Call of Duty: Black Ops III on the PlayStation 4 places players into a somewhat dark and twisted future where a new breed of Black Ops soldiers emerges and the lines are mismatched between our own humanity and the technology we created, in a world where cutting-edge military robotics define warfare. The game consists of three game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, providing players with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty to date.
- DualShock 4
Required Disk Space:
- 50GB Minimum
Supported Video Output:
- IW Engine
- Blu-ray Disc
Average Playing Time:
- 45 Hours
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a science fiction military first-person shooter which was developed by Treyarch and later published by Activision. This is the twelfth installment in the Call of Duty franchise and this game is the sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III takes place in the year 2065, about forty years after the events of Black Ops II. Several countries dotted around the globe have developed very high-tech air defenses that now render air assaults completely useless. So the fighting between countries is now done by covert stealth operatives fighting behind enemy lines as the war rages on. Science coupled with technical advancements have drastically changed both the landscape as well as the future of the human race as a whole, with society now violently protesting and attempting to stop further advancements in technology deemed by scientists as "progress". The technology in this particular time period has advanced so much that even the population who inhabit this society feel more like machines than actual a human race. The main focus on gameplay is you follow a team of black ops soldiers like in the original Black Ops series and a story driven campaign which shows the overall objectives and missions. You must navigate the new Cold War to find your missing brothers. While much has changed, one thing remains the same: everything you know may be wrong.
Black Ops III features a new fluid movement system that allows players to move through the environment with more control and ease, using controlled thrust jumps, power slides, wall-running, swimming, and fast mantling capabilities - all with complete control over their character. Players also maintain full control of their weapon and have 360-degree rotation during these maneuvers.
There is a new Specialist character system which allows players to choose from a number of elite black operations soldiers - each with their own look, personality, and voice - and then rank them up and master each of their battle-hardened weapons and special abilities. With this addition to Global and Weapons XP progressions systems, Black Ops 3 multiplayer gives players three different ways to rank up.
There are various types of game modes in Black Ops III: (some only available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC)
Team Deathmatch, Demolition Domination, Freerun, Hardpoint, Kill Confirmed, Search and Destroy, Capture the Flag, Uplink, Ground War, Mercenary Moshpit, Gun Game, Free for All, Shadow of Evil, Campaign Mode, amongst others not listed or in development.
An example or four of the different types of game modes.
Two teams of four to six players who face off against each other in a match to the death. The first team to reach 75 kills within the 10 minute time limit will win. If the time runs out before the 75 kills are attained then the team with the most kills wins.
Two teams of four to six players must defend two bomb sites from the opposing attack team. Your defense must stop the bomb sites from being destroyed within the 2:30 minute time limit in order to win the round.
Four to eight players face each other in a fight to the death. The first player to reach 30 kills within the 10 minute time limit will win. If the time runs out, the player with the most kills wins.
This is a new game mode and involves no fighting whatsoever. Your job is to clear the course in the fastest time possible by jumping, sliding, running, and shooting barriers in order to complete the course as fast as possible.
13 Multiplayer Maps
In addition to the game modes are 13 Multiplayer Maps.
Nuk3town, Combine, Stronghold, Hunted, Evac, Redwood, Aquarium, Breach, Exodus, Fringe, Havoc, Infection, and Metro.
Shadow of Evil (Zombies)
Set in 1940s in a fictional city, Shadows of Evil is a film-noir-inspired horror story centered around four particularly troubled individuals - the Magician, the Femme Fatale, the Cop and the Boxer and spans an entire metropolis that is swathed in evil and chaos. Each of the four characters awaken to a nightmarish world overrun by the undead. Each character fights to overcome confusion and amnesia - in the hope that they may piece together the events that brought them to this twisted world. Black Ops 3 will also allow players to seamlessly switch between these campaigns, multiplayer, and zombies without the need to switch menus.
Nightmares (New Game Mode)
Nightmares is a brand new game mode that mixes both the Campaign along with the Zombies mode. You play through the Campaign missions fighting the same enemies mixed with zombies. Weapons must be scavenged on the map and all areas need to be thoroughly checked.
The actual movement within Black Ops III has greatly improved along with the graphics along the way, the overall experience is much more solid this time round, with move entertainment to boot. The overall perks and systems, upgrades, weaponry modification and the countless online fun makes for a worthy title when played on the PC, PS4 or Xbox One.
Xbox 360 and PS3 (avoid)
The downside in this game comes when using the older generation consoles, namely the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. There has been a plethora of conflict between users and Activision on the lack of game modes, no story campaign, and countless other facades even involving the need to be online to install the full game. The latter requiring the user to download an additional 7GB’s of data in order to play, so effectively they don’t even get the full game when purchased. There is so much missing on these older consoles it baffles the mind as to why even release it on these lesser consoles, especially when you have removed the core of the entertainment value, namely multiplayer and campaign mode. I pity any user who has purchased this game on the older consoles, it really falls short of the mark, and even the graphics are painful to see.
This game is worth the price tag of the upcoming next generation consoles and also the PC, for those looking for a tidy experience should stay well clear of the older consoles, largely as you will be disappointed, even outraged at the lack of modes missing.