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Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Ascendance DLC Review

RealGamerNewz Advanced Warfare Zombies - Ascendance DLC Review

When we last left off, the Call of Duty Zombies experience was being re-invented through High Moon Studios and Sledgehammer Games very different approach to things. Now that Black Ops 3 has been announced and Treyarch is known to be making another installment to their world of Zombies, the pressure once again shifts back upon Advanced Warfare’s DLC packs as a new piece of Exo Zombies gaming is added with Ascendance. In addition to the second edition of Exo Zombies (entitled Infection), there’s also four new multiplayer maps being added to the competitive online experience. We will go over each of these one by one as well before delving into what the newest chapter of Exo Zombies has to offer.

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Perplex:

A vertical map centering around the grapple and boost Exo Abilities, Perplex is graphically designed to be a very clean looking scene with the ability for very competitive play as its mostly symmetrical and players don’t have many hiding points. Grapple mode is very very fast paced in this map, and without it the gameplay is more about balancing jumping with shooting. Players can be far from each other yet meet up very quickly resulting in a wide variety of gun-play mostly consisting of mid-range firing but also plenty of close quarters and far sighted shooting as well.

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This map is something straight out out of an Area 51-style crash site (hence the name) with wreckage of a space ship all over. It’s possible to accumulate two Super Serums in this map rather than just one – meaning that players can see through walls, without a minimap, and have increased health for a limited duration of time – if they are good enough to get ahold of this. The map has a lot of indoor type of areas that have a four corner feel to them and serve well for Exo Grapple which allows players to swing all through certain regions of the map very quickly.

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Climate:

This map is a play on the Biodome concept in which mankind is making an artificial way to be self-sufficient and have a taste of nature while doing so. The scenery is probably the most vivid color-wise because though there’s a lot of browns and oranges, the hue is cranked up on these to a pleasing shade. Texture quality is pretty decent here and you can see the engine of the game being slightly tweaked to begin adapting to next-gen consoles.

This map is very much rounded compared to the past maps seen in the series. Running around in circles will happen a lot. Bringing down death streaks is very deadly in this map since there’s a lot of out in the open areas and not very many indoor moments. Halfway through playing on the map the water in the dome becomes toxic and since it takes up a large portion of the map players will want to keep that in mind and know when to get out or risk losing their killstreak.

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Chop Shop:

The fourth map included in the DLC is called Chop Shop and represents an underground black market for Exo Suit parts. This map is cluttered with indoor areas which snake around in squared off and diagonal fashion making players tactically keep their guard up for tons of close quarters gun battles. This futuristic ghetto market type of area also features a couple of arena areas on either side of the populated indoors environments. The map is very symmetrical compared to some of the others in the DLC making it much more competitive than most. Chop Shop lends itself well to various objective modes, but only if you have the fortitude to deal with the intensity of close quarters battle.

Advanced Warfare DLC Review - Infection Ascendance

Exo Zombies – Part 2: Infection

Those who felt like the original Exo Zombies map was largely an act of holing up in one room and shooting it out defensively will be happy to hear that the latest edition of Exo Zombies features a much more wide open playing field. The variety of enemies has been increased as well as the map size itself. There’s even another objective layer added to the game in which players must guide other human survivors away from danger – a first for the series. With these tweaks, Exo Zombies’ second stage really attempts to up the ante in terms of both cinematic feel as well as gameplay. But in order to make players actually want to save these new innocents who appear mid-battle, a reward will be given if they are successful.

The mini-boss feel which has been covered widely plays out rather nicely, with environments posing a threat to Zombies as well. This gives players a better balance with more ups and downs rather than a relentless, never changing pace as seen in most Zombies matches. Balancing zombies between the roof and the ground gives players time to really be strategic with taking out the Exo Suit – equipped Zombie known as Goliath which can wipe out your Exo abilities with one hit. Burger Town is a dark and dreary reminder that people once lived here and ate here but now it’s just death consuming all. There’s also a large sewer network underneath the map giving a true amount of variety to what can be experienced in terms of environment. Don’t let the toxic gas kill you either…

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Final Verdict:

Unfortunately players have to deal with plain Core Team Deathmatch or head into the Mosh Pit if they want to experience the new multiplayer maps at the time of this Review. There is no support for the new maps on Hardcore or Domination-only playlists by themselves.  There’s also a new heavy weapon / shotgun hybrid the OHM available, but if you had the Season Pass already then this is just leveling out the playing field by giving it to those against you as well since it was already available to Season Pass holders.

Once again though, similar to last time, the centerpiece of this DLC is really the new Exo Zombies map being offered. Zombies are faster, hungrier, and deadlier than ever in Infection. With way more to do and more places to go as well as more variety with which to approach situations, this is possibly the best Exo Zombies episode yet. It might even be hard for High Moon and Sledgehammer to top this with their third entry, but that will be revealed soon enough.

