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Pile on those layers and strap your boots tight, we’re heading to the Arctic. A three-lane map on the shelf of a glacier, Fracture challenges players with a shifting layout where the top lane breaks apart mid-match. Fracture is a new multiplayer map from the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Reckoning DLC Pack, available now on Xbox LIVE and coming soon to other platforms.

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Icebreaker

 

The excavation is taking its toll, weakening the glacier’s structure. Partway through the match, the north side crumbles, changing the layout and forcing players to adapt. The shift occurs along the dotted edge on the mini map, so be prepared to move fast or take a different route. At this point, the structure shifts from three lanes to two, so adjust accordingly.

 

From the Outside In

 

Despite Fracture’s small size, snipers and other long-ranged loadouts can still inflict plenty of damage. Buildings on either side of the map offer rooftop vantage points with sights into the center, where enemy players are engaged in constant close-quarters combat. Exploit this when possible, but don’t get too comfortable because they’re likely to come knocking. Consider Overkill for a shotgun secondary to better hold down the territory.

 

Air Support Inbound

 

Despite plenty of cover objects throughout, Fracture has little overhead protection. Blind Eye is key if the enemy calls in air support, while on the other hand Hardline helps you achieve your own Scorestreaks more quickly. On smaller maps like this, there’s a higher chance of landing consecutive kills, and the extra points can mean the difference between earning a Missile Strike or the more powerful Bombing Run. Play smart and rain destruction on your enemies.

 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

 

Consider Low Profile with Blast Suppressor to reduce your pings on the mini map. It’s a small environment, especially after the glacier breaks, and giving away your position unnecessarily can invite unwanted odds against you. Smart and fast Exo Boosting is vital for outmaneuvering foes in close-quarters combat, and staying off the radar when you do you helps greatly in preventing unwanted attention. You don’t necessarily need a Suppressor attachment if you stay on the move, but it doesn’t hurt to have one in reserve if the situation calls for it.

 

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Liberty Island’s seen better days. Following a deadly viral outbreak, the island has been converted into a biological testing facility with tight corners and open spaces for fast-paced, variable gameplay. Quarantine is a new multiplayer map from the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Reckoning DLC Pack, available now on Xbox LIVE and coming soon to other platforms.

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Surprise!

 

While medium in size, Quarantine’s layout is segmented in a way that funnels players into instant conflict at the turn of a corner. Always check your surroundings when changing locations and watch for enemy players emerging from the middle section. Skirmishes get hectic fast there, and attentive players can take advantage of this by taking out wounded targets fleeing from the center.

 

Middle Mayhem

 

The lone tree in the middle grows out of a single pillar rising from the depths. Part way through the match, blast doors surrounding the pillar retract, threatening careless players with a fall to their death. The Satellite Drone spawns here in Uplink, inviting chaotic skirmishes in attempt to capture the ball. Attack enemies along the sides and only rush the center when you’ve got a clear escape, otherwise you risk getting surrounded with little room to move. When possible, accompany a teammate to improve your chances of survival.

 

Pick Your Poison

 

You never know exactly what’s around the next corner, and Quarantine supports a variety of play styles. Shotguns and SMGs dominate the center and tight interior locations, while assault rifles and even snipers can make good use of the open spaces along the perimeter. Come prepared with a variety of weapon options to best approach the current objective or needs at hand. The more flexible your loadout selection, the better.

 

Above and Below

 

With just two levels of verticality, Quarantine encourages plenty of head-to-head skirmishes. While this reduces the threat of overhead attacks, it also makes it more difficult to outwit your opponents. Success here is more reliant on a fast trigger finger and awareness of what’s around you. Consider the Quickdraw and Stock weapon attachments to keep your weapon up and your movement light mid-skirmish. Don’t let up and you might just make it out of this place alive.

