Its time for the yearly instalment of ‘Please Activision Take My Money’ or as we all know it Call of Duty. This year its Treyarch’s turn and with it comes Black Ops 3.
Now this isn’t the full release just the most recent beta that has been doing the rounds for anyone that preorder’s with selected retailers or on the PlayStation Store.
So having had the opportunity to play this beta then why not give a few thoughts on how the game is shaping up, three months before its full release in early November.
The first thing that you are greeted with are the SPECIALISTS, these are your in game characters and each come with a choice of either a special weapon, or a special ability which can vary from increased speed to kinetic armour to deflect body shots. Each special gets activated after a specific time period, which can be boosted by getting kills in game. The first person I went for was the Outrider….with a compound bow that explodes enemies with one hit! Yes it sounds awesome, but there is a catch…the shot has to be charged slightly to allow greater coverage, this in turn leaves you vulnerable for a small period of time while you are charging. The best specialist I tried out was Ruin with his gravity spikes able to run into a room and slam said spikes into the floor killing everyone in a radius around your character. In total there are nine specialists, with one being classified in the beta, available in the full game and will definitely give a new sense to the game.
Once you get through the specialists you are greeted with a standard CoD menu…create a class is unlocked from the beginning, access to your options and with a click of the options button…access to the paint shop. Giving you the option to create your own hideous gun paint jobs, I’m sure with the addition of this people will be making some good and some not so good paint jobs that you will get to witness in the full game. This section you could spend a long time playing around with, giving you the ability to paint on 3 sides of the gun, whatever your mind can make with the large supply of shapes, logos, and outlines.
Get through all this you finally come to the game….on the beta you have 3 maps:
- Hunted: This big game hunting lodge is situated beneath a waterfall in the lush mountains of Ethiopia, where rugged terrain opens up to long sight lines and a stealthy underwater pathway.
- Combine: Set in the remote Egyptian Sahara, this vertical farming and sustainability research facility plays fast and frenetic with tight interiors, an open middle and a dangerous flank path.
- Evac: An abandoned emergency evacuation zone atop an overgrown rooftop in the middle of Singapore’s flooded quarantine zone.
On these maps you get to play seven game modes, Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, Demolition, Search and Destroy, Kill Confirmed and Capture the Flag.
This year there has been a new movement system on the game, with thrust jumps activated by a double press of the jump button, slide by holding the crouch button when running and the wall run, the last one is used by running after jumping to a straight wall. All these actions make for fast paced gameplay, allowing you to run along walls and thrust jump to access areas you wouldn’t be able to in other CoD games.
Graphics are as you would expect, pretty environments, plenty of colour, and with the new ability to swim and shoot in water the blue areas on the mini map are prime for a spot of mid warfare swimming. Sounds are spot on, explosions, gunfire, player call-outs are all covered and well represented in game, each weapon sounding different from one another, each seeming to deal good amounts of damage on even the core game modes, unfortunately without having hardcore to try it wont be possible to know if there will be a difference between them on that game mode.
So how was the gameplay? It was fast and frenetic, which seems to be the norm with the most recent CoD games, personally with the way that the franchise is heading with all the boost jumps and abilities it is bringing it closer and closer to the way that Halo plays, which for a shooting purist is taking the fun out of the game. However, this was the most fun that I have had playing a CoD game in a while. Was it enough to make me want to buy the game on release…yes and no. Yes because it was good fun and can see it having a great future now with Sony having the rights to eSports , and no because there are other games coming out at the same time which may well be better shooters.
If you are a fan of the most recent Advanced Warfare game, then you will more than likely enjoy the latest instalment, however if you preferred your games without super hyper turbo boost jumps you may well find the wall running fun, but that about sums up the experience. There is a lot of positives however, there are also a lot of negatives with the latest release. Perhaps the next iteration needs to go back to basics, WWII perhaps? Vietnam? Although bring along the specialists from Black Ops III, would be good to have Brad Pitt’s character from Inglourious Basterds killing someone and shouting ‘arrivederci’
So are you going to be picking up the game? Why not comment and let us know why?