Call of Duty: Black Ops
Is Black Ops' Next Map Pack Titled "Retaliation"?
Written Friday, May 06, 2011 By Dan Webb
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When Black Ops' "Escalation" DLC hit the Xbox Live Marketplace this week, many users came across a rather bizarre glitch in the system, revealing a piece of DLC called "Retaliation" on their hard drive while attempting to download the new map pack.

The glitch reportedly appeared when the map pack wasn't available in the downloader's region and could be seen when they accessed the Call of Duty: Black Ops folder on their hard drive  after they'd found a way to download it - check out the video below. A quick delete and a refresh or two later and those attempting to download the 'Escalation' could do so, but the question remains, what the hell is this "Retaliation" DLC?

Now there's a good chance this could have been the original name for the map pack and there's a good chance it could be a new map pack - after all, one could assume that there's surely going to be another one - so either one's a good guess.

What do you think though? No, not you... YOU!


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Comment #1 by Jack Flak
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 07:42:57 PM
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great. this'll make 3/4 of the price of the game. just what i always wanted!

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Comment #2 by TheUglyCasanova
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 07:43:14 PM
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Hmm weird. Not that I care since my brother broke Black Ops disc. Definitely saved me money though! Bring on BF3 already.

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Comment #3 by Zombified 502
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 07:44:08 PM
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woo hoo more zombies thats all i care about...

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Comment #4 by Crims0nPenguin
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 07:44:39 PM
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Aww... And I was almost ready to sell black ops... Oh well maybe something to do on black ops for the summer... they do have good zombie map innovations...

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Comment #5 by AndyO1209
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 07:45:23 PM
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Hmmm... It would be odd for that to be the next dlc because they put it there. It seems more lilely that is was the original name and they forgot to change it.

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Comment #6 by TheUglyCasanova
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 07:48:08 PM
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Tsk tsk someone already down voted me? And for what? Because I enjoy gaming more than you and you still believe Black Ops is worth more than 20 bucks for a rehash of a rehash of a rehash? Silly little kiddies. Go spend that $15 and pretend it was worth it! ;)

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Comment #7 by brisingr5665
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 07:55:00 PM
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al call of duty has become is a moajor cash grab! i dont care if zomvies is fun, cuz in a year or 2 all th dlc will be for a pack for like 15$. so anyone whos dumb enough to spend good money on such BS, diserves all they get, which will be crap!

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Comment #8 by jamie1000013
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 08:00:40 PM
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Nice to see everyone discussing the topic at hand :-P. I wish they started adding spin off campaign missions that would be great. One zombie map and two campaign missions would be a defo buy for me lol. They can keep their multiplayer maps.

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Comment #9 by R_A_LEE20
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 08:03:44 PM
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Unless Retaliation was the original name for the map pack and it never got changed, i have no idea??

Though "Retaliation" could mean a retaliation from the first map pack if you put it in that perspective.

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Comment #10 by Cammulder
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 08:13:23 PM
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This is the case on my system, but I don't fit the criteria offered above as to why it's titled that on my HD. I downloaded it normally yesterday (I'm US) just like anything else, but I just noticed earlier today the different name. Was curious as to what it was, and am glad it's happened for others as well. I am in the new Disc Format Beta, so maybe that's why mine is different.

As for why the different name, my vote goes to the "was previously titled Retaliation and had a name change" option.

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Comment #11 by MediumMelanin
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 09:02:13 PM
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88GB?! Damn, I hate my 20GB original...>.>!

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Comment #12 by KaoFam
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 09:02:42 PM
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Retaliation is the original name for Escalation

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Comment #13 by domn8rdom
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 09:17:19 PM
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this needs to get a background

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Comment #14 by Tr1ckstr360
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 09:28:07 PM
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It would make more sense that "Retaliation" was the original name of this map pack. Saying it's a glimpse of a new map pack doesn't make sense, from a technical stand point.

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Comment #15 by Pea Tear Gryphon
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 09:28:35 PM
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Comment #16 by tonyparker1996
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 09:29:25 PM
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haha black ops is gretting hacked yes my best day ever i hate black ops =) one for all people can get a life and stop playing black ops

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Comment #17 by Aussie27Legend
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 09:55:36 PM
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I got this already, but its not a map pack just a localized name for Escalation (I think?)

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Comment #18 by Bajan Elite
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 10:01:34 PM
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@6 You got a thumbs down (not from me) because you posted a comment to a black ops article blasting it and the gamers who still like to play it. Yo are basically trolling right now. I traded my black ops, I still prefer MW2 over it and rather play that, but I don't go around posting comments bashing the game.

