I know I'm a few days late on posting this, but I've decided that it's worth it. I'm a little upset with my most recent purchase of the Stimulus Package for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
The map pack came with 5 maps, but only 3 are new! Two of them are from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which I already payed for 3 years ago. I mean it's great to be able to play the maps again with the new additions, but at the same time I would have much preferred them to add more original content considering the $15 price tag. I do believe that's the most I've ever payed for any addition to any game... ever. Well maybe Starcraft: Brood War, but that definitely included a lot more new original content.
On the 31st, when the map pack was first released, the only working server was for the people that had purchased the pack. I was craving my fix in the evening and came to find that I couldn't play, but I checked my friends list and saw people playing matches on boards that I didn't have. I had been planning on purchasing the maps as soon as they came out, but honestly I did not expect them to be a full $15.
On the brighter side, all of the new maps, unlike the maps from the pack that was released for COD 4, are well designed, balanced, and fair. The levels are pretty vast, and can't be completely run from one spot. There are many different paths through the levels and there's always the possibility of someone being at your 6.
The two remade maps are Overgrown and Crash. They were fan favorites from the first Modern Warfare and are actually pretty cool maps. Overgrown is set in some small war-torn rural village with a farm on one side, some buildings on the other, and a dried up creek running between the two sides. Crash is set in a more urban village with a crashed helicopter being the focus of the map.
The new levels are Bailout, Salvage, and Storm. Bailout
Bailout is set on a city street with a bunch of buildings lining each side, the whole level is sloped with one spawn at the low end and one at the high end, which makes it a little uneven... "ITS OVER INSURGENT, I HAVE THE HIGH GROUND"
Salvage is probably my favorite new level. It's set in the snow and is pretty even on both sides. A lot of tires, cement pipes, and other junkyard stuff provide a copious amount of hiding spots. The flow of the level is really natural and I haven't been trapped or had anybody trapped in a spawn once.
Storm is set in... well.... a storm. It is a lot like Downpour from COD 4. It's just a bunch of randomly skewed buildings, some filled with mannequins which I guess are for target practice, and has a warehouse filled with crates.
All in all I'm happy that they released a map pack to give the game a little more variation, but I am not happy that I had to pay $15 for only three new maps. It's kind of a slap in the face that they call it the "Stimulus Package." At least the maps are much better than the maps that were in the map pack for COD4.