On the surface there doesn’t seem to be the excitement surrounding this year’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” as there was with last year’s “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” which seemed to pull a few COD agnostics and former fans back into the franchise.
Chalk that up to the stiff competition in the same genre this season sucking all the air out of the room, or rather in the press. The series’ core faithful are absolutely smitten with ‘Black Ops 3’ and a new Nielsen report indicates the game is the most anticipated multi-platform holiday game of 2015 with a 98% anticipation level – above “Fallout 4” (95%), “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” (95%), “Need for Speed” (92%), “Star Wars: Battlefront” (88%), “Rise of the Tomb Raider” (80%) and “Rock Band 4” (76%).
“Halo 5: Guardians” topped the Xbox One exclusives list with a stunning 100% rating, “Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection” topped the PS4 exslucives list with a 79% rating, and “Yoshi’s Wooly World” topped the Wii U list with 91%.
Activision and Treyarch aren’t letting its competitors steal the limelight either with the companies having released both a story trailer last week and now a new ‘story overview’ trailer this week about the research that was put into creating the bleak future setting of the game.
In the new game, biotechnology has allowed for soldiers with direct neural interfaces – meaning they’re interconnected and more lethal than ever before. This allows for a new co-op and multiplayer experiences, new weapon customization, a “momentum-based, chained movement system,” and a zombie mode set in a 1940s noir setting and starring the voices of Jeff Goldblum, Ron Perlman, Heather Graham, Robert Picardo, and Neal McDonough.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops III” hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 6th.