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Comment #19 by Roadhog
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 10:28:50 PM
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I just checked my memory and for me it says 'Retaliation'. I didn't download 'Escalation' early or anything, my console isn't special in any way and i'm not in any type of beta (except Gears 3, which shouldn't affect Black Ops in any way). So i'm gonna agree with alot of other people and say that they forgot to change the name of the pack when it's in your memory.

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Comment #20 by thereefernander
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 10:38:41 PM
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The "Retaliation" file is the Escalation map pack. I think it might have been a last minute name change or something.

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Comment #21 by Boro Iz Rich
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 10:58:55 PM
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Are you fuckin serious?

^That's all I can say...

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Comment #22 by StillTIPPIN187
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 11:20:45 PM
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Pretty sure its just the previous name of this map pack.

There are tons of maps in this map pack that have been named from what the were originally going to be called.

Off the top of my head, Convoy was supposed to be called "Gridlock" in its early stages.

I doubt the misnamed this map pack the name of map pack 3.. Its a simple matter of them forgetting to sign the DLC with "Escalation" rather than the previous name of "Retaliation"

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Comment #23 by ZedChuva
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 11:29:14 PM
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Nickle and dimed to DEATH! I swear, CoD has the same grip on weak minded gamers that Tyler Perry has on black people. Just can't help tossing money their way no matter what. (yea, South Park reference there)

I find it funny that the same people who bitch "$15 is too much to pay for 5 maps", are the same ones that drop $15 every 3 months for 5 more maps. Do they NEED to charge more than 600msp for map packs? Nope, but why wouldn't they when the sheep drop their money every time a new pack comes out.

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Comment #24 by TheOriginal561
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 11:36:51 PM
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me and my friend split the cost. He buys it on my system with his profile and i give him 7 bucks. that way were not spending 15 on it. if anything its a steal at 7 bucks.

Or if he buys something ill just get his rights and such so there no sheep over here.

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Comment #25 by Zombified 502
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 12:31:08 AM
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I love this, if you arent a fan of black ops then why post here, i dont play the multi player a lot at all my gamer score can attest to that. But i do enjoy the zombie maps, its like an on going story that I can't get enough of even though there isnt much plot too it really i thoroughly enjoy the zombie maps and that is my opinion just like its some one elses opinion that this game is garbage... ok we get it you dont like the game go play something else, there are a lot of titles on this system that are really good and some not so good go play one...stop beating a dead horse and go play kung fu panda or something i dont care, let gamers enjoy thier games, i think modern warfare was awful and they charged for rehashes of old maps with better graphics, this is all original stuff from a team that makes a better game than infinity ward hands down story, playability, and overall they are a better company that makes a solid product IN MY OPINION im not looking for an agree or disagree here I am just saying you should play what you like and not try to shove your opinion on someone else its just like a religous person from a certain faith forcing their beliefs on you or some one of a different sexual orientation trying to push their views on you just do what you like and dont pay attention to others... sorry for the rant but some gamers are just.... well they just lack a way to think out of the box about their game types, not all just some... but im done, like i said before, more zombie maps is awesome its worth the money to me maybe not you... but this is just my way of looking at it...

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Comment #26 by Blueprotoss
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 12:49:13 AM
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@ 23. I guess you haven't played games like Gears 2, Bioshock 2, Halo 3, Halo: Reach, Dragon Age, ME2, Fallout 3, BC2, and Fable 3 because all of those games got expensive with DLC because a lot of people played those games, which the Developers continued to give their fans more content to play through. CoD is doing the same thing and there's nothing Wrong with that. I guess you aren't a person that likes to buy DLC then.

@ 25. I completely agree.

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Comment #27 by PuttyGod
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 01:04:11 AM
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Well the best way to find out is to check the file size of Escalation. If it's close to 987 mb then it's probably just a name mishap.

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Comment #28 by Jeroenman
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 01:10:10 AM
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if the map packs were 30 bucks id buy them, simply because i can, and i dont even play the game that much.
nobody is forcing you to buy it so if you want it buy it and if you dont want it then dont buy it and stop whining because youre gonna buy it eventually.

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Comment #29 by House atlantic
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 01:34:52 AM
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Tight fisted.

