Much like the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, the Devastation DLC offers COD players a bounty of new content including four new maps, a new episode for the Extinction campaign, a new weapon called the Ripper, and a crossover with the ’80s classic Predator. In the old days (aka about two years ago), Call of Duty DLC packs were a set of four maps and that was it, but things have changed a lot since then.
In celebration of the Devastation’s release, we have created two walkthrough videos highlighting the DLC’s new additions. The first (seen above) features a walkthrough of each of the four multiplayer maps, while the second highlights the aforementioned Predator crossover.
As has been detailed before, the new maps included with Devastation are of the medium-size variety, but they aren’t particularly cramped. Rather, while it may take only about 30 seconds to cover the expanse of a map, each offers a lot in the way of nooks, crannies, and different elevations. All told, Devastation is a much better offering than the first Ghosts DLC pack, Onslaught, if only because there’s a greater sense of creativity at play.
Unearthed is the map Call of Duty fans will be most familiar with, as it is a re-skinned version of the Modern Warfare 3 map Dome. However, this new incarnation centers around a mysterious dig site, and replaces the central dome with some form of alien artifact. It’s a re-skinned map, so Call of Duty die-hards will love it, and there’s a lot more detail in this version, but, at the end of the day, Unearthed is still the least interesting of the four maps.
The idea behind Collision should have made it one of the better DLC maps for Call of Duty: Ghosts thus far, but its execution is sorely lacking. Set upon a wrecked freighter, Collision features too many of the generic details seen in other Call of Duty maps – i.e. shipping crates and makeshift cover. Its background is fantastic, but the actual map layout is pretty disappointing.
Behemoth is a unique map by Call of Duty standards in that it doesn’t feature the typical symmetrical or circular layout. Instead, Behemoth offers a unique, long pathway set across a giant digging machine. There are opportunities to take the high or low ground, but flanking enemies will be much more difficult on this map.
And finally we come to Ruins, the map that’s fairly generic in terms of its decrepit temple design, but will get the most attention because of the Predator crossover. Check him out in the video below!
Like the Michael Myers unlock in Onslaught, earning the right to play as the Predator requires the completion of field orders, but the character can only be unlocked once per match. Still, getting to play as the Predator offers some unique advantages, including invisibility and a heat seeking shoulder laser.
Overall, Devastation is a slightly better offering than Onslaught, if only because the selection feels more diverse and creative. Is it worth the $15 for fans? Definitely, but those who have jumped off the train might also want to check this one out for the Predator crossover.
What do you think of the new Devastation maps? What about the Predator unlock?
Call of Duty: Ghosts — Devastation is out now for Xbox One and Xbox 360. No PC or PlayStation release dates have been announced.
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