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Call of Duty Black Ops Annihilation Review

Call of Duty Black Ops  Annihilation Review
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Game Name: Call of Duty Black Ops Annihilation
Platforms: Xbox Live Marketplace, Playstion Network
Publisher(s): Activision
Developer(s): Treyarch
Genre(s): Shooter, Action
Release Date: July 26, 2011
ESRB Rating: M

Annihilation was recently released as a DLC for COD:BO on the 28th of June for the Xbox 360 for 1200MS points and will be released a month later for the PS3 and PC. Annihilation is the 3rd DLC offering 4 new multiplayer maps and a new zombie mode map.

 

Firstly the new multiplayer maps are Hazard, Silo, Hangar 13 and Drive-in.

 

Hazard – is a remake of the classic World at War map Cliffside.

It’s based on a luxury resort golf course in Cuba and you actually fight on a golf course. It’s great for sniping along the golf course but also has good opportunities for the run and gunner to go along the sides. Hazard has a similar lay out to Cliffside but has a different feel to it when playing.

 

 

 

Hangar 18 – is based on area 51 in Nevada. This map is medium sized with a sr71 right in the middle of the map. You can fight on top of the sr71 or underneath it. Hanger 18 has a ester egg involved which was inspired by a viral video that was made and put on YouTube on November 8th called “Floating Apple”

 

 

 

Drive-in – is a small map inspired by Nuke town. They wanted to make another small map that would get you into battle within seconds of spawning. They seem to have learnt from their mistakes with the spawning from Nuke town and didn’t make the map to small as it would mean difficulties with spawn locations.

 

 

 

 

Silo – has been called the “rule breaker map”. It’s a large map with good sniping opportunities but also some buildings for close combat for the gun and run players.

 

 

 

 

Now on to the new zombie mode map. This map is called Shangri-La , It is set in the jungle where there is a lost temple. Not only does this come with 5 new achievements worth 150 gamer score but also introduces new zombies. You have your normal zombies that look like stranded humans then you have the new zombies which are called the shrieker and the napalm zombie.

 

 

The shrieker zombie has white skin and shrieks when near you to affect your vision. He will only start attacking when he has shriek’d. If you manage to kill him while affected you will get yourself the achievement “Blinded by the fright” which is worth 30 points.

 

 

The napalm zombie is easy to spot. When it appears it comes from a ball of flames out of the ground. When you get to close to this zombie your screen will start to turn red as you burn and if you get really close he will blow himself up. If you manage to keep your distance and kill the napalm zombie without any of your teammates taking any damage you will get the achievement “Zomb disposal” which is worth another 30 points.

 

 

Along with the new zombies and achievements there is a new gun called 31-79 JGb215 which is a very random name for a gun, but of course there is also an achievement involving this new gun. If you shoot all different types of zombies with this gun you will get yourself the achievement “small consolation” which is worth 10 points. This gun can only be found through the mystery box and is extremely rare.

 

 

A new addition to this map is when a power up is dropped by one of the zombies (such as double points or max ammo) a monkey will come along and pick it up and run away. This is good if you don’t want the power up that is there, you can let the monkey come get it and when it changes while the monkey is carrying it kill the monkey when the one you want is shown. (You need to shoot the monkey with the 31-79 JGb215 to get the achivement small consolation)

 

Treyarch has followed up nicely from “Call of the Dead” by having another easter egg in this map.This eater egg makes you go back to the past to change the presant to do certain things and ofcourse when you complete the easter egg you will get yourself a  achievement woth 75 points which shows you how complecated this is.

 

Trayarch has tried to make more people work as a team with this new zombie map as you must have 4 players to complete the easter egg and everyone in the lobby must work together to get the pack a punch to be accesable.

 

After playing around on all the new maps and having a look at the floating apple in hanger 18 we am very happy with the new maps and bonus’ .A classic WAW map coming back as a golf course, maps that give a chance to snipe and go around the sides with the AK47-U. And a great new zombie mode map with an amzing easter egg that will keep you going for hours.

 

Now we are just waiting for the next DLC as there is a lot of speculating going on as treyarch put “the golden rod” from call of the dead in your inventory when you are playing shangri-la. So does this mean you need to combine the golden rod and the  focusing stone in the next DLC?…

 

 

Game 2 Gamer’s Final Score 4 / 5

 

Frustration Level : Depends how much you suck.

53 Comments

  1. GreyTemplar says:

    Great review, and even better are the screenshots. Really sells the DLC well!! <3 GJ as always guys.

