Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Gamer Guide
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released on November 6, 2015. It’s the third installment in the Black Ops world and the 56th Call of Duty game overall (or at least it feels like it).
Here’s what you need to know about the newest member of the Call of Duty video game franchise: Black Ops 3
Top 10 Black Ops 3 Gameplay Overview
10) It Features a Brand New Setting
The first Black Ops took us everywhere from communist Cuba to the Vietnam War. Black Ops III takes us to a dystopian future set in 2065.
For those of you keeping track, that’s 40 years after the end of the events of Black Ops II.
The most important thing about future warfare is that air defense systems have canceled each other out. That means warfare is no longer done in the air – it’s done on land by covert operatives fighting behind enemy lines.
Against this backdrop, the single player campaign will have you using robots on the battlefield while controlling soldiers with supersoldier capabilities.
9) Zombies Are Back with Two New Storylines (and Big Name Voice Actors)
There are two confirmed zombies storylines in Black Ops III at this time. The first story, Shadows of Evil, includes a group of characters who reside in a city called Morg City.
The characters are voiced by some big name actors: Nero (Jeff Goldblum), Jessica (Heather Graham), Jack Vincent, (Neal McDonough), and Floyd Campbell (Ron Perlmen) lend some star-studded voice acting to zombies storyline. These characters are described as “troubled individuals” who must follow a mysterious figure called the “Shadow Man” throughout the streets of a messed up city.
The second zombie storyline, The Giant, brings back characters from the Black Ops II map Origins. Their storyline continues where the original storyline left off. The Giant map itself is a remake of the famous map from World at War, Der Riese, which kind of kicked off the whole Call of Duty zombies phenomenon.
At this point, it appears the first zombie map, Shadows of Evil, will be included with the base Black Ops III game. However, the second map, The Giant, will be DLC (also available on launch to people who buy the Digital Deluxe, Hardened, and Juggernog editions).
8) Marshawn Lynch is a Villain in Black Ops III
I couldn’t make this story up folks: Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will make a cameo in Black Ops III as a villain.
The story goes like this: the game needed an “imposing figure” for a villain. Developers learned that Lynch had been a big fan of the game throughout his college and NFL careers. The rest is history.
7) It’s Coming Out for 5 Different Platforms
Call of Duty will be released for Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
6) The Game Is Being Developed by Treyarch
At this point you’ve probably already heard about Activision’s famous “three year development cycle” they’re using to churn out Call of Duty games.
If you haven’t already heard of it, then here’s how it works: one studio gets to spend three years developing each Call of Duty game. The games are released one year apart, with each studio releasing a game every three years. So instead of one developer pumping out one game every year, we get higher quality games getting pumped out every year – or at least that’s the idea.
In 2015, it’s Treyarch’s turn to step up to bat. Treyarch (formerly known as Gray Matter Interactive) is a Santa Monica-based gaming company best-known for developing Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
The company first rose to fame developing the Tony Hawks Pro Skater series and the Spider Man video game. Its first Call of Duty game was Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, before developing Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War, and the original Call of Duty Black Ops.
Treyarch has made every Black Ops game – so you probably know what to expect from Black Ops III.
5) Multiplayer is Changed Forever with the New Specialist Character System
Here’s how multiplayer’s new specialist character system works:
-Players can choose from a number of elite black ops soldiers
-Each soldier has his (or her!) own look, personality, and voice
You can rank up your soldiers to master each of their weapons and special abilities
Multiplayer will also have more advanced weapons customization (something that has basically been done every year) as well as a new “chain-based fluid movement system” that lets players “move through the environment with finesse using controlled thrust jumps, power slides, wall-running, swimming, and fast mantling capabilities.”
If you played Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, then you know what to expect. It’s also similar to Titanfall.
4) Nuketown is Back
This is just a rumor at this point, but a Brazilian Call of Duty fansite called MP1st recently spotted a promotion online that advertised NUK3TOWN as a bonus map reward for gamers who purchased the Digital Deluxe edition of the game.
Could everybody’s favorite map from Call of Duty: Black Ops be returning? Probably. And by the looks of it, it could be a DLC.
3) You Can Get Some Cool Stuff By Pre-Ordering
Activision has announced several different copies of the game available at launch. Here’s the cool stuff you get by pre-ordering different versions of the game:
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Standard Edition ($59.99 USD)
-Singleplayer and multiplayer campaign plus the Shadows of Evil zombies map
-Season pass sold separately (provides access to four upcoming DLC packs)
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Digital Deluxe Edition ($99.99)
-Available for pre-order on PS4, Xbox One, and PC
-Comes with the season pass
-Provides access to the Black Ops III multiplayer beta
-Provides in-game items for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (custom reticles, an emblem, a calling card, and Advanced Supply Drops)
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Hardened Edition ($79.99)
-Exclusive to GameStop
-Contains physical goodies for collectors, including a Steelbook case for the game, limited edition cards, and concept art made by Treyarch
-Comes with new in-game content, including The Giant zombies map and weapon upgrades like The Cyborg and Weaponized 115 personalization packs
-Does not come with the Black Ops 3 season pass, so you’ll need to buy it separately
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Juggernog Edition ($199.99)
-Comes with a mini-fridge (seriously)
-Includes package of coasters
-Comes with the season pass
-Comes with new in-game content (The Giant zombie map)
2) The Campaign Will Emphasize Co-Operative Play with Four Main Characters
Black Ops III will introduce multiple protagonists throughout the entire campaign. Four distinct characters will experience the events of the story all at once. This will allow for seamless four player cooperative player.
