news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Call of the Dead Adds Star Power to Black Ops Zombies


Update: Check out the trailer for this complete and total madness!

That star-studded cast hinted above is no joke. The upcoming Escalation map for Call of Duty: Black Ops will be getting one of the craziest additions to a DLC pack ever. Beyond the standard map selection, a new zombie mode map will feature the voices of Danny Trejo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund, and Michael Rooker as their characters fight their way through a zombie horde seemingly headed by George Romero.

For those unfamiliar with the actors, they're like a casting buffet for fans of horror and B-movies. Trejo is most famous for the movie Machete, but he has played minor roles in dozens of films. Gellar, beyond a smattering of film dramas, starred as Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Joss Whedon's cult-favorite TV series. Robert Englund is a veteran of the horror genre, but you most likely know him as Freddy Krueger. Lastly, Michael Rooker is most famous lately for his standout role in The Walking Dead TV series.

George Romero, of course, is one of the masters of horror, responsible for just about everything that ends in “of the Dead.” His work is a clear inspiration here, where a snow-covered island is overrun with Soviet zombies and the four heroes are the only ones that can stop them.

The concept and star power of this DLC is almost enough to justify the price of admission for the entire map pack. Usually these $15 map packs are a bit hard to swallow, but it seems Treyarch is intent on giving you your money's worth.

My only issue at this point is that I've never found Treyarch's brand of zombie fighting particularly satisfying. The cast of four reeks of Left 4 Dead, and it would be dishonest if I didn't say I wish they were in that game instead. Anyway, here's hoping Call of the Dead is as amazing as it looks when it arrives on May 3.

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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