Today, on the 31st March. the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance map pack has been released on Xbox Live; unfortunately for the PlayStation and PC gamers among you, you’ll have to wait till the 3oth of April until you can get your hands on it, but I’m sure you’ll think it was worth the wait.
4 New Maps – What are They?
Like every Call of Duty: DLC these days, there are 4 new exclusive maps within the Ascendance map pack – let’s be honest here, the DLC maps haven’t always been great in the past couple of Call of Duty’s, so I bet you’re buzzing to know whether these set of maps are anything special, but firstly I’ll just tell you what they’re called:
- Site 244
- Chop Shop
You can find descriptions of the Advanced Warfare Ascendance maps here, or you can watch the official Ascendance Trailer by Call of Duty, which gives a very cool insight into the map pack as a whole, so I would highly recommend you watch it; they say a picture is worth 1000 words, so a video must be worth quite a lot, eh?
As you could see from the trailer, there were some pretty cool map specific killstreaks and events, such as the alien spore egg on Site 244 which enhances your perks and Exo abilities, as well as making your screen go green around the edges.
Also, there is Advanced Repulsion Turret map scorestreak on Chop Shop that fires EMP waves, making it a very lethal weapon.
Furthermore, on the map Climate, the river suddenly changes from being a useful asset, to becoming a pool of bubbling toxic liquid which will kill you if you step on it, so if you hear an alarm at any point in the game, I would highly recommend staying the heck away from the river unless you want to die.
Finally, on the map Perplex where lots of construction is being taken place, crates and obstacles are constantly moving around the map all of the time, opening new routes and paths all of the time – this map certainly isn’t slow paced.
As a whole, each of the 4 maps have a special feature about them, making them very fun to play. Personally, I really enjoy playing on these maps, although Chop Shop is particularly small!
New Exo Zombies Map Called “Infection”
The zombie fans among you will be pleased to know that there is another Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies map within the Ascendance DLC, which has brought another couple of cool features to the mode.
This is the second Exo Zombies map so far in Advanced Warfare, and follows on in a story-mode fashion from the first map. Of course we can expect two more Exo Zombie maps within the next two DLC packs, which will also continue with the story.
New ‘Magnetron Microwave Gun’ – Exclusive to Infection
Just like the first Exo Zombies map, Infection introduces a brand new killing machine, called the ‘Magnetron Microwave Gun’ which fires laser/electricity. It functions in rather the same way as the EM1, except from the fact that it does actually have ammunition, which is displayed as a percentage.
New Zombie Types – Including The ‘Goliath Zombie’
Did you think there were loads of zombie types on the first map? Think again. Infection brings new zombie types, including the ‘Acid Spitter Zombie’ (which is pretty self-explanatory), as well as the ‘Goliath Zombie’.
They are called ‘Goliath Zombies’ because they are very big and heavily armored, but instead up carrying mini-guns, they carry a big shield which they swing at you. They deal quite a lot of damage and will disable your Exo suit if it touches you, so you should keep your distance!
Exclusive DLC Weapon – The OHM
If you already had the the season pass prior to the Ascension being released, you will have already had access to the OHM weapon, which is a 2 in 1 weapon consisting of an LMG and Shotgun mode, which you can switch between.
It is an energy weapon, but unlike the other energy weapons in Advanced Warfare, it does have ammunition. It has 40 ammunition in a clip which isn’t very much for a LMG, but the fast reload time easily compensates for that. Also, the shotgun mode only uses 1 ammunition per shot and still uses the 40 bullet clip – 40 ammunition in a clip for a shotgun isn’t bad, eh?
The shotgun mode is rather like the S12, but is very slightly less powerful, however it is still effective at very close ranges, but is relatively useless at all other ranges.
On the other hand, the LMG mode takes three ammunition to kill at any ranges on any part of the body, making it a very consistent weapon. If you can handle the random recoil patterns of the gun, the LMG mode can be very effective at long range, as most other weapons will require more than 3 bullets to kill at longer distances.
Overall, the OHM is a very good gun, and in my opinion, one of the best guns in the game.
A New Exo Ability – Exo Grapple
Finally, the last major feature included in the Ascension map pack, is the new Exo Ability called Exo Grapple. If you
have played the Advanced Warfare campaign, you use the grapple feature a few times then and it functions in exactly the same way in multiplayer, apart from the fact that you can only use it so many times before it has to recharge.
However, unlike all of the other Exo abilities, Exo Grapple can be used infinitely during a life, as you only have to wait for it to recharge and then you can use it again.
As well as it allowing you to grapple from place to place, you can actually kill enemies with it. Rather similarly to a throwing knife, if you fire the grapple at an enemy it will kill them – grapples are very fun to use, as you look like superman when using them, but they also introduce many new strategies.
For those of you that have no interest in obtaining the map packs, you shouldn’t be worried about other players gaining an advantage over you as they have Exo Grapple, because that ability will only be able to be used within the Ascension DLC maps.
Is The Ascension DLC Worth Getting?
Regardless of whether you like the Ascension pack or not, there is no denying that it is one of the most fulfilled map packs yet on Call of Duty, which for me is a great incentive to get it.
To summarize, the Ascension Map Pack mainly consists of:
- 4 new multiplayer maps all with special features
- A new Exo Zombies map with new weapons, traps and zombies
- A special multiplayer 2 in 1 weapon called the OHM
- The ‘Exo Grapple’ ability
That’s only some of the stuff included in Ascension, but the stuff mentioned just there seemed good enough for me to get me hands on the DLC myself.
Although I would recommend getting the DLC, I wouldn’t recommend buying the map packs individually, as you will end up paying quite a lot of money. If you haven’t already, I would recommend that you get the season pass if the DLC interests you, as this will save you over $10 compared to if you were to buy all the map packs separately.
Also, by getting the season pass, you will get access immediate access to all of the other map packs when they release, and at this rate, they are bound to only get better.
If you hesitate to get the season pass now and you really like the looks of the next DLC pack when it releases, you will have wished that you got the season pass earlier, as you could have had access to all of the awesome stuff within the map packs.
The season pass does cost $50 which is quite a lot, but you’re essentially getting twice as much content which the season pass, so it’s worth it if you really love the game.
Also, you can check out my guide on How to Get Better At Advanced Warfare Here!
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