Developer: Sledgehammer Games / High Moon Studios

Publisher: Activision

Available On: Xbox ONE / Xbox 360

(Coming April 30, 2015 to PS4, PS3, and Windows PC)

Played On: Xbox ONE

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this DLC was provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.

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Our Review of the Havoc DLC HERE

Havoc Point & Shoot Trailer of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Genre(s): First Person Shooter
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Activision
Developer(s): Sledgehammer Games

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Championship Personalization Pack Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Championship Personalization Pack Trailer of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Genre(s): First Person Shooter
Platform(s): Windows PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Activision
Developer(s): Sledgehammer Games
Release Date (NA): November 4th, 2014

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Morning Mash Up – My First Time On Exo Zombies Outbreak Gameplay (From The Lost Archives) [HD]

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This is just a taste for those who don’t want to spoil the later levels yet. I’ll be uploading those later as well. This is from way back when I first played a match of Exo Zombies on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and I had no idea what I was doing. The Outbreak map is great and I’m excited to see more. If you haven’t already, make sure you read my Full Havoc DLC Review. I think this video perfectly demonstrates that anyone can pick up and play the new Exo Zombies mode and that it will be able to have a wider appeal than the previous Zombies modes because of that. Exo Zombies is available as a separate mode to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare upon purchase of the Season Pass on Xbox ONE or the Havoc DLC on Xbox ONE.

>>> Read Our Full Review Here <<<

Developer: Sledgehammer Games

Publisher: Activision

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Outbreak Exo Zombies / Havoc DLC Xbox Review

Call of Duty Exo Zombies RealGamerNewz Review Outbreak Havoc DLC 1

Xbox One Exclusive: At this time no other platforms DLC release date are confirmed. If you haven’t already, go check out our CoD:AW Review to get a feel for where we rank the game overall in the franchise and genre at large. Outbreak is perhaps the most unexpected and now talked about piece of the Havoc DLC, so that’s what this Review will mainly focus around. It is unclear at this time how many new Zombies maps will be released by Sledgehammer Games and High Moon Studios in total – so keep that in mind. That being said, so far their work is impressive.

Outbreak is the first installment in a new mode called Exo Zombies debuting for the first time in the Call of Duty series. This mode combines the Exo Suit abilities of Advanced Warfare while at the same time borrowing a lot of classic gameplay principles from the Zombies modes seen in previous games (World at War, Black Ops, and Black Ops II distinctively). Surprisingly the end result is more fun and enjoyable than expected, even right from the start. Sledgehammer + High Moon take some influence from the co-op survival mode Extinction created in Call of Duty: Ghosts by NeverSoft and grabbed the best of what that mode had to offer in terms of action-based, pick up and play feel. There are a few things that have been dropped from the traditional zombies experience including the need to repair windows. This act of boarding up windows had become a bit overly repetitive in the Zombies series as it were, and now players don’t need to board up windows but can get security such as lasers, turrets, drones, traps, decoys, grenades, as well as many new forms of defense both automated and manual.

The ease of gaining weapon access and upgrading weapons compared to previous Zombies installments is another welcomed change to the formula as Sledgehammer + High Moon’s first excellent entry in the Exo Zombies DLC series begins. Double jumping in the Exo Suit adds another aspect to Zombies as well and players can feel more ready than ever to adapt to it thanks to Destiny. Few games do control set crossovers so well, but the Exo Suit definitely pulls this off.

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This game takes more action based team work rather than puzzle based exploration, pitting players up against an ever increasing set of enemies that seem to take graphic design cues from heavyweights in the survival genre like Resident Evil. This is a very appropriate theme and I’m glad Activision gave the green light for something so dark and satisfying from Sledgehammer Games and High Moon Studios. I’ll admit, I initially had reservations as to whether or not they could do an entertaining zombies mode – but they’ve delivered fun gameplay ten fold to answer that challenge.

Air drops with security drones, ammo, camo, credit from ATM’s for running around the map and keeping a perimeter, getting a good gun quickly, upgrading it multiple times with ease, and getting infected then cured or dying are just a few of the experiences you can expect per second as 60 frames per second hit you on the Xbox ONE Call of Duty Zombies experience that is Advanced Warfare Havoc’s Outbreak Exo Zombies map. This is a straight forward approach to Zombies with less jumping through hoops and more getting into the meat of the action with friends. A couple of decent players who know what they are doing can hold an entire team at least several rounds in until deeper strategy is accomplished by said team – meaning this is a fun pick up and play experience even if you haven’t learned the map yet.

