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COD Black Ops 3 will drop your GPA

Thursday, November 26, 2015

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Written by Zoey Ross

The Black Ops 3, the long awaited sequel in the Call of Duty franchise arrived in stores at midnight on Nov. 6. This addicting game landed square in the middle of midterms for many. Post-secondary students, Gryphons, consider yourselves warned.

With the dismal failure of Call of Duty Ghosts followed by the so-so, exploratory Call of Duty Advanced Warfare fans were left aching for more from the Call of Duty brand. Black Ops 3 delivers and has that well refined Call of Duty playing experience. It has been celebrated by critics and users alike. Metacritic is weighing Black Ops 3 with an aggregate critic score that stands at 81/100 at time of publication.

IGN has praised Call of Duty Black Ops 3 granting it “Amazing” status, giving it the editors’ choice title and rating 9.2 out of 10.

“The biggest and most feature-packed Call of Duty to date,” wrote Brian Albert for IGN.

Albert is alluding to the mountain of content with game and the multiple in game systems that have been layered on. In contrast to recent Call of Duty games when you buy the vanilla edition you are getting a whole game, not just a platform that you feel semi-obligated to make more in game purchases.

Noted editions that appear in Black Ops 3 include: a fleshed out zombie experience points system, well weighted fluid-movement mechanics, new perk system in Zombies mode, Free Run mode, specialist abilities, and a phenomenal story mode wherein you have the ability to play along as a female protagonist for the first time.  Set in 2065, 40 years after the events in Black Ops 2, a team of super-soldiers are set with the task of saving humanity from the growing evils that use robots and advanced intelligence systems to break society as they know it.

In the interest of fairness it is important to note that Treyarch, a Call of Duty developer, was the first studio to have a full three year development cycle. In the past, it has been two studios producing a Call of Duty game every other year. This time Treyarch had three years to complete the project.

With an $80 price tag in Canada, the most expensive stock Call of Duty game to date players can expect true value and 100+ hours of gaming experience.

Black Ops 3 has been released for PS4, Xbox One, PC and in part on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The older generation console versions of this game only include the Multiplayer and Zombies game mode. While these options are what gives Black Ops 3 great replay value, by buying the PS3 or Xbox 360 version you sacrifice the story. The PS4 and Xbox One being less than two years on the market and having not significantly dropped in price may not be available for all gamers. The light version of Black Ops 3 is the best bet for anyone who isn’t quite ready to upgrade to a next generation console. To entice Call of Duty fans to upgrade Treyarch, Sony and Microsoft came to an agreement where they are offering Xbox One and PS4 Call of Duty Black Ops 3 bundles. Included in the box is an aesthetically customized console and controller, and Call of Duty Black Ops 3. By buying the Black Ops 3 PS4 bundle folks save $30 on the price of the game and gain an extra 500 GB capacity in the bundle marked at $500. This is surely the sentence being said by zealous teenagers to their mothers across the globe.

Hopefully next years unnamed edition in the Call of Duty franchise will benefit as much as Treyarch has from the increased development time and fans can get an equally superb or better game to play.

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