Call of Duty: Ghosts - Onslaught - Xbox One

Release Date:

28 January 2014

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Also on USA.
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Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught is the first downloadable content pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, delivering four unique multiplayer maps, each with their own distinct environments, size, and gameplay variety; and a deadly new addition to your arsenal with the Maverick, a dual-purpose Assault Rifle/Sniper Rifle. Anchoring this first content pack is Episode 1: Nightfall, the first installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative, where a small team has been tasked with retrieving valuable intel from a remote facility in the Alaskan wilderness. Episode 1: Nightfall features two all-new species of aliens and an exclusive weapon.

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'Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught' was developed by Activision and published onto a variety of current and next generation consoles, including the Xbox One. The game is just the latest release in a series of solid FPS experiences by the team at Activision. While the developers have been releasing entries for the better part of a decade, many fans feared that the formula would start to grow stale. 'Ghosts' came out to middling reviews despite its attempt to try something new with its IP. Despite the reviews 'Ghosts' went on to rack up major sales, earning itself some DLC releases in the process. We've taken our time to go over the different DLC packs and now we are staring down 'Onslaught'. While any DLC should be considered with a bit of skepticism, we found that this entry changed the way we viewed the game. Keep reading for details!

An Onslaught of new content..

Despite our own undecided thoughts on 'Ghosts' we found ourselves increasingly enjoying the game. From the giant set pieces all the way to the globe trotting commandos, the game seemed to exemplify exactly what we would want. The game appeals to the same kind of person that eagerly gets in line to buy a ticket to the 'Expendables', only this experience doesn't end in a couple of hours. Despite not winning over the 'Black Ops 2' fanboys, 'Ghosts' has done some good things. We had to try out its latest DLC pack, 'Onslaught'.

Now, we are pretty wary of DLC packs for first person shooters as it is. Typically these DLC packs offer us a couple of half baked maps that were held out of the original release. Like B-sides to a band you kind of like, you feel obligated to check them out no matter how good they actually are. Fortunately 'Onslaught' isn't just a collection of disregarded maps. The pack itself offers an experience that'll give 'Ghost' fans new legs to run on and some stamina in order to do so.

Upon installing the new DLC pack you will find a bit of new content on your hard drive. 'Onslaught' gives players four new maps, a new weapon, and access to a new level in the 'Extinction' side game. It's formulaic in what it offers, and not unlike 'Invasion', but it's still a decent chunk of content for a couple of bucks. Fortunately the pack takes a turn for the awesome once you actually start playing it.

The 'Onslaught' DLC pack is themed with Halloween inspired maps. Throw in Michael Myers, the actual horror icon, and you have something pretty interesting for what could be considered a vanilla shooting game. The style is so different than what we are used to in regards to the genre that we couldn't help but be a bit excited when it came time to start running the new maps.

Fog.

The first map we loaded up was named 'Fog'. It's a setting that looks ripped straight out of a 'Halloween' film. We find ourselves next to a nasty old lake in the woods. Fog rises up from the water and spreads throughout the trees. Suddenly the theme music from the movie 'Halloween' kicks in. Yeah, it's a creepy experience. You'll play throughout a series of wooden cabins, a busted RV, a downed bridge, and a creepy camp. If you can manage to pull the Field Order off your character will be transformed into Michael Myers from the films. From there you can go on a murderous rampage. We're pretty impressed by how having Myers run around can change the tone of what could be considered just another FPS game. We found ourselves more worried about the masked monster than our opponents with guns. Creepy! But a great map, especially to break in with your friends.

Bayview.

Welcome to Bayview. Grab a corn dog and take a walk around this sea hugging town. There is a lot of open space in this map that is only broken up by palm trees and fountains. A moving trolley rolls through the map and you can jump on it in order to pick off your enemies while moving down the screen. Don't do it too often, as you'll become an easy to spot moving target for your opponents. This is a colorful and hectic map with some neat little kill zones, but on the whole it doesn't offer us anything tremendously exciting. It's fun, don't get us wrong, just not inventive.

Containment.

Speaking of bland, welcome to another torn up third world village. This time you are in Mexico but it looks like the war has been here for a long time. There is a cool bridge to fight around and a big truck leaking out what we're pretty sure is radioactive liquid. You won't find yourself playing this map too often, but it is playable which is the extent of our positivity. The map is too tired and generic for us to have enjoyed spending extra money to obtain.

Ignition.

The final map in the pack is a re-skinned version of 'Scrapyard' from 'CoD: Modern Warfare 2'. This map is set around an old and deserted space faring facility. There are giant buildings, launch pads, and long low garrisons to run and kill your buddies in. The different vertical elements in this map make it easy to employ some long distance weaponry and the ability to hide in several different places pushes players to pick up a sniper and get busy. We loved how wide the space felt and we enjoyed how tight the fire could get.

The last bit we want to mention is the 'Extinction' mode. Similar to the zombie mode in Treyarch's vision of 'CoD', Extinction offers gamers the ability to team up and take out a race of brutal aliens. This is the first episode in the four part series and it is plenty challenging.

'Call of Duty: Ghosts - Onslaught' doesn't seek to reinvent the wheel. What it does do, however, is give us a few great maps to play around in. The Extinction mode is furiously fun and we can't wait to get our hands on the following entries.

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