I know, I know, Call of Duty comes out every year. And every year, tweaks and settings aside, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect: a big, bombastic campaign, full of massive set pieces, barked orders and moments when everything goes really slow, fast-paced multiplayer where you’ll be killed by 12-year olds every thirty seconds or so, and some sort of zombies-style co-op. Neither subtlety nor innovation are big concerns. For those reasons, Call of Duty becomes a popular target for shade of all kinds, from comments sections, forums, blogs and all over. But Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is coming out on Friday, and I’m excited.
The biggest reason I’m excited is that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 comes from Treyarch, which has an excellent track record over Black Ops 1+2. Black Ops 1 is one of my favorite corridor shooter campaigns in a long time, and I’m eager to see if they play some of their old tricks with this one. On top of that, the campaign won’t be available on Xbox 360 or Ps3: bad news for those that haven’t made the leap, but good news for everyone else. Call of Duty might not be able to cut the last-gen cord entirely, but hopefully Treyarch will be able to take full advantage of Xbox One and PS4 where the campaign is concerned. It’ll be the first truly “next-gen” Call of Duty campaign, and that alone makes me curious.
Call of Duty also supports local multiplayer, one thing that myself and some of the other writers at Forbes have been talking a lot about recently. There are precious few AAA games that allow you to play with three other friends on a couch, but Call of Duty is one of them. Add into the fact that one of the modes that supports four-player local co-op is a Jazz age inspired Zombie fight featuring Ron Pearlman, Heather Graham, Jeff Goldblum and Neil McDonough and you’ve got another good reason to show up on Friday. Zombies has always been a silly outlet for what can be a grim series, and hopefully this will have that in spades.
And then, of course, you’ve got the core multiplayer, Nuketown and all. Call of Duty competitive multiplayer stresses me way out, but we’ll have a better idea of how this new installment plays when we get our hands on it. For the faithful however, this is new maps and new toys, and that does the trick.
I’ve spent the past few months knee-deep in Destiny, and spending so much time with one game has giving me an appreciation for the idea of just buying Call of Duty every year, downloading map packs and letting that be how you game. The key is variety. In this case, you’ve got those three pillars: single-player, competitive multiplayer, and cooperative multiplayer. Call of Duty hits all those bases, and actually gives you quite a lot of game in the box. The best part is that black ops 3 hacks are also available.