Call of Duty has long established itself as one of the biggest AAA first-person shooter (FPS) games in the whole gaming industry, setting design standards that can be seen in other FPS games today. I, myself, use to be an avid player of Modern Warfare (1 and 2) and World at War. With the announcement of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 taking the gaming community by storm, I started asking myself...why do we really need another Call of Duty game, especially so soon after Advance Warfare? Is this the game that's finally going to break the stereotypical Call of Duty style game, instead of just featuring new guns, maps, and small gameplay changes? Let's have a look at what the reveal trailer tells us about the next addition to the Call of Duty franchise.
Reveal Trailer Breakdown
After looking at the reveal trailer there are very few things we can grasp. We know that it definitely takes place in the future - showcasing some really fancy tech, such as body enhancements, huge guns, military robots and futuristic vehicles that are purely designed to blow things up. Other than some shots of ruined cities, forests, caves, and snowy areas, and a moral question posed to viewers, "How far can we push technology before it starts pushing back?", there isn't a whole lot the trailer reveals in relation to the story. Will it continue on where Black Ops II left off? Who are we fighting now? Will the story actually be good this time, instead of a 2 hour tutorial for multiplayer? I guess we'll find out sooner or later!
With each new addition to the Call of Duty franchise come with it a whole range of new weapons and gameplay features with the intention of making the game 'unique' in comparison to previous games in the franchise. From the trailer we can not only see new guns, but also some pretty neat body augmentation weapons. From transforming your arm into a minigun, shooting out nanobots that set your enemies on fire, to running on walls - Black Ops 3 gives the vibe that your body is now the deadliest weapon in the game. But what other features can we expect from Black Ops 3? Will these features change up the traditional 'run-and-gun' gameplay style that has become boring and repetitive over the years? And how will these features translate over to multiplayer? From my previous experiences with Call of Duty games, all these features will be heavily reduced from their singleplayer counterparts in order to keep the game fair, repetitive and boring.
Overall, this just feels like another Call of Duty game that has become so repetitive with each installment that even the most die-hard of Call of Duty fans are beginning to doubt the future of the franchise. The only hype comes from the continuation of the story (which has never been that important), additional weapons, new maps and other small gameplay changes. Even as a huge fan of FPS games, I'd give preordering this a miss...at least until reviews say otherwise.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is going to be released on November 6th, 2015. For more information on the Black Ops III, or even if you wish to place a preorder for it, visit the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Homepage.