Advanced types of Zombies as players go further and further push the line forward for romanticizing the dark demonic look Activision is getting away with here. We love it. To keep up with increasing zombie health and difficulty players must maintain upgrades as before but now it feels much more balanced and ideal plus a different looking, different acting breed of Zombie every once in a while doesn’t hurt. For people who may have got bored too quickly with the sheer difficulty and a-typical logic puzzle / strategy aspects of past Zombies entries, this new Exo Zombies is definitely going to be more enjoyable for you. For those who loved the never-ending upgrades and murdering Zombies with long-form strategy, there’s none of that missing here – it’s just Easter Eggs aren’t part of the main requirement to play anymore, they’re actually Easter Eggs.

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Lilith is the best playable character by far with the quickest speed, and is played by Hollywood personality Rose McGowan. Every character is pretty interesting in their own way though and has some often hilarious and colorful dialogue, so hearing things like “I fu%&ng hate ATLAS Corporation”, dropping F – bombs, or yelling out “F@&k You!” after rage killing a nearly triumphant horde of Zombies. The top quality acting from its cast makes the game more cinematic and the overall experience maintains immersion because of this.

Many Power-ups and pick-ups exist in the game including but not limited to the DNA Bomb, Full Reload, Rocket Assault Drone, Power Surge (when everything in the game becomes 10 credits, any weapon, anywhere, even mystery boxes), and more. When you open up new areas Zombies find new ways to show up, even though a new round hasn’t even started yet. This keeps even veterans on their toes as they feel its safe, leave a crawler, and run deeper within the map for resource gathering purposes. You still have to pay to open up doors, and exactly which doors you choose to open will dramatically change how many rounds your team survives.

As usual, getting multi-kills, headshots, and using the pistol / stabbing combination early on are essential strategies to starting off with maximum efficiency and the best chance of going the distance. Every few rounds there’s a dog zombies round. Zombies who will bite players and infect them happen every few rounds as well. If this happens to you, get to the Decontamination Pad within 60 seconds to heal or you’re dead. Extra credits for killing zombies w/ Melee, DNA Bomb, headshots, or explosives, especially in combination for multi-kills, are non-stop incentives to the fast paced action.

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As for the deeper strategy breakdown within Outbreak, one player gets a hold of the Nano Machine bubble putting Zombies into slow motion and damaging them while another gets the Drones and decoys them at the same time forcing all of the Zombies to be attracted into this bubble area damage effect while all four players focus LMG (Light Machine Gun) gunfire onto them. All four players should take advantage of reduced pricing from Power Surge when needed in order to quickly gain access to and upgrade weapons of choice.

Pro Tip: Do NOT Open the Administration Wing door with the containment pad on the other side of it if you want to attempt the more straightforward logical strategies most players are familiar with. That means, get on the mic and tell everybody else not to open the door as well. This door actually ends up being the sweet spot and safe zone complete with cure to infection, weapon upgrade, and if not opened this door servers as the only wall and barrier blocking what otherwise becomes a never-ending barrage of Zombies coming up from your team’s behind.

Upgrading weapons over and over is of course the only way to deal with the escalation of Zombie intensity through later rounds. Each upgrade is costly though at 2,500 each. It’s best to get LMG’s or weapons of choice using the Mystery Box (AKA 3D Printer) before upgrading, and also to do the upgrade when out of ammo so it serves as killing two birds with one stone. That being said, it’s even better to wait it out and accomplish grabbing the Full Reload pick-up bonus for the entire team and doing the majority of weapon purchasing / upgrading during Power Surge (similar to Fire Sale from old Zombies modes) that way optimal spending can commence. Use the free ammo and reloading that the game gives you as much as possible and spend on getting the team into proper roles fully geared up that way when the round is over 30 before you know it – everyone is prepared to tough it out for many more rounds in this one spot. It’s unclear what round this spot will be good to, feel free to comment below if you’ve been playing it and have gotten very high.

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Of course, Outbreak is only one part of the Havoc DLC offered for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and while we decided to focus the majority of this 1500 word Review on Outbreak we would be remiss to not mention the additional features of the Havoc DLC pack Available Now on Xbox One.

ALL Included in Havoc DLC Pack:

Co-op Exo Zombies Mode & 1st Map:

  • Outbreak (Starring Rose McGowan, Bill Paxton, John Malkovich, and John Bernthal.)

