Friday, September 4, 2020

Black Ops is a Nice Surprise

I had mentioned previously that I was behind on most things Call of Duty especially from companies other than Infinity Wards. After beating Black Ops 1 & 2 and starting Black Ops 3 I'm seriously impressed by what Treyarch have done with the series. 

The story of Black Ops 1 was interesting but the game-play to game-play moments were, more often than not, a chore to get through. I pushed through in order to understand what this series was all about. 

Black Ops 2, on the other hand, had a less interesting story but the game-play to game-play moments were more interesting. I very much enjoyed the customization options before starting a mission as well as the "Strike", optional, side missions which made the experience feels like it was tailored just for me. I also enjoyed the multiplayer maps from the few matches that I've done against bots. This is a game I would love to play during Lan parties.

Black Ops 3 campaign is still in progress but I can already see that they went all out with the customization on this one. Part of the reason why I like playing the likes of Need For Speed/Forza is because I can paint the cars the way I want. Treyarch brought this mechanic to the guns and it feels not only familiar but at home here. It makes me wonder why other series, like Ghost Recon, haven't introduced this into their game as well. I hope this was also part of Black Ops 4 as well.

From playing the first 3 Black Ops, I've noticed that Treyarch seems to take more risk when designing a game. Each new iteration is not only an improvement over the other it also introduces new mechanics that still manages to surprise series veterans. At this point, I feel like taking my time with Black Ops 3 and I want to experience the multiplayer as much as I can before moving on to Black Ops 4. I'm also very curious about Treyarch new "Cold War" game coming this year - what else do you have in store for us Treyarch?

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