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POSTED 29/11/15


CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

Treyarch/Activision



I found my soldier girl, she’s so far away...

Like REALLY far away – some 50 years into the future. But if that’s how long equality takes, we guess things could be worse. But not much.

This future world is familiar – climate change, tech fear, cold war vibes - and unfamiliar - humans bolstered by connected neural networks and robotic body bits. Well, the latter’s unfamiliar if you haven’t seen (the original) RoboCop – and if you haven’t then go and watch it. Now! We’ll wait.

Face it, no matter what sort of wall-running, drone hacking techno peep they hurl at us, none of us sci-fi savvy types are going to bat an eyelid. Probably because they’re controlled by servo motors...

We’re talking the campaign here, where – as a chick or a bloke - you’re part of a covert team (literally if you muster three more players for co-op) that hits Ethiopia. Sneakily. Things go SNAFU, and you awake to find that you’