After the past few weeks we've been able to look back and really analyse the Black Ops 3 beta that was held on PS4, XBOX One and PC. While I've never been a multiplayer fanatic, my standing on the beta has been made abundantly clear. This game is an extraordinarily enjoyable experience. Every match I played online - and I played a shit-ton - helped reaffirm that this was the most enjoyable multiplayer I'd engaged with in the COD franchise.
But we've noticed that Call Of Duty has taken a hit in recent years. With the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, we witnessed a backlash and player-count drop that the series hasn't had to contend with before. And I get it! Ghosts was a terrible game and Advanced Warfare was much too banal. But the few hours I spent with Black Ops 3 were actually enough to make me see the worth of returning to COD for its release date.
Can Black Ops 3 Entice Fans That Left After Advanced Warfare & COD Ghosts?
Activision is naturally going to make statements like this about one of their games - especially Call of Duty. But while the game doesn't really redefine multiplayer, it certainly offers one of the most well-oiled online FPS experiences to date. Combat was fluid, the new classes and skills were excellent, and the traversal additions were an invigorating change of pace. However, if multiplayer isn't your thing, and Call of Duty: Ghosts spat in your face instead of delivering you a worthwhile campaign, perhaps Black Ops 3 will still fall flat. Though what we've always liked about the Black Ops series was its modes. Singleplayer campaign, online multiplayer, and Zombies.
Black Ops 3 Has Zombies & Jeff Goldblum - FINALLY!
The reason that Ghosts and Advanced Warfare felt like such massive disappointments was simple - content. After playing through an abysmal campaign with Ghosts (and to an extent, with Advanced Warfare too) you were left with an average multiplayer experience. Naturally, fans got tired of it and left the COD franchise after feeling cheated - I know many fans who've felt cheated by the last two instalments and even before that.
But Black Ops 3 will hopefully deliver on a lot more fronts. I mean, Advanced Warfare actually made a zombie mode with John Malkovich and Bill Paxton, and then locked it into DLC. WHY?! This kind of treatment has naturally infuriated fans of the franchise. Is Black Ops 3 a breath of fresh air from this kind of paying scheme? In some cases it probably won't be, but the launch product appears to be something that could heal the wounds of past instalments.
If Black Ops 3 is as much fun to play in singleplayer or in its Zombie campaign as its multiplayer beta was, I'll certainly be delighted with the finished product. But you never know, we could have another Ghosts campaign on our hands! Let us know where you stand in the comments below COD fans!