Treyarch’s release of Call Of Duty Black Ops 3 shows that the franchise is still going strong, even if it is one of the games that gets an annual release. True, it might be mostly the same thing as every other Call of Duty game, but the added Zombie mode and a diverse class system might make this an interesting proposition for those who haven’t dabbled in the franchise yet.
It is a bit weird to see how the franchise of Call of Duty, COD for short, has evolved since it first started its campaign to be one of the most popular, but not that critically acclaimed, shooters on the market. The slow departure from a complex single player campaign towards a game that is mainly focused on multiplayer has left some of the fans a bit wary. Considering that the first COD game was a superb re-enactment of the 2nd World War, jumping from perspective to perspective, playing as either a British, American or Russian soldier, it’s kind of weird to look at the new Black Ops 3 if you haven’t played the other installments since the franchise started to focus mainly on multiplayer.
But with Treyarch’s release came along the Zombies mode which pretty much changed everything. Even the man behind the “War. War never changes.” quote from Fallout, Ron Perlman, stars in it as one of the diverse cast of characters faced by the ruthless zombie horde. The thing that is most critically acclaimed when it comes to this side of Black Ops 3 is its mystery surrounding its complex series of puzzles, which have no tutorials at all, just meager hints here and there, letting the players think for themselves, similar to how P.T., the Silent Hills trailers from Konami, worked.
The multiplayer part of the game was toned down a bit from the frantic Advanced Warfare but still retains some of its wackiness when it comes to weapons and ways of killing people left and right. What’s new to Black Ops 3 is the fact that you have to choose classes which focus on different things, ranging from a sniping oriented bow wielding chick to a guy who shoots lightning out of his gun. This is achieved by adding a sort of ultimate to each class, similar to classes in Overwatch or MOBA games, basically acting like an added killstreak. You can shoot explosive arrows, use a massive grenade launcher, or shoot out lightning that spreads among enemies, killing everyone in the process.
Considering that this new installment of COD has basically murdered Star Wars Battlefront, having more maps, a better respawning system, a larger variety of weapons and characters, more game modes and the added singleplayer campaign along with the zombie mode, it’s to no surprise that Call Of Duty Black Ops 3 shows that the franchise is still going strong, giving players a satisfying amount of content for its 60$ price point.