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Modern Warfare 2 Resurgence Map Pack Screens Go Oscar Mike

The Call of Duty franchise has been one of the biggest multiplayer games in the industry for several years now, especially after Infinity Ward introduced its current multiplayer model in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Naturally, publisher Activision wants to keep the audience hooked (and spending), and what better way than with expensive map packs that add new content to the game? The first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 pack, "The Stimulus Package," took a bit of heat for being too expensive at 1200 Microsoft Points, or $15. Now the second pack, "Resurgence," has arrived at the same price point. The market spoke when it came to the last pack, but are these maps a good value?

Hot Zones

Like "Stimulus," "Resurgence" adds five maps to the game, two of which are rebuilt Call of Duty 4 multiplayer maps and three of which are new. The COD4 maps, Vacant and Strike, are solid choices for inclusion. Strike feels a lot like existing maps Invasion or Karachi -- a war-torn city level with multiple indoor levels and deadly streets. Vacant feels a bit more distinct -- the tight spaces inside the ruined building at the center of the map make for fast-paced, hectic games in any mode.

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Splinter Cell: Conviction Deniable Ops DLC Detailed And Dated

Ubisoft’s long-delayed Splinter Cell: Conviction was really two games. There was the story mode, which centered on longtime protagonist Sam Fisher and his quest to find the truth about the death of his daughter. And then there was the co-op campaign, which starred new character Kestrel and Archer. While the co-op campaign’s story tied into the main game, all of the multiplayer modes centered on these characters to the point that it felt like its own adventure. Now “Deniable Ops,” the first DLC pack for Conviction has been released, and it once again centers on Kestrel and Archer.

Global Intrigue

The Splinter Cell games have always been globe-trotting adventures, and “Deniable Ops” (800 Microsoft Points, or $10) adds four more co-op scenarios that take the characters around the US, a nation seldom visited in the series. The new stages include San Francisco, Salt Lake City, New Orleans and Portland, Maine. The new stages feel completely distinct from one another -- SF is set on a shipyard, New Orleans takes you through an above-ground cemetery and you’ll explore an experimental treatment facility in Salt Lake. While each of the scenarios features strong level design with several memorable locations, the highlight is Portland and its creepy, disused prison that wouldn’t be out of place in a survival horror game. With tons of alternate paths and dark corners to strike from, the prison maps are amongst the best in the game.

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