Black Ops 3 is now officially in the hands of everyone, and Treyarch has returned to the scene to deliver their Call of Duty experience, including for those on PC.
The Call of Duty PC community has had a bumpy ride in recent years for various reasons, but Treyarch have had a history of delivering a solid release – Black Ops 2 on PC for example, which was pretty good. We decided to give Black Ops 3 a try on PC, and in this first part of our series of articles, we play through a section of the campaign. Part 2 and 3 will focus on Multiplayer and benchmarking.
We used GeForce Experience to optimize the graphical settings of Black Ops 3 to get the best balance of performance and quality. We also used ShadowPlay to record the gameplay, another feature of GeForce Experience.
Since we were uploading a video to YouTube in 1080p, we set the in-game resolution to 1920x1080p and applied a frame rate limit of 85fps. We did try 1440p, but we saw more stable results at 1080p for the purpose of a ‘smooth campaign experience’ at a higher frame rate.
Ultimately, aside from applying the best settings with GeForce Experience, we kept everything else in their default position to simulate an end user playing Black Ops 3 for the first time on PC, without making extensive changes to the settings.
If you’re wondering how your PC may perform, you should check out our ‘Everything you need to know‘ article.
As with any PC release, most issues at launch are addressed shortly after in patches and updates.
PC specifications used:
OS: Windows 10 x64
CPU: Core i7-4790
GPU: ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti Platinum Graphics Card (with 358.87 driver)
HDD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD (game only)
We have always been a big fan of the ASUS line up of GTX graphics cards, and will cover the ASUS GTX 960 & 970 in part 2.
In part 2 we’ll go into more detail surrounding the performance and frame rate results using different configurations on multiplayer
From our first run through of the Black Ops 3 campaign, we experienced a solid 85fps using the ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti Platinum Graphics Card, with no frame drops, stutters or input lag to be seen. Stay tuned for part 2!
Lawyer gets in trouble with judge for not playing Call of Duty
In a lawsuit involving Activision’s Infinite Warfare title, a lawyer earned the disapproval of a jude for not playing enough Call of Duty.
After failing to conduct proper research for an active lawsuit, a judge has irritatingly deemed that a lawyer has not played enough Call of Duty.
It’s safe to say most people assume that playing video games would have very little impact on proceedings in a courtroom. However, this specific lawsuit involving Activision and game developers Brooks Entertainment proves that with a little more Call of Duty experience embarrassment could have been avoided.
Of course, embarrassment is not the only thing that could have been avoided as there’s no doubt Brooks Entertainment spent a lot of time and money when they decided to sue Activision in 2021.
According to legal intelligence news site JD Supra, The lawsuit involved a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare character who primarily appeared in the game’s campaign by the name of Sean Brooks. Brooks Entertainment alleged the likeness between Sean Brooks and their character Shon Brooks went beyond just similarly sounding names.
They claimed that “Shon Brooks and Sean Brooks both had unlimited resources and missiles; they bring thieves to justice; they traveled to Mars, and both games had scripted game battle scenes take place in a high fashion couture shopping center mall.”
Demonstrating a clear understanding of their source material, it didn’t take long for Activision to point out that several of the claims made in regards to the characters’ likeness were factually misrepresented.
After an Activision lawyer played through Infinite Warfare’s campaign they declared: “it was immediately apparent to me that many (if not virtually all) of the factual allegations in the Complaint were not accurate.”
For starters, they pointed out that Sean Brooks is not the main character of Infinite Warfare as Brooks Entertainment alleged, and neither do they share any physical similarities. Furthermore, Sean Brooks does not take part in a scripted battle scene inside of a shopping mall as the plaintiffs suggested.
On July 12, 2022, the judge eventually agreed with Activision’s statement and dismissed the lawsuit. To make matters worse the judge also, “ordered the plaintiff’s counsel to reimburse Activision for the reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs that it incurred in the litigation.”
In a humiliating turn of events, the judge claimed that the “Plaintiff’s counsel could have easily verified these facts prior to filing the factually baseless Complaint, just as the Court easily verified them within the first hour and a half of playing the game.”
Not only can CoD fans appreciate that high-quality zinger from the court, but the lawsuit proved that not playing enough Call of Duty could be something you come to regret!
For more, check out everything you need to know about Modern Warfare 2’s campaign mode.
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Call of Duty fans vote for their favorite Modern Warfare Campaign
The Modern Warfare CoD series has some memorable Campaigns, but which game does the community think offers the best experience?
Call of Duty fans are voting for their favorite Modern Warfare campaign of all time, and it’s no surprise to see which titles are coming out on top.
With Modern Warfare 2 on the way, Call of Duty fans are feeling nostalgic. The community loves discussing and debating previous CoD titles, especially those who have been playing the games since the start.
Even younger fans who have fallen in love with modern CoD titles like Warzone, Modern Warfare (2019), and Black Ops Cold War may have gone back to the previous installments to see what the hype is about.
Regardless, most Call of Duty fans have their opinions about which game had the best Multiplayer, but what about the best Modern Warfare Campaign?
With four titles to choose from, our Twitter page asked fans to vote in a poll for their favorite campaign.
As of July 29, Modern Warfare 2 is in the lead with 49.3% of the votes, with Modern Warfare (2019) and Call of Duty 4 coming in second and third respectively.
It’s no surprise to see the original MW2 winning the votes, as it has some of the most memorable Campaign moments in CoD history, such as the No Russian mission and the devastating death of Ghost.
Perhaps Modern Warfare 2 (2022) will take over its predecessor and become a fan favorite, as players may even get to play the Campaign earlier than expected.
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CoD devs reportedly working on “open world RPG” with Infinity Ward job listing
A job listing from Infinity Ward Poland hints at the Call of Duty developers working on a new open-world RPG.
A new job listing from the Call of Duty developers suggests that Infinity Ward’s Poland office is working on a brand-new open-world role-playing game (RPG).
Open-world video games are extremely popular because of the opportunities they provide to players for exploration of large and detailed maps, with titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 being extremely successful.
Now, a new job listing from Infinity Ward Poland appeared for a short while, suggesting that the Call of Duty developers are currently developing a brand-new role-playing game (RPG) with an open-world structure.
In a now-deleted job listing on the Infinity Ward careers page, Activision were looking for someone with experience making “non-linear narratives in open-world games” to work on a “narrative and cinematic experience in an open-world RPG.”
While the developers didn’t reveal what his project is about, the Narrative Director position in the post placed an emphasis on “story, characters, lore, and world-building” for the game that’s in development.
At the time of writing, it’s unconfirmed what exactly this “unannounced AAA project” is called, and one possibility is that it might be a new Call of Duty title as Infinity Ward have never released a game outside of that series.
It’s also possible that this open-world RPG might be an entirely new IP that has no connection to the Call of Duty franchise. We will probably learn more details as the game’s development progresses.
As exciting as this sounds, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is all just speculation based on the now-deleted job listing, and we’ll need to manage our expectations until Infinity Ward officially announce the game.
Image credits: Activision