Call of Duty 4 Variety Map Pack: Worth the points?

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For all of those gamers out there who simply can’t get enough of Call of Duty 4 multiplayer, the folks at Infinity Ward have released their new Variety Map Pack.

The pack contains four new maps (Broadcast, Killhouse, Chinatown and Creek) for use in any of the multiplayer modes and goes for 800 Microsoft Points. When map packs are released for 800 points, there is always the question of whether or not it’s worth your points to download them. Well, the answer pretty much comes down to how much you play COD4 online.

The maps themselves have been beautifully created and balanced so that the entire map pack gives you a little bit of everything and everyone should find at least one map that they will adore.

Killhouse

Killhouse rocks

Killhouse is a map that can pretty much be summed up as a paintball arena that has been laid out in one of the training hangars from the beginning of the campaign. It’s small, its ruthless and even when tested with only 4 players, proved to be chaotic at times, this won’t be a favourite for most players, but it does offer a great setting for small 4 – 6 player games.

Broadcast

The TV Station is my nemisis

Broadcast is a map that has been based on the television station from the single player campaign. Ranging from narrow corridors and small offices to outdoor parking lots and rooftops, strategies will differ dramatically depending on where most of the conflicts are taking place.

Creek

Snipers galore

Similar to broadcast, Creek offers a variety of ways to shoot your buddies in the face. This map is a sniper’s paradise, with long grass and hills that overlook a small town. Snipers are going to have a field day pretending to be a part of natures’ carpet whilst picking off people in the distance. On the other hand, with broken down houses, little pathways and even a cave, people who like hunting snipers down and slicing them up like a sunday roast are going to be having just as much fun.

Chinatown

Hey my China

Chinatown is a remake of Carentan, a popular map that made its appearance in previous Call of Duty games, but instead of swastika’s littering a small European village, we are now treated to a dimly lit asian themed map, with memorable areas such as a DVD store and a museum. With new textures created specifically for the map and a great atmosphere, this map is a lovely sight to look at, and with plenty of buildings packed with small corridors and stairwells, it should prove to be a lot of fun, even over time.

So if you are the type of gamer that loves to spend most (if not all) of his free time in COD4’s multiplayer, then the maps are definitely worth the purchase. If on the other hand, you only like to dabble in Call of Duty’s multiplayer every now and then, you might find it better to hang onto your points until the price of the maps are reduced, or if your lucky, become free.

For the time being, the map pack is only available for the Xbox 360 over Xbox live, but PS3 owners will be happy to hear that they are going to be released over PSN later this year.

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Last Updated: April 14, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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