Editor's Choice: Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Vengeance

Editor's Choice

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Vengeance for Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360 at GAME

Choke, flank, ambush and empty lead into your friends and foes across four new maps and a zombie-packed level in Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Vengeance, the third batch of DLC for the blockbuster shooter.

Exclusive to the Xbox 360 for now (fret not, PS3 and PC fans - your versions will be released on August 1st), Vengeance is the usual mix of imaginative, eclectic maps for you to wreak carnage across. First up is Cove, a tribute to Far Cry 3 if we ever saw one. The sun-kissed, blood-soaked locale suits a host of play-styles as you fight to funnel the enemy away from the beaches and into the tight interior of the circular island to be sliced and diced. Far more fun than a package holiday, we reckon.

Then head out on a Detour, exchanging gunfire across a suspension bridge. Take cover behind cars and trucks on the topside or sneak along the under-bridge gantry, trying to steal an advantage. Rush dumps such tactics for a balls-out bullet fest set in a paintball arena. Fast and frantic, out goes the paint and bruises, and in comes lead and exploding guts as you use the inflatable barriers for cover before pegging it through the facility's cafeteria and office area.

For fans of the classic Summit map featured in the original Black Ops, you're in for a pleasant surprise too - Uplink is a tweaked version of the favourite replete with the iconic satellite control facility and epic indoors and outdoors action, all now drenched in spangly rain, lightning and thunder effects.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Vengeance for Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360 at GAME

Finally, no COD:BO DLC would be complete without another chapter of zombie slaying. Shuffle forward and take a bow then (before eating our intestines), Buried. Featuring an underground Wild West town packed with rootin', tootin' undead, Black Ops II's four survivors are back in a vast level packed with surprises, verticality, great locations - and a new character who if fed right, can be turned into an ally.

Fans of the series' Ray Gun will also be happy to discover (and subsequently handle) the Mk II version that pops up in Buried. Simply line up in front of a queue of zombies and press the trigger - and watch as the gun's laser rips through all of them. It's a bit like playing dominos - but with rotting flesh. Like its fore bearers then, Vengeance offers enough variety of action and location to tide diehard fans over until the arrival of Ghosts in November...

Published: 11/07/2013

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