 

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The night’s alive in New Baghdad, with a grand downtown view including medium to long-ranged combat across multiple levels indoors and out. Powered plasma lamps light up the district with electrifying possibilities, and the right timing can change the course of a match. Overload is a new multiplayer map from the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Reckoning DLC Pack, available now on Xbox LIVE and coming soon to other platforms.

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Light Up the Night

 

Plasma lamps scattered around the map offer more than just pretty lighting. Halfway through the match, the lamps start charging. Shooting a fully charged lamp blasts nearby enemies, including yourself if you’re too close, so keep your distance. It’s a blessing if you mindfully track their locations and charge state, and a curse if you don’t.

 

Lamps near objectives are particularly important, whether attacking or defending. On the attack, note charged lamps near the objective and try to force defenders to its radius. Grenades really come in handy here, but most importantly, shoot the light as soon as the enemy’s in range. On defense, shoot charged lamps close to your position to temporarily deactivate them.

 

Target Acquired

 

Overload features much open space with medium to long-ranged sight lines. Consider attachments like the Target Enhancer and Advanced Rifling for greater efficiency at range. Match your weapon to the area you’re covering and adjust between different loadout options as needed to best approach any given situation. Defensively, Cold-Blooded is a strong Perk 2 choice, oftentimes giving you the split second needed to gain an advantage over distant enemies.

 

Helping Hand

 

In objective modes, the Remote Turret with the Sentry module offers valuable suppressive fire that can help you lock down bigger spaces with ease. Position away from the sentry to establish crossfire and use cover for added protection. Other strong choices include the Missile Strike and Bombing Run due to Overload’s lack of overhead cover along the perimeter.

 

Supply Drop Incoming

 

Starting August 25th, three new weapons and a new set of Royalty Weapon Variants will become available for Xbox One* users through both Supply Drops and Advanced Supply Drops. Of the new weapons, the M16 offers the greatest long-ranged punch, and each of the new Royalty variants features extended range just beyond the reach of the Elite variant the weapon is based on. This makes them prime candidates for Overload.


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*coming soon to PlayStation 4 and PC.

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Oz has shifted to full-on zombie mode leaving Lilith, Decker, Kahn and Lennox to scramble and find him. The trail leads to the Trident Retreat, an Atlas R&R facility that might just hold the answers they’re looking for. Descent brings the Exo Zombies saga to its epic conclusion in the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Reckoning DLC Pack, available now on Xbox LIVE and coming soon to other platforms. Now let’s go over some tips to get you started:

 

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A Warm Welcome

 

It sure looks inviting, but there’s something sinister going on at the Trident Retreat. As with all Exo Zombies maps, the more familiar you are with the environment, the better off you’ll be in hectic firefights. Familiarize yourself with each area: note where the power switches are located, as well as weapons, upgrade stations, Exo Abilities, and the 3D Printer. Find out where each teleporter takes you, and know where to go if you need to slow down and fight the horde.

 

Bring the Pain with New Weapons

 

The Trident Retreat’s 3D Printer holds the schematics for two new weapons: the Blunderbuss and the Trident. Zombies collapse under the sheer damage of the Blunderbuss, but the tradeoff is a painfully slow reload. It serves best as a powerful secondary weapon when combined with Exo Reload. Get up close, fire, create distance while reloading, and repeat.

 

Take the Trident, no questions about it. Its projectiles ricochet, bouncing off walls and slamming into nearby enemies. Against large groups it’s indispensable; just shoot the wall and let the homing mechanics take care of the rest. This allows you to focus on movement instead of careful aiming. Make the Trident an upgrade priority and your team will thank you for it.

 

Decimate Zombies with the Goliath

 

Overwhelmed and overrun? Check for the on-screen Goliath icon. If it’s there, take the staircase in the Galleria to reach the Tidal Generator. Look for the drop on the rooftop above Exo Health. If it’s not there, hop into the nearby teleporter and check the Landing area. Equipped with rockets, a minigun, and a long timer, the Goliath suit decimates Zombies. As an added bonus, you can still activate teleporters while wearing it. Quickly find your teammates and lock down the round.

