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Ghosts: DLC Map Pack 1 – ONSLAUGHT


The highly anticipated DLC Season for Call of Duty: Ghosts has begun! Over the course of 2014, a total of four map packs will be released each adding new and exciting content to the game. The first release is Onslaught, which adds four brand new multiplayer maps to the game AND two brand new weapons which have never before featured in Call of Duty.

The DLC doesn’t even stop there though! This map pack also includes EXTINCTION: Episode 1… Anchoring this first content pack is Episode 1: Nightfall, the first installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative. At a remote facility in the Alaskan wilderness, the shadowy Nightfall Program has been researching the origins of the “Alien” threat.

You can purchase the DLC via the respective store for your platform, for PC this will be Steam, Xbox the Live Store and PlayStation the PSN. Alternately you can purchase the Ghosts Season Pass  which will give you access to ALL four map packs upon their release and save yourself a cool $10!

Ghosts DLC 1 Release Dates:

Xbox 360 & Xbox One: January 28, 2014
PC, PS3 & PS4: Febuary 27, 2014




Ghosts DLC FogThis small to medium-sized map drops you into a dark and eerie campsite set alongside a fog-shrouded lake. You’ll fight through twisting caves, tall grass, and seemingly abandoned structures each providing different gameplay engagements for all types of players. Inspired by classic horror films and terrifying encounters, Fog also harbors a dark secret…


Ghosts Map Pack BayviewSet on a coastal Californian boardwalk, BayView is a small, fast-paced run-and-gun map complete with a quaint trolley bus, providing cover, transport and even a handy moving platform for cleverly placed sentry guns and other Killstreaks. And look out for deadly strikes called in from a Naval Destroyer anchored offshore.


Ghosts DLC ContainmentThis smaller-sized map is set along a dry riverbed in a war-torn Mexican village. At the heart of the map is a small bridge with a truck containing leaking radioactive material. A myriad of abandoned bars, cafes, a church and pool hall provide strong close-quarters combat opportunities, while the elevated rooftop and open riverbed offer vantage points to players who prefer longer range engagements.


Ghosts DLC IgnitionInspired by Scrapyard – the fan-favorite Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2 map – Ignition drops players into an aging space launch facility. With rockets crash-landing into the area of operations, players must be ready for fast run-and-gun combat, leveraging the environment’s debris fields and exposed fuselages for cover. Players can also trigger two different rocket engine tests that send massive jets of fire to incinerate enemy players caught inside their blast radius.

Extinction – Episode 1:

Nightfall - EXTINCTION Ghosts

Anchoring this first content pack is Episode 1: Nightfall, the first installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative. At a remote facility in the Alaskan wilderness, the shadowy Nightfall Program has been researching the origins of the “Alien” threat. When the scientists lose control, a small team of elite soldiers must retrieve the intel and exterminate hordes of savage creatures while surviving a three-story tall terror unlike anything they’ve faced before. Featuring two all-new species of aliens and an exclusive weapon. Episode 1: Nightfall is a fast & frenetic, action-packed continuation of the Extinction experience.

Maverick Assault Rifle & Sniper Rifle:

MaverickOnslaught also arms players with a deadly new addition to their arsenal with the Maverick, a dual-purpose Assault Rifle and Sniper Rifle. Outfitted with a lightweight wood stock and a digital screen display, players can choose to use the Maverick as either an assault rifle or sniper rifle, depending on their tactical needs. As an Assault Rifle the weapon’s fire rate becomes full auto with relatively high damage at range, and as a Sniper Rifle the Maverick sports an advanced scope and a semi-auto rate of fire.


Review: What is the best multiplayer map from Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack 1?

Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack 1, it has been out a while now (for PS3 & Xbox at least!) so hopefully most of us will have got all the ‘Nommy’ content it holds via an ELITE subscription or by purchasing the map pack. Map Pack 1 brings us 6 pieces of brand new content into Modern Warfare 3, four of them are new Multiplayer Maps and two are Spec Ops missions, something which has never before been included in Call of Duty DLC season. Since multiplayer is the portion of the game we are all going to be playing most, the maps for that are likely to be contributing factor on whether to buy the Map Pack.

So whats the best one!?

Before we start, take a  look at the video below which summarises all the maps in the first Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack. It is fair to say that every single map that the first pack includes is unique and a real hoot to play so there really shouldn’t be any maps you are disapointed with, although some are better than others due to certain short comings and problems! 

 We will start by looking at the first piece of content in Map Pack 1, a multiplayer map called Liberation:

Liberation takes place in Central Park: New York Manhattan. It’s a map that many will recognise from real life as it is such an iconic location. The map is a vast, militarized landscape, ripe for long-range sniper and LMG fire, with mounted turrets on either end that lend power to anyone brave enough to expose themselves in exchange for deadly firepower. Two things comes to mind when I think of Liberation: BIG & SNIPERS. Liberation is possibly the biggest multiplayer map in all of Modern Warfare 3 while at the same time being almost completely open on the surface, snipers have access to a huge view across the whole map. While non-sniper classes can get around the map via the dried up lake and certain underground areas, at heart Liberation is a sniping map. That said, the map can work quite well for runner classes which can use the huge map to their advantage to flank behind the enemy snipers and wreak havok!

