Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Review
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is developed by Treyarch and is the latest installation in the Call of Duty series. It is now available one Xbox One, PS4 and PC. A multiplayer only version is also available for the PS3 and the Xbox 360, with a noticeable visual downgrade. Like its predecessors, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a first person shooter in which you will play as a cybernetically enhanced soldier battling enemy forces. The game features both online and local multiplayer mode, as well as a fairly long co-op campaign mode.
The default controls for the game are smooth and responsive; they can also be changed to fit your playstyle. The combat is highly engaging, feeding off tense encounters, which will be highly satisfying if you come out victorious. Although it takes some time and patience to unlock the best weapons in the game, it is well worth it. Almost all weapons can be upgraded and customized, and the choices do matter and knowing what to upgrade is a skill in itself. As your character is cybernetically enhanced, you are granted superhuman abilities such as tactical vision and wall running. These are crucial, as you would need them very often to help you escape from dire situations. You will come across “cores”, which will grant you different combat skills.
There is a good selection of multiplayer modes in the game. It is highly flexible: you can chose your map, number of players, perks along with the type of character you want to play as. There are 9 types of “specialist” characters in the game, each of which have their own advantages in the battlefield. This adds a lot of tactics and variety to multiplayer matches. The “Zombies” mode makes a return with a co-op survival campaign called “Shadows of Evil”. Here, you play alongside a group of people modeled after famous actors like Ron Pearlman and Jeff Goldblum who has been forcibly taken to a zombie infested town. In this mode, you have to battle and earn money to unlock stronger weapons. An interesting mechanic lets you turn into a highly powerful tentacled monster for a short period of time.
The Campaign mode lands you into a team of Black Ops soldiers who battle enemy forces made up of robots, giant mechs and terrorists. The first mission acts as a prologue to the game, where you suffer serious injuries at the hands of the enemy. You are then rebuilt with cybernetic enhancements which give you superhuman-like powers. As the game goes on, you uncover conspiracy theories, which propels your team on a hunt for justice and the truth. The campaign combines drama, sci-fi and horror elements to make a compelling story. When the campaign is completed, a “Nightmare” mode will be unlocked where a different perspective is taken on the story and your enemies are replaced with zombies.
The graphics are stunning, to say the least. The environments and characters are made with intricate details, and the game is well optimized: playing at a smooth frame rate.
The score is nothing extraordinary, but it accompanies the gameplay fairly well. On the other hand, the voice acting is solid and the sound effects are very realistic.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a worthy successor to the highly acclaimed series. Both the multiplayer and campaign modes have been improved in every way, the amazing graphics being the cherry on top. It is a must-buy for all Call of Duty and FPS fans.