There’s a fun tradition that occurs with the release of Call Of Duty downloadable content that comes in the form of what’s known as a “grudge match,” pitting two professional athletes against each other in a “best of five” match.
In celebration of the first DLC pack from Call of Duty: Ghosts (known as Onslaught), Activision and Infinity Ward invited members of the press (including yours truly) to a secret location in Venice, California, on Tuesday to join up with either All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles (from the Kansas City Chiefs) or linebacker Clay Matthews (from the Green Bay Packers) and help them battle it out for bragging rights while getting a nice feel for the game’s new maps.
Activision’s VP of Production Daniel Suarez is pretty stoked with Onslaught and hopes you’re as excited as he is!
“Onslaught delivers a ton of exciting, new content for Call of Duty: Ghosts fans to enjoy on next gen and current gen alike. It begins with a diverse set of maps that personify that classic Call of Duty-style of fast, frantic and exhilarating action. It doesn’t stop there, because Infinity Ward and Neversoft have taken it to another level; whether it’s becoming Michael Myers from Halloween as you pursue your opponents, to creating the first dual-purpose weapon in Call of Duty history, or crafting a new chapter in Extinction that introduces new characters and even a three-story tall Cryptid alien boss, Onslaught has something for all Call of Duty players and we’re excited fans can finally get their hands on it.”
So let’s talk about those new multiplayer maps for a minute!
Fog: Set on the banks of a murky lake where I’m pretty sure Victor Crowley lives, this is a straight up tribute to classic horror films like Halloween. If you pick up a certain Field Order, you actually BECOME Michael Myers – complete with an axe and the chilling Halloween theme playing while you hack and slash your way through enemies.
Bayview: Ever wondered what it would be like to run-and-gun on a seaside boardwalk? On this map you can utilize the moving trolley and call in artillery strikes from a Naval Destroyer just offshore.
Containment: Here you’ll find yourself on a severely damaged bridge in a war-torn Mexican village while defending a hijacked truck that’s leaking radioactive material.
Ignition: If this map looks familiar, good eye! Ignition is a new spin on COD: Modern Warfare 2’s “Scrapyard” map, a deserted space launch facility with, yes, flame trenches and a massive transport crawler.
Onslaught also includes the first episode of the new four-part episodic gameplay involving the Extinction map. Called “Episode 1: Nightfall,” players are transformed into a recon team exploring a research facility hidden deep within the recesses of the Alaskan woods to find out what happened to the “Nightfall Program.” Not only is there a new storyline but new aliens as well as a new weapon known as Venom-X, which turns Cryptids to DUST, yo.
You kids wanted new weapons and you got one in the form of the “Maverick,” which can be found in the Assault or Sniper Rifle classes.
OKAY! I know you’re DYING to find out how the Grudge Match ended…after a hard fought battle and a 0-2 deficit, Team Jamaal came from behind and took the match 3-2.
I was on Team Clay and although we may have lost, I got to talk ALL KINDS of good-natured smack to Jamaal and made him laugh.
Onslaught is now available for download for Xbox Live with availability to PlayStation Network in a few weeks! I’ll be having a BALL getting to know these maps better and who knows…you may hear all about it on a future episode of Gecken!
Photos courtesy of Getty Images and Crix Lee (hey, that’s me!)
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