The second downloadable content pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, Devastation, launched on May 9th, 2014 for the PlayStation 4. It follows the same pattern set by the first DLC, Onslaught: Four new maps, a new weapon and a new chapter for the co-op Extinction game mode.
Is Devastation worth your $14.99? Let's take a look.
Four New Maps
Devastation contains four new multiplayer maps: Behemoth, Collision, Unearthed and Ruins.
Behemoth is set on a mining machine and is perfect for close quarters combat. Thanks to the sharp corners and almost maze-like structure of the map, it's also perfect for setting up booby traps for your opponents. The cat and mouse element of the map is perfect for gamers who like to stalk their prey.
Likewise, Collision is also set up for close quarters combat, even more so than Behemoth. While the latter supports some sniper-based gameplay, the former does not. This map is easily the most divisive of the lot, as long-range combat fans will hate it, while those that hate snipers will love that this map actively works against them.
Unearthed, however, goes in a completely opposite direction and is the largest map in Devastation. The map not only provides both indoor and outdoor locations to battle in, but it also has a vertical element thanks to the crane and surrounding catwalks.
Ruins is the standout map thanks to the inclusion of another horror icon, the Predator. The lucky player who completes the Predator field order will turn into this dangerous beast, complete with dual wrist blades, shoulder cannon and thermal vision. Much like the Fog map in Onslaught (that let you play as Michael Myers), Ruins is the standout map in Devastation.
A New Weapon
The new weapon, the Ripper, is a 2-in-1 sub-machine gun and assault rifle, perfect for any of the new maps as they are all smaller. Like the Maverick, it's well-balanced and a fun addition to the game, but not something that's going to upset the balance of multiplayer for those who don't own it. You won't likely be using it on the majority of Ghosts maps, but it works well for any Devastation maps.
Extinction Episode 2
The final entry in this DLC is a new chapter of the Extinction game mode, titled Mayday. Mayday builds upon Nightfall's success, adding even more new enemies, bosses and additions to the story. It's yet another successful chapter to what is turning out to be one of Ghosts' best game modes.
Devastation continues to build on the momentum first started with Onslaught, providing another map pack that satisfies on all counts unless you're a fan of long-range, sniping combat. Bottom line, if you enjoyed Onslaught and still play Ghosts' multiplayer on a regular basis, purchase this map pack immediately.
Final Score: 8.5/10
Game Category: First Person Shooter
Review By: Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 5/6/2014
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