Here is the official trailer for the Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Pack which contains 3 new maps as well as 2 maps from Call of Duty 4. The map pack will set you back $15 and will be available to Xbox 360 owners on March 30th with PS3 and PC getting them at a later date.

I know a lot of people are complaining about the price, but I’m still going to be picking this up on the 30th when it gets released. I actually hope that all the people whining and complaining that it’s too expensive or to fix the game first then worry about maps…. won’t buy this so that I don’t have to listen to your shit whenever I jump into a game with these new maps. But that’s wishful thinking because I know as soon as their friends get the maps, they’ll break down and buy them as well… If you think MW2 is broken please go enjoy Bad Company 2 so I don’t have to listen to this shit anymore.

I went on a little bit of a rant after the jump… sorry.

Let’s look at the price breakdown compared to Call of Duty: World at War DLC pricing.

World at War map packs were each $10 when they were released and contained 3 multiplayer maps + 1 nazi zombie map. So each map (4) cost you $2.50, now if you’re like me you didn’t really play the Nazi Zombie mode all that often. Sure if a couple friends happened to be online and they wanted to give it a shot I’d jump on, but the main draw of the Call of Duty games (to me) is the actual multiplayer modes. So with that in mind, essentially I paid $10 for 3 maps. I know it’s a little besides the point considering that the zombie map is included regardless of whether or not I play it, but I’m just saying this from my point of view and thus my reasoning for buying the Stimulus Pack next week. So with 3 maps for $10 I paid $3.33 for each map in World at War and honestly I did that twice, I bought Map Pack 1 and 3… then sold the game and thus threw away the money in the end anyways, but that’s a different argument.

Now the Stimulus Pack is 5 multiplayer maps for $15, there’s no Spec Ops (which is what I’ll equate to Nazi Zombies from WaW in this case). So keeping with the same logic as above, 5 multiplayer maps (don’t worry I’ll get into the re-hashed maps in a minute) would cost me $3 each.  So each map will cost me $.50 cents more than each map from WaW, but in my eyes I’m getting 5 multiplayer maps that I will actually play instead of 3 multiplayer maps and a nazi zombie/spec ops map that I may only play once in a blue moon. So if you compare it as 3 multiplayer maps vs 5 multiplayer maps, I’ll be paying $3 per map instead of $3.33 per map that I did with WaW.

Now of course there’s the issue of the 2 maps in the Stimulus Pack being old maps from Call of Duty 4, which then leads to the argument about why we have to pay for the same maps that we already paid for when we bought the original Modern Warfare. Well for one, not everyone who owns MW2 originally owned Call of Duty 4. And also, the maps have been re-textured with upgrade graphics, artifacts and stuff, which takes work. I’m sure porting the actual layout and objects of the map didn’t take long, but if there were any tweaks to the game engine between MW1 and MW2 then there was likely a good amount of work that went into tweaking these maps as well.  So I will agree with those naysayers that don’t want to replay maps from Call of Duty 4 that paying $5 per new map in the Stimulus Pack is a lot, no doubt. So then compared to the $3.33 per new multiplayer map in WaW, it does look like a rip-off, but to me I’m looking forward to being able to play 2 of my favorite CoD4 maps within the confines of the MW2 world, therefore paying $3 per map is not a big deal to me. Bungie has done the same thing by charging for old maps that were updated for Halo 3, so I don’t know why people find this to be such a big deal now.

Oh wait, that’s because people think that MW2 is “broken” and should be fixed before Infinity Ward focuses energy on milking the community out of more money… Personally I’m still trying to figure out how the game is “broken” as everyone says it is…. I know there are some issues like the Pavelow killstreak not counting towards the killstreak numbers, but I have no problems with anything else. People need to realize that it’s not Call of Duty 4, if it was the exact same game you would have essentially paid for new multiplayer maps… I for one am enjoying MW2 and have no problems online and will also be purchasing the Stimulus Pack on the 30th.

Like I said above, if all you’re going to do is bitch about the game, sell it back and go play Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Or just don’t buy the Stimulus Pack, that way I won’t have to listen to you bitch during those maps. So sick of all the complaining regarding this game… it’s just a video game.

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  • I am not sure all what people complain about. The Pavelow bug is egregious and there is ZERO explanation why they haven’t fixed it or at least said when they will fix.

    That aside, I don’t have any major complaints with the game. The stuff I complain about most (and I have said this before here and on my blog) is the people that play. The boosters, cheaters, campers, snipers, all the rude comments and crap. No new maps or patches are going to fix those things.

    That said, I think $15 for a map pack is pure price gauging. Don’t oversell porting the new maps. It’s the same engine and these guys are pros. I guarantee it didn’t take that much time (and all it was was time) to port the CoD4 maps. I did’t play CoD4, so the fact that the maps re-used doesn’t matter a whole lot to me. The volume of maps is better than on WaW, I will give you that, but for me to pay 25% more I need more than this.

    You are at everyone else’s mercy too. If one of these maps sucks and gets skipped all the time then you don’t get to play that extra map.

    The sad part is that you are right. All the people who said they won’t buy it still will and the whining is worthless if you don’t make an impact on sales. I personally have already moved on. I haven’t played MW2 in over a week. I am going to save my $15 for the next game I buy and go play some other games I have sitting around until then.