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E3 2015 Debrief: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Impressions – Thrust jump, Wall-running & more [Part 1]



E3 2015 has been and gone, and this year showcased Black Ops 3 Multiplayer for the first time. Over the course of the next few days, we’ll have several ‘E3 2015 Debrief’ articles and videos where we go in-depth on all things multiplayer.

First and foremost, a huge Thank You to Activision for inviting us out to E3 in LA – myself (Peter), Keshav and Victor attended this year (the first time we’ve all attended the same event).

Black Ops 3 is the third instalment in the Black Ops series, with the return of Treyarch after a 3 year absence. With Sledgehammer Games now in the development rotation, the next time we see Treyarch will be in 2018 once Black Ops 3 hits shelves.

We’ve had several hours of hands-on time with Black Ops 3 Multiplayer across multiple game modes and maps. We were of course playing on PlayStation 4 consoles given the recent exclusivity contract announcement. Going forward, DLC will be appearing first on PlayStation, followed by Xbox & PC.

Here’s a nice panoramic picture from inside the Call of Duty booth at E3:


Let’s jump into movement within Black Ops 3. Keshav has already put together a great article you can check out here.

There’s no denying the Call of Duty Community had an element of concern when the Black Ops 3 Reveal Trailer initially dropped. From the limited gameplay seen, many assumed the exo-suit from Advanced Warfare was making a return in an even bigger fashion, with the addition of wall-running.
Yes, Black Ops 3 does have a thrust jump ability, and you can definitely run along walls, but the effectiveness of both abilities is hugely different to the exo-suit in Advanced Warfare.

If you don’t like reading, we’d suggest watching the 2 videos below!

The thrust jump ability in Black Ops 3 is a very toned down version of the exo-jump ability in Advanced Warfare. Where it might take barely a second to reach peak double jump altitude in Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 3 is closer to 2+ seconds. Let’s not forget you can’t even double jump in Black Ops 3 – it’s more of a ‘gradual’ climb vs. a boost jump.
By the time you’ve exhausted your power meter when thrust jumping, you’ve barely exceeded 4 or so metres off the ground before falling again.

So, what’s the point of the thrust jump? To be honest, it’s merely there to keep you ‘moving’ across the map. Instead of walking around a car, you can ‘move over’ a car. Instead of climbing a short flight of stairs, you can thrust to the ledge on the side instead.
Thrust jumping will rarely allow you to reach the second floor of a building, and it definitely won’t get you from one rooftop to another – you’ll simply fail to even come close.

It’s also not very effective in gunfights, simply because the thrust jump is gradual and slow in contrast to the exo-suit boost jump in Advanced Warfare. You might occasionally ‘get away’ from an enemy if you react quickly enough, but by the time you’ve started climbing in front of an enemy, you’re basically dead.

You might be noticing a pattern here – yes, Black Ops 3 is definitely a more grounded Call of Duty – in fact, the YouTube gameplay videos speak for themselves. You’ll find yourself running along the ground a whole lot more in Black Ops 3, and this feels surprisingly refreshing.
You’ll definitely find yourself double tapping A/X for the first hour or so expecting a double jump, but once you’ve become accustomed to the Black Ops 3 style of gameplay, you soon convert. Black Ops 3 feeling ‘slow’ after playing Advanced Warfare was an initial concern, but it didn’t feel slow by any means – if anything, quite the opposite.

Since Black Ops 3 is definitely more toned down vs Advanced Warfare when it comes to movement, it did feel a tad ‘clunky’ at first, but this soon wears off after an hour or so. Additionally, Black Ops 3 has unlimited sprint which increases the ‘base pace’ of the game.

With the thrust jump ability combined with unlimited sprint, and map layouts accommodating the new movement mechanics, you never feel far away from your next gun battle. Black Ops 3 is definitely a fast game in that respect, with an evident emphasis on gun-on-gun battles. In fact, high scoring games seemed to be more common during the Community capture sessions that took place during E3. Getting a 40+ kill game definitely felt more achievable vs Advanced Warfare during the capture sessions last year.

