Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:34

REVIEW: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered - Variety Map Pack (PS4)

Written by Brett Hale
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Modern Warfare first came to us in 2007. In 2016, gamers got a remastered version alongside Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare only which is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

It shipped with ten maps, a month after launch players got an additional six maps free of charge, and now there are four new maps in the form of a paid DLC map pack titled the "Variety Map Pack" and will set you back $20.45 and is available right now on PS4 roughly one month prior to its release on other platforms. It's been almost five months since the remaster launched and Infinite Warfare is still required if you want to play Modern Warfare Remastered, it sucks i know... but anyway point being currently there are sixteen classic maps from the original game for gamers to shoot it out on, but some fan favorites have arrived!

Usually when it comes to COD map packs I dread the remakes, and always wish they would quit revamping and instead make brand new maps instead, but there are a couple of reasons I don't mind the maps in the Variety Map Pack. One being, this is one stellar remaster of a game, it's the pinnacle of all Call of Duty games, and truly deserves a remaster. That said, these paid DLC maps are fan favorites that have the same names and layouts, nothing's changed, except the upgraded visuals and that's how I like it. So it's clear as day this map pack is not included with your Infinite Warfare season pass, which could leave a bad taste in your mouth, but I believe these maps are worth paying for.

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The map pack does have its own "limited time play list" which only contains the four maps in the pack across several modes, but the maps are also in the main playlists map rotation.

The four maps are Killhouse, Creek, Broadcast and my ultimate favorite MW map Chinatown. I found all maps to be the same as the original game, no real surprise there. They each serve their own styles, Chinatown is a foggy map which has a moon gazing upon the map with it being night time. The map really pops with the neon signs seen in the map and there are dark corners for campers to do as they do, rooms upstairs and down to either look down on streets for your next kill or to gain back some health, it's quite a good map and you're never too far from your next kill or death. Then we come to Killhouse. This map is an insane close quarters warehouse and there is never a moment to have a quiet second to yourself, as someone's always lobbing nades or shooting through walls to wallbang mofos. It's a tiny map, sounds bad I know, but it's more fun then you think. You can snipe from windows and towers but you'll never live for long, so you really need to run around to have fun on this map. Games are super quick on Killhouse.

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These last two maps are a snipers dream. Broadcast has a big carpark where you'll be knocked off quick smart if you stay in the open for too long. With more times then I can count I had no idea I was being watched through a scope before it was too late. You're able to head
 inside the office building which has a lot of places for players to hide which is better suited for pistols, smgs and assault rifles. Lastly there's Creek, it's an old village with high vantage points as well as corners to hide in for an unsuspecting victim. I found using claymores was suited well on creek as well as my sniper rifle. It's also another fairly large map with a whole lot of fun to go with it.

This map pack, even though they are older maps from 2007, it's still better than recent map packs that have come out over the years. Why it's not free is not clear, but if you want a reason to play more Modern Warfare Remastered this map pack might be it.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Beenox, Certain Affinity, High Moon Studios
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Genre: FPS, Multiplayer