“You’ve just messed with the wrong Mexican!” Screams the slightly-less-foul-mouthed-than-usual digital incarnation of the legendary Danny Trejo. No, it’s not some kiddie-friendly censored version of Machete, but the recently-released trailer for the upcoming Call of the Dead – the latest, slightly barmy Call of Duty: Black Ops zombie DLC expansion pack.
Surely one of the most gloriously ludicrous pieces of geek fantasy to ever hit mainstream gaming, this zombie shoot-‘em-up expansion pairs together the aforementioned dual-machete wielding Mexican with a veritable chocolate box of creature-crushing heroes. Teen vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar? Check. The Walking Dead’s current hick zombie-basher, Michael Rooker? Check. Finger-knives, pizza-faced maniac, Robert Englund? Oh, yes please.
"This is Treyarch's tribute to the legendary George Romero, who truly defined the zombie genre and whose incredible work has been such an inspiration to our team," said Black Ops director Dave Anthony. "It was an absolute honour to work with such an amazing and talented cast whose passion and energy brought their characters instantly to life. Fans are going to love this."
And what’s not to love, exactly? The previous zombie maps have been nothing if not inventive, fusing exhaustive survival gameplay with crawling undead, sublime weaponry and even the odd space monkey. Previously, we’ve seen JFK, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon and Robert McNamara battle the waves of undead, but the inclusion of such horror icons into, arguably, one of Treyarch’s most defining contributions to the franchise, feels deliciously sublime, with each actor/actress providing voice and likeness.
Even the Godfather of zombies himself, George A. Romero, makes a stumbling, groaning appearance as the ‘Boss’ zombie (complete with giant studio light as a weapon) that your ragtag crew of celebrity head-removers will need to dispatch in order to survive this boat-based map. It’s an explosive arena for zombie slaughter and looks every bit as action-packed as any of the other stages currently on offer.
It’s hard to resist the charms of Gellar gunning down an army of the undead with a machine gun (while dressed wholly inappropriately for such chilly weather), Englund stabbing people with pitchforks and Trejo furiously decapitating reanimated corpses. If it’s half as fun to play than it is to watch, then Black Ops fans are in for a treat. Looking forward to a ship-load of zombie mayhem, or are do you think it’s a lifeless appendage? Take a look at the fantastic trailer and let us know below.