July Content Drop Review

Better late than never -- a little over a week ago, the July Content Drop came out with the likes of multiplayer maps Decommission and Offshore, and the Spec Ops Mission Vertigo. The Modern Warfare 2 map Terminal also came out this month, but as it isn't considered part of ELITE's content, I won't include it in this review. First, the achievements for this month...
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Complete Vertigo on any difficulty - 15G
Complete Vertigo on Veteran - 20G
Kill all Juggernauts after they land on Veteran - 25G
Destroy all helicopters in Vertigo - 15G
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When I initially saw the picture of Vertigo, I wondered why they chose that to be a Spec Ops map rather than a multiplayer map ... and I STILL wonder that. It's a nice night time map that takes place on top of what I believe is a hotel. After time on the roof, you rappel down to the outside main entrance and fight some enemies. It's a really cool mission, really. The achievements are all easy with the exception of one -- beating the mission on Veteran. I'd say this mission is as hard or harder than last month's Arctic Recon mission. The other two achievements (since you get both 'Complete Vertigo on...' achievements when you do it on Veteran) are pretty easy. The Juggernaut one is simple so long as you play with two people... one person throws a flash, and the other unloads with a Pecheneg. Voila, you win. The helicopters one can easily be done if you go on the easiest difficulty BY YOURSELF. I got that achievement my first try. Not a super awesome mission, but it looks nice. 3.5/5
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Decommission's a map that looks quite a lot like the Spec Ops mission Smack Down... not exactly, but it certainly resembles it. It's a medium/small sized map that is, frankly, overly frantic on game modes like Domination. The capture points are very close, and it's hard to keep more than one flag held down at a time. Because of the size of this map, you'll find yourself getting spawn killed and spawn killing others quite often. If you can get past that though, Decommission is actually a pretty fun map... which surprised me. When I did my first run through in a custom match by myself, I was expecting it to be a dud. Thankfully, it isn't. 3.75/5
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If you played Ghost Recon Future Soldier, you'll recognize the feel of Offshore. It takes place on some sort of rig in the ocean. The size of this map is shockingly gargantuan due to its several floors, stair cases, twists, and turns. Normally I despise large maps, but Offshore makes for some entertaining games, especially with objective game types. Because of its size and numerous corners, there aren't many places people are willing to camp, so if you hate campers -- who doesn't? -- you'll likely approve of Offshore. 4/5
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Overall, July is a pretty good drop. Maybe I've just desperately been missing real, true multiplayer maps, but these ones seem to play well. While I'm disgruntled with Infinity Ward for not making Vertigo a multiplayer map, Decommission and Offshore are both solid enough to make me be okay with that decision.
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3.75/5

 

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Good review, but why no Terminal? I know it's not part of the Elite content drops, but it was still a free drop for everyone. The only map I haven't played is Decomission. Offshore is a great map though and I quite enjoyed Vertigo.  

Great review!! One tip that I'll add is that the Juggernaut achievement is actually quite easy on single player. The trick is to use the LMG and assault rifles to take out the choppers and then use the Starlight rocket launcher to kill the Juggernauts (you can lock on to the Juggernauts with the rocket launcher just like the Stinger in MP).

Forgot that you can lock on to the Juggernauts...

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VERTIGO SHOULDA BEEN A MP MAP.

I would really like to see a night time mp map or something with different weather. Getting tired of all these daytime maps.

Besides that I have no problem with any of the maps.

I am actually not very thrilled with the two new MP maps yet.  It seems like a random map generator was used to make them with all the levels and turns.  Maybe it will improve once they are in rotation and more people are playing them.  So far I've been confronted mainly by camping and tubes on those two.  Time will tell.

Since there have been no details, I'm guessing BO2 STILL won't introduce dynamic weather.

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I was hoping for this in MW2. Didn't get it. BO. Nope. This game... naw.

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Is it really so hard to turn the lights off on all the maps? This is asking a bit more -- maybe make some maps rainy or snowy? It'd be like adding 2x the maps.

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We probably won't get it until next gen, but it still sucks.

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I would really like to see a night time mp map or something with different weather.

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Hanoi and Wet Work says hello.

"But Tyson, that's a BLOPS and CoD4 map!"

I know, ok? BUT CoD HAS had night time maps. justsayn

I am really liking the new mp maps. Haven't had a chance to play the spec ops mission yet, but I think this is the best content drop yet for MW3. Also, these maps seem "brighter" and remind me of Black Ops.

If I am completely honest I think in this instance the MP maps are abit of a miss. I don't think they are hard, I feel like CoD are seemingly trying to even the playing field where shotguns are concerned, ( a mixture of tight and not so tight but still quite tight enviroments give the illusion that there is a large area when actually, there is not. ) which is quite annoying in many aspects. While the online gameplay in these maps are personally very poor, it was a quite happy in the fact it provides abit of a challenge with the Survival Mode. - My Opinion ( 2.5/5 )

VERTIGO - I liked. I liked alot. I agree with what you said about this Spec Ops mission, although completing on Veteran wasn't so tough, especially after discovering the AMMO crate once you PARACHUTE < ;) off the roof. Still advise that to be done on multiplayer. Haven't got round to completing the Juggernaut or Heli Acheivements yet though I did have a quick attempt solo at the latter - Boy those doggies are annoying. I will most likely do that tonight. - My Opinion ( 4/5 )

Great Thread/Review. Enjoyed the read. :)

Ah, Black Ops. I LOVE the way that game looks and plays.

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