Treyarch has announced that the Nuke Town map from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops is to return as a bonus map if customer pre-order the game.
Most popular Black Ops map returns with a new setting, but only for customers who pre-order the game
Reasons to hate Nuke Town from Call of Duty: Black Ops: it’s incredibly small. it promotes camping, it’s a grenade magnet, instant respawns mean players can be trapped when spawning, and it’s small. So small, in fact, that the the kill-to-death ratio boosting is back again: Nuke Towe 2025 – as it’s now called – is available as a bonus map to customer who pre-order Black Ops 2.
The 2025 name comes from Black Ops 2 being set in 2025, and Mark Lamia – head of Treyarch – stressed fans love Nuke Town. They loved it so much, in fact, that they voted it their favorite map from Black Ops. Another reason why decisions should be left with the professionals.
And I’m sure it’s fun, even if I didn’t enjoy it. The fact is thought that player lie prone on the floor, shooting at players walking by and getting cheap kills. Or they go inside one of the houses on either side of map, camp in the bedroom and wait for players to come up the stairs before shooting them down from on top a bunk bed. Does that sound fair to you?
The map will come at launch for pre-orders, suggesting Treyarch has left the door open for the map to come as DLC later. Another reason to sign up to Call of Duty Elite, which gets all of the map packs for a discounted price in exchange for a one-off fee of $49.99.
To be fair to Treyarch, though, they are trying to bring fresh ideas to Call of Duty: the storyline has multiple endings, there’s a mini-RTS element in the campaign where you take control of an additional squad which impacts the ending, and the setting moves from Modern Warfare. Whether that’s enough to bring the skeptics back in remains to be seen; the E3 demo wasn’t met with a warm reception.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 releases November 13 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.