You also have a power slide ability somewhat similar to Advanced Warfare which gives you a noticeable jolt forward. You can also adjust the direction of travel mid-slide to assist in navigating a corner, or even a doorway. It’s surprisingly useful in evading enemies in the right circumstances, as the slide is quite aggressive in terms of speed and motion – much quicker than the thrust jump.

Both the thrust jump and power slide will draw energy from your power meter, which is showcased within a white bar towards the lower center part of the screen. Energy depletion is rather quick in Black Ops 3, meaning you need to be intelligent with your movement actions – that being said, it also recharges quickly enough.

Wall running is also making an appearance – a system many have compared to Titanfall. Although it’s the same concept, it’s significance in Black Ops 3 is definitely toned down also. Wall running is effective in numerous areas, and acts as a tactical movement option, but most definitely not necessary to move around the map.
For example, there are some instances where you can flank on the ‘outer edge’ of the map, not normally accessible by foot in order to bypass a particular pathway. This is useful for either taking people out by surprise from behind, or merely evading potential action for a short period of time.

Personally I didn’t find myself using it all that much, but once we become familiar with the maps, it’s definitely a viable movement mechanic for many situations, and ultimately increases the pace of the game in a positive way.

Fall damage has also returned to Black Ops 3, although you’ll struggle to find circumstances where this will be impactful – at least from the maps we played. As long as you have a small amount of juice in your power meter, you can soften your landing with the thrust jump. In fact, only once or twice did I experience noticeable harm from a landing, which I could have prevented with thrust.

Generally there is nothing negative to say about the movement mechanics within Black Ops 3 – it’s definitely down to personal preference. What I can confidently say however is, movement is definitely closer to that of Black Ops 2 than Advanced Warfare. You will find yourself on the ground a whole lot more, and there’s a real emphasis on gun-on-gun action and overall gunskill.

That’s all for Part 1, but be sure to check back for Part 2 where we cover even more.

Let us know your thoughts below.


Call of Duty players want a Battlefield Portal inspired mode in the future

After FPS fans were blown away by Battlefield Portal’s reveal, Call of Duty fans want to see a similar mode in the future.



Battlefield Portal and Modern Warfare 2

Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode was finally announced at EA Play: Battlefield Portal. This is a hub for content from previous Battlefield games, and Call of Duty players want to see a similar mode in the future.

Like Battlefield, Call of Duty has depicted various theatres of war over the years, both real and fictional. Although Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, as a throwback for long-time fans of the franchise, they’ve included Battlefield Portal.

This brings weapons, maps, vehicles, and more from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into one, ultimate sandbox experience. Impressed with the new mode, Call of Duty fans have been asking for a similar experience.

Battlefield Portal vehicles

Call of Duty fans have been desperate for remasters of their favorite games from the franchise, with Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer being the most prominent. Black Ops Cold War is chock-full of maps from Black Ops 2, but players still want to see more content from the games they grew up with.

Battlefield 2042 found the solution to this with their new Portal mode. With access to a ton of content from previous Battlefield games, players can create almost any custom game mode they can dream up.

“And that’s how you incorporate remastered content into your game,” said renowned industry insider Tom Henderson after seeing the reveal. He followed this by theorizing that Call of Duty will create something similar in the “next 5 years.”

His theory was met with resounding excitement, with many Call of Duty players wanting to see their favorite multiplayer and Zombies experiences return in the same way.

Battlefield Portal “truly could be the next BIG THING for creators,” said popular YouTuber Chaosxsilencer. “Imagine a Call of Duty Portal with BO2, BO3, WaW, MW2, MW3 assets all usable and customizable.”

“The custom game options available with #BATTLEFIELD2042 and the Battlefield Portal are amazing. So many options and ways to be creative and have fun,” said Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone. “@RavenSoftware we need things like this in Warzone, especially with Battlefield announcing this today.”

With how extensive of a backlog Call of Duty has, it’s very likely that Activision will take inspiration from Battlefield’s exciting new mode – and the demand for it is certainly there.

If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, you can check out how to get access to the Open Beta in September.

Image Credit: Activision / EA

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Zombies World Record beaten after nearly 300 hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

It took one Twitch streamer nearly 300 hours of gameplay to beat the World Record for Black Ops 3’s Nacht Der Untoten Zombies.



