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

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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:

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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: Black Ops 3

How to download Black Ops 3 for free on PS5

Get Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 5.

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The PlayStation Plus Collection for PlayStation 5 is now available for those with the console.

This new feature is a free addition to all PlayStation Plus subscribers who get a PlayStation 5. It allows PS5 players to experience a collection of games from the PS4 generation, immediately at launch for no additional charge.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Zombies Chronicles Edition is included with the PlayStation Plus Collection.

The Black Ops III Zombies Chronicle Edition includes:

Call of Duty®: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Edition includes the full base game and the Zombies Chronicles content expansion.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III combines three unique game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, providing fans with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty ever.

All games as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection will be available to play immediately on your PS5 console, as long as you have an active PS+ membership.

How to Download on your PS5

  1. Navigate to the PS Plus tile at the top
  2. Click on PlayStation Plus Collection tile
  3. Scroll down to “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Edition”
  4. Hit “Add to Library”

The game file is 56.7GB needed to play.

The game is yours to own so long as you are an active PlayStation Plus Subscriber.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

How Nuketown has changed over the years

We take a look at Nuketown throughout the years.

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Call of Duty revealed that classic map Nuketown will be coming to Black Ops Cold War on November 24.

Nuketown has been in every iteration of the Black Ops franchise and Cold War will be no different. It will feature a brand new version of Nuketown called Nuketown ’84. We’re taking a look at how the classic map has evolved throughout the years.

Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

Nuketown

Where it started. This small map started as a project by level designer Adam Hoggatt. It wasn’t intended to be in the full game but after playtests, it quickly became a favorite among the developers.

Inspired by the 2008 movie Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, the map is designed to be a nuclear testing facility modeled after 1950s suburban America.

Nuketown is a small map, capitalizing on the popularity of Shipment in CoD 4: Modern Warfare (2007) and Rust in Modern Warfare 2 (2009). With its yellow school bus in the center and picket-fenced gardens, it instantly became one of CoD’s most memorable maps.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012)

Nuketown 2025

Nuketown returned in the next installment of the Black Ops franchise. With the exact same layout, this updated version brought Nuketown to the 21st century.

Nuketown 2025 came as a pre-order bonus with Black Ops 2 but could also be purchased as DLC. This version of Nuketown swapped the classic 1950s look for a blend of retro 60s with Black Ops 2’s futuristic aesthetic.

This updated version fixed the spawn issues from the original Nuketown, leading to many believing this to be the best iteration.

Nuketown Zombies

Nuketown was also included in Black Ops 2’s Zombies mode. It was basically the original Nuketown map designed for Zombies.

This version of Nuketown is the aftermath of the nuclear bomb that goes off at the end of every Nuketown round.

In this version, the map has been damaged by the Nuclear Bomb and smoke and ash blotting out the sun. Zombies spawn in all the usual ways but the Pack-A-Punch and Perk-A-Cola machines spawn after killing certain numbers of zombies.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (2012)

Nukehouse

This is a version of Nuketown most will be unfamiliar with. Activision released a stripped-back version of Black Ops for the PS Vita called Black Ops Declassified. The single-player took place between the original Black Ops and Black Ops 2 and also included multiplayer.

A smaller version of Nuketown which only featured the yellow house and the truck on the street was included. This map was extremely small with players often spawning right next to each other.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015)

Nuk3town

Black Ops 3 recreated Nuketown in a science-fiction style. With bright colors, futuristic cars, and digital confetti rising from the buses, this was a very different looking Nuketown. The layout of the map stayed much the same, however.

Read more: Verdansk map to remain in Warzone after Black Ops Cold War launch

This map wasn’t available for the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 as this game released during the transition between console generation.

Apart from the aesthetic changes, this version also had high walls to take advantage of ‘wall-running’ which was part of Call of Duty’s movement system at the time.

There were also Easter Eggs included in Nuk3town such as shooting mannequins in a certain sequence which would start a zombie-esque outbreak.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018)

Nuketown 2018

Nuketown 2018 received a mixed reception. This version took on a Soviet aesthetic, being set in the winter with a muted color palette. Although less of a change compared to Nuk3town, players were underwhelmed by the map’s design.

The specialist abilities such as the Grapple Gun drastically altered the flow of the map. Players felt that Nuketown 2018 played too differently to the original.

An addition some liked was the RC-XD tunnel system, in which the remote car could be driven beneath the map past missile silos, and come out the other side.

Nuketown Island (Blackout)

Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode Blackout featured many classic Black Ops maps. Nuketown was included in a location of the map called Nuketown Island.

Nuketown Island includes the whole town that Nuketown is part of, taking heavy inspiration from the classic Nuketown map as well as Nuketown Zombies. The area is heavily damaged similar to how it is in Nuketown Zombies and contains the original cul-de-sac from Nuketown.

Brand new to Nuketown, the area has a nuclear bunker and tunnel system underneath that players can access.

Call of Duty Mobile (2019)

Call of Duty Mobile contains classic maps from both the Black Ops and Modern Warfare franchises and Nuketown is no exception.

This brought it back to the very original Nuketown map we had in Call of Duty Black Ops. Although played on mobile devices, the map plays much the same as it did in the very first Black Ops.

With Nuketown returning in Black Ops Cold War, expect it to have a 1980s theme.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Edition included with PS Plus Collection

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Sony PlayStation has announced new information on the PlayStation Plus Collection for PlayStation® 5.

This new feature is a free addition to all PlayStation Plus subscribers who get a PlayStation 5. It allows PS5 players to experience a collection of games from the PS4 generation, immediately at launch for no additional charge.

This Collection was first announced during PlayStation’s September event, and listed a selection of games from both Sony’s own studios and 3rd party publishers. The list, intially, did not include any Call of Duty games.

Now, PlayStation has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Zombies Chronicles Edition is included with the PlayStation Plus Collection.

The Black Ops III Zombies Chronicle Edition includes:

Call of Duty®: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Edition includes the full base game and the Zombies Chronicles content expansion.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III combines three unique game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, providing fans with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty ever.

All games as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection will be available to play immediately on your PS5 console, as long as you have an active PS+ membership.

Here’s the list of PlayStation Plus Collection games:

From Worldwide Studios:

  • Bloodborne
  • Days Gone
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Ratchet and Clank 
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Until Dawn
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

From our third-party publishers and developers:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Chronicles Edition
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Fallout 4
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Persona 5
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard

Sony also says that games as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection will be “enhanced” with PS5 Game Boost, which provides improved loading speeds and stable frame rates.

The PlayStation Plus Collection will be an added benefit to the existing PS4 benefits that PlayStation Plus members receive for a single subscription price – no additional membership fee required. Once you redeem a game from the PlayStation Plus Collection, you can keep the games for as long as you are an active PlayStation Plus member. PS4 games redeemed from the PlayStation Plus Collection and played on the PS5 console will see benefits such as increased loading speed and improved or more stable frame rates with PS5’s Game Boost.

SOURCE: PlayStation

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