With the recent addition of Call of Duty: Black Ops II being put onto the list of backwards compatible games for Xbox One, playing the old zombie maps on Black Ops II made me realize not only how good the old maps were, but how much an improvement was made on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Zombies. So, let’s break down the great map: Spaceland.
Let’s start with the story. Four aspiring actors attend an audition, which is what they think, for the great director: Willard Wyler. As they are invited to watch Wyler’s old horror movies, thinking that it’s an audition, they are transported into the film and are faced with the challenge of fighting the 1980’s zombie horde before the last reel runs out and their souls are gone forever.
The four main characters that are sucked into the film, Spaceland, are: Andre, A.J., Sally and Poindexter (my favorite).
Andre is a blinged-out, track suit wearing, zombie hating, hip-hop connoisseur who is played by Saturday Night Live actor: Jay Pharoah. Andre’s funny lines like: “Zombies in Spaceland.. Oh, I think I’m going to be sick, yo.” and “Hey, get us the hell out of here man!” adds a great sense of humor to the story.
The comedian Ike Barinholtz, who appears on the Mindy Project and was in Neighbors 2 as Jimmy Blevins plays A.J. This 1980’s, letterman jacket wearing jock, who immediately smashes a beer can for his “knife attack” is funny, but also “douchey” in the perfect way. My favorite line from A.J. is after the first round when he says “You dweebs better get it together. I think we got more coming.” Yeah, as we try to stay alive and fight the creatures of the dead, being a douche helps.
Another Saturday Night Live alumnus is Sasheer Zamata who plays Sally. A valley girl who is disgusted by zombies and hates to get dirty. Her witty lines make you laugh and also think. One thing that stuck out to me was when you get the perk “Double Tap” and she says: “Two at once? That like, totally sounds like a page out of my diary.”
Last but not least: Seth Myers, the comedian who created Robot Chicken, the voice for Chris Griffin in Family Guy and Scott Evil in Austin Powers plays: Poindexter. The helmet/glasses wearing nerd who also sports a fanny pack and suspenders is by far the funniest character on Zombies in Sapceland, in my opinion. Poindexter has many sayings in the game that make you laugh, but one that shows off his true nerd-self is: “Easy as 3.14159, or as some of us like to call it, pie.”
Now to move on from the playable characters, the main character: Willard Wyler. The shining star of horror films that hypnotized audiences and left them begging for more is played by Paul Reubens, AKA Pee-wee Herman, which threw me off once I found out. The famous director who retreated to obscurity; is back with a more sick and twisted mind, and plot. Reubens killed it being Willard Wyler. His lines mixed with voice-tuning gives you chills. The wit is there, but it is his evil genius lines that make the character. If you find yourself playing, and living, long enough in Spaceland; Willard will get angry, and thats when his best lines shine: “For goodness sakes… Die on cue already!”
The last character in Spaceland is the DJ: Michael Knight. Portrayed by the great David Hasselhoff. Michael Knight is your best friend in Spaceland. He is the way to make it out of the film, so he isn’t your ordinary DJ. While he plays great tunes, listen to when he speaks because it is usually helpful.
I have played my fair share of Zombie maps, but Spaceland takes home the cake for me. This bright, vibrant map is cut into four main sections: Journey Into Space, The Arcade, Polar Peak and The Kepler System. These main parts hold the key to the power switches, which allow you to reach the Pack-a-Punch room. By turning all 5 power switches, the first one is in the spawn, and linking each portal, you can access the Pack-a-Punch room. It brings back memories of the great “Der Riese.” The first map to bring in Pack-a-Punch.
Another great thing about Spaceland are the Tickets, Coins and Fate and Fortune Cards. These items allow you to have an extra boost in the game. Like perks, these items allow you to get special power-ups throughout the game. Tickets serve as a currency, just like a normal arcade, and you can purchase special items to help you fight the horde. Fate and Fortune cards are like 5 extra perks. You build up a meter by opening doors, rebuilding windows and of course killing zombies. Once the meter is reached, you can activate a card. The fate cards are obtained by your level in zombies and you can use them as many times as you want, but fortune cards are obtained by opening zombie crates. You only have a certain amount of uses on fortune cards, so use them wisely. The coins you can get in the map are only obtainable by killing zombies. Put three coins together in one of the coin machines and you are gifted with a trap.
To me, Zombies in Spaceland was brilliant. The gameplay, characters, cast, features, map and idea were executed perfectly. Adding special characters like David Hasselhoff made it even better. There were a few details I didn’t get into like the Easter Egg, but that’s for a whole different story. Zombies in Spaceland is definitely “HOFF” the charts.