Call of Duty: Ghosts - Invasion - Xbox One

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06 March 2014

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Call of Duty: Ghosts - Invasion is a quality map pack expansion to an already excellent game. We enjoyed the real life locations we got to play in and the imported Favela brought back some fond memories. It isn't a must buy, but it will definitely end up being one of the most played DLC you end up getting your hands on. 'Invasion' is one of the first DLC packs to NOT include any sort of new guns. While this may upset a variety of gamers, we didn't end up caring. Instead we were focused on the different maps that came in the package.

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'Call of Duty: Ghosts - Invasion' on the Xbox One is an action shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision.

'Call of Duty' has been THE gaming franchise to play in the past three to four years. Thanks to its commitment to strong multiplayer combat, excellent gun mechanics, and fantastic online services the game has flourished as the multiplayer FPS of a generation, much like 'Halo' had been before it. After 'Call of Duty Black Ops' the team at Infinity Ward had to do something different to keep their fans interested in the series as it moved forward. Enter 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'. Published by Activision, this was the first game to not feature 'Black Ops' or 'Modern Warfare' in the title. The devs attempt to push the series forward, without losing any of its charm, was here. Originally released in 2013, the game was ported over to Xbox One with a host of intense DLC packs, including 'Invasion'. We'll take a look at how 'Invasion' enhanced the 'Ghosts' gameplay.

Same skin, new energy...

It's pretty hard to consistently put out the same sort of game and expect to see your fans keep clamoring for me. Somehow the guys at Activision managed to accomplish this feat, though. But knowing the formula is growing weaker helped to push them when releasing 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' and the accompanying DLC pack, 'Invasion' for the Xbox One.

The basic gist of the game, when you aren't shooting people, follows an alternate history timeline of the world we know today. The Middle East has been destroyed by nuclear weaponry and the strongest oil producing nations in South America have banded together to form an alliance, called 'The Federation'. The Federation grows into a global power and quickly invades the better part of the Americas. We step in as soldiers codenamed 'Ghosts'. This elite group is formed by U.S. Special Operations and is led by Elias Walker. His sons join in the fight and the group sets out to take on Gabriel Rorke. Rorke formerly led the Ghosts before being captured, brainwashed, and forced to lead the Federation.

While the story for 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' is solid, it isn't where most of us will be spending our time. The majority of gamers that get their hands on a 'CoD' title are focused on one thing: multiplayer. Multiplayer will always be the driving force behind these next gen FPS games and as long as Xbox Live continues to be a valid service, this won't change. 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' sought to change the paradigm with their releases of a variety of DLC packs. Without wasting any more time let us dive into 'Invasion' and see what it brought to gamers on the XB1.

Before getting to 'Invasion' we had gotten our hands on 'Devastation' and 'Onslaught'. Both map packs added quite a bit of replay value to an already strong online game. They had great gimmicks involved and they really brought fans into the world. 'Invasion', while toned down, brings more of that quality to the franchise and it does it in the sleekest package possible.

'Invasion' is one of the first DLC packs to NOT include any sort of new guns. While this may upset a variety of gamers, we didn't end up caring. Instead we were focused on the different maps that came in the package. Rather than being a creation from scratch by the talented team at Activision, these maps were based on real life locations. With these new maps we got to head to Egypt, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Mexico. Each one of these locations is wonderfully realized in beautiful HD.

Departed.

Our first trip into the map pack brought us to Mexico in the map Departed. It is the Day of the Dead and the streets look appropriately paved with all of the fashion of the day. Looming skull figures, confetti, and banners re littered everywhere. There are three lanes to fight in and numerous buildings with small rooms to hide in. This map is hectic and easy to get the leg up on when you know all of the little shortcuts. If you manage to get a killstreak you will be awarded the 'Death Mariachi' perk, which gives you a pair of pistols with extra firepower.

Mutiny.

Now we are off to the Caribbean and one of the most blatant 'Pirates of the Caribbean' homages we have ever seen. The action takes place in and around a giant pirate ship on the docks of the ocean. We see taverns, cannons, giant docks, and an actual ship lit by the moon to fight in. This whole map is a night map and the ambiance is pretty cool. A killstreak will let you fire cannons and the whole map itself will get you in the swashbuckling mood.

Pharaoh.

Now we are heading to Egypt. As different from the other two maps as it can get, this real life Egyptian based map has everything you'd expect. Dry dust clouds your image as you fight amongst the ruins of an ancient civilization. While the ruins may be abandoned by people, there are environmental issues at play. Avoid flesh eating scarabs if you want to live. Your killstreak perk here is called the 'Blessing of Anubis'. With this you will be given every single perk in the game for the span of a few lives. Yeah, you end up pretty tough--at least until someone shoots you from behind.

Favela.

We close out our map pack in Favela. You may recognize this location from 'Modern Warfare 2' and it is a textbook recreation. Run the roofs, slink in the alleys, and keep behind trees in order to stay alive. Going into the tunnels is a death trap, so if you do go in there be ready to shoot. While we hate remakes, this is definitely a quality map for the next generation of gamers.

'Call of Duty: Ghosts - Invasion' is a quality map pack expansion to an already excellent game. We enjoyed the real life locations we got to play in and the imported Favela brought back some fond memories. It isn't a must buy, but it will definitely end up being one of the most played DLC you end up getting your hands on.

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