Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIby Mikhail Jul 1, 2018 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate Call of Duty: Black Ops III is one of the most well-known first-person shooting franchises in the gaming world. Take part in the campaign on your own or with three other players, take part in fast-paced online multiplayer battles or in the widely-acclaimed zombie mode with its own style and narrative. Play Now Similar Games Played
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Call of Duty: Black Ops III is one of the PlayStation Plus games of June 2018 which is a pleasant surprise, knowing Activision’s track record. Released back in 2015, the futuristic-themed first-person shooter was one of the best games of the year and is arguably one of the best games of the genre this generation. Combining intense gunplay with technological abilities such as enemy detection, jetpacks, and robotics, the game provides an experience that require you to be on your toes all the time. The environments, regardless if it’s on the campaign, multiplayer, or zombies, are varied and jaw-droppingly well-designed, a signature of the franchise.
The campaign places you in year 2065, and the world is experiencing the Third Cold War, climate change, and the world’s governments do not know how to deal with new technologies. Humankind has progressed to the point that robotics are now a major part of combat, coinciding with the style of warfare being observed. Instead of conventional armies facing off, soldiers now fight in covert operations behind enemy lines. The story follows a group of robotic soldiers and you will get to play as a freshly-converted one.
Meanwhile, Zombies has its own story, which focuses on its own set of characters. Set in a Noire-like setting in the 1940s, you will fight off hordes of zombies in various maps. The characters are a set of delinquents (and misfits) in society, guided by a shadowy and mysterious figure. You’ll get to face off against the undead in Morg City, and it’s up to you save it amidst the blood and bits of flesh blown apart by bullets under the vibrant neon lights.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s gameplay is standard Call of Duty, although with a number of tweaks. Instead of the standard military-style gameplay where all you have to be concerned about is how well you aim, there are abilities you need to utilize to your advantage. Common examples include running on the wall, getting a jump boost to reach high walls, and hacking drones to take them out or control them. You will also have to contend with your DNI - or direct neural interface - which links you with your comrades, relaying enemy positions and making it easy to communicate with them.
In multiplayer, the game boosters and the ability to run on the walls are included into the mix, alongside the signature gunplay. The game also introduces a class-based “Specialist” system where you pick a Specialist and you’ll be treated to its signature weapons, like a compound bow or a bolt launcher. As you progress further, you will get to rank up and find it easier to master each class’ abilities.
Meanwhile, zombies treats you to a festive undead atmosphere, where action supersedes jumpscares. Set in a place that looks like something taken out of a 1940s film, zombies lets you pick up weapons from walls and get special abilities from gumball machines. The hordes of zombies are lethal, especially some have grown into grotesque monsters with mutant-like abilities. It’s highly recommended to join up with friends and shoot zombie heads together, as this mode is more tailor-made for co-op.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is essentially a co-op game. Although you can enjoy it in single player mode, dropping into the campaigns - both in zombies and the regular one - is better enjoyed with friends. At least someone will revive you when you’re down, and you’ll get a huge kick out of cooperating with them. Multiplayer PvP is equally outstanding, although if you’re recently playing it, bear in mind that you will be facing grizzled veterans who may ruin your overall kill:death ratio.
In terms of overall presentation, Call of Duty: Black Ops III is outstanding. From the futuristic user interfaces of the DNI in campaign, the war-torn environments of 2065, and the mid-20th century art style of zombies, everything about it is superb. The maps of both the multiplayer and campaign modes are widely varied: from enemy bases, crashed planes, and lush forests. The cutscenes are even a joy to watch, and are intriguing enough to prevent you from skipping them. Voice work by Christopher Meloni, Ice Cube, and even Jeff Goldblum makes the characters feel more alive and authentic.
Overall, Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a treat of a game. Bursting with content, outstanding characters, and game modes, it would be foolish not to get into the action right away. After all, which game lets you fight off robots and zombies at the same time? Drop into the action with your friends and start raining down bullets on your foes. Black Ops III emphasizes how shooting games should be, and you would not want to miss it if you’re a PlayStation Plus user.