Absolution is the latest bit of DLC content for Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare. It may be almost a year old, but as always Call Of Duty is the game that keeps on giving year after year. The newest DLC hopes to bring people back into the game who may have left since its release in November of last year. Does it succeed in achieving this feat or is this one DLC that should be skipped?
That’s a a surprisingly difficult question to answer, as it really depends on the player. This pertains to those who are heavy on multiplayer or die-hard zombies fan. If you are the later, scroll down to the dedicated ‘zombies’ section of this review. If you are the former, proceed forward as normal. Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s penultimate map pack features four multiplayer maps that will take players across the globe to unique locales, including a re-imagining of an old Modern Warfare 3 favorite.
All of the maps are rather well done aesthetically and format wise. There’s little to gripe about, leaving plenty to enjoy. From Fore’s mini-golf themed map, the biggest of the DLC’s maps, to Permafrost’s more indoor snow-covered atmosphere of a dilapidated building. These maps offer interesting and highly frequented choke points at various sectors of the map. This allows diversity in each play session. Of course, this can be dependent on the game type.
Bermuda is more focused and calculated, with four ways into the main building. This manages to funnel a lot of the action through this area. Players will want to learn the ins and outs of a map like this rather quickly or risk falling victim to someone who has already figured out how to flank your ‘fortified’ position.
Ember is a remake of the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 map, Resistance. In doing so, it brings a new “old world” tone and changes a lot of the little features, but it stays true to what everyone remembers. If you are familiar with the map, you know the house that many players end up in, camped in a corner waiting for unsuspecting enemies to either walk up the ramp or in through the door. This is common once again, and it is still a great place to lie in wait for your foe.
All of the multiplayer maps feel very large scale and worthy of their inclusion. It is by far one of the strongest multiplayer arrays of DLC that Infinite Warfare has offered to date. Variety is the spice of life, and Absolution proves that. Nothing feels redundant or too tight at any point. The maps flow really well and the detail put into each one shows.
Zombies Invade The 1950’s
Zombies has been a staple mode, so of course there is going to be another map included. Players will have a whole new area to run around and discover new Easter Eggs while fighting off hordes of the undead. This time, in ‘Attack Of The Radioactive Thing’, the zombie mode continues the spoof of horror movies and the genre in general. Everything now takes place in the 1950’s and features horror icon Elvira in a cameo role. The story continues to follow the befallen group who have been sucked into weird scenarios wherein they are attacked by zombies.
An interesting little homage is that if you play for a bit solo (and multiplayer), a few waves are in black and white. The characters even comment on this change and eventually you shift back to color. It is a very small, unique, and short-lived event of the new map, but it is entertaining while it lasts. I honestly enjoyed the color scheme so much I wished it was an option to keep it black and white.
After a few waves, the special wave occurs which features pouncing slime creatures that come off as bullet sponges. They are a pain and will show up a few times as you progress, but they are seemingly the only real threat, as the weapons are well laid out. Given the structure of Zombie mode for Infinite Warfare allows players to level up and customize their weapons, those who have gotten this far likely have powerful weapons to take out any shambling zombie they may come across.
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Absolution is an amazing collection of multiplayer maps and a solid zombie outing that will keep players busy for months to come. It may be hard for Infinity Ward to topple this DLC with the final outing of the Season Pass, but one can hope they are able to outdo themselves.
Combining a variety of long range and close quarters maps in Absolution, this DLC manages to create a diverse gameplay experience. Every game will feel different because of this and even the reworked fan favorite Resistance, now named Ember, feels fresh with the new coat of paint. Multiplayer aside, zombie mode pushes the cinema theme with an homage to 40’s and 50’s era horror movies and offers a pleasant deviation from the previous entry, which showcased 80’s horror movie tropes. Every pulse-pounding minute is enjoyable and nostalgic, even if you aren’t familiar with the genre.
9.0 Exploding Headshots Out Of 10
Release Date: July 6th, 2017 (PS4) / August 8th, 2017 (PC, Xbox One)
Available Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Infinity Ward
Disclosure: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Absolution Was Provided By The Publisher For Coverage Purposes