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Call of Duty: Black Ops III

The accolades are apparently already filing in for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Activision has released a new video they have titled as the game’s “Launch Gameplay Trailer”. Within it, the compliments for the game from various outlets come in hot and heavy.

Set to the tune of The Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black, the trailer is interspersed with cut-scenes and in-game footage. Activision is deeming Black Ops III as “the ultimate 3-games-in-1 experience.” The first of those 3 “games” is the new Campaign mode, where “you must navigate the hot spots of a new Cold War to find your missing brothers. Players can play the campaign cooperatively or solo and are now always connected to the intelligence grid and their fellow operatives during battle. Multiplayer features a new momentum-based chained movement system, allowing players to fluidly move through the environment with finesse, using controlled thrust jumps, slides, and mantling.

Then, of course, is the renowned Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer mode, which “introduces the new Specialist character system, which allows players to master 9 characters’ battle-hardened weapons and abilities through a challenge-based unlock progression system.” Finally, as is now standard for Treyarch Call of Duty titles –  Zombies. “Shadows of Evil” has its own distinct storyline right out of the box, set in the fictional 1940s Morg City, where four particularly troubled individuals – the femme fatale, the magician, the detective, and the boxer – star in this film-noir inspired horror story.

As previously mentioned, the trailer is peppered with would-be box quotes . Nielson called Black Ops III the “most anticipated multiplatform holiday game” earlier this month. Polygon describes it as having “game-changing multiplayer” and PlayStation Lifestyle deems Treyarch as “master of zombie mode.” Is it warranted or is it all hyperbole? I suppose we’ll find out the answer soon as Call of Duty: Black Ops III releases in just two weeks on November 6th.

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Growing up a 90's kid, Jeff found his love for gaming during Nintendo's heyday. Because of that, you could call him a "Nintendo Fanboy" (albeit a rational one) to this day. Outside of his passion for the gaming industry, he’s also an avid sports enthusiast (New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies mainly) and enjoys quality/popular TV shows and movies.