The Call Of Duty juggernaut may have slowed with the arrival of the current generation of consoles, but Treyarch will be damned if they’re not going to put up one hell of a fight. Pegged as the ultimate 3-in-1 games experience, this entry continues the popular Black Ops timeline, while the campaign has been designed around four player co-operative play, with a fully customisable avatar to take into battle. Releasing on PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360, the last-gen versions will controversially only feature the multiplayer mode, marking this the first year that you’ll have to upgrade to get the whole experience.
As in previous years a cast of well-known actors will appear in the campaign, including Christopher Meloni and Katee Sackhoff, while the hugely popular Zombie mode has two unique storylines which also have some serious star power in the shape of Jeff Goldblum, Ron Perlman and the ubiquitous Nolan North. Our very own Teflon had a great time with it, scoring it 8/10, and said “It can feel a bit disjointed in places, but it’s a broad and expansive game with plenty to enjoy, especially so when playing with friends”.
It seems as though other critics have had a good time with it as well, though the campaign is clearly not as strong as previous Black Ops titles, or last year’s Advanced Warfare.
Destructoid – 8.5/10
“At this point, at least two of the Call of Duty developers (Treyarch and Sledgehammer), have it figured out. They now have a three-year development cycle, which means that technically, each individual game is not a rushed “annual” iteration. While the campaign could certainly be a lot stronger, Black Ops III is living proof of that concept.”
Gamespot – 7/10
“In its undead modes, and the first 10 hours of multiplayer, it excels. But in its campaign, it merely crawls forward. Black Ops III doesn’t offer anything remarkable to the series, but does just enough to maintain the Call of Duty status quo. The franchise, however slowly, continues its inexorable march.”
IGN – Review In Progress
“Black Ops 3’s enemies are varied and competent, but when I replayed a few campaign missions they acted pretty much the same as they did before. Without the new abilities, there wouldn’t be much of a gameplay reason to replay the story.”
Polygon – 7/10
“I’m surprised by how familiar, how recognizable it all feels, which is even more disappointingly the case with its campaign. Black Ops 3’s biggest point of recommendation may be the breadth of content there, and that’s a valid point of view. But Treyarch doesn’t meaningfully move the series forward here.”
Gamesradar – 4/5
“This massive, wonderfully diverse Call of Duty theme park is best enjoyed with a friend (or three). Going alone dampens the fun, but either way it’s still worth the price of admission.”
God Is A Geek – 9/10
“Combine all three of the major modes in Black Ops 3 and you’ve got easily the best Call of Duty game on the current gen systems. Surpassing an excellent Sledgehammer effort last year, here Treyarch cement the fact that Call of Duty is still the shooter to beat. Essential.”
Giant Bomb – 3/5
“Perhaps some pockets of the still-large Call of Duty fanbase will enjoy different parts of it more than I did, but as I add it all up, Black Ops III is a pretty even mix of positive and negatives. It’s OK.”
Digital Spy – 4/5
“Black Ops 3 is an intense, high-octane and entertaining experience that will leave you feeling breathless one minute, and – in the case of the campaign – scratching your head the next.”