 

Round 13

 

Oz isn’t playing around, and he’s got some tricks up his sleeves. Preparation is key. Save some points coming out of Round 12, hold onto any Orbital Care Packages you’ve picked up, and get your hands on some good weapons, grenades, and Exo Abilities. And when you do face Oz? That’s for you and your teammates to figure out. Pay attention to your environment, watch each other’s backs, and don’t let up. Using strong teamwork, you might just survive. Maybe.

 

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Pro Tips – Swarm

Posted by AdvancedWarfareNews Aug 13, 2015

Battle erupts on the bustling streets of Seoul, South Korea, and you’d better take cover fast because this is a hot one. Welcome to Swarm, a confined shopping center that rewards the fastest and smartest tacticians. Swarm is a new multiplayer map from the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Reckoning DLC Pack, available now on Xbox LIVE and coming soon to other platforms.

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Keep Your Cool

 

On a small map like Swarm, it’s tempting to chase down every enemy you see, it’s a risky tactic that often backfires. Slow it down for your first few matches, and take the time to learn the landscape. Once you have a good feel for the layout, it’s much easier to determine when you should boost and pursue, and when it’s better to take cover and let them come to you. For added advantage, consider the UAV Scorestreak with the Extra Assist Points Module for a clearer view of enemy movement along with a nice score boost while active.

 

Controlled Chaos

 

Weapon choice greatly determines where you’ll be most effective, and it’s a good idea to have a variety of options on hand to best engage the current objective. The middle building can get busy fast, so take a shotgun for its punch or an SMG for its handling and speed. Equipping Exo Shield, Exo Stim, and/or some grenades doesn’t hurt either.

 

Along the perimeter, expect assault rifles and other mid-to-long ranged weapons. Hug the walls when advancing in case you need to boost back to cover, and keep an eye on the mini-map for targets dropping out of the middle building. The recently released Blunderbuss and STG44 are great options for these roles. While slow to reload, the Blunderbuss inflicts massive damage at close range, and the STG44 provides reliable, accurate firepower.

 

Fear the Drone Swarm

 

Equip the Orbital Care Package for a chance to earn the powerful Drone Swarm map-based Scorestreak. Rain terror on the enemy team with explosive drones at your fingertips. Fire to release a few at a time that detonate on contact. Naturally, this forces the enemy indoors to avoid attack, which makes a well-timed Drone Swarm particularly effective against outside objectives as well as flag/satellite carriers.

 

Flank and Repeat

 

In modes with stationary objectives like Hardpoint and Domination, players can quickly gather for greater control over an area. If you’re not there first, it’s difficult to break a team’s hold, but you can increase your chances by playing smart and exploiting their flank. Don’t always take the most direct route, but the most efficient one. The more unexpected your arrival, the more the odds will be in your favor, especially against greater numbers.

 

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The London cityscape beckons, but first there’s a score to settle on the water. Welcome to Parliament, featuring a military cargo ship docked on the River Thames. Parliament is a new multiplayer map from the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC Pack, available now on Xbox LIVE and coming soon to other platforms.

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Check Your Peripherals

 

Massive and intricate, Parliament might at first seem like a maze, but with some practice you’ll soon recognize its myriad possibilities. In Capture the Flag, movement and direction are everything, so consider equipping the Peripherals perk for a wider perspective of the field. Plan your routes and the points will follow.

 

Missing, Missing!

 

When your flag is taken, you can’t score. It’s a basic concept that sometimes gets lost in the heat of the match. In a large environment like Parliament, it’s vital that you track down enemy flag carriers. There’s nothing worse than waiting at base to turn in a flag that’s locked out. If you’re near the enemy carrier, go after them.

 

Right About…Now

 

Equip the Orbital Care Package and thanks us later. Parliament offers the possibility of the map-based Skylight Rocket scorestreak, and it’s a good one. Mark the spot and a barrage of missiles come raining down over your enemies. Time it to take out an enemy flag carrier or to assist an ally at a crucial moment.

