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It’s Here: Black Ops III

At midnight tonight gamers across the world will be waiting for their copy of one of the most popular game franchises in history. Love it or hate it, Call of Duty has gone from being a mere game to becoming a worldwide event. And while the series has garnered much outcry and hate from a vocal minority, the fact that it continues to break sales record year after year indicates that there is still a passionate following. Gamers worldwide have made an event out of the yearly release by showing up at midnight releases across the country and abroad.

Veteran developers, Treyarch are next up to bat with the next entry and sequel to one of the most popular entries (Black Ops II) in the franchise. Treyarch has come into their own and out of the shadow of fellow developer Infinity Ward partly due to the fact that most of the staff from Infinity Ward left and later formed Respawn Entertainment (creators of Titanfall) along with former Infinity Ward heads  Jason West and Vince Zampella who were responsible for the development of the Call of Duty franchise after being fired by Activision.

Treyarch is shaking things up this time around in what seems to be one of, if not, the best multiplayer entry to date. But before discussing the multiplayer aspect that the franchise is renowned for, let’s talk about the part that a lot of players usually skip, the campaign. I have loved playing the campaigns of every Call of Duty entry since Modern Warfare (minus World at War). The campaigns have offered a fun, cinematic experience for those that actually played it. One of the gripes concerning the campaign though has been about the length. The campaign length of previous entries has been around 6-8 hours and this entry will have the longest campaign in Call of Duty history with an estimated 14-15 hours to complete. The developers have said that this entry will be much more deep and immersive than previous entries and also have a lot deeper customization.

Here is some info on the campaign aspect of Black Ops 3:

A CALL OF DUTY CAMPAIGN UNLIKE ANYTHING BEFORE IT

Co-Op Campaign: Treyarch elevates the Call of Duty social gaming experience by delivering a campaign with the ability to play cooperatively with up to four players online, using the same battle-tested network infrastructure and social systems that support its world-class Multiplayer and Zombies game modes.

Cinematic Arena-Style Play: Designed for co-op and re-playability, players encounter all the epic cinematic gameplay moments Call of Duty is known for delivering as well as new open-area arena-style gameplay elements designed to allow players to approach the game with a different strategy each time they play.

Character Progression: And now, every player is completely customizable: from weapons and loadouts, to abilities and outfits, all with full progression systems and a personalized armory to show off accomplishments, providing a constantly-evolving campaign experience.

Players that have skipped out on the campaigns in previous entries have missed out on some great experiences and in this entry, they’ll be missing a lot more. While Call of Duty is known more for its multiplayer aspect, I have always resisted the urge to jump online and instead finish the campaign first and I can’t wait to get the full experience.

And of course, the “meat” of what makes Call of Duty so popular is the renowned multiplayer aspect. Here is some info on the multiplayer aspect:

PREPARE FOR A LEVELED-UP MULTIPLAYER

New Movement System: With Black Ops III, Treyarch premieres a new momentum-based chained-movement system, allowing players to fluidly move through the environment with finesse, using controlled thrust jumps, slides, and mantling abilities in a multitude of combinations, all while maintaining complete control over your weapon at all times.

Tailored Map Design: Maps are designed from the ground-up for the new movement system, allowing players to be successful with traditional movement, as well as advanced tactics and maneuvers.

Specialist Characters: Black Ops III multiplayer also introduces the new Specialist character system, which allows players to rank up and master each specific character’s battle-hardened capabilities and weapons. With this addition to Traditional and Weapons XP progressions systems, Black Ops III multiplayer gives players three different ways to rank up.

And last but not least, while Infinity ward may have been responsible for the development of the Call of Duty franchise, it was Treyarch who made a name for themselves with their stellar zombies mode. Here is some info for the popular addition:

FIGHT THE UNDEAD IN AN ALL-NEW HORROR STORY

All-New Narrative: No Treyarch title would be complete without its signature Zombies offering – a full-game experience with its own distinct storyline right out of the box.

XP Progression System: Black Ops III Zombies is the most immersive and ambitious Call of Duty Zombies to date, with a full XP-based progression system for players that adds depth and re-playability to the engaging gameplay Zombies fans have come to expect.

So there you have it. The newest entry into the Call of Duty franchise. Will it be the best one yet? Will it exceed expectations? I guess we’ll find out soon.

Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think. Will you be getting the game? Are you tired of call of Duty? Are you a “campaign skipper”?