I reviewed the first and second batches of Elite Drops over the last few months. Activision recently released new maps to Xbox Live. In the midst of the release of new maps to Xbox Live, Activision released Sanctuary, and Foundation to PlayStation Network for PS3 owners with a Call of Duty Elite subscription. I recently downloaded them and spent some quality time with both Sanctuary, and Foundation.
Sanctuary: In high-rise Central Greece, you’re battling on monastery grounds. Sanctuary isn’t just a perfect sniper haven. It’s also a run n’ gun map. I like this map, but there are a lot of problems with the map itself. I don’t have to tell you that the spawns in this map sucks. Once you kill a player in Sanctuary, he respawns within’ seconds of you killing him. If you’re not careful, you’ll be spawn trapped by the same person you killed just moments ago. The other problem I have is some areas are perfect longshots, like those hallways – problem is – each end of the hallways have a few steps, and this creates a problem because if you’re standing on the high ground, your LMG or SMG won’t kill the person on the other side in time. This makes it easy for players to run away from you. There are some camping spots, but it’s not as bad as the others.
Foundation: You’re now in South Korea, and you’re in the middle of a decommissioned concrete factory. This is one of the better looking MW3 maps yet. There’s so much detail in every area of the map, it’s incredible. A lot of attention to detail, and a lot of care was done to this map, and it shows. I think this map is worth more than the other MW3 maps. I think that this map should’ve been shipped with MW3 at launch. Everywhere you go, there’s just so much detail put into one area. It’s a great run n’ gun map. It’s also a great sniping map, too. I wish there was more variety for sniping in here. And the best part is, it’s not really a perfect camping map, at all.
If you do not have a Call of Duty Elite subscription, do not fear. Sanctuary and Foundation will be included in the next MW3 Collection that includes 5 other maps.
If you’d like to know how I felt about all of the maps that have been released thus far, here they are: First Drops Piazza and Liberation, and Second Drops Overwatch, Black Box, Black Ice, and Negotiator.
Stay Tuned for more impressions of Modern Warfare 3′s maps in coming weeks and months. The content drops so far are part of the content season that Activision is holding throughout the entire year.