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  • Summary: In Black Ops 3, Treyarch introduces a new momentum-based chained-movement system which enables players to fluidly move through the environment with finesse, using controlled thrust jumps, slides, wall runs and mantling abilities in a myriad of combinations, all while continuously keepingIn Black Ops 3, Treyarch introduces a new momentum-based chained-movement system which enables players to fluidly move through the environment with finesse, using controlled thrust jumps, slides, wall runs and mantling abilities in a myriad of combinations, all while continuously keeping full control over their weapon. Maps are designed from the ground-up for the new movement system, enabling players to be successful with traditional movement, as well as with advanced tactics and maneuvers. Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Nov 5, 2015
    94
    This is Treyarch's masterwork and probably the best title in the series so far: with two campaigns comprising a deep and surprising story, 4 players co-op including local split-screen, the biggest Zombie map so far, extra modes and a rich and solid multiplayer, Black Ops III offers tons of content and hardly anything to complain about.
  2. Nov 8, 2015
    92
    From its four-player co-op campaign to the brand-new powers and a fleshed-out Zombies mode, Black Ops 3 meaningfully pushes the Call of Duty series forward on several fronts. Even where it doesn't innovate, it still meets the high bar Call of Duty fans should expect.
  3. Nov 5, 2015
    90
    The new Zombies mode is the most interesting offering, which places up to four players in a co-op survival experience against a legion of zombies and other nasties in a wave-based trek through a fictional film-noir city. With smooth jazz tones and a unlockable city full of secrets, your cast of characters with checkered pasts come together to try to escape the nightmare by acquiring new guns and gumball-fueled powers as they use currency to unlock new areas of the city and buy new weapons.
  4. Nov 6, 2015
    80
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 does what you'd expect, and the new four-player co-op does not really add anything to that. But, there still has been progress in the franchise, thanks to a bizarre and intriguing single-player story that will haunt us for weeks.
  5. 80
    Call of Duty: Black Ops III manages to miss the mark with the narrative in the campaign, despite what looks to be genuinely good intentions, but the tight gunplay mixed with cooperative options and customisations still made the experience fun, if somewhat shallow despite the solid campaign length.
  6. Nov 6, 2015
    80
    The nine hour long story of Black Ops 3 is so bizarre, it took us a while to get our heads around it. But the fact that a CoD-game surprised us in 2015 is very positive. The gameplay however, is still solid as a rock.
  7. Nov 10, 2015
    60
    Call of Duty: Black Ops III is just okay, but being just okay isn't enough to keep players entertained when there are so many better offerings available from the same series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 221
  2. Negative: 93 out of 221
  1. Nov 6, 2015
    10
    It's a treyarch game. More nervous multiplayer thant AW3. Zombie awesome & multiplayer too! Nice Work Treyarch. Campaign is good.It's a treyarch game. More nervous multiplayer thant AW3. Zombie awesome & multiplayer too! Nice Work Treyarch. Campaign is good. Customization are good Expand
  2. Jun 26, 2021
    9
    When this game came out my parents finally let me play Call of Duty, but only at friends' houses. I put so many hours into the multiplayerWhen this game came out my parents finally let me play Call of Duty, but only at friends' houses. I put so many hours into the multiplayer it's mind-boggling. The zombies is also fantastic, and one of the most fun in the series. The campaign is horrible tho. Train go boom am I right? Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2018
    8
    Call of Duty Black Ops III
    Probably the most complete game in the series
    We all play call of duty games for different reasons, and all of
    Call of Duty Black Ops III
    Probably the most complete game in the series
    We all play call of duty games for different reasons, and all of those reasons are present in black ops 3, theres zombies mode for the gamer girls and teenage boys with 14 different maps to get your wave mode on, theres multiplayer with its jetpacks and sliding and wall climbing with all of the classic modes, pretty decent maps, but theres a destiny like addition with these moves you can pull of tht recharge as you play through the match, and there are multiple different moves for you to choose from to change strategies fo different match types.. I don’t really have much to say about the multiplayer because its not really what I play for, its fun, its addictive. But im here for the campaign which is where this special move is pulled from…
    And I was pleasantly surprised with what we get here with black ops 3..
    This isn’t my favorite campaign in the series, but I feel this campaign is by far the coolest.. it doesn’t even feel like a call of duty campaign, this could’ve easily been a standalone ip as it tells the story of man vs machine, and this campaign is a hefty 10 hours long give or take depending on the difficulty, I played half of the campaign on easy and half of it on hard..
    And this campaign does so many cool things..
    at the beginning of the store a robot just rips you apart so you spend the rest of the game as an augmented human, but of course the agments and the dni is being messed with, controlling the minds of your comrads, you spend the game trying to get to the bottom of this…
    With these augments youre able to do crazy things, each mission you cn choose if you want moves for control, chaos, or combat.. I played mostly with chaos as I felt there was an equal balance of attacks I could use against humans as well as robots, also It allows you to unleash these fireflied that eat the humans in your wy and you get to sing the fireflies song while they do that..
    but there are multiple ways you can playthrough this campaign thanks to these controls, such as hackig everything and taking control watch dogs style if youd like…
    the first half of the campaign I felt to be pretty soulless though..
    I felt like I was really just going through the motions.. but as the story goes on things just get weirder and weirder an I would have to stop myself to remind myself that this is indeed a call of duty game..
    and a war vs robots.. they play with illusions and memories here, its nice to see that the team was let of the leash and allowed to be free, and they crated something truly unique..
    Though this campaign does suffer pacing problems and annoyances if you are playing on higher difficulties..
    Checkpoints can be infuriating at times and theres this giant wall of garbage in the final chapter that I just couldn’t take anymore on hard because of its infinite spawning drones and robots.. this mission felt completely unbalanced for the difficulty, its jus just not fun or fair to have infinite drones that can kill you in 1 or 2 his while youre trying to weaken a larger enemy yards away to get in one rocket shot at a time with no progress being saved while you do this.. on top of that friendly fire is on and your team mates will run in front of you instantly failing the mission..
    I just didn’t have the patience AFTER CHIPPING away at this mission for what was at least an hour…
    though this was the only section of the game that I found to be unfair and unbalanced..
    I didn’t necessarily have fun with this campaign, but I ultimately appreciate it for trying new things
    showing players that call of duty is its buttery smooth shooting more than its military focus don’t get me wrong, this is still a military based campaign.. but its so far in the background that you hardly notice, I wouldn’t mind if call of duty contined to let one of its teams play around with its campaigns like it did here and actually step away from military a but, I dubt that would happen, but with this game I see the possibility..
    I give Call of Duty Black Ops 3
    a 7.5/10
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  4. Sep 12, 2016
    5
    Most reviews here aren't judging this game on its merits or flaws, but rather because of the series it's in.

