Call of Duty is one of those games that we all love to hate. I have been a Call of Duty fan since Call of Duty 4 and have bought every game since then because other than the Halo series it is the game that got me into being a gamer. Treyarch has been making the series every other year for years now and they have been making the Black Ops series for 7 years now. Call of Duty Black Ops 3 got my faith back into the games. It has the true feel to it that I have been yearning so long for in this franchise. It is just down right fun and has me wanting more as soon as I log off. The games mechanics are smooth and has an easy feel to it. With the new wall running abilities the maps are easier to navigate and it brings a new style of gameplay to this series. There are now 4 different ways to play. There is campaign, multiplayer, zombies, and nightmares mode. Each one of these modes you can upgrade your character to make the experience truly how the player wants it to be.
From the first time I can remember you are your own character in the campaign. Not like a generic character that you have a linear play style with. You can set him/her up by however you want to and can control what outfit, face and hairstyle, core controls, and weaponry. All of the customization in my opinion makes it so much more fun than your run of the mill shooter campaign and to me you get to see your character you have made grow. This brings players back into the campaign where they can have fun and play how they want to. The campaign is beautifully put together with a storyline that is easy to follow and has you on the edge of your seat from the second you start it.
The biggest thing I absolutely love about this game is how many voice actors and actual actors they have in the campaign. The whole black ops crew is made up of John Taylor (Law and Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni), Peter Maretti (J. Edgar’s Ary Katz), Sebastian Diaz (American Sniper’s Reynaldo Gallegos), and Sarah Hall (Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff). These are some of the many actors whose voices you can recognize throughout the game.
The multiplayer is the main reason fans keep coming back to this franchise. What makes it different is now you can select 7 different “specialist” who each have 2 different abilities that you can harness throughout your gameplay. You can also customize their outfits once you get enough kills to unlock them.
The new zombies map is fun but there is only one map right now unless you buy downloadable content that should just be put in the game to begin with. The map puts 4 new characters into a 1920’s noir style map and you are trying to figure out what this voice in your head is wanting you to do. Don’t get me wrong it is fun to play but you have to have a good team that actually knows what they are doing unless you are not wanting to progress very far in the storyline.
The multiplayer experience hasn’t changed much (I mean come on it is a Call of Duty game) other than the new specialists and their customization. It is the same arcade type of warfare that brings out players year after year to aimlessly kill one another online. The customization hasn’t changed hardly any with the weaponry and it still has the same killstreaks just with different names. If you are wanting a realistic shooting player vs. player experience this game is not for you. A lot of the features have a “gimmicky” style to them which allows the player to die at any random moment from over powered guns and killstreaks. But hey what else is new about Call of Duty online?
Treyarch has made a game that is fun to play and made a way where the gamers can make a lot of the experience how they want to play it. This is something personally I have been wanting and waiting for a while now. Whatever game mode you play this game is sure to bring some fun into your house with a little bit of challenge to go with it.
Graphics: 7/10 Campaign: 9/10 Multiplayer: 6/10
The Verdict from this gamer: 7/10
(Editor’s Note: Today’s game review was written by our nerdy friend, and casual gamer, Tyler Haines)