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2 Decimation Map Pack
Score:6.5 / 10
Over the past few years, downloadable
content for online games has become a staple of the industry. It not
only provides additional content for players but additional revenue for
Publishers and Developers for already released games.
I reviewed Crysis 2 a few months back and it was by far one of the best
games that I have played in 2011. I enjoyed the campaign far more than
the online play, but the multiplayer was solid nonetheless. The
Decimation Map Pack is the second downloadable pack to be released for
Crysis 2. The Decimation Pack contains 5
Those who have played through the campaign will feel pretty familiar
with the new maps as they are basically offshoots of the single player
levels. This is where my first issue with the Decimation Pack lies. It
feels as if the maps should have just been included with the original
game instead of being sold
separately. They don’t feel new at all.
Even with the familiarity of the new maps, they do play quite well.
There’s a good mixture of maps with close quarter and long range combat.
All online modes can be played on each of the new maps.
With any downloadable content that’s released, the most important thing
is that there’s a sizable community to play the content with. This is
where Crysis 2 falls short. There are servers dedicated strictly to the
new maps, but you’ll be hard pressed to consistently find a game to
join. Sometimes it would take 10 to 15 minutes to join a game and other
times I wasn’t able to find any online players. Other times when you’ve
just finished a match and returned to the lobby to load the next map,
the game simply won’t load the map or you’ll be booted out of the room.
On top of this, the loading times for the online levels are terrible. It
can take easily up to a minute to load an online map. This becomes
increasingly frustrating after you’ve spent so much time looking for
people to play with.
Even when you do find an online game to
join, there are several issues you’ll come across including spawn
camping and lag. Several times throughout a match you’ll be killed
within a few second of spawning and other times you’ll see players
occasionally skipping across the screen.
The Decimation Pack retails at $9.99 and while there is a decent amount
of content, the scarce online community as well as the familiarity of
the maps make this additional content passable.