The lights are on
The first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts contains a number
of surprising features, including the ability to play as Halloween's legendary Michael
Myers in a map that pays tribute to classic horror films.
Activision has officially announced Call of Duty: Ghosts' first DLC pack, Onslaught. The digital offering contains four new multiplayer maps that sport a
few interesting gameplay twists, which are detailed below.
Fog:The most interesting-sounding map of the bunch, Fog pays tribute
to horror films. The map is set near a lake and contains a variety of
horror-themed locations, including a campsite, cabins, and a torture chamber. Collecting a special Field Order will turn one character into Halloween's Michael Myers, and changes
the music to the film series' classic theme song. Call of Duty fans created a Michael Myers game mode years ago that involves one player hunting down defenseless, unarmed victims; it will be interesting to see how Infinity Ward's take on the mode compares.
BayView:The second map takes place on a Californian boardwalk town and
contains a number streets and stores. Activision describes the map as
being good for "fast-paced run-and-gun matches," but that players can also set up on rooftops for long-range sniping. Players can call in artillery
strikes from an offshore Naval Destroyer, and set up sentry guns on a moving
Containment:Containment takes place in a Mexican village that's divided
by a dried-up river, allowing players to snipe from their respective bank and infiltrate
enemy territory by crossing the central bridge or running through the river bed.
The map contains a radioactive missile on an abandoned truck near the center of
the map, which can be detonated via a mortar strike.
Ignition:A remake of Modern Warfare 2's Scrapyard, Ignition is set at
a Florida space launch facility. The map contains two rocket test engines,
which can be activated by completing Field Orders. The blast from the engines will ignite anyone unlucky
enough to be in the area.
Onslaught also contains a new weapon called the Maverick,
which functions as both an assault rifle and a sniper rifle, and can be
selected by either class. Finally, Onslaught features the first episode of a
four-part narrative for Extinction mode, entitled Episode 1: Nightfall. The episode
takes place in a Alaska research facility and introduces new characters, a new
weapon, and new alien enemy types, including a 30-foot boss creature. Check out the video below for more information.
Onslaught will be released first on Xbox Live on January 28,
at a later, unspecified date for other platforms. The DLC is included in Call
of Duty: Ghosts' Season Pass, or can be purchased separately for $14.99. For more on the game, read our review.
Gamers love to complain that the Call
of Duty series never does anything new, but between the aliens and the surprise
Michael Myers cameo, it seems to me like the developers at Infinity Ward are more than willing to take chances. I'm especially interested to see how the Halloween tie-in plays out, and whether it mirrors
the fan-made Michael Myers mode that the Call of Duty community came up with years ago. Playing as the invincible horror icon could be a lot of fun.
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