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Comment #30 by D0BBSY DK
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 03:22:47 AM
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doesn't matter what itis to me, i haven't got either of the map packs, and i'm not likely to get them while they are 1200 ms points because that is way too much to pay for them, especially when the mp is full of whinning little kids

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Comment #31 by Finiterich
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 06:18:17 AM
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Funnily enough I still have this as I copied the map pack on to my dlc usb stick, thought the name was a bit weird. Deleted yesterday (coz I was having no joy matchmaking with the new zombie map) and sure enough it's now called Escalation

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Comment #32 by romans58snrsvd
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 08:13:21 AM
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I wish they'd release the zombie maps as stand alone packs for 1/3 of the price. Most people don't care about the multiplayer maps.

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Comment #33 by UCFknighthood
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 08:25:02 AM
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Considering this has the exact same size in MB as Escalation, I would just think this was the original name.

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Comment #34 by ash356
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 08:45:08 AM
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Stupid big-headed moron.
NO-ONE cares about your false sense of self-importance. You act above people because you play a different game than them? That's just sad... people will play what they want, whether it 'pleases' you or not.

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Comment #35 by ash356
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 08:46:21 AM
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Oh, and if these packs were cheaper, I might be tempted.
But 1200 points apiece is too much when all I want is the zombie map :L

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Comment #36 by Sean1234
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 08:56:24 AM
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I think the name change makes sense when you look at the titles: First Strike, Retaliation. They kinda go together but maybe Treyarch decided against it at the last minute.

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Comment #37 by ViNyLek
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 09:22:59 AM
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That's a nice find! Could be either I guess, but ppl always could use more maps for the game they love. Still don't understand the issue between ppl that think this so worth it and the ones that think it's too much. If someone wants it they will buy it. If someone don't want it they will pass. If someone can;t afford they will wait for bundle or DoTW, like myself...

Love all the "grown up" comments calling other kids, while acting like a child themselves....

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Comment #38 by Redskinsfan26
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:26:02 AM
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I noticed this the day it was released after I downloaded it.

I made me go "WTF!?!?"

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Comment #39 by FoxViper1
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:12:19 AM
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For all you people that are complaining about price. i bought the pack for 15$ and played just last night for 8h with 3 others and we had a blast trying to do stuff. Its not about how big the pack is its about what you can do with it.

If you think thats not worth the money then I don't know what else to say.

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Comment #40 by Blueprotoss
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:51:00 AM
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@ 30. 1200 points is a bargain for 5 maps. The whole whiny kids thing is just a poor excuse because every Online based game has immature kids and adults.

@ 32. A lot of people care about the MP and the whole purpose of these map packs is to have 4 Multiplayer maps and a Zombie map.

@ 35. These map packs are a bargain especially when tons of people buy each map pack.

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Comment #41 by Deadpool203
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 11:58:43 AM
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Wow they suck at keeping dlc hidden.

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Comment #42 by ajtm696
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 12:40:43 PM
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Please keep the trolling to other websites.

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Comment #43 by DanSplicer
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 01:37:03 PM
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for the amount of people who like "cod" for zombies i dont see why they dont just bring out a single DLC with all zombie maps (this is obviously because they make more money this way)

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Comment #44 by Dr Popodopolus
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 01:49:20 PM
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#40 1200 a bargain for 5 maps? Try Undead Nightmare for 800 (it has already been on sale for 400 on more than one occasion), that's a bargain. Maybe the Ballad of Gay Tony for 1600 (been on sale for 800). Maybe the Lost and Damned for 800 (also been on sale for 400). Should I mention the Gears of War 2 All Fronts collection for 800 (been on sale for 400). It only has 19 maps AND a single player chapter.

"These map packs are a bargain especially when tonnes of people buy each map pack" Where the fuck did you get that logic from? It is some of the most overpriced content on the marketplace and only sells well because the average age of a Call of Duty player must be around 14, the kids can get their parents to pay for it.

"The whole purpose of these map packs is to have 4 MP maps and a zombie map"

Really? No fucking shit Sherlock I don't think anybody knew that, we were all expecting 4 zombie maps and the solitary multiplayer map. It's not like we've known the Black Ops map structure for months now.

As for the article and video.. like #14 said.. from a technical standpoint you would be idiotic to assume this could be the name of the next map pack. It makes no sense whatsoever, the idea that the map pack had it's name changed is genuinely plausible however and is much more likely.

#25 We're all free to post WHAT WE WANT, WHERE WE WANT (with a few exceptions in the site rules). You know if it really bothers you that much then make use of the "thumbs up, thumbs down" feature or just ignore the comment altogether. It doesn't really deter the haters when people go around saying "If you don't care, then why comment?" You know how boring the internet would be if we only had positive things to read?

Also, I'm sure you've written something really interesting and I'd love to read it one day, but maybe get back to me when you learn to papagraph. Many people (including me) won't bother reading hugs blocks of text like that.