Visually the map is fantastic, its got a greatn leafy Autumn feel going on. The only down fall to Liberation is that because of its sheer size when playing non-objective based matches such as Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed I rarely find myself in a game which actually reaches the required score. The size of the map casues the game to be slow and frankly quite boring since finding enemies is quite a challange, on objective based games it is great since all players have mutual places to fight for but if you are a big fan of TDM or KC then Liberation probbably isn’t for you.

So Liberation was one of the biggest maps in Modern Warfare 3, what does that mean for the second map Piazza? Thats right! Piazza is one of the smallest maps in Modern Warfare 3 and one word sums it up pretty nicely: INTENSE.

Described as a “very vertical, chaiotic, route map” and designed for those who love to run around and gun people down at close quarters. A great map for tactical gameplay types in which you have to be fast and ready for anything. Piazza is pretty much the oppositve of Liberation, it is not made for snipers at all, if you can manage to snipe in Piazza then I take my hat off to you!

Piazza has lots of verticle combat areas, lots of stairs and lots of chairs! (Eh?) Piazza was a nice little sea side town, where the village folk would spend their days in their plastic chairs in the sun drinking tea! At least until you arrived and started blowing it all up… I really like Piazza because it has so many great combat areas, the verticle-ness of the map is what makes it truly unique and it gives me a great excuse to whip out my SMG! Piazza is great for all game modes so it should appeal to everyone! (Unless you are a full on Sniper)

Next up we have Conent Drop 3, Overwatch possibly my favourite map in all of Modern Warfare 3 at the moment but the winner shall be revealed at the end…

Remember Highrise from MW2? Remember how AWESOME it was? Yeah, Overwatch is just like Highrise and it is just as awesome. Cranes you can climb on & Secret locations? Check. Potential to fall 80 stories to your death? Check! It’s definatley like Highrise!

Shots break out on a construction site atop a New York City skyscraper, 80 stories up. Battle takes place along two levels in a near symmetrical layout, with the central bridge and side routes open to attack from multiple angles. It has 13 thousand square feet of death dealing extravagance, complete with a restaurant, a pent house and loads of sniping nooks and crannies.  Watch your every step, as a lack of boundaries surrounding the perimeter leaves nothing to prevent you from falling far to the ground below to your untimely death!

Overwatch is just fantastic. It is a map which is pretty much even no matter which side you start on, its symetrical in most ways. Overwatch is different to other maps in Modern Warfare 3 because the whole map is two seperate levels, you’ve got the top and the bottom levels (obviously) but each one offers something different. Non-Objective based game modes are an absolute rush, especially at the beginning where all players rush to look down the middle straight at each other and snap up that First Blood achievement! You’ll be firing at the enemy quicker than you do in Dome, so you know it is definatley special.

Unlike Liberation & Piazza, Overwatch will appeal to all players in Modern Warfare 3 becasue it will suit to you no matter your play style. I can easily pull off top score on an Overwatch map with a sniper rifile or with an SMG, when that happens, you’ve got a killer map!

One big frustration with Overwatch though I find is the position of Domination flag B, it is right in the middle of the map and is, at times near impossible to capture since you are exposed to attack from every single angle while you capture it, you’ll be chuffed if you do capture it though but it is definitley a challange!

The final Multiplayer Map in the first collection is Black Box.

Battle beside and through the wreckage of a downed  Air Force One in “Black Box.” Multi-level homes overlook the neighboring streets, creating a deadly kill zone for players on the ground. With clear sight lines from house to house, however, snipers are far from safe, with counter-sniping an ever-present threat to their dominance. Those that prefer close-quarters combat can succeed in the tight confines of the crashed airplane or in hunting down enemies posted up within any of the surrounding homes.

Black Box is another, brilliant addition to Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer because it is so different from the maps currently available, the lovely houses and grass make Black Box great to look at too which is always a bonus! Before I played Black Box I expected a fairly small map but as it turns out Black Box is actually pretty big, on par with Liberation in fact! The difference is though, Black Box works as a big map for all player styles because the map has three main buildings in it which seperate the map well and don’t create huge sniper views. This means Assault rifle and SMG players will love Black Box just as much as everyone else because but snipers still have the best opportunities.

Black Box really does offer everything as a map though, you can have your long range fights outside between houses and your close quarters intense moments inside them! I always think of Black Box like Estate from MW2, just with 3 houses instead of one.

Domination is probbably the best game mode for Black Box since the flag positions are so strategically place, capturing each one requires a different way of approaching and has numerous ways of defending. The only downside to Black Box is it is a very square map, with no underground areas it can feel a little plain at times.

The moment of truth: The Conclusion.

Above we have 4 brand new maps, each one offering something completely different to the Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer experience but for me, one sticks out above all the rest. To summarise:

  • Liberation: Great for snipers but too big!
  • Piazza: Intense SMG fun & fast paced action but very small.
  • Overwatch: Appeals to all players! Falling off the edge can get annoying though!
  • Black Box: Awesome visuals but lacks something special I can’t quite put my finger on!

