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Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS NOW Review

Black Ops 3 was released more than 5 years ago and changed the Black Ops’ gameplay formula opting more for Advanced Warfare’s gameplay. It is available this month on PS NOW. Black Ops 3 takes place in 2065, 40 years after the events of Black Ops 2. In a world facing climate change and new technology similar to its predecessor, the story follows a group of Black Ops soldiers. The game’s campaign is designed to support 4 player co-op gameplay allowing for bigger more open level design and last corridor shooting.

A third Cold War is going on between the two global alliances in response to the drone attacks caused by Raul Menendez in 2025 (Black Ops 2). Several countries around the world have developed directed energy air defense systems that render conventional air forces virtually useless. As such most of the warfare between countries is done by covert operatives fighting between enemy lines. Military technology has progressed to a point where robotics can play a major role in combat and both fully robotic humanoid drones and cyber super soldiers have been developed to fight in the battlefield.

There is a fear about an eventual robot takeover and that is the starting point for the Black Ops 3 campaign. Even though there are some fun missions, the campaign is not really worth playing as the campaign’s pretty confusing as you get deeper into it and I personally did not enjoy the campaign. It is so messy and confusing and there’s only one connection from this game and the past game and that was Raul Menendez and he is only mentioned once or twice in the campaign.

It’s also important to note that there is a second version of the campaign called Nightmare Mode, which is the campaign with zombie voiceovers to make a new story that’s also not really worth it. I think it could be fun with friends as a co-op game but not so much to play through alone. Black Ops 3 back when it was in its prime was an amazing game and had such an active player base. The multiplayer was genuinely such a fun game to play.

Black Ops 3’s multiplayer features an all new momentum-based movement system. This allows players to move through their environment using wallrides, slides, mantles, and thrust jumps. Black Ops 3 features the same “Pick 10 System” in their Create A Class as Black Ops 2. This system gives every item within the loadout one point each. This allows players to create a class in their own unique way. Black Ops 3 multiplayer features a new Specialist character system. Players choose one of nine different elite black ops soldiers to be their multiplayer avatar.

Each character has their own look, voice, unique special weapon and ability. Each Specialist is individually ranked up and can unlock new gear and other customization options. You must choose one Specialist before a match and it can’t be changed midway through. You must also choose if you want to take either their special weapon or ability, as you can’t have both selected. As you play, your energy meter fills up slowly over time, but it can be accelerated by taking out enemies and completing objectives.

Once the meter is full, you can activate your Specialist weapon or ability at any time. If you die, your energy meter doesn’t reset and you can continue where you left off. The energy meter is reset once the weapon or ability is used up or you die while using it. These are powerful abilities ranging from slamming the ground in front of you making a huge shockwave, taking out an electric weapon allowing you to shock enemies that can also bounce to other enemies in range, a flamethrower, an ability that lets you rewind time a few seconds back and many more.

The Exo suits put a lot of people off but to be honest I think the maps and the Exo suits just work so well together that the flow of the game was so much better compared to the previous games where the combat was on the ground. The lobbies filled up quite quickly which is great if you just want to jump into a few games of multiplayer. If you like zombie’s gameplay you will love this games zombie mode.

You only get one map with the base game and if you enjoy those you should definitely get the season pass which adds 14 additional maps or you can buy the map packs separately which will keep you playing for a long time. The great thing about zombies is that it is not affected by the player base because most people that play zombies are solos or you can play with your friends so there’s nothing limiting you to play this game mode. New features like Dr. Monty’s gumball factory, where you can get Gobblegums which you can use in game and get special abilities for example where it teleports you out of the map.

You get some Gobblegums that you can only activate at the machine or you get others that you can use later on when you want. This game has a custom zombie mode where you can play infinite maps. So, if you only have the base games maps you can download someone’s else’s creation and some of these are amazing. Some of them could have been official maps if you didn’t know about it and its free. This is one of the best zombies game out there and you should definitely check out this game if you enjoy zombies or the over the top multiplayer as it is available this month on PS NOW.

Great

The dull campaign can be played in four-player co-op which makes it a bit more enjoyable. The Specialists are great and bring a different experience to the multiplayer with all the wall jumping and air thrusting and makes it quite thrilling. Zombie mode is also very rewarding and the powerups are great if you get the hang of it. Overall a great package.

8.5
Gameplay:
9
Graphics:
8.5
Soundtrack:
8

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