Sunday 8 March 2015

COD: Advanced Warfare Havoc DLC (PS4) Review - Zombies on Steroids.

By Sam Coles:
Throwing zombies or Nazi’s in a game is generally a lazy attempt to spice up a video game as it has been since Call of Duty World at War back in 2008, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not enjoyable. The guys at Sledgehammer games have released the Havoc DLC for the PS4/PS3 with new maps and the new game mode Exo Zombies.
The Exo Zombies mode is a take on Treyarch’s zombie game mode from their line of Call of Duty games, but this time the zombies are more varied compared to mode in the past and plus some of the zombies have exo suits so chases become more tense. You have a star studded cast that includes John Malkovich which shows the time and effort that they took to make this DLC to bring in actors that well known so they up the ante from Kevin Spacy.
Like the zombie modes before you start off with a pitiful pistol which does its job for the first two rounds before it becomes useless and you need to find a new weapon. Zombies come through the windows and air vents etc. but this time you can’t board up the windows to keep them at bay so you have to keep moving and have relay on team mates and the traps that are spread out throughout the level.
Unlike the traditional zombie game mode you have elemental enemies that can affected you in different ways such as the zombie that has an electrical charge and can deactivate your exo suit temporarily. You can also be infected by some zombies and you have to go and clean yourself up in a disinfection chamber before you die.  Once you get the exo suit it changes the dynamic and strategy of avoiding the zombies because Advanced Warfare has more verticality compared to other games in the series you can jump to high ledges as you wait for your health to come back or quickly reload your weapons.
The Exo Zombie mode isn’t the only thing you’ll get within this DLC pack you also get access to a new assault rifle, however it’s not a typical assault rifle its plasma based, it works in the same vein as the laser weapon that it has infinite ammo, but it will over heat if you keep firing in succession. The nit-pick I have with this weapon is that it feels over powered and it may need tweaking in a patch, but that is my opinion.
You also get 4 extra maps in the multiplayer as well and I’ll give you a quick run-down.
This map appears to be a small hotel in the middle of nowhere which has a, you guested it a circus and clown theme to it, down to the clowns laughing and comedic bombs that will kill you when activated. This is a long range map so I would advise carrying a sniper rifle on you as you’ll find that everyone else does.
Urban is a small part of a city that really suits those who like to get up close and personal with their battles such as shotguners and people who often use SMG’s. It has two long stretches on both sides of the map that get very hairy in a match of Domination or Hardpoint because you’ll be going back and forth with capturing, though it is tense in those situations.
This a generator set in the desert which is the largest map in this collection of maps so assault rifles are advised, however there are a lot of turns and flanking positions which you can use to your advantage when playing objective based modes. There is currently a glitch that I’ve experience where I spawn in spectator mode for a fair amount of time on this map before I start the game and this is the only map that does this.
Drift is set in a ski resort and is the map with the most verticality so you’ll be jumping a lot in this map and having most of your battles on the rooftops in this snowy setting along with close quarter battles in the tight side alleys and buildings on the ground.
This map is really fun only because the zombie mode is rather enjoyable, so if you’re looking for something a bit different in the zombie mode then grab some friends and download this pack.


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