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Comment #45 by xContritiox
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 03:03:41 PM
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@44 Well said.

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Comment #46 by litepink
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 03:04:19 PM
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1st off: since we don't know if this is a new map pack or the original name of the second, I don't really see this as news.

2nd off: LOOK AT YOU PEOPLE. Everyone's large block of texts are such a waste!

I seriously contest that all COD articles should have comments disabled.

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Comment #47 by Blueprotoss
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 03:14:50 PM
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@ 44. Undead Nightmare is a good buy, but its a Single player game for the most part which that explains the price tag. You forget that Gears 2 and GTA4 have been out for 2-3 years, which thats a poor comparison because you talking about DLC that has been for about 3 years compared to DLC that come out a couple days ago.

I guess you don't understand logic especially with a simple thing called Supply & Demand. We as the Consumer is fine with this price tag of 5 maps for $15, which is you pay $3 for each map. You kinda get ripped off when competitors offer 3 maps for $10, which is you pay $3.33 for each map. I highly doubt that the average CoD player is 14 because its a M rated game while I guess the average player for Halo, Battlefield, and etc are 14 as well.

Its sad that you need to Insult me for no reason especially when you're being a child.

This can be a simple error, which could be a name for another map pack. Nobody can answer that because nobody thats hear works for Activision or Treyarch.

You do have Free Speech, but people prefer everyone not to lie, Troll, and insult others.

Its sad that you feel to be a Grammar Nazi especially when you have made a lot of mistakes, which is why you should stop being a Hypocrite.

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Comment #48 by High Lord Sigma
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 04:37:20 PM
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I find this whole debate to be silly. I get the impression that people complaining that five maps aren't worth $15 or that three maps aren't worth $10 don't understand the concept of consumer surplus.

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Comment #49 by Blueprotoss
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 04:51:26 PM
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@ 48. Agreed while the Consumers are fine with both of them.

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Comment #50 by lornesbored
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 04:58:59 PM
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I suck at zombies, so these map packs do not interest me. I like CoD, but I can't play zombies to fucking save my life. Too much money invested into 1 game.

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Comment #51 by Zombified 502
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 05:39:23 PM
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@44 I love peoples false sense of entitlement, to prove others correct or incorrect at their whim or another, the guy correcting grammar errors is the one that doesn't know how to spell themselves, its laughable really. I'm not an English major I'm a game programmer deal with it or don't read my post.

Just because you have 880 posts doesn't make you god, it makes you boring, and a keyboard tough guy.

Either way, I eagerly await the next installment in the franchise whether it is an add on, or a full game...

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Comment #52 by ICGMU12321
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:58:30 PM
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Probably a rename that wasn't fixed.
Anyone complaining, go play that broken piece of garbage aka MW2.

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Comment #53 by Dr Popodopolus
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 09:13:31 AM
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#51 I'd much rather this website removed post counts altogether, I don't consider myself God cause I have a few more posts than other people, haha, I just usually feel like commenting when I read something stupid.

I'm more than happy to read your comment as well because you managed to paragraph ;) Sure I made a few mistakes lol but I was only making the point about the paragraphing, I can take a few spelling mistakes here and there.

The fact is that this DLC will still be this price in 2 years time, much like the rest of the CoD DLC is (yes even Call of Duty F*CKING 2, whereas DLC for other flagship franchises understand that the value of the content should decrease over time (Halo, Gears, GTA).


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Comment #54 by Nickbronline
Monday, May 09, 2011 @ 09:05:04 PM
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I noticed that today

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Comment #55 by SpinalSynopsis
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 @ 03:41:05 AM
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mmmmmm brains.........

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Comment #56 by yidmanic
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 09:36:34 AM
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Perhaps there will be another map pack, but this is obviously a name-change glitch. And now to be like everyone else and comment off-subject....
1200MP is a total rip-off considering what you get, when other titles offer DLC for free or much cheaper. I personally think Treyarch could say thanks to the fans for making them millions of dollars and give something back!(remember the free Makin map on WaW?) However, they know and we know this is the most popular game of all time, and the massive fan base will pay top dollar no matter what they churn out. Hey, at least they give original maps not re-hashes like we got in MW2! And at the end of the day, we don't HAVE to buy it.

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Comment #57 by xXkennygangXx
Monday, May 16, 2011 @ 03:39:11 AM
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Cant wait to see if this will be the title of dlc 3.

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Comment #58 by vidgod
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 02:29:01 AM
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well there is gonna be a new map pack cause my hard drive had all 4 first strike escalation ascension and retaliation so it is deffinately a new map pack..

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