So what's new? Well, the obvious answer is the standard four maps, though if you want to be technical, only three of the maps are completely new and fresh. To be fair, these maps are well-designed in terms of choke points and team placement, and the gimmicks that power these arenas are worth a chuckle or two.
I'll start with my favorite of them: Departed. Call of Duty has been so bog standard for me that literally anything with the potential to shake things up a bit automatically earns points in my book. This map is set in a Mexican villa... during Dia de los Muertos. It's a fantastic idea, and one that is capitalized on quite ably. Finish the map's field order, and you will earn the Death Mariachi killstreak, which turns you into a pistols-akimbo mariachi madman. Killing other players will turn them into members of the band. It's absolutely silly, and though it doesn't limp on a borrowed license like the last two expansions did, I find this one more entertaining.
Pharaoh may bring you back to the good old days of GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64. This one takes place in a derelict archaeological site of an Egyptian palace long deserted. It's a dangerous arena that carries a single tremendous blessing and thousands of little curses. Flesh-eating scarabs, booby traps, and the palace's dilapidated architecture are every bit as deadly as the soldiers on the enemy team. But if you complete the map's field order, you will gain the Blessing of Anubis, a megaboon that instantly bestows all perks upon your character for the next four lives.
Call of Duty hasn't done pirates yet, right? Wrong! Mutiny is what you get when you transplant the action of this long-running shooter franchise into Isla de Muerta from Pirates of the Caribbean. It's predominantly a close-quarters map that emphasizes quiet and quick ambushes over wide-scale warfare. This map has two unique field orders: the first summons a crew of ghost pirates to raise hell on your foes, and the other calls down cannon fire from a ship moored off the coast.
We end with the familiar. Favela is a retooling of the classic Modern Warfare 2 map, and it would appear that progress is a double-edged sword for this shantytown. Certain parts of the map have fallen to pieces, while others look almost good as new. The field order for this map calls in a Y-8 with three firing modes. Not bad.