Call of Duty: Black Ops wasn’t perfect, but it featured a truly awesome mini-game, in which you play as John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Fidel Castro, and Robert McNamara and try to fight off a horde of zombies attacking the Pentagon. (Between Black Ops and the new X-Men movie, the youth of America will officially never, ever accurately understand the Cold War.) For the upcoming Escalation expansion set, the designers have taken the whole zombie thing and run with it: In the new map called “Call of the Dead,” you can play as Sarah Michelle Gellar in her Buffy wardrobe, Danny Trejo in Machete mode, a pitchfork-wielding Robert Englund (a.k.a. Freddy Krueger), and Michael Rooker (the star of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer who was recently seen on The Walking Dead).
The whole thing is inspired by George A. Romero — the guy who basically invented modern zombies in Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead — and, in a cherry-on-top grace note, Romero himself appears in “Call of the Dead” as a mega-evil zombie. And the whole thing just got introduced in a new trailer that apes the style of Grindhouse. You’ll have to excuse me, my brain just swooned. Check out the trailer below:
EW’s full report on the creation of Call of Duty: Black Ops