Other notable elements of the campaign include:
-Off the rails sections where players can tackle challenges using different methods
-New technologies like Cyber Cores and Cyber Rigs. Cyber Cores include skills like remote hacking and the ability to deploy a swarm of nanodrones. Meanwhile, Cyber Rigs gives players new movement and defensive capabilities.
-Another interesting development is the “Safe House”, which is a lobby-like area where players can congregate between campaign missions to show off medals, achievements, and weapons earned in-game.
-There’s also an in-game Wiki that will help players keep track of the storyline and the events going on in the world.
1) Release Date is November 6, 2015
Gaming Tips for Call of Duty: Black Ops III
The beta for Black Ops III has already been released and played by thousands around the world. We talked to some of the game’s best early players to hear their tips and Black Ops III tips and tricks:
Learn the Specialist Abilities
The new Specialist system dictates what super ability you have throughout the match. Choosing the right super ability for the right time can shift the momentum in your favor.
There were four specialist abilities available in the beta. By the time the final game is released, there will be nine other options to choose from. Each specialist has two abilities to choose, and only one ability can be active at a time.
Spend your first few Unlock Tokens on these abilities to feel out the Specialist abilities early on.
Get a feel for the Outrider’s Sparrow longbow, for example, or Battery’s War Machine grenade launcher. Prophet has a Glitch ability that can be used during offensive pushes to swing momentum in your favor. Other tips include:
-Use the Seraph special ability because you can eventually get a one shot kill revolver as your special ability.
-When running Nomad, shoot Hive on every opening to your building. This lets you focus on your objective with your primary weapon.
-When using Ruin’s Spikes ability, time it properly. Otherwise, it will be wasted as soon as you activate it.
You can also start to recognize how the abilities of different players affect you. For example, when you see your body coated in a red haze, it means that a nearby Outrider just activated its Vision Pulse ability.
Competitive Call of Duty multiplayer actually has a Specialist draft system where you take turns selecting abilities, which means you’re the only one in the game who can use that particular ability for that match. This is where recognizing other abilities comes in handy.
Practice your Parkour Skills
Black Ops III is the most acrobatic Call of Duty released thus far. In Black Ops III, you can do wall runs, double jumps, and power slides. It’s not quite as fast and futuristic as Advanced Warfare’s gameplay, but it still changes the way you play.
Practice your parkour and explore maps to find hidden spots. Places that would normally be unreachable in a Call of Duty game might now be the perfect sniper nest.
At the same time, good parkour skills can help you evade enemies while running straight towards them. Power slide to duck ender enemy fire, double jump to gain the higher ground, or swim underwater to flank.
The only way you’re going to get used to this new movement system is with lots of practice. So you better get started.
Get Used to Looking Up
Part of the new movement system means that higher areas of the map are more reachable than ever before. You better get used to scanning the higher parts of the map for enemies.
This can be very frustrating during your first few Black Ops III matches. Veteran players already know all the good high hiding spots. They’ll pick off rookies like you when you’re walking around the corner expecting the enemy to be right in front of you.
Controlling elevation is key to a good K/D ratio and key to holding control of the map in CoD: Black Ops III.
Get Used to Moving Constantly
In the early Call of Duty games, camping spots could be found in strategic locations across the map. Over the years, we’ve seen camping spots become increasingly hard to find.
You might find one good camping spot – only to realize you’re leaving your entire back side exposed to a big area of the map
Expect more of the same in Black Ops III. The designers have created the maps with the hopes that you’ll be constantly moving. Campers be warned.
Consider Starting on Domination Mode
As mentioned above, your first few hours on Black Ops III can be pretty frustrating. Instead of throwing your mouse or controller through the wall, consider starting on Domination mode.
With Domination mode, you don’t have to worry about your K/D ratio. You can die as often as you like – as long as you defend the points, you’ll win the game. It’s a good way to become familiar with the maps without becoming totally frustrated.
Aim your Grenades and Secondary Grenades High
This tip will make more sense once you actually start playing the game. Grenades and secondary grenades seem to have a heavier weight to them than they did in previous CoD titles. If you think you’re aiming high enough, aim a little higher.
Psst here’s another grenade tip: if you throw a concussion or flash grenade at a wall running enemy, it will make them fall.
Creating a Class Tips
The Create a Class menu lets you upgrade your character over time. Unlock Tokens are precious items that will open up new guns, new Specialist abilities, and new Perks for you down the road.
Some of the recommended early upgrades include:
-Quickdraw (faster aiming)
-Long Barrel (further range)
-Stock (better accuracy)
The Sixth Sense perk can also be used to watch your back: it’s a moving personal motion sensor.
The Best Call of Duty: Black Ops III Weapons
Judging by the number of times I was killed with the following weapons, these are some of the most overpowered weapons in the game so far:
-ARK-7 (versatile and useful for short and long-range)
-Razorback (another all-around good weapon)
Conclusion: Should You Buy Black Ops III?
Black Ops III will be the twelfth game in the Call of Duty franchise. At this point, you know exactly what to expect from every new Call of Duty game release. Why are you even reading this section?