 

Keep Swinging

 

Capture the Flag is a different game in the Exo Grapple playlist, and fast movement affects the score greatly. The exoskeleton powers multiple grapples, so chain them together to traverse long distances in a short amount of time. Always watch for shortcuts and use your grapple to keep ahead of the opposition.

 

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A faithful re-imagining of the fan-favorite Highrise multiplayer map, Skyrise combines futuristic exoskeleton abilities with a classic multiplayer environment. Skyrise is a new multiplayer map from the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC Pack, available now on Xbox LIVE and coming soon to other platforms.

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Classic Map, New Systems

 

Just like its predecessor, Skyrise features a dangerous middle section with multiple cover points bookended by two sniper-friendly buildings. Unlike its predecessor, however, players have access to all the futuristic advantages of Advanced Warfare’s arsenal, which makes for a completely new and updated match experience. Take advantage of this and you’ll be one step ahead of players stuck in the past.

 

Step Up, Snipers

 

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, snipers can’t help but set their sights across Skyrise’s long middle section. Luckily, there’s plenty of cover and multiple routes you can take to steer clear of long-range fire. The trick is to always consider which sight lines you’re exposed within, and to avoid the most dangerous ones in the current situation. If you’re sniping, watch for slip-ups and then go for the shot.

 

Reposition As Needed

 

Without clearly separated lanes of travel, it might seem like enemies are coming from every which way in Team Deathmatch, but you’ll start to get a hang of various movement patterns after a few matches. At that point, strategy centers more on knowing when to engage and when to reposition and attack from a different angle. Always consider your options to improve your chances of winning skirmishes.

 

Exo Grapple Destruction

 

Many possibilities exist in such a densely constructed map, and smart movement in the Exo Grapple playlist can provide the edge to keep your team in the lead. In the middle, consider any of the various platforms overlooking the ground level. In either building, use your grapple to stick toward the ceiling and surprise enemy players not paying attention to their surroundings.

 

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This is where the best come to train, and it’s your turn to impress. Welcome to Compound, a small Atlas training facility in the Colorado wilderness. In these tight quarters, Domination provides a true test of skill, so let’s cover the basics. Compound is a new multiplayer map from the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC Pack, available now on Xbox LIVE and coming soon to other platforms.

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Adjust for Scale

 

Grenades, shotguns, SMGs, the new M1 Irons: all good options when competing in a small environment. With so much activity, you have to make your shots count, quickly moving from one target to the next. Toss a grenade when closing in on a flag, and then blast defenders escaping its radius, and vice versa for defenders. Equip the Missile Strike Scorestreak with the Hellfire Missile Module for maximum damage when you’re on a roll.

 

Blast Resistance

 

It’s a good idea to have an extra loadout with heavy blast resistance, especially if the other team starts getting grenade happy. Turn the tables with Flak Jacket, Blind Eye, and Hard Wired so you can capture flags with as little interruption as possible. For even more defense, equip the Exo Trophy System along with the Tactician Wildcard if you’re in the Exo Grapple playlist.

 

Speed Runs

 

The best players learn to push their exoskeleton to the limit, and Compound is a great map to improve your movement abilities. With timing and creativity, you can zip from flag to flag in a flash, especially in the Exo Grapple playlist. Sometimes, moving with reckless speed is the best strategy, and the faster you move, the more opportunities you’ll have to dislodge the competition.

 

Tug-of-War

 

Playing Domination is similar to a game of tug-of-war, but the stakes are raised on a small map like Compound. Don’t get too comfortable if your team is in the lead, because a few smart plays can turn things around in an instant. On the other hand, don’t get discouraged if you’re down. Find a teammate, push for a flag in unison, and turn the tide in your favor.

