Another year, another Call of Duty. The past couple of years have been rough on the franchise to establish solid title on the new generation of consoles. Despite the great campaign and new addition of Extinction mode, Call of duty: Ghosts flopped with its multiplayer and hurt its reputation with the Next-Gen gamers. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brought some decent multiplayer, which was well received by the majority of the Next-Gen community, but ultimately made its biggest impact on the previous gen consoles. Many gamers were looking to Treyarch to design a superior Call of Duty experience for the Next Generation, and I can say that in fact they have. Not only is Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (CODBO3) great, its the best in the Call of Duty installment franchise.
The amount of content in CODBO3 is ridiculous compared to previous titles in the franchise. There are four main game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, Zombies, and Nightmares (only available once the campaign has been completed). If that wasn’t enough there’s an additional mini game mode, which I believe could have been sold as an indie game for $15, is a sequel to the original Black Ops easter egg called Dead Ops Arcade 2. The amount of content was a much welcomed surprise and felt almost like Trayarch was apologizing for the past two years of dull games, but also as if they were saying “Yes, we are best developer in the series”.
Zombies are back again and though Treyarch is the creator of the fan favorite mode it misses the mark. I thought that Advanced Warfares Zombie mode was the best in the series and I feel like Treyarch tried to do too much with it. Going with a much more cinematic approach which made no sense, and a supernatural counter part to boot with your character, the Zombies just seem so mediocre this year. While the gameplay is still very solid and the base objective is the same, the map layout isn’t what you would come to expect out of Treyarch. Its still a very fun endeavor with friends, but after the remarkable zombies in AW, I was left disappointed.
Here is where I have my complaints. The gameplay runs a smooth 60fps while your in control no matter what mode your on. When you go to a on rail cut scene in the campaign though you immediately drop to sub 30fps. It was very annoying playing on my Xbox One, but was also an issue on the PS4 as well. If you have a PC that can handle it well, I suggest for campaign only players to buy it there. Its no surprise that with poor performance that the campaign was cut from the Xbox 360 and Ps3 versions, especially when it runs so poorly on the Xbox one and ps4.
As expected from the leading developers at Activision, Sound quality is a great as its ever been. Whether your listening to dialog and environments in campaign, or the footsteps behind you in the multiplayer, its a soothing experience with clear effects to immerse yourself in the experience.
After much disappointment from the Next Generation entries of COD, Treyarch has really sent us a polished experience with loads of content. If you enjoyed COD in the past, you need to get this one. Behind some framerate difficulties is still an amazing game and I have had the most fun I have ever had in an Call of Duty game.
Style – Single/Multiplayer, FPS
Publisher – Treyarch
Developer – Activision
Release – November 6, 2015
4.5 – Gameplay
3.5 – Graphics
4.5 – Sound
5.0 – Entertainment
5.0 – Replay Value