The map that really shines for me is Overwatch, it just offers so much to the game and works in literally all game modes for all players. There are certain sections of Overwatch where you’ll be fighting the enemy like never before! Visually the whole map is stunning too, you can look off into the distance at the whole of New York city and gaze at is beauty while taking down the enemy in a carefully constructed and tactially thought out map.

If you haven’t got the first Map Pack for Modern Warfare 3 then don’t hesitate about buying it, it is seriously worth it, just for Overwatch!!

Content Collection Map Pack 1 is available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & PC for $15.

What is your favourite map from Map Pack 1 in MW3? Let us know in the comments below.


MW3 Map Pack 1 for PC today with Infected, FFA Gunplay & Drop Zone

After a long wait, the PC Community has finally got access to Map Pack 1, bringing 4 brand new Multiplayer Maps to the game and two brand new Spec Ops Missions. As well the Map Pack the PC community now has access to the community playlist’s which the PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 have had for a good 3 months (Infected, FFA Gunplay & Drop Zone), although this update brings the PC up to speed!

PC Players can purchase the Content Collection Map Pack 1 here via Steam.

Armed with just this one content pack, players can choose between heading to a militarized Central Park in Liberation, destroying scenic vistas in a seaside Italian getaway in Piazza, raining glass on New York passersby from 70-stories-up in Overwatch, and battling beside a downed Air Force One in Black Box.

As if that breadth of multiplayer variety wasn’t enough, fans of Special Ops can hop aboard snowmobiles to infiltrate a diamond mine in Black Ice or head to India, where Negotiator will leave the fate of hostages in their hands.

There will be a new Playlist for the new content, the new community playlist’s which have been added will be under the community playlist section.

Below is the content that will be included, check out each post for information on all the content in this collection.

Drops 1 & 2: Multiplayer Maps Piazza & Liberation.

Drop 3: Multiplayer Map Overwatch.

Drops 4, 5 & 6: Multiplayer Map Black Box & Spec Ops Missions Black Ice & Negotiator.

Price on the PlayStation 3: $15.

PC release date: The first map pack is release date is expected sometime at the end of this week although no final date has yet been set.

Let us know what you think of the new maps! We shall see you on the battlefield soldier.


The long awaited MW3 Content Collection Map Pack 1 coming for PC players on May 8th

Better late than never: The long wait is over! PC players will be able to purchase the first Modern Warfare 3 map pack on the 8th of May 2012. To download visit Steam here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/42695/

Over three weeks after the release of the Map Pack for PS3 users the PC community has finally been blessed with 4 brand new multiplayer maps and 2 Spec Ops missions.

The release date was revealed by Infinity Ward’s official Twitter feed: “#MW3 PC DLC Content Collection 1 available May 8th on @steam_games. Includes 4 Maps for MP and Survival Mode and 2 Spec Ops Missions.”

We have written before about how the PC community is being slowly pushed aside by Activision & Infinity Ward as they seem to be just an after thought, the late release of the DLC & lack of the Call of Duty: ELITE service are prime examples of this.

The map pack will cost $15 and you will be able to purchase it through Steam.

The first map pack for Modern Warfare 3 will include the first 6 content drops that ELITE members have received over the last few months.

Below is the content that will be included, check out each post for information on all the content in this collection.

Drops 1 & 2: Multiplayer Maps Piazza & Liberation.

Drop 3: Multiplayer Map Overwatch.

Drops 4, 5 & 6: Multiplayer Map Black Box & Spec Ops Missions Black Ice & Negotiator.

Price on the PC via Steam: $15.

Let us know what you think of the new maps! We shall see you on the battlefield soldier.


Map Pack 1 for PlayStation 3 non-ELITE players on April 19th, PC is “Coming soon”

Infinity Ward has just revealed on their Official twitter feed that the first Map Pack for Modern Warfare 3 will be released on the 19th of April.

The Map Pack will be available for purchase for all Modern Warfare 3 players on the PlayStation 3.

The original tweet is as follows: “#MW3 Content Drops 4-6 now available for PS3 Elite Premium Members and Collection 1 hitting all PS3 next Thursday, April 19. PC coming soon.”

It is unfortunate that the PC release date has not yet been confirmed, judging from the tweet we assume they are hinting that it will be coming out after the PlayStation 3 which would be a bummer for the PC community which are already at the bottom of Infinity Wards’s priorities.

If I am an ELITE Premium member, do I need to download Collection 1?
No. Collection 1 is intended for players who have not yet subscribed to ELITE. ELITE Premium players already have access to all of this content and can download the first 6 DLC drops at any time.

The first map pack for Modern Warfare 3 will include the first 6 content drops that ELITE members have received over the last few months.

Below is the content that will be included, check out each post for information on all the content in this collection.

Drops 1 & 2: Multiplayer Maps Piazza & Liberation.

Drop 3: Multiplayer Map Overwatch.

Drops 4, 5 & 6: Multiplayer Map Black Box & Spec Ops Missions Black Ice & Negotiator.

Price on the PlayStation 3: 15$