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Annihilation Extends Black Ops' Replay Value With Solid New Battlegrounds

As Black Ops' third post-release DLC pack, Annihilation follows the formula set by its predecessors. Four new maps are added to the standard multiplayer fray, and a new zombie experience rounds out the download. We played around with these new battlegrounds today, and they should please fans of the mega-successful shooter.

Hangar 18, Hazard, Silo, and Drive-In are the new maps for standard multiplayer. Set in an Area 51-inspired environment, Hangar 18 features some interesting details like an SR-71, decontamination rooms, a room with an odd floating ball of electricity, and a bodybag that contains a corpse of questionable origin. It's a visually interesting map, and its variety of obstacles and rooms are more conducive to run-and-gun gameplay than they are for sniping.

Drive-In takes place in a nearly destroyed drive-in theater with a 50s aesthetic. It's one of the smaller maps in the Annihilation pack, and it's suited to virtually any play style. You can run and gun amongst the debris piles near the theater screen, or you can perch up in the projection booth and fire on opponents below.

Perhaps the least interesting of the new maps is Silo, a fairly generic battleground that contains missile silos and a small command center. It kind of reminded me of the Bunker area from Goldeneye with less interiors. With the unique locations offered by the other Annihilation maps, this is the least noteworthy for sure.

My favorite of the new maps was Hazard, set on a Cuban seaside golf course. It's the most open of the four, and you'll find yourself shooting over sand traps and golf carts in an effort to take out your enemies. It's uncharacteristically colorful for the Call of Duty series, and interior areas like the bar and practice range help to mix up the rounds.

Treyarch's trademark with their Call of Duty entries has been their zombie modes, and Shangri-La is their newest offering. You'll know what you're getting into if you've played previous zombie maps, but this is still one of the best I've seen. Fun additions like water spouts and mine carts help to spice the map up, and you'll have to keep a lookout for zombie monkeys that want to steal your powerups. There's a lot of space in Shangri-La, making it fairly easy to get separated from your crew if you're not careful. Zombie mode has never really been my thing, but I found myself having more fun with this map than I had with previous efforts.

Black Ops fans most likely know what they're getting into with the Annihilation pack. For $15, it offers three very good maps, one average map, and a solid zombie map. It's well worth it if you're still playing the game over half a year after its release, and it might just get you back into it if you haven't picked it up in a while.

Comments
  • I heard they really close to MW2 maps and weren't really good.
  • Black Ops suck's and these map's suck.
  • 15 bucks is still overpriced. $10 is fairly okay
  • Looks interesting, though frankly, It's all about zombies for me. The other maps are lag infested camp grounds.
  • "Annihilation Extends Black Ops' Replay Value With Solid New Battlegrounds" No it doesn't.
  • from what i saw in the trailer, it basically looked like different parts from already made maps thrown together. i know i'm almost certainly wrong but i have better things to like hanging with my friends

  • The zombie level looks awesome.

  • the only thing good about all map packs for black ops is the zomibes
  • Hmm... I am I the only one that finds the name of the DLC a little odd. First Strike, Escalation, and most recently Annihilation. If there is another DLC pack and it starts with an "R" I want everyone to know that I called it.
  • It's funny that so many people talk *** about cod, but 3/4 of them pick it up every year.
  • I have to say personally, I was getting pretty fed up with Black Ops, but this map pack was really good for me. Some Interesting new multiplayer maps, and a great new Zombie map were enough for me. Yes, a little overpriced, but still a good buy. All in all, some pretty good maps, and enough to keep me going.

  • YAY except i traded black ops in because it was so bad. now i cant wait for modern warfare 2.5 er mw3 that is... whats that, the only thing they are touting is 60 fps? *looks over to BF3* hmmmm. well, i think i know what game i'm waiting for.
  • This maps looks awesome. too bad its overpriced...

  • I felt Black Ops' maps were cramped compared to other CoD's. I've only got First Srike and, to me, it retains that feeling. Anyone else know how the new maps are?
  • i might buy the dlc's when they are at half price... 5 maps no matter how good isnt worth 15 bucks.

  • Stupid Activison and they *** creed.

  • Yea, new maps are awesome, stayed up for it.

  • Yawn..... next.
  • Its worth it imo; the Zombie level is excellent despite it being a maze of cuts, I liked it. And enjoyed the multiplayer matches; the only haters that hate are some underage delinquients who can't afford 15bucks for four maps; WOWzers how do you sound bashing on a map pack that you don't know if it sux or not. We having fun on the live while yall talking trash on GI= have fun nobodys lol
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