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Call of Duty: Ghosts – Devastation DLC Review

by on 05/12/2014
 

The Devastation DLC is the 2nd DLC Drop for Call of Duty: Ghosts. This one features 4 Multiplayer maps, 1 Extinction map, and even a DLC weapon, The Ripper.
The 4 Multiplayer maps featured are Behemoth, Ruins, Unearthed, and Collision. This DLC drop is very unique in that upon completing the given Field Orders for the maps, you are rewarded with a special killstreak.

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Behemoth is what its name suggests. It is huge, and has several levels. While also being a larger map, it also offers a very close quarters playstyle where SMGs and Shotguns dominate. There are several flank routes in this map that are great to really surprise your enemy. The Field Order for this map gives you an Attack Helicopter in which you control to really Devastate your enemy. All around, this is a solid map that can offer a variety of playstyles given its multiple levels.

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Ruins is set in a Mayan mountaintop jungle and offers a wide variety of playstyle with long sight-lines and close quarters flanking tunnels. The Field Order for this map rewards you with The Predator killstreak. This killstreak emulates a Juggernaut Maniac killstreak, however this one has special abilities. The Predator is able to turn invisible, use thermal vision and use its Predator Cannon. What is also really interesting is that when The Predator is near death it will activate the Predator Self-Destruct killing all enemy players. This map can offer some great gameplay despite its nonsensical layout.

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Unearthed is the fan-favorite re-skin of Dome from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Just like Dome, this small map is great for run-n-gun playstyle and there is not a moment where there isn’t chaos. This is my favorite map from Devastation. The Field Orders for this map unleash 3 Crypid alien creatures that are featured in Extinction Mode. These creatures are designed to confront the enemy and to blow up, right in their face. Another interesting thing about this map is the ability to acquire the Venom-X weapon, which is also featured in Extinction. It’s not easy to obtain this weapon.

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Collision is the last multiplayer map in the Devastation DLC. This map is base on the remains of a cargo ship that collided with a bridge in New York. This map offers gameplay similar to its name. As you will notice there is nothing open about Collision and you will be running into enemies nonstop. I suggest to always have a shotgun class ready for this map, because after the first bit, you’ll want to pull yours out too! The Field Orders for the map reward you with an A-10 Warthog which will sweep the strafe the entire map, killing anyone in its path. A very great map to use a shotgun or SMG. Anything else can get quite frustrating over time.
Overall, the multiplayer maps are solid, however are all very similar in that they cater to close quarters combat and using any long range weapons can leave one frustrated. So I suggest you grab your SMG or Shotgun, slap on those speed perks and go to town!
Next I am going to talk about the DLC weapon, The Ripper. This weapon provides players with two configurations. A SMG variant and an Assault Rifle variant. This feature allows for maximum versatility being able to hit those long shots as an AR, while still melting faces up close as a SMG. This is a great weapon and is completely dominate as a SMG, absolutely ‘Ripping’ through the enemy team. With its high fire rate and fair ammo-capacity it can be hard to stop someone effectively using the Ripper.

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Lastly, I will talk about the new edition to Episode 2: Extinction, Mayday. This 2nd episode is even better than the first. Extinction, Mayday starts out with you and your team being sent to investigate a ship adrift in the ocean only to find out it has succumbed to aliens! There are new aliens in this story and they require new weapons to deal with them. No spoilers here. You’ll have to play to find out more about the story!
Devastation is a worthwhile individual purchase if you enjoy Call of Duty: Ghosts and play it often. Even if you do not play Call of Duty: Ghosts regularly, I feel you would still enjoy what the Devastation DLC has to offer.
Aside from the Field Order gimmicks, the maps can offer something that the standard maps do not. That is a fast pace, in your face experience. These maps are not incredibly small, however there are only a few, if any open areas.
Another thing to look at is the Ripper. The weapon alone is enough to get Devastation. The Ripper has become a go-to weapon for not only myself, but other people I play with as well.
The only concern I have with Devastation is that it is so close quarters in your face. The Devastation DLC would have been stronger if the maps offered more variety. Trying to be semi aggressive with an Assault Rifle won’t work as well on these maps since someone with a shotgun is around every corner.
After Devastation, I am really looking forward to what Infinity Ward has installed for us for the next DLC drop.
The Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation DLC is available on its own for the SRP of $14.99 or as part of the discounted Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass. For more information on the Devastation DLC Pack, visit the Call of Duty website.

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