It’s truly massive stuff

2015-12-21 14:33
Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - The first time I saw the Call of Duty: Black Ops III trailer, I knew that the iconic first person shooter (FPS) series was heading in the right direction.

The trailer had the backing track of the Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black, possibly my favourite song of all time. There literally could not be a better song to go with the first promotional trailer for this massive online franchise.

And how massive might you ask?

Here are a few stats to illustrate the colossal following of the Call of Duty franchise.

Online reports have stated that 100 million people have played Call of Duty, with a collective time spent playing amounting to 25 billion hours.

Call of Duty Black Ops III features three different modes, which include the main story mode, the Zombies and the online multiplayer, which will give players hours of game play time.

If you are in the mood for being verbally assaulted by a teenager from across the globe, it is likely that you will be spending most of your time on the completive multiplayer mode.

Campaign

Much like the other Call of Duty games, the Black Ops III’s main story mode is short but really packs a punch with regards to the action set pieces. The actual story for the campaign is a little ambitious, with the method of storytelling far more important than the narrative.

Black Ops III is set in the year 2065, 40 years after the events of Black Ops II, which means the futuristic technology is an integral part of combat on the battlefield.

Numerous countries across the globe have the Directed Energy Air Defence (Dead) system which is used to ambush air-borne attacks. This in turn means that ground warfare is the main emphasis in military tactics.

Black Ops III introduces players with a “direct neural interface” which allows for direct communication with robots and mechanical weapons.

One thing that impressed me was the heavy emphasis on a female character with the option of choosing between a male and female character at the start of the campaign.

The story modes feature actor Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) as Commander John Taylor and actress Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as Sarah Hall. Although the stars do add superb voice acting and character depth to the main story mode, Black Ops III still misses a Hollywood titan as seen in Advanced Warfare which featured Kevin Spacey, who added voice and motion capture to last year’s Call of Duty game.

Multiplayer

Call of Duty: Black Ops III offers the classic multiplayers modes of domination, hard point, kill confirmed, search and destroy, capture the flag, uplink, ground war, mercenary mosh pit, gun game, free for all, safeguard and the crowd favourite and most popular mode of team death-match.

It is certain that multiplayer gamers will spend most of their time in team death. The mode sets players in a six-on-six battle with the objective of a team reaching 75 points for victory.

However, the play game is vastly different to Black Ops II (2012) as each player starting off with an Exo Suit which gives your solider far greater mobility.

Now you are able to run on walls, boost jump across the maps and power slide on the ground, making traversal far more exciting.

This means that game play is much faster, and although this mechanic was introduced in last year’s Advanced Warfare, the movement in Black Ops III is incredibly fluid.

Another new mechanic that has been introduced is that of swimming, and this creates perfect hiding points where players can shoot underwater, giving them the capability of taking their targets by surprise.

At launch, Black Ops III offers 12 online multiplayer maps, with Nuk3town as a bonus for those who pre-order the game.

The maps vary in size and shape, and offer players a variety of playing styles from vast landscapes to perfect sniper perch spots and close combat arenas.

The maps will take some getting used to, but once you master the schematic on the mini map, it won’t take you long to find the perfect camping place to suit your playing style.

One of the most important and game-changing additions to Black Ops III multiplayer is the new character class system called Specialists.

There are nine specialist characters, each with two separated and unique abilities, and players need to choose these characters in the load-out section before each multiplayer round.

Different specialists have different abilities, such as rocket launch, the vision to see through walls, pulse rifles, speed boost and deadly bow and arrows, to name a few. These abilities come in use when players are under pressure or when they are in the mode for rapid destruction.

Zombies

Zombies mode is also back in Black Ops III, but this time the round-based campaign is set in the fictional city of Morg in the forties.

Gamers play as four different characters — a magician, a femme fatale, a cop and a boxer  — in the noir setting, with the primary goal of surviving waves of zombie attacks, with each round getting more challenging.

Like previous Call of Duty games, Zombies features a Hollywood A-list cast which includes Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Heather Graham (Austin Power: The Spy Who Shagged Me), Neal McDonough (Minority Report) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy).

Zombies is a perfect break from the futurist setting of the main campaign and it features its own progressive and weapons upgrade system.

Just like in multiplayer mode, players can customise their weapons, alter the scopes and skins for weapons, and also attach a custom logo to give players a personal touch to their zombie-killing machines.

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