 

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They killed Oz, and packed up his body like cargo. Who are these Sentinels, anyway? And why is this Captain Lennox holding us hostage? The Exo Zombies story continues with Carrier in the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Supremacy DLC Pack, available now on Xbox LIVE and coming soon to other platforms. Great rewards and greater risks lie ahead, so let’s give you a helping hand:

 

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Watch My Back

 

Obvious enough in any situation, but it’s particularly imperative with Carrier. The match begins with the group split in pairs. If you don’t watch out for each other, you risk getting stuck in a bad solo situation. Stay alert and then rethink your strategy when the whole team meets up. Not sure where to start? Open a path to Cargo and suit up.

 

Grenade Disposal

 

When you’re not using your grenades to blow off limbs, gamble for some extra spending money using the Armory’s Grenade Disposal. It’s fun to watch and can net up to 1,000 additional points at the cost of a measly grenade. Use it to build points when your primary grenades are at max capacity, especially in the earlier rounds. And trust us, with all the new goodies in the 3D Printer, every bit counts.

 

Great Rewards

 

Carrier ups the ante with a full array of new, helpful items. Scorestreaks include Sentinel support squads and a crowd-control turret that cripples zombies caught in its waves. The new Stockpile Exo Upgrade increases your grenade and ammo carrying capacity, and new gadgets like teleportation grenades and the unwieldy but deadly LZ-52 Limbo await your discovery in the 3D Printer. Combine all that with the Open Fire or Explosive Touch power up, and you might just get out of this place alive. And we’ve only just scratched the surface.

 

Greater Risks

 

If there’s ones thing you can count on, it’s that all these benefits are included for a reason: Carrier’s a dangerous place. Some of the zombies on board – including dogs and more – can teleport in rapid succession as they close in for the kill. If that’s not horrifying enough, aggressive Atlas strike teams are boarding the ship, and toxic gas bombs threaten to contaminate whole areas if you don’t defuse them in time. And all the while, Oz is still carrying on. What are they doing with him anyway?

 

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Arm up with a new batch of weapon variants now available on Xbox One.

 

First up are five non-akimbo variants of the SAC3. Each of these weapon variants feature a single SAC3 submachine gun for precision ADS targeting.

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Also available are 10 Royalty Elite variants. Dressed in the same purple and gun-metal camouflage as the Grand Master Prestige armor, these weapons feature similar stats to the Elite versions of weapons you already love.

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While opening your Advanced Supply Drops, keep an eye out for some of the other recently released items as well, such as the 10 M1 Irons variants and outfit items from five new gear sets (Enlightened, Neuro, Passionate, Punk, and Thermal).

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An alien spacecraft has crash landed in the shadow of Mt. Rushmore, USA, and our enemies are already en route to discover whatever technology may still be intact. This week, we’re looking at Uplink on Site 244, a new multiplayer map from the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC pack, available now on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation®Network, and PC.

 

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Know Your Lanes

 

Site 244 is big, and as with all big maps, it’s vital that you stay focused and keep moving toward the objective. With three distinct lanes of travel, in and around the alien fuselage, there’s a lot of room for the satellite drone to get tossed around, and you want to stay on top of it without blindly rushing out in the open. Pay attention to the various angles, objects, and shortcuts along each lane to better anticipate movement and make smart decisions when rushing the drone.

 

Out of Bounds

 

With such a wide stretch of land between the two uplink stations, pushing back the enemy team can feel like an uphill battle as they close in on your territory. If they catch you on the back foot, focus on getting your hands on the drone and tossing it out of bounds for a reset. Just be prepared for another big fight in the bottom lane as both sides attempt to capture the reset.

 

Better Odds

 

Site 244’s map-based Super Serum does wonders for your Uplink playing ability. Obtained through chance via an Orbital Care Package, the Super Serum momentarily gives a slight boost to your total health, and even more importantly, highlights enemy movement through walls and cover. Consider the Better Odds Module (+200) to increase your chance of acquiring the serum. If you’re on the attack, save the serum until you grab the drone, providing great insight toward the path with the least resistance.

