Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is the latest entry in the long-running Call of Duty genre of first person shooters. This iteration of Call of Duty has been developed by long-time developer Treyarch, and begins a new chapter in the Black Ops storyline.
Often times the main complaint with Call of Duty games is that they feel too similar. Although all the games have different storylines and missions, the overall tone of most games in the franchise stay the same. Luckily, Black Ops 3 provides a fresh and new look into the world of Call of Duty (that we’ve become so familiar with).
Black Ops 3 is a great next generation title regardless of the platform you play – Xbox One or the PlayStation 4. Within the game itself, you can find a full single player campaign (next-gen consoles only), a full zombie mode campaign, the original Zombies mode (made popular in the original Black Ops), and a full-fledged online multiplayer experience. Each of these individual modes has unlockable progression system much like you would find in the standard online multiplayer.
One of the best additions Black Ops 3 is the four player co-op which is available for the entirety of the main campaign and the additional zombie campaign. You can still play cooperatively and competitively online with your friends, but the addition of co-op campaigns is excellent.
Is Black Ops III Worth It?
So there’s a lot of content in this game, but is it worth the entry price? I am happy to report that Black Ops 3 is one of the best Call of Duty games that we’ve had in recent years. Facing against all odds, Treyarch has managed to reinvigorate the series and give it a breath of new life into this once stale franchise.
I’ll briefly detail the pro’s and con’s of most of the modes so you understand what you’re getting yourself into.
The campaign mode is interesting and engaging, to say the least. While the story falls flat at the end, this entry dares to enter into some uncharted territory (at least where Call of Duty games are concerned). Abilities such as telekenetic powers, neurological interfacing, the question of consciousness, deep philosophical questions, and much more are all here to be discussed. Once again, the ends don’t all wrap up in a pretty bow, but it’s nice to see an effort being made.
Consider the zombie campaign as an additional campaign, but not a main centerpiece. The zombie campaign entitled Nightmares is a reskin of the original campaign levels with new voice overs. Zombies, of course, are the main enemy in this campaign. While the actual levels and cutscenes remain the same, it’s nice to see them throw in a full-fledged campaign for the popular zombies mode.
The original zombie mode makes a comeback in Black Ops 3, but the concept stays close to the older versions. Zombies mode is more of the same, but that is exactly what fans of this mode are looking for. A new slew of levels, weapons, and celebrity cameos make this new zombie mode just as fun as the older ones.
Now here’s where Call of Duty really takes off: its online multiplayer. I have personally never been a huge fan of Call of Duty multiplayer (mainly only playing Modern Warfare 1 and 2), but I found myself being rather intrigued and entertained while playing Black Ops 3. With the return of great modes like Gun Game, Kill Confirmed, and (my favorite) Free for All, there’s plenty of modes and maps to enjoy.
In conclusion, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is an excellent package full of great content for fans of the series. Even if you’re not a huge Call of Duty fan, you might still find something here that will entertain you. The main campaign can be completed in about 10 to 12 hours; the 10-12 hour zombie campaign gives you about 25 hours of total campaigin gameplay. The original zombie mode is never ending, as is online multiplayer. This ensures that even if you beat every difficulty of every campaign, and find every collectible, you will still have tons of guns and arsenal to shoot.
Call of Duty Black Ops 3 delivers exactly what you’d expect. Controls are tight and responsive, action scenes are intense and engaging, and overall the gunplay feels great. If you were on the edge of deciding whether not you should buy Black Ops 3, I can assure you that is a purchase well worth your money.
In a stunning show of excellent game design and content management, Treyarch has solidified Black Ops 3 as one of the best Call of Duty entries to date. I fully recommend it for Call of Duty fans and first person shooter fans alike.