|System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC|
|Release: May 3, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language|
Now for the Escalation pack's most exciting addition: the Call of the Dead map for the zombie mode. There are five reasons this mode is so great, and they're called: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead TV series), Danny Trejo (Machete), and George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead).
George Romero, whom I affectionately refer to as both my own personal hero and the godfather of the zombie genre, has been given the role of unstoppable antagonist with one of the most amazing introductions I've ever seen. Mr. Romero doesn't just climb out from under a tombstone; he rises from the water with a massive electrically-charged hammer after a bolt of lightning strikes the nearby ocean. Whatever flame of confidence playing as Buffy or the claw-fingered man that haunts our dreams might have given you, it is quickly doused when a ten-foot tall Romero climbs out of the freezing water with the sole mission of completely ruining your day.
This is without a doubt the largest zombie map we've seen thus far, and it's also the most labyrinthine. I suggest sticking close to your allies because it's incredibly easy to get lost here. It also introduces a new perk, the eloquently titled Deadshot Daiquiri that evolves the auto-aim to focus on the head rather than the torso. There's also a brand new weapon, the V-R11, that turns zombies into humans who quickly turn and run away in fear once they realized they were about to bite Danny freaking Trejo.
Alone, the four new competitive maps are almost reason enough to warrant a purchase of the Escalation map pack, but it's the Call of the Dead level that really takes the cake here. The zombie maps have always been a fun and different way to experience Call of Duty with your friends, but being able to play as some of the most iconic characters in film and television proves that Treyarch knows how to give us a stellar zombie-slaying experience. If you've since grown tired of Black Ops and are looking for a reason to dust off your copy of the game, or are a fan of horror and all things undead, the Escalation pack won't disappoint. Just don't anger George Romero, because, despite his cheerful demeanor, he won't hesitate to take you down.
CCC Contributing Writer