility. Der Riese also introduces the teleporters and Pack-a-Punch machine, which for a very high price can upgrade your weapon, giving it a larger clip and increased damage. This is a good-sized map but its layout keeps it from being hard to traverse, so sticking with your friends shouldn't be an issue.
The Rezurrection pack is a nice change of pace from what Treyarch's been giving us. It seems that every new map pack gets progressively better or more interesting, and a zombie-exclusive pack is a great way to keep Black Ops' Zombie mode alive and kicking for a very long time, while also giving fans who missed out on World At War a chance to experience that game's incredible zombie offering. If you're a fan of the genre, enjoy playing cooperatively with your friends as opposed to against them in the multiplayer, or simply want a reason to dust off your copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops, this is definitely worth checking out.
CCC Contributing Writer