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One player has done the unthinkable and beaten the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nacht Der Untoten Zombies World Record by reaching round 255.

Zombies has a storied history dating all the way back to 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War came bundled with a bonus mini-game called ‘Nacht der Untoten.’ The legendary Nazi Zombies mode would go on to reach ridiculous levels of popularity to the point that Treyarch had to make extra Zombies maps.

Since then, virtually every single CoD title has included new versions and variations of the Zombies formula. Black Ops Cold War is currently enjoying the launch of Mauer Der Toten, the freshest Zombies experience.

However, one Twitch streamer has overlooked modern Zombies in favor of a previous game – Black Ops 3. After 20 days of playing the same game of Nacht Der Untoten on and off, a new World Record was set.

The feat was accomplished by CoD Zombies Twitch streamer TomPhantasy as he smashed the previous record by a staggering 40 rounds to reach Round 255.

Beginning his run on July 2, he spent the next 20 days clocking up nearly 300 hours of game time to obliterate the previous Nacht Der Untoten record.

Remarkably, he was only downed twice, and they both came once he’d surpassed the record figure anyway.

The final seconds of the footage are of the streamer clearing up the last few dregs of Zombies until the round icon in the bottom-left changes to 255.

This absolutely smashes the previous record of 216 rounds set by user Chihiro-516, and may never be beaten.

Dexerto was even able to secure an exclusive word with the streamer to get more reaction to his feat: “The Zombies community has been supporting me for months when I have been attempting this record through the highs and lows,” he said.

He continued: “I knew I had to keep going, because after 24.8 days the game freezes, This meant I had to play 13+ hours per day for those 25 days.”

Massive congratulations need to go to the player who was able to gut his way through an arduous three weeks of Zombies. With Mauer Der Toten very much the new Zombies craze, we wonder if he will one day attempt to set the record for it.

Also, for some more incredible accomplishments, check out the Cold War player who reached 10th Prestige without killing a single player.

Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy

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How much are COD Points? How to buy, price, how to spend & more

COD Points are the currency of Call of Duty. Here’s a guide on their price, how you can buy them, where to spend them, and what you can buy.



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COD Points have become an integral part of Call of Duty games as they can buy some great cosmetics and other items to show off. So here’s a quick guide to tell you how much points cost, how you can buy them, where you can spend them, and what you can get.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Cold War and Warzone offering special Rambo and John McClane skins and bringing back legendary Operators like Soap and Captain Price, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend COD Points.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game and requires COD Points to do so.

So with our detailed guide today, we’re going to run through the basics of COD Points to help you understand them, tell you what they do, and more.

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What is the price of COD Points?

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying COD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas some need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various COD Points bundles:

  • 200 COD Points for $1.99 or £1.79
  • 500 COD Points for $4.99 or £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) COD Points for $9.99 or £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) COD Points for $19.99 or £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) COD Points for $39.99 or £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) COD Points for $74.99 or £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) COD Points for $99.99 or £84.99

How do I buy COD Points?

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You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

These are the various ways you can procure COD Points.

Official website

This method is only for PC players.

A quick visit to the shop will take you to the aforementioned COD Points bundles, and you can take your pick.

PlayStation Store

This method is only for PlayStation players.

Head to the PlayStation Store either on your PS4, PS5, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.

You will be able to purchase them using money or PSN credit.

Xbox Microsoft Store

This method is only for Xbox players.

Head to the Microsoft Store either on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.

You will be able to purchase them using money or Xbox Gift cards.


Online or select physical retailers will have copious amounts of COD Points vouchers and gift cards for you to purchase. There will be no difference between official sales and retails sales as they will all sell the same bundles.

Where do I spend my COD Points?

Now that you have a nice bundle of COD Points, where do you actually go to spend them? Well, the answer is rather simple: head to the in-game store for the game you’re playing, browse, and buy.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

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A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone are currently in Season Two of their respective lifecycles at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of Season 2, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough COD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You can buy the Cold War & Warzone Season 4 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods:


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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.

Also, check out when Black Ops Cold War Season 5 and Warzone Season 5 are set to begin.

Image credits: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software

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