Competitive Multiplayer Maps:

  • Urban
  • Sideshow
  • Core
  • Drift

New Weapons:

  • Including the AE4 Widowmaker (AE4 controlled energy assault rifle)

Final Verdict:

Ascendance, Supremacy, and Reckoning are still coming to Xbox One first, and this Havoc DLC will eventually be made available for PlayStation and PC platforms, but if you’re fortunate enough to be playing Outbreak on your Xbox One copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare right now you know what I’m about to say. Sledgehammer Games and High Moon Studios have redefined Zombies in a great way. Four multiplayer maps plus new weapons and a masterpiece entry into the Zombies legacy makes for a totally solid value proposition. We hope to see the franchise continue to take this gameplay direction in DLC as well as full games. Our only worry is that this game will mainly be purchased to play this new form of Zombies and there could only end up being 4 maps total created for it. This seems like a problem and admittedly hurt the score a bit of an otherwise great experience, and while we wish Advanced Warfare included more Zombies maps in either the original Advanced Warfare or in these DLC packs, we are still happy to be fortunate enough to experience this creation and compel others to try the same. I applaud Activision for funding titles that are becoming more and more fun with less emphasis on the meticulous parts of play and more on the reward of teamwork and elite success through firepower.

Havoc – Multiplayer DLC Trailer:

Exo Zombies – Outbreak Trailer:

Overall Score: 8.5 / 10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: Sledgehammer Games / High Moon Studios

Publisher: Activision

Available On: Xbox One Exclusive

Xbox One Exclusive: At this time no other platforms DLC release date are confirmed.

Played On: Microsoft Xbox One

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game’s downloadable content was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc DLC Pack Preview [HD 1080P]

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Havoc DLC Pack Preview of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Genre(s): First Person Shooter
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Activision
Developer(s): Sledgehammer Games
Release Date (NA): November 4th, 2014

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Exo Zombies Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Exo Zombies Trailer of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Genre(s): First Person Shooter
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Activsion
Developer(s): Sledgehammer Games
Release Date (NA): November 4th, 2014

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Live Action Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Live Action Trailer of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Genre(s): First Person Shooter
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Activsion
Developer(s): Sledgehammer Games
Release Date (NA): November 4th, 2014

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Memories Pre-Order Trailer [HD 1080P]

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Memories Pre-Order Trailer of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Genre(s): First Person Shooter
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Publisher(s): Activision
Developer(s): Sledgehammer Games
Release Date (NA): November 4th, 2014

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Zombies in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? Yes, But No. Confirmed – Sort Of…

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[Image Credit: Fan Art by SUPERsaeJANG]

Although gamers probably won’t get to play the actual Zombies survival multiplayer mode again until Black Ops 3 (currently rumored, and does not exist on official record), they will have to make due with what is being called the Exo Survival Bonus Wave in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (releasing for PS4, XO, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC on November 2, 2014).

Here’s an image of the enemies that appear in Advanced Warfare and have been sparking all of these Zombies rumors for the game:

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To be clear, it’s really not Zombies gameplay.

It’s a wave of zombies, that appear during a different game mode – that is not Zombies.

For those of you that are hating on me, you should thank me for saving you the $60 if you thought it was Zombies. COD: Advanced Warfare still shows promise as the development teams working on it have implemented many changes on the series formula – but an actual Zombies mode doesn’t exist, just a tease and hint of what may come in future COD games as well as a nostalgic tipping of the hat to Treyarch who is now the series’ ward.

This Zombies wave was discovered by dedicated Call of Duty fans who have obtained an early list of all achievements. For more information about the breaking of this story and how it became confirmed, check out GoodGameBro.com ‘s reveal published today.

COD: Advanced Warfare Trailers / Gameplay:

[Some Info Sourced: CODForum.com via GGB]

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Official Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare – Multiplayer Deep Dive [HD 1080P]

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Bungie + Destiny Accept #IceBucketChallenge and Challenge Call of Duty, George Lucas, and Joel from The Last of Us

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All sales made on the bungie store until September 9, 2014 will see 20% going to charity for ALS research. I did my own Ice Bucket Challenge (here) to raise awareness and money for the research as well after being challenged by Master Frylock AKA TecRev01. Now, Bungie has accepted the IceBucketChallenge and performed it in-game via Destiny. They will now expect the same result from Jonathan Irons, the villain played by Kevin Spacey in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Joel from The Last of Us, and George Lucas assumedly in some sort of theatrical manner. In case you didn’t know, here’s more info below:

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REPLAY THEATER: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Multiplayer Reveal [HD 1080P]

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In case you missed it the first time around, here is the Official Multiplayer Reveal for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in 1080P High Definition below.

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RGN Podcast – EA’s New Subscription Service, COD: Advanced Warfare Reactions, and More

RGN Podcast - September 27

PR Editor Josh and Editor-In-Chief Jon jump in a quick RGN Podcast to discuss today’s biggest video games industry headlines.

  • EA’s New Subscription Service
  • New Assassin’s Creed: Unity Info
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Collector’s Edition
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 Release Date + Pre-Order Bonuses
  • Destiny & Morder Both Hitting Soon (September)

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