Call of Duty, simply put, is one of the most popular and financially successful video game franchises of all time. Even with its sales declining in the last couple of years, it’s still the best-selling game of the year.
This popularity and how it’s been sustained by Activision is quite surprising. With the tumultuous annual release schedule, many expected the franchise to wane off and die years ago. But here we are in 2015. A Call of Duty game just came out last November, and its post-launch DLC support is only halfway done, yet we’re already hearing about this year’s entry in the storied series.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is the latest iteration for 2015. Many that have become disenfranchised with the series in recent years are counting on Black Ops 3 to reinvigorate the series, and Activision has entrusted celebrated Call of Duty developer Treyarch with the task.
So far, they’ve done a solid job at building hype, with the gameplay reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 leaving many surprised at the risks Treyarch is taking with the formula. Call of Duty games have been long criticized for being “copy and paste” jobs, and while Black Ops 3 is certainly still Call of Duty at heart, it’s also the most innovative the series has been since Call of Duty 4.
Treyarch’s risk-taking nature has made Black Ops 3 one of the most exciting games of 2015. For those unconvinced, read on to discover five reasons to be excited about this year’s Call of Duty.
1. Campaign Built for Replayability
For years, gamers have groaned at the campaigns in Call of Duty games, with many sharing the notion that the campaigns are uninspired and stale, always relying on the same old bag of tricks. Treyarch is aware of this, and they have decided to completely flip the Call of Duty campaign structure on its head with Black Ops 3.
First of all, there will be no more levels built like linear hallways; on the contrary, campaign levels are now wide open. Treyarch has taken to describing the levels as “arenas”, allowing players to tackle objectives from a variety of angles while working cooperatively with friends.
Yes, that’s right, with friends. Players will be able to play the campaign together in 4-player online co-op (2-player split-screen support included as well), which while not completely unheard of for the series, is still something that’s almost never been attempted in the games before, and certainly not on this scale.
To go along with these improvements is an upgrade system similar to the one seen in Advanced Warfare. Co-op, nonlinear levels, and this upgrade system all come together to create what is quite possibly the most replayable Call of Duty campaign to date.
2. Completely New Traversal System
Black Ops 3‘s predecessor, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, took a pretty significant risk when it introduced the Exo Suits to the franchise, as this marked the first major change to the way Call of Duty played since the franchise’s inception. Just like how Black Ops 3 is taking the AW upgrade system further, it is also innovating on these brand new traversal concepts.
Taking a few cues from Titanfall (itself developed by people that once worked on the Call of Duty franchise), Black Ops 3 features a jetpack propulsion system that gives players short bursts to increase movement speed and jump height. This advanced technology allows the game’s soldiers to run on walls, perform “powerslides”, and much more, which could potentially result in an even faster-paced Call of Duty experience than ever before.
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