My "Annihilation" Review

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After quite a break between "First Strike" and "Escalation," the one between "Escalation" and "Annihilation" was much shorter. In what felt like no-time, a third Black Ops map pack was released. How does it compare to the first two?

Drive-In: 4/5 This map has a feel, to me, quite similar to that of "Trailer Park" from Modern Warfare 2, and somewhat like "Firing Range" from Black Ops as well. Treyarch says they added this map due to the popularity of "Nuketown," but I don't really see any resemblance. "Nuketown" is a super-tiny map, and "Drive-In" seems to be at least twice that map's size. Anyway, "Drive-In" is the smallest map from the pack, and it's really a good bit of fun. As the name states, it takes place at a drive-in movie theater, with a whole bunch of different areas to go into including food stands, and an arcade. Above average map, but nothing that'll make you **** yourself.

Hangar 18: 4.5/5 I can just tell you right now, this is the best map of the pack. It's not so much that Hangar 18 is super unique, but it's laid out very nicely, and there are just some nice areas in and around the map. Another nice thing about "Hangar 18" is that it'll cater to pretty much anyone's play-style - there are a few areas to snipe, there are some medium range areas for those who use **** rifles like myself, and there's also the hangar itself, which is close-quarters for those who use SMGs and shotguns. "Hangar 18" is, to me, is a good example that mapmakers don't need to try too hard to create a winner.

Hazard: 4/5 Treyarch states that this map was inspired by "Cliffside" from World at War, although the maps are really unlike each other, aside from the fact that they have a cliff. "Hazard" takes place on a golf course in Cuba. This is most definitely a map for snipers - it's a large, mostly open map, with several areas that are just screaming for snipers to sit near them. "Hazard" is a pretty solid map, but its absolute biggest downfall is the fact that the majority of the center of the map is pointless if you want to actually survive. To get around the map effectively, you'll have to run almost in a giant circle, unless you want to risk getting killed running through the golf course.

Silo: 3.5/5 In the video preview, "Silo" looked and was said to be the biggest map in the game. Uh, no. While it's a pretty large map, "Silo" is probably about the size of the on-disc maps "Array" or "Crisis." Immediately in the screenshot showing the map before the game started, I thought this looked like Black Ops's version of Modern Warfare 2's "Quarry" ... a fairly large map with different levels to walk up, as well as its share of buildings. "Silo" isn't a MISERABLE map, but it's definitely the weakest of the four. It's also not helped by it's pretty bland, grey appearance, and the fact that you'll find yourself almost exclusively in and around area D3 on the mini-map. Essentially, that's where you'll find both teams - in Team Deathmatch - trying to camp.

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Since I haven't played "Shangri La", the Zombie map, just yet, I can't give this a fully accurate review. But excluding that, Annihilation is a pretty decent map pack. "Hangar 18" is far and away the best map here, but both "Drive-In" and "Hazard" are also worth playing. While "Silo" is a blah map at best, it's hard to expect every map in a pack to be very good or better. For $15, you're getting 4 maps that offer great variety: golf course, a drive-in movie theater, an aircraft hangar, and a Russian silo place dealie - varying in sizes as well. The multiplayer maps in Annihilation aren't the greatest of the current three choices available for Black Ops, but I'd still recommend downloading them.

4/5

 

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Agreed with Silo it's kinda like a mixed Array with a touch of launch minus the snow.

Hazard is exactly the same as Cliffside. Even the bunkers and the waterfall are in the same locations... Cliffside is what Hazard will look like after it's been blown up.

Guess I didn't get enough WaW playtime.

[quote user="OrdealByFire"]

Guess I didn't get enough WaW playtime.

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No biggie. I did enjoy Silo more than you seem to though. And I found Drive-In to be slightly disappointing. It may depend on the game type you're playing. May I ask what you played to rate the maps? I strictly stuck to HCTDM yesterday evening.

 

My views:

  • Silo -
  • Hazard -
  • Hangar 18 -
  • Drive-In -

 

Overall, my thoughts are that it's the best map pack for this game yet.

I did TDM.

Maybe it's the people I was playing with or something.

[quote user="The Junior V"]

Hazard is exactly the same as Cliffside. Even the bunkers and the waterfall are in the same locations... Cliffside is what Hazard will look like after it's been blown up.

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It has the same angles and stuff but it's not all the same. They completely messed up the mausoleum which was the top spot to hold on cliffside. The front entrance is about 3 times bigger than what it use to be and there's nothing in the middle, on the bottom floor, to use as cover anymore like there use to be. I like it everything else, though. You can still c4 people in the tower, tree house whatever you wanna call it from behind like you could on waw. I've got a few kills like that and it's funny, because nobody remembers it or they never ever played waw so they don't expect it. 

I probably got 12 hours of playtime into WaW, tops. Didn't get much more than that in MW2.

My opinion ,

Hazard - - Great for sniping but its not the best map for AR's or SMG's , As there is only really two ways to manouver around the main field

Hanger 18 - - To put it in short I love this map!

Silo - - Between the camping and the dull colours its a boring play.

Drive-In - [/] - I dont particularly enjoy playing on this map as there has been alot of Flak Jacket campers.(In my experience)

Shangri-La - - My favourite out of all the zombie maps.

Similar to me

I have only played a couple of games of Shangri-La.  I am looking forward to getting more time in.

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