 

Grappling? Go Heavy

 

In the traditional, non exo-grapple playlist, it’s important to gear up based on the role you’re playing. Playing defense? By all means, bring out the heavy-hitters, but you’ll need to stay light if you’re attacking and hope to keep up with enemy drone carriers. With Exo Grapple, however, you’ve got a bit more room to experiment. As long as you’re using the grapple to stay mobile, you can risk carrying around a heavier weapon, such as Ascendance’s deadly Ohm.

 

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With such beautiful weather, it’s no wonder the city is expanding. This week, we’re looking at Domination on Perplex, a modular apartment complex undergoing construction in Sydney, Australia. Perplex is a new multiplayer map from the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC pack, available now on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation®Network, and PC.

 

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Don’t Fear the B Flag

 

With the A and C flags easily accessible on the first floor, it can be tempting to avoid the fray and stick to the lower levels. While this can be a valid strategy, your team will be at a disadvantage if the B flag is left in enemy hands. While securing the top floor is no easy task, it provides a great vantage point over the middle and offers great sight lines to A and C. Make use of that Exo Grapple and put up a fight.

 

Check Your Corners

 

With the B flag commanding so much attention in the middle, it’s easy to neglect the advantage of the map’s corner buildings. They don’t offer much room to maneuver, but with a Suppressor and Low Profile, you can stealthily take out enemy players from the sidelines. They’re also good for interrupting players running toward A or C.

 

Stay Clear of Moving Structures

 

Battle or not, these construction drones just keep humming away. In such a close-knit map, it’s important to utilize every bit of the environment. Halfway through the match, drones will attach their cargo on the right side of the map, slightly changing sight lines. More importantly, take note of the solo drone that flies in after this change; it provides a great view of the top and bottom floors.

 

Bombs Away

 

With such clear skies, it would be a crime not to call in some aerial support. Having trouble with that B flag, or getting swarmed from the open middle? Equip Bombing Run with the Flares Module, or the XS1 with Extra Time to land a devastating blow to enemies in the open. Wipe them out, rush to B, and prepare for a counterattack.

 

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They call it a utopia, but disaster is about to strike. This week, we’re exploring Climate, a lush biodome promising intense Hardpoint matches. Climate is a new multiplayer map from the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC pack, available now on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation®Network, and PC.

 

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Use Every Avenue

 

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All possible Hardpoint locations on Climate.

 

While Climate isn’t a very large map, it has a lot of open space. When attacking the Hardpoint, analyze every available route. If you’re only pushing from one angle, the defenders are going to have an advantage over you. Instead, disorient them by watching your teammates’ movement on the mini-map and utilizing a different attack route. With so many platforms available, consider attacking from a height advantage as well.

 

Be Versatile With the OHM

 

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The OHM, Ascendance’s two-in-one directed energy weapon, works particularly well on this map, especially on Hardpoint. The LMG provides a powerful long-range option when attacking players in the open, while the shotgun shines in defensive situations. As you learn the map, you’ll get a better idea of when to switch between the two firing modes for greater effect.

 

Avoid the Water

 

Initially, stepping foot in the biodome’s waterways simply slows your movement, a strong enough disadvantage on its own. Halfway through the match, the water filtration system corrupts, spilling dangerous chemicals into the streams. From this point, the tainted water not only slows but also damages and disorients players. It’s in your best interest to avoid contact at all costs. Take advantage of Climate’s platforming potential to stay safe and take out stragglers below.

 

To Grapple or Not

 

Climate’s environment plays very different between the Exo Grapple playlist and the regular playlist option. Using a grapple, players can navigate the map very quickly, and more easily avoid the water. Because of this, however, it’s also easier for enemy players to get around you when they’re rushing a Hardpoint. Without the grapple, you need to be more conscious of your movement; if you don’t have a plan, you’re likely to get caught out in the open.