  2. Jason K. says:

    Maps look great and this one I might finally start doing some zombie killing too!

  3. sfrsebastian says:

    Nice review, i would love to play shan gri la, looks so awesome

  4. Nicolas C says:

    The new zombies map seems to be amazing.. Also the producers made maps for different type of players; silo a map for those sniper players & drive in for those that love small maps, and even maps with history such as hazard and hangar 18.

  5. Raj says:

    I think this the best map pack by far I really hope I can win a dlc code for ps3 for this map pack.

  6. Rosie says:

    Love the review! 🙂 The maps all look really colourful ^^

  7. dragon290513 says:

    Great review! Cant wait to try those maps out myself!

  8. Dave Bartlett says:

    I was watching videos for shangri-la today. There is a big easter egg hidden in that map. It’s going to be some crazy times trying to unlock it though. Otherwise, the map pack looks solid. I can’t wait to get it.

  9. CherryRasulka says:

    I have such a hard time on Shangri-La for some reason, I love Hanger 18 though, that one is fun

  10. dowen360 says:

    lmao love the “frustration level – depends how much you suck” classic

  11. montow says:

    if i could win this i would play with yah =D . I would love to try out hazard

  12. Jason says:

    The zombie level looks pretty wicked. Hazard is also a cool looking map. Nice detailed review on this map pack.

  13. Austin M says:

    I can’t wait to play this map pack! Silo and hanger 18 look so amazingly epic, I love this review, it makes me look forward to playing it! Great job! 😀

  14. Clayton Silva says:

    Really good review! I want this pack !

  15. Zyna says:

    I wanna play the Zombie mode!!!

  16. Travis says:

    Nice review of the DLC. It’s mix of well thought out sentences, with humor and interesting images. 5/5
    ….I just did a review on a review…not good.
    Anyways can’t wait to get the DLC.

  17. Samuel says:

    I own it on the Xbox and Shangri-la is definitly good. Drive-in and Hazard and Hangar-18 are the best maps from Anahilation. I Definitly want to try it on PS3 send me a DLC Please.

  18. NikiNapalm says:

    Can’t wait to play on Drive-In and Hazard! The zombies map looks sweet.. Though sadly I suck at zombies :/

  19. John says:

    All sounds like goodtimes ahead once I get the DLC pack locked & loaded

  20. MaximusR3 says:

    I want to win a free code, I want to practice my golf swing on hazard lol

  21. KuroSuzuki says:

    !esaelp skcap pam eerF

  22. Game 2 Gamer says:

    So if i post one will someone claim it?

  23. Nicolas C says:

    SURE!

  24. NikiNapalm says:

    If I get it I will! 🙂

  25. Game 2 Gamer says:

    Only two people huh?

  26. Nicolas C says:

    Apparently yes

  27. Game 2 Gamer says:

    well, ill post the 1st set and so on.

  28. Game 2 Gamer says:

    Annihilation

    1st set 9B4L-

  29. BusterHimen says:

    I will too

  30. Game 2 Gamer says:

    Annihilation

    2nd set! 9BNQ-

  31. Game 2 Gamer says:

    Alirghty, Nicolas C

    Post your twitter and you will get the 3rd set! congrats!

  32. Nicolas C says:

    @Nicolascf_77 THANKS!

  33. BusterHimen says:

    wait what? im confused, how come theres only 4 letters for each

  34. BusterHimen says:

    wow why does he win?

  35. dagamer01 says:

    ok this is rajatk from twitter…thnx for the info…im replying here as you directed…i really hope i can win a DLC Annihilation code for PS3 US. I really wanna get new maps. would be super awesome.

    • BusterHimen says:

      you cant because they already gave it away, even thought we both replied sorry rajatk

  36. NikiNapalm says:

    I retweeted on twitter. @Niki__Napalm But I forgot to log into twitter so I didn’t get a chance to reply cause I was rushing to get to the forums when I got the mobile update.

  37. dagamer01 says:

    so will ne more dlc codes for annihilation for ps3 be given out…i am still in need of one…

  38. Relax guys, G2G has done a ton of code drops for us, the gamers. Not everyone will always get a code but if you are patient, your day will come 😉

  39. geetarnub says:

    which of the new map would be your favorite now that it’s been released more than a week ago? by the visuals that you’ve posted, which are really great, i like the way hangar 18 looks, very modern on the layout, i would say it’s like discovery except not covered in snow 😛

  40. kingcong86 says:

    great site great reviews!