During E3 2015 I had the opportunity to play a few matches of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer (PS4 version), and while it feels very similar to other COD titles, it definitely has a bit of a Titanfall feel, albeit without hulking robots. This is due to the jet pack you now have, which allows you to reach heights by holding the “X” button, but you can also use it to wall run like a parkour aficionado. This definitely opens up new styles of play in COD, while also making multiplayer feel even more fast paced than ever before.
My first match was a game of Kill Confirmed on the Combine map, which is a fairly small map that offers up a few choke points that provide for some great firefights. Visually, the environment is very detailed and offers a definite improvement over Advanced Warfare. I found the character models to be very slick looking, with realistic animations and move sets offering a more lifelike feel. The map didn’t allow for much camping, which I appreciated, so even a noob like myself could hold his own among some very stiff competition (few Twitch personalities were on hand).
I also got to play a Hardpoint match on the Evac map, which is a bit larger than Combine, but offers many areas that are suited to using your jet pack and wall running ability. In addition to the open areas there are also multiple closed in sections, which definitely suited well for intense shootouts surrounding the capture points. The openness of the map, which happens to be on top of a skyscraper, can lead to unintentional deaths, which I found out the hard way while making hasty escapes that led to me running off of ledges suicide style.
I’m not as big as a fan of COD multiplayer these days, mainly because I suck ass against the younglings that make up a large portion of the franchise’s population, but I found the sheer beauty of Black Ops 3’s offering, and the slight gameplay tweaks to be enough to get me interested again. For some reason I felt more competent at killing without dying every time I respawned, so I’m looking forward to getting more time with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 later this year when it drops for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms.
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