    Which is unfortunate, because
    Most reviews here aren't judging this game on its merits or flaws, but rather because of the series it's in.

    Which is unfortunate, because Black Ops III deserves criticism, but not just because it's another Call of Duty game. I'll admit it's a factor, but that doesn't earn the game an immediate 0. Let's start with the negatives, that have been ignored in favor of the aforementioned or otherwise blindly glossed over.

    This game has the worst multiplayer servers in the series, to the point that it's nearly unplayable. It's not unusual to be disconnected five times in a row. Host migrations almost always fail. Lobbies full of players but never start a match. Random and frequent lag spikes to 400 ping regardless of your connection speed. I once played ten minutes in game for what should have amounted to an hour. -2 for playability.

    The single-player campaign is also easily the worst in the series. It's obvious that they just included it because they had to. Nonsensical plot, meaningless enemies, nonexistant effort put into this at all. If you've ever tried to get into it, I pity you. -2 for including this half-ass throwaway of a campaign.

    Now for the positives. This is the best Zombies experience there is, on par with and built over the original experience in World at War. Diverse maps, great gameplay, complex mechanics that actually require some forethought, and an interesting wrap up to the background storyline to boot. +2 for impressing me on this part of the game, and -1 for deliberately putting the best parts of BO3 in $60 DLC.

    The multiplayer gameplay itself is surprisingly good too, but the unreliability of the servers effectively cancel this out. The specialists and movement system keep things varied enough, and the new game modes like Safeguard are more than welcome. Relatively balanced gunplay. All in all it's still fun with a friend, and that's also the only reason I play it, if only to pass the time waiting to find a real match.

    And yes, -2 for being another COD game. Starting at an 8/10 is more than fair. We all know the series has been milked, but compared to the immediate previous games in this series, BO3 is definitely a standout title. I'd even say that I'd rather play this than MW3 or BO2, and I'd rank BO3 above either of them.
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  5. Dec 23, 2015
    4
    I gave this a 4 because the only thing I really enjoyed about this was the zombies. Other than that this game was crap. Like every Call ofI gave this a 4 because the only thing I really enjoyed about this was the zombies. Other than that this game was crap. Like every Call of Duty now of days, it is a re-skin of the old ones. The story is the same as Advanced Warfare. The multiplayer is like years before. And the exo suits THE EXO SUITS. They basically ruined the game for me. If they took these out then I would give this game a higher rating. Expand
  6. Nov 7, 2015
    2
    The Black ops series is my favorite multiplayer experience COD has ever offered. I cannot explain how disappointed I am in this game. ThisThe Black ops series is my favorite multiplayer experience COD has ever offered. I cannot explain how disappointed I am in this game. This game fees like a titanfall rip off except I can't summon a Titan. At the very best yu could say this game is a sequel to AW and that's not a good thing either lol. Unlike Sony fans at least we have Halo 5 which is amazing and we can still pick up battlefront!!! Let's not allow these guys to recycle this **** anymore guys don't buy Expand
  7. May 22, 2016
    0
    I cannot believe it. I cannot **** believe it. They actually made new weapons, and put them, guess where, in supply drops. The drop rates forI cannot believe it. I cannot **** believe it. They actually made new weapons, and put them, guess where, in supply drops. The drop rates for these weapons are .8 percent. That's ridiculous. They say its not gambling, because you can earn keys to get the drops in game, and drops usually give you a camo, but the keys take forever to get and the camos are **** 99 percent of the time. No, Im not some angry 12 year old writing this in the heat of the moment after I threw 200 dollars at the supply drops and got **** I have several of the weapons, but the fact is that many, many people have thrown away their money at Treyarchs gambling loophole. Acitvision needs to know that this **** isn't going to be tolerated by the community. Expand

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