When I got my PlayStation 4 there was hardly any games to play on it. It hadn’t been out that long and the games I really wanted weren’t out yet. So I had a small selection of PlayStation 4 games to play. Infamous: Second Son was already out and I enjoyed that, but I wanted something else to play. The only game that intrigued me at the time was Call of Duty: Ghosts.
I’m not a massive Call of Duty player, but I have played a few games of the franchise. After finishing the single player story of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, my time with the series has come to an end. It wasn’t because I hated it. I thought the ending to that game was amazing, but because of the annual releases I knew it was time to move on. After years of not playing Call of Duty it led me to playing Ghosts. Because of not playing Call of Duty for years, all the new things that was added after Modern Warfare 3 felt fresh to me. This leads to the topic at hand; this week Treyarch has set up a beta for their newest game in the series; Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
Treyarch and Activision will released a beta for Black Ops III for Xbox One and PC in August 26th – 30th. The beta I played was the PlayStation 4 version. This new Call of Duty has a few new things going for it. I knew of the thrusters from Call of Duty: Advance Warfare, but I never played that game so the thrusters are new to me. It adds a dynamic in moving that makes traversing the map more fun than in the past. Instead of either boring maps where you have to run, you can go virtually anywhere at anytime. It’s a lot of fun to travel around. It makes maps more memorable and the ambushes that much sweeter if you manage to pull them off. With all the new abilities, everyone is in constant motion and danger can come from anywhere, more so than the past Call of Duty games that I’ve played.
Treyarch has a new way to pick your characters out, calling characters “Specialists”. So far there are six to choose from with four locked behind a level requirement. Each Specialist has 2 special weapons to choose from and you must pick one. After you pick your free Specialists, you must unlock them through tokens and you get those every time you level up. The good news is that no matter if you switch between characters, all your upgrades are universal. One Specialist has an explosive bow where you can blow up your opponents in bloody chunks, John Rambo style. Another has you jump high brandishing two large knives and slamming down killing anyone in the blast radius. The special weapons can be a lot of fun to use once you find your favorite, but the ready time is a little slow. If you get killed without using the special weapon you would have to wait. There is a perk that allows it to go faster, but it’s not as fast as before. It feels more like a killstreak than an actual special weapon. If you are a skilled enough player, it’s possible to not even use these and still come out on top.
It seems that customization is back and bigger than ever. You can create your own custom paint for all your guns. I made mine look like it was covered in blood. There are banners, emblems, and even a gunsmith. All of theses were locked off in the beta but it seems that it could take a good while to create what you really want to make your character truly yours.
If you are new to Call of Duty or stopped playing for a few years, you are going to see a lot of new changes, but if you play it and get the game every year, it’s going to feel the same. It’s still a Call of Duty game and if you loved Call of Duty in the past, you are likely to love this. If you didn’t like it before, then this beta so far isn’t going to change your mind.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is set to release on November 6th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Because of how smooth this beta has been it’s safe to say that this franchise is going to have another smooth launch.
Jesse Webster is a Senior Writer for MONG and we are SO close.