Screen and a trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Onslaught pack were released this week. Unsurprisingly, it looks to be a solid downloadable pack for FPS fans. Surprisingly it also includes a Michael Meyers (of Halloween fame) cameo. Yes, really.
Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught will deliver the fast-paced multiplayer experience fans love, with four classically designed Call of Duty® multiplayer maps, each with their own distinct environments, small to medium scale, and varying gameplay. The first map, “Fog,” is a small to medium sized map set alongside the banks of a murky lake. Every area within “Fog” is a chilling homage to classic horror films, from an eerie campsite, flickering TVs, torture chamber, and seemingly abandoned structures as players try to unlock the map’s dark secret. If a player happens to find and complete a specific Field Order, they become the embodiment of evil and don the persona of one of cinema’s most iconic horror characters, Michael Myers. Additionally, the entire soundscape changes to the eerily familiar Halloween theme music so other players know to run for their lives. Next is “BayView,” a close-quarters map set on a coastal Californian boardwalk packed with seaside gift stores and an aquarium, offering players fast-paced run-and-gun matches. Players must also be wary of the deadly artillery strike enemies can call-in from a Naval Destroyer anchored just offshore.
The third map “Containment,” transports players to a war-torn Mexican village, where the battle rages along both banks of the dried out riverbed. The action in this compact map centers on the remains of a small bridge holding a hi-jacked truck filled with leaking radioactive material. Surrounded by a myriad of abandoned bars, cafes, a church and a pool hall, “Containment” also features elevated rooftop vantage points for players who prefer longer-range engagements. Onslaught’s fourth map “Ignition,” launches players into an aging Florida space launch facility. Inspired by “Scrapyard” – the fan-favorite multiplayer map from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2, reimagined with dynamic gameplay elements – “Ignition” packs plenty of action both above and below ground amongst abandoned warehouses, flame trenches, and a massive transport crawler. As if rockets crash-landing into the map weren’t enough, the close-quarters combat is further complicated via two separate rocket test engines sites that opposing forces can trigger, sending massive fireballs into the already intense firefights, and the failed launch of a massive rocket has a dramatic effect on the combat.
I have to say, the Michael Meyers thing really threw me off, but in a good way. After a while, these shooters and the various pieces of DLC that emerge for them do tend to get a little monotonous. Having stuff like the zombies mode and now the Extinction (aliens) mode definitely go a long way towards staving off any feelings of boredom and repetition that gamers might have playing the now well-worn military shooter sub-genre year in and year out. And Mikey there? That’s just awesome.
And not only is he in the game, but you actually turn into him, get an axe and get to go to town just like in the films. This is the first time any version of Call of Duty has done anything like that and I’d like to see more of it. As for the rest of the pack, the new maps look really neat and the perks on each of them are cool enough- but that Michael Meyers one kind of does steal the show.
Onslaught launches first on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles and will land on servers on January 28th.