Parliament is a fine set piece map set along (and on) the banks of the majestic river Thames. A cargo ship has made its berth dead smack in the middle, and it consumes a hearty portion of the map. This makes it one of the most white-knuckle close quarters maps since Call of Duty 4
ís Shipment and Vacant. But if you want to play the distance game, you can head up to the top, which gives you a nice variety of vantage points.
Compound is set in an Atlas training facility. Itís a tiny map that features visuals and landmarks that youíre used to seeing, at least if youíve completed Advanced Warfareís campaign. This map is compact and intense, but doesnít really add anything new to proceedings; itís perhaps the most standard map of the three packs so far.
Kremlin is the map you go to when you want to go all Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol on your foes. Set at the focus of the Russian Federationís political scene, this is a gorgeous map, and the action that unfolds during each match is exhilarating. This is particularly true of the second half, when a dormant minefield suddenly goes live. Hilarity ensues. Every time.
I actually wasnít too fond of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I liked it just fine, but my shooter of choice during most of that year-long cycle was Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (a game that desperately, desperately needs a sequel). But if that installment still sits high on your list of best of's, youíll be pleased to know that Rust has returned as Skyrise. If you still harbor fantasies of rapidly launching yourself from the ground into the industrial labyrinth to hunt down snipers, the Exo Grapple will make that dream come true.