Modern Warfare 2 gamers on XBOX Live received five new maps for their multiplayer experience over the weekend, with Activision and developer Infinity Ward unleashing the Resurgence Pack, yet another over-priced, but worthy, map-pack that should please diehard MW2 gamers.
Just like its predecessor in the Stimulus Package, the Resurgence Pack contains five maps, three of which are new and two brought over from the first Modern Warfare as “classic” maps. Fortunately, the only bad thing this piece of DLC has going for it is its price, as the maps included are great fun and well-designed, and they do a fantastic job of reminding us how addictive and enjoyable Modern Warfare 2 can actually be.
The first of the three new maps is Carnival, which is without a doubt the most intense and crazy of all the maps included in the Resurgence Pack. It’s quite large and has plenty of camping spots, although snipers will have to search a little harder to find a good spot. The funhouse acts a great spot to snipe enemies, but it’s easily accessible from a number of different points. Carnival is perfectly suited to Team Deathmatch and Free-For-All, thanks to its size and building placement. It’s very similar to Salvage in that it’s quite large, but its abundance of abandoned buildings makes it difficult to stay in a place for too long before being found out.
Fuel takes place in an abandoned fuel refinery. There’s one large open space that should be avoided, as the map has plenty of great vantage points for camping. Again, like Carnival, there are no particularly difficult points to infiltrate, which means campers will be found out soon enough. This makes for an even, intense and explosive map that is great for team-based modes. Because of its size it can take quite a while to reach your objective, and you’re forced to move through large areas that will inevitably be covered by snipers, so ensure you’re playing with players who use the appropriate tactics.
Trailer Park shares plenty of similarities with Scrapyard in that there are limited spots for snipers and campers, and building placement makes flanking from enemies a certainty. The actual trailers act as great hiding spots, similar to the planes in the middle of the Scrapyard map. However, be careful when entering one of them, as you never know when you’ll bump into a gamer coming in the other direction. Also, be sure to look out for the Donnie Darko reference.
A strike is one of the two maps from Modern Warfare and gives obvious influence to MW2 maps Invasion and Karachi. It’s a haven for campers with its large number of accessible buildings and high vantage points. It’s a lot darker than other maps thanks to the generic coloring of the buildings, so you should be on your toes constantly.
The other MW map is the wonderful Vacant. Set in an abandoned Russian office building, Vacant offers a bit of everything. Much of the intense action happens inside the building, but the outdoor areas make for some great combat, thanks to a number of corners and small camping spots.
The new maps look fantastic and are designed well, namely the Carnival map, which looks quite superb and colorful. There’s definitely a feeling that Infinity Ward put a bit more effort into the new maps this second time round, perhaps in an effort to make the hefty price seem more justifiable. The only thing that changes about the experience is the tactics you’ll use on the different maps. It’s still essentially the same old Modern Warfare 2 experience, but with some new life in the form of three new maps and two beloved ones from the first game.
If you still play Modern Warfare 2, chances are you’ve already bought the Resurgence Pack. If you’ve backed off for a while but are looking to head back online, you’ll probably still want to check this out, if not because you’ll be kicked from games if you don’t have it, then because you’ll be missing out on some pretty well-designed maps. Just like the Stimulus Package, whether or not you purchase this is going to depend on how often you play MW2. If you’re a frequent gamer or even someone who has put in days worth of MW2 action in the past, this DLC is a must-have to add to the already highly-addictive and enjoyable online experience that the game offers.