Holiday Game Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Treyarch and Activision Studios has released another installment in their Call of Duty series, Black Ops 3. It is a sequel to earlier Call of Duty games Black Ops and Black Ops 2.

After their last two games being subpar at best, Treyarch and Activision really stepped it up. They completely revamped everything the game has to offer, including adding the Arena and Creator modes. The game is set in 2065, forty years after Black Ops 2 takes place, so the series still has its great futuristic look. It is set in a time where countries have highly advanced military systems, and fighting now occurs behind enemy lines. Humans are now more robot than actual skin and flesh. The “Campaign” mode for Black Ops 3 is now fully designed to support a 4-player co-op mode, so you can fight through the campaign with your friends online or alone.


Call of Duty: Black Ops III © Treyarch – Activision

The story begins on October 27, 2065.  You are playing as yourself, and with you is your partner Jacob Hendricks. You are infiltrating Ethiopia to rescue hostages from NCR, and alongside you is Commander John Taylor and his team of cyber-soldiers. The rescue is successful, but you are critically wounded, and the only way to survive is for you to become a cybernetically enhanced super soldier. Along with the cool robot effects, you are equipped with a Direct Neural Interface so you can control your new abilities and can communicate with other machines. Jacob Hendricks also decides to get cybernetical enhancements. Your adventure begins from there…

In multiplayer, Treyarch added a character system called “Specialist” where you can choose what character you want to play as and customize it once you unlock it. Treyarch also added thruster packs with jumping similar to Advanced Warfare, but it gives them a more in-control feel when moving around. More new features include the ability to run on walls and special abilities for the different specialists you choose to play.

Another brand new feature Treyarch added was “Gunsmith,” which means being able to customize your weapons. This is very important to this game, as you now can give it your own style of playing and show what you have created. With “Paint Shop,” it allows you to put any color you want on your gun and add emblems and regular camo. Another fun game mode called “Free Run” is  where you can race your friends and practice wall-running and getting around more easily.

Although this game has a lot of positives, it does have its negatives. For example, sniping is a lot harder in the game for some people. You have to align the scope perfectly most of the time to kill the other player, whereas in Black Ops 2 you could get lucky and hit some shots that didn’t look like they were going to hit.

The brand new “Zombies” mode takes you into the life of four new characters: Zero Blackstone, Jessica Rose, Jack Vincent, and Floyd Campbell. These four new characters are brought to the mysterious Morg City by Shadow Man. There, the “twisted individuals,” as Treyarch calls them, have to stay alive against the zombies and other monsters who have overrun the city. The group has been brought to the city to survive because of the sins they had committed. All of them had murdered and cheated before, and now they are forced to pay for their crimes by killing zombies.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III © Treyarch Activision

Call of Duty: Black Ops III
© Treyarch Activision

Morg City is a huge map created by Treyarch and has some old features such as the mystery box, where you pay 950 points and get a random item. Treyarch also brought back the same perks. However, there are some things that are different. For example, Treyarch added new monsters on special rounds and a gumball machine, called Gobblegum, where you pay 500 points and are able to use a perk for a limited time. Treyarch is adding more maps like this in the future. Morg City was added to the Zombies franchise for a small taste of all the new features in Zombies.

Overall, Black Ops 3 is a great addition to the Call of Duty franchise.  It provides a great futuristic look to the franchise while still being down to earth. Black Ops 3 is basically three games in one, with Treyarch and Activision having put in tons of time on each game mode.  We rate the game 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Written by Nick Crabbs and Michael Vinogradsky.


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