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Gamer Limit (Feb 01, 2011)
Overall, Ascension feels like a perfect blend of old and new, making it a must play for zombie fans. If you don’t play Zombies, this does nothing to sweeten the deal, but considering this is probably the most accessible map yet, it’s worth a try.
Impulse Gamer (Feb, 2011)
Treyarch should be commended for creating such a quality DLC release and even though I was a naysayer on downloadable content, I'm a changed gamer because this release is worth every penny. As Call of Duty: Black Ops features great graphics, strong gameplay and almost perfect multiplayer options, this add-on is a must to players who enjoy their world of online multiplayer, not to mention zombies.
80 (Feb 03, 2011)
Still, if you like Black Ops - and I assume you do, to be honest - then First Strike will quickly get its hooks into you. Right now I'm playing it in the mornings before work, trying to prestige before the Double XP weekend starts. Feel free to leave your vitriol in the comments below, angry internet people, but no matter how loud you shout you'll always be drowned out by the unstoppable drone of the masses.
VideogameUK (Feb 04, 2011)
All in all, it’s a fairly decent map pack that provides some interesting new elements and arenas to cause carnage in. The addition of interactive map elements in Discovery and Kowloon could serve as a taster for what Treyarch may cook up in the future. For now, these maps serve as a healthy injection of life into the playlists, which may stop people constantly voting for Firing Range every time and quitting when they don’t get their way.
ZTGameDomain (Feb 16, 2011)
Now, is it all worth 1200msp? It’s hard to say. If you are a Black Ops nut, then I’m sure you will get your money’s worth. If you are the sort of person who just dips in and out of Black Ops, you might be better served by waiting for the pack to go on sale in a few months time. What I can say is that it is definitely better than the first MW2 map pack, as all 5 maps are new instead of having some of them recycled! Treyarch seems to have worked hard on these, and I look forward to the next pack.
70 (Feb 04, 2011)
Bien mais trop cher. L'expression est certes basique, mais elle retranscrit à merveille notre ressenti vis-à-vis de ce premier pack de cartes pour le FPS de Treyarch. En résumé, si vous êtes un inconditionnel du multi de Call of Duty : Black Ops, vous ne regretterez sans doute pas d'avoir déboursé 15 € pour découvrir 5 niveaux bien construits et tous dotés d'une véritable identité. Les autres en revanche ne manqueront pas de crier au scandale, ce qui ne pourra en rien occulter cette vérité : tant qu'il y aura des gens pour payer, qu'ils soient pleinement satisfaits ou non, la politique d'Activision s'en trouvera justifiée.
70 (UK) (Feb 02, 2011)
First Strike, then, is a well-balanced collection of different styles of map, its highlights undoubtedly favouring those who tend to play away from Free For All and Team Death Match. Cynics would say it's weighted a little too heavily on gimmicks and point at the price tag and guffaw but, as discussed earlier, my future brother-in-law Dave won't give a space monkey. This is a fine addition to one of the only games he plays, and plays religiously, and he won't think twice about forking out the equivalent of a tenner for it. Once, of course, he's called me to find out what MS Points are and I've called him a moron.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Feb 06, 2011)
Die Maps für den Mehrspielermodus sind allesamt unterhaltsam und detailreich gestaltet, wenn auch sehr camperfreundlich. Doch glücklicherweise hat so ziemlich jedes Gebäude zwei Eingänge, weswegen das Campernest schnell ausgeräumt werden kann. Die Karte für den Zombiemodus macht aufgrund der neuen Waffen und Gegner auch auf Dauer Spaß und schon alleine wegen den neuen Erfolgen werden es wohl einige ausgiebig zocken. Allerdings sind umgerechnet knapp 15 Euro für 5 Karten eindeutig zu viel, auch wenn man viele Mitspieler findet. Wer das Spiel allerdings ausgiebig spielt, für den lohnt sich auch die Investition. Denn so wird es auf Dauer nicht langweilig, wenn man die Karten schon auswendig kennt. (Feb 10, 2011)
Overall, the maps are all good to decent. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the faults of the pack. For one thing, I found myself running into a lot of invisible walls. It almost seemed as if some things were put into the game to say “hey, look where you can’t go”. Now normally this would seem like a minor gripe, except that these walls aren’t always necessarily just on the outside of a map. That gripe aside, I think the map pack offered a nice variety of play.