Review: MW3 June DLC Face Off Maps
It’s June and that means it is the beginning of summer and everyone leaves for vacation. For us gamers, however, vacation is not an option. With the help of Call of Duty Elite’s newest release of downloadable content, Modern Warfare 3 players will be busy play three brand new Face Off maps. These new Face Off maps are Intersection, U-Turn, and Vortex.
I was able to play all three this morning and found U-Turn to be my favorite, but we will get to that in a second. First, let us discuss Intersection. This map reminds me a lot of Downturn with all of the urban environments and plenty of places to set up camp, literally. As you will see from the gameplay, Metrix v2 kills me several times hiding behind counters and cash registers; in other words, camping. If you play this map, it may be beneficial to navigate through the buildings as opposed to running through the streets. Your kill-to-death ratio will thank you.
Vortex is the second of the three maps and takes you in a more rural setting. Don’t know if it is official, but I am assuming the developers came up with the name of the map for the tornados and ominous looking clouds in the sky. I know; I even amaze myself with my brilliance. In any event, this map is very similar to the other Face Off map Lookout. Why? Well because there are hills, pockets of vegetation, and valleys to run, errrr I mean, hide and control from. It seemed I was either shot in the back from someone hiding in the grass, on the hill, or hiding in a building. Regardless of the situation, it was getting old. I typically just ran around the valley area, but it was hit or miss either way. Nevertheless, this map along with Intersection is just another map to canter to campers, per usual.
This is why I’ve saved the best for last. The last Face Off map U-Turn is by far the best map for run-and-gunners. There are only two parts to the map. One is the street, which seems to be where the main focal point of battle is, and the other is a hole from the street that leads to a drainage ditch. Once inside the ditch, you can make your way to either side to get back out onto the street. If you are camper, I’m sorry, I mean sniper, good luck. Vehicles block and hide sight lines so it forces players to actually seek out their prey. I know. It’s a crazy concept to actually run around and PLAY the game. One can still use a sniper, but it is more of a challenge. There is a bus that douche bags, dammit, I’m sorry; I mean players like to hide in, too, like on the map Interchange. Your best bet is to run around and be quick on the draw; you know good with the iron and earn your keep. Do that and you should leave the match with a “W” and maybe even a kill cam!
All three maps were fun to play, but U-Turn was far superior. The Face Off maps are now available through Call of Duty’s Elite premium service for the Xbox 360. Check out my gameplay of all three maps below.
For more on Call of Duty’s Elite June DLC drop, check out Turntablez’s article here.