 

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Now that we know what they’re capable of, every military group out there is eager to get their hands on the exoskeleton. The latest supplier? A black market operation right in the middle of the city. This week, we’re looking at Chop Shop, a new Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare multiplayer map in the Ascendance DLC pack, available now on Xbox LIVE and coming to PlayStation®Network and PC on April 30th. Now let’s get to it.

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Avoid Tunnel Vision

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Splitting the map directly in half, Chop Shop’s center area sees a lot of action, and you can expect there to be plenty of tag trading from players crossing back and forth. As you can see above, however, there’s ample room on both sides, with each wing mirroring the other’s layout. When the center gets hot, stick to the side and cut off enemies en route to the middle. Grab their tag and reposition to avoid retaliation.

 

Stop Them in Their Tracks

 

Call in an Orbital Care Package on Chop Shop for a chance to earn the map-based Advanced Repulsion Turret scorestreak. This placeable sentry continuously stuns and damages enemy players entering its energy field, making it a perfect means to cover your back or lock down an entryway. With multiple routes in every location, however, it’s best to keep an eye on the turret and take out enemies attempting to dislodge it from another angle.

 

Get Hooked

 

The pace really picks up when playing Kill Confirmed in the new Exo Grapple Playlist. Blindly rush after tags and you’re likely to get taken out by powerful close-quarters attacks. Instead, plan your escape ahead of time, utilizing your grapple to get out fast after nabbing tags.

 

If you get caught face-to-face, launch your grapple to land an instant kill. It takes some practice, but can be lethal in the right situation. Lastly, once you’ve really got a hang of the grapple movement, equip the Overcharged perk for an additional hook shot before recharging.

 

Don’t Let Up

 

Whether you’re in the Exo Grapple Playlist or not, constant mobility is vital. The more engagements you’re in, the more opportunities you’ll have to score points. Even without a direct skirmish, Chop Shop’s confined indoor locations are ripe for missed tags. Consider perks like Lightweight and Fast Hands, as well as the Quickdraw Grip and Stock attachments, to keep you light on your toes as you stock up on confirms and denials.

 

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Somehow, they made it out alive, but Oz, Kahn, Lilith, and Decker are far from a safe return. The zombies have escaped the Atlas research facility and are directing their attack at America’s most beloved franchise: Burger Town. This Exo Zombies episode in the Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC Pack introduces new zombies, new traps, a new weapon, and much more. Here are some tips to get you started:

 

Study the Map

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Just like in Part One, Exo Zombies Part Two provides a mini-map including essential details about the environment. Take some time to internalize the location of each Exo Ability and key items like the 3D Printer, weapon upgrade station, and decontamination zone. The more you know about the environment, the better prepared you’ll be to execute an upgrade strategy.

 

One Too Many

 

There’s nothing like a good Burger Town milkshake and cheeseburger, and the new Goliath Zombie will do everything in its power to keep you away from his favorite meal. Form up and focus fire the armored brute, and do whatever you can to keep out of his massive hammer’s attack range. He doesn’t go down easy, so you’ll need all the power you can get.

 

Expanding Arsenal

 

In addition to Infection’s powerful new Magnetron weapon, the CEL-3 Cauterizer from Outbreak is also present in Part Two’s 3D Printer, giving you a better chance of picking up a heavy hitter. These two weapons pack a huge punch, especially at close range, making them ideal choices when navigating those tight corners below.

 

Train Your Zombies

 

When you’re not snaking through the sewers, Infection’s above ground environment offers ample breathing room, especially near Burger Town. Use the open space to your advantage by looping around and forcing the zombies into a group behind you. Boost ahead to create some space and then turn around and blast them. Once they close the distance, boost back and repeat. Just be on the lookout for stragglers trying to cut you off from the front and sides.

 

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There’s plenty more to the new Exo Zombies map, but discovering it for yourself is a huge part of the fun. Use these tips to get off to a strong start, then start exploring and experimenting. As always, keep up with the latest Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare news by following us on Facebook (Call of Duty and Sledgehammer Games), Instagram, and Twitter (@CallofDuty and @SHGames).

 

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