Hands-on with Call of Duty: Black Ops III Multiplayer

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Hands-on with Call of Duty: Black Ops III Multiplayer

Hello from San Diego! I’m at Comic-Con 2015, and I just got back from playing a few rounds of Call of Duty Black Ops III multiplayer (after seeing the debut of its hyper-cool looking new Zombies mode).

Hands-on with Call of Duty: Black Ops III Multiplayer

Black Ops III feels both familiar and fresh, featuring Treyarch’s tried-and-true genre-defining shooting mechanics but amplified by new additions — like a “guns up” mentality in the design process that minimizes downtime, even while sprinting or when underwater. Oh yeah, you can swim (and shoot while underwater) now too!

After some time with it, my favorite change in Black Ops III is the inclusion of Specialists, a roster of unique individuals with their own backstories and abilities. Before the start of each match, players select a Specialist, who they then play as for the duration of the match.

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I had access to multiple Specialists, designated not only by their callsigns — Ruin, Seraph, Outrider, Reaper, Prophet and Nomad — but by their distinctive appearances and abilities. My favorite? Seraph, whose Annihilator revolver made short work of anyone unfortunate enough to stand in my crosshairs.

Aside from the abilities unique to each Specialist, the Pick Ten system returns and affords players even more options to customize their play style — after they make the tough decision of which weapons, attachments and perks to use.

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Movement is a heavy focus in Black Ops III. Gone is your feeble mortal stamina limit, replaced by the ability to sprint endlessly. Combined with thrusters, which are used to augment jumps and slides (thruster-sliding is so much fun you guys), player mobility is an incredibly important part of the experience. Careful though — with increased mobility comes increased responsibility. Let’s just say that mistakes were made.

That said, classic Call of Duty “boots on the ground” gameplay is still equally viable as a play style. I had fun wall-running and thruster-sliding, but when it comes time to do some good old-fashioned face shootin’ there’s nothing like watching your radar and creeping around a corner with your weapon drawn.

Call of Duty Black Ops III launches on PS4 November 6th, but a pre-order will grant you access to the beta, which debuts on PS4 August 19th.

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  • Super excited for this game. Had I not already pre-ordered the digital deluxe edition for this game, I’d have pre-ordered the Juggernog Edition, I hear each Gamestop can only hold 4 mini-fridges.

    Also, BEYOND!

  • If I didn’t like advanced warfare Exo-suits, but loved BO 1 and 2, what side does this lean towards?

    • 2. Thrusters are just slow enough to bypass ladders, but not flee enemy fire.

    • Justin Massongill

      Thrusters are pretty optional, based on what I played. Feels fun to thrust-slide around and use it to get around the maps, but during gunfights I found myself using my old Black Ops 2 tactics (and doing pretty well).

  • #BetterPSN

  • #BetterPSN

    By the way, Black Ops 3 zombies looks crazy. Can’t wait to play the beta in August.

  • why did my comment get deleted ?
    we need PS1 and PS2 emulator on Ps4.

  • COD is just getting more and more ridiculous every year…all it needs now is cartoon graphics to go with the cartoon gameplay.

  • I was really hoping Treyarch would make World at War II. All these futuristic shooters with gimmick weapons and jumping around like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon do nothing for me. Maybe I’ll play through the campaign someday but that will be it.

    • People make me laugh when people say that. Back then when it was nothing but WWII games were out in abundance and people complained about that and the game devs moved forward with another generation. Now, you complain about too many futuristic shooters? Make up your minds already lol. I would rather see games in wars that they didn’t really touch on. Like the Persian Gulf War (although that war lasted only a year, but you can still be creative about it) or Vietnam War. Hell, even the war in Afghanistan.

    • Well I was one that never complained about the WWII games. Loved the Medal of Honor games on the PS2. The new CODs seemed to be geared towards the kids. I have wanted a Vietnam game for years, just something realistic. Now that we have these new consoles let’s see what a WWII game can look like. They just need to mix it up once in a while.

  • I got the jugg-edition lucky enough to be the one of two in my town #stoked

  • #BetterPSN #BetterPSPlus

  • Last year I ended up winning a contest for AW I entered, this year ill have to win a contest I didnt enter for this one, first CoD I plan on missing since CoD4. They’re forgetting what made them so popular to begin with. They gonna go full Halo-like in 2 years minimum.

  • #BetterPSN

    Let us change our PSN IDs
    Let us change our avatars we bought with actual money on any console
    Let us change accounts on PSVita without a factory reboot
    Let us play games we already bought on PSN on out PS4s!!!! stop being so greedy Sony!

    #BetterPSN

    • Now as much as I would like to see Sony letting us change our PSN IDs (at least for one time only), I can see why Sony wouldn’t allow this at this point in time.

  • PlayerNumberZero

    Thanks for the hard work. Why Dark Souls isn’t available for download on psn?

  • Why did Sony stop going to Comic Con? They used to have a booth there. Now it’s just Xbox and Nintendo. Where’s the Sony Lounge, yo?

  • Is this a inside comic-con story or an advertisement for black ops 3?

    I understand there is going to be a bias on an obviouslly pro-Playstation site but you didn’t see ANYTHING wrong with the game?

    PS Blog rates the game SunshineandRainbows / 10

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