By in large, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a vastly different when compared to previous installments in the franchise. Although the title sticks close to its familiar background in futuristic warfare, developer Treyarch has managed to take that familiar setting and implement game changing ideas that cause the experience to feel fresh and exciting. Even though new additions were implemented into the video game, it wasn’t enough to keep me interested in the lackluster story, nor was I at all interested in the cast of in-game characters.

The online multiplayer aspect of the video game is where I mostly found interest, considering the fact that this particular portion of the video game has implemented several nuances, and supplies individuals with over 40 hours of competitive and cooperative gameplay.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – First Mission – Campaign

The story found within Black Ops 3 isn’t exactly interesting, nor is it worth investing time. To its credit, the video game tinkers around with futuristic and cybernetic warfare, which certainly adds flavor to the experience, but I ultimately found myself confused at times and far less impressed by the fact that I couldn’t relate to in-game characters. Throughout my seven hour experience with the video game’s campaign, I found myself mostly interested in the titles newly integrated skill system that changed the way combat is handled on the battlefield.

For instance, like online multiplayer, individuals are given a set of skills that can overthrow enemies and alter play-styles. You can hack into enemy weaponry, attack battlefield foes with a swarm of cybernetic bees, cause machinery to short-circuit and explode, or enhance personal mobility. These particular aspects within gameplay certainly fueled my interest and was enough to keep me playing the video game’s campaign until completion.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Online Multiplayer

Although it possesses an unimpressive campaign, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 provides individuals with an amazing online experience. This version of online multiplayer is fair more impressive than previous installments and breaks-up monotony with its newly implemented “Specialist” system. For instance, players who control the “Outrider” specialist can utilize a bow that fires explosive arrows, or by choosing the “Ruin” specialist, players can perform an electric ground pound that kills enemies within range.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Shadows of Evil Zombies Reveal Trailer 

If killing enemies within a competitive setting isn’t exactly your cup-of-tea, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 provides individuals with a more palletible experience. Just like the competitive aspect of the video game, Black Ops 3’s “Zombie Mode” has also been changed in a more positive way. Like previous installments within the Black Ops series, players can fight through hordes of zombies and earn money by reconstructing enemy borders. But this time around, the individual has been given the opportunity to play as a squid-like monster that plows through the walking dead – crushing all in its path. This powerful squid monster was hilarious to use at times; especially when low on ammunition. It’s little implementations like these that add hours of entertainment to the experience and causes the user to gravitate back to the experience as well.

The Final Say-so:

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a must-buy for competitive players and for those who want spend time shooting zombies. If your more of a story-person, unfortunately, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 doesn’t provide you with the best campaign. Though the campaign includes explosions and cybernetic warfare, it wasn’t enough to keep me hooked or interested. I often found myself lost within the campaigns narrative and never wanted to revisit the story.

The online multiplayer aspect of the video game is where I mostly gravitated towards, as the newly implemented “Specialist” system has managed to provide individuals with new ways to play the video game – other than traditional skill-trees and attachments. After spending 60 hours with the video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, happens to be a well executed experience from a multiplayer perspective, and nothing else.

Score: 8./10

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was reviewed on the PlayStation 4 with a physical copy of the video game sent to VG News Wire by Treyarch.