Call Of Duty Zombie Maps: How They Rank
Nazi zombies, what to say about it. Other than that its one of the most addicting horde modes to date that will keep you glued to the tv for days and nights on end. With the recently released Shangra-Li it makes 10 maps which means its review time. These are how the 10 maps rank in my opinion.
The map “Five’ was the second zombies map on Call of Duty Black Ops and was unlocked by completing the campaign mode. This map had its own set of playable characters which were (From left to right), Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, and Richard Nixon. Footage of this map was leaked well before its launch, and with the unique set of characters drew much hype and attention, and ended up being a major let down to, well everyone. The reason this comes in last place as the worst zombie map in Call of Duty history is because of a lack of direction. The map was overly complicated from just making it from one end to the other via the elevators, all the way down to packing a punch on a weapon, the process was 5 steps and was more of a nuisance than anything.
9. Dead Ops
Dead Ops Arcade was not a traditional nazi zombie game because it is a top down, twin stick shooter with crazy weapon power ups and abilities. But for a zombie game it was very directed. You would spawn in a room, kill all the zombies, then pick you path to the next room and that repeats for a few levels and eventually you warp to a new area and repeat the process. Even though Dead Ops Arcade can be a blast to play, it comes in at number 9 because it isn’t a classic zombie map, or mode, or whatever you would call it.
8. Call Of The Dead
Call of the Dead was released with the escalation map pack not so long ago, and while being just as addictive as any other zombies map, it tried to hard to change, which made for more of a nuisance than a challenge. The first thing this map did wrong is the starting area. There is one window and the rest of the zombies crawl out of the ground. Which makes sense because they are zombies, but thats not the formula that makes CoD zombies great.
Verrückt was attached to Map Pack 1 for Call of Duty WaW and was the second zombies map. This was probably the most important map as far as innovation goes, and all the features introduced here are still in all the present maps that have been released since Verrückt. These features include perks, traps, moving mystery box, turning the power on, and having many paths to choose from. This map was great, my first copy of WaW broke playing this map and of course I was having so much fun I had to go and get the first of many copies of WaW. This map was great and desirves higher than a 7 on this list, but its got heavy competition.
6. Nacht Der Untoten
Nacht Der Untoten. Most people who jumped on the Call of Duty bandwagon with modern warfare 2 have yet to experience where it all began, but now your probably not missing a whole lot. When people first started playing World at War, this map was everything. After a few months probably half the population on WaW played only nazi zombies. This maps biggest impact was that it was the spark, it started the addiction that zombies is now. It set the base with all the basic mechanics from buying doors, weapons being on the walls, to the mystery box. Tt all started right here.
5. Shi No Numa
Shi No Numa came with Map Pack 2 with World at War and was a hell of a lot of fun. The biggest thing this map gave to zombies was the great characters of the badass American Marine Tank Dempsy, the gruesome German Doctor Richtofen, the wife murdering heavy drinking Nikolai, and the gayest video game character ever, Takeo. Well he isnt that bad, but he does say some really gay shit. That and the first strategy where you walk in a circle was on this map, and it also introduced the wonderwaffe which was also on the map Der Reise.
Shangri-La is the newest addition to the zombie maps and was added in the third map pack for Call Of Duty Black Ops, Annihilation. The map hasn’t been out but a week now, and I have had a blast with it so far. It’s probably one of the most challenging. One of the best things about zombies are the mystery and the easter eggs and this game takes easter eggs the the next level. Instead of alot of easter eggs, this map has one very long and very complex one, not to mention it’s timed! Needless to say I have yet to finish it. Instead of having a special wave that rewards you with a max ammo at the end, they put these little fucking monkeys that run away with the power ups that get dropped and as they run the power up changes and you have to time it just right to get a max ammo. All together this map was an excellent addition.
Ascension was the first dlc map for Black Ops and came with the First Strike Map Pack. This map is an absolute blast to play, it has the classic zombies feel, and had that great shroud of mystery and easter eggs at launch. Ascension added a few new perks and had the map exclusive lunar lander which was this little hover pad that would fly you around the map and was a great escape plan for any strategy. This was the first map to have a special round that didn’t have Hell Hounds. Instead it had the cutest little monkey that would go and steal your perks. Don’t be fooled by their cuteness, their fucking viscous! Although this map didn’t add any significant features, it was just crazy and fun to play, and rightfully to deserves a very high rank on anyone’s list.
2. Kino Der Toten
Kino Der Toten was the map that Black Ops launched with and at first it was perceived as a failure, but was slowly accepted, It’s understandable it didn’t receive a warm welcome right away as it came directly after Der Riese which isnt on this list… yet. This map started a pretty cool easter egg trend of putting music in the game which was great addition. The thing about this map is that it was simple, its just a big circle, which helps add to its greatness. The most common strategy is a couple of different places to walk in a circle, which is surprisingly addictive.
Der Riese. If you didn’t see this map coming in at number one, you didn’t play this map. This map was just ridiculously fun, words can’t describe it. Just the name brings back memories of all nighters, snack and restroom breaks, running and screaming because you got so close to beating your record. This map never had a dull moment. I still remember the highest level I got to, and how we lost. A dog glitched out of the map, we waited two hours to see if he would magically appear. This map was just pure adrenaline pumping fun, the true zombies map, and a true masterpiece.
All in all I enjoyed all these maps at one point or another and each and every one still gets played here and there. Call of Duty Zombies is one of the most addictive horde modes in any game, In my personal opinion I think is good enough for a stand alone zombie game with an ass load of maps, and its received lots of support with a steady stream of maps, which is a huge boost to replay ability. Of course this is my list, and I have a feeling very few people will agree with it entirely, show us your list and your thought on mine in the comment section below.
Posted on July 6, 2011, in News and tagged BO, Call of Duty, Call of Duty Black Ops, Call of Duty Black Ops Annihilation Map Pack, Call of Duty WaW, Call of Duty World at War, Call of the Dead, Cod, CoD Bo, Dead Ops, Der Riese, Kino Der Toten, Nacht Der Untoten, Rank, Shangra-Li, Shi No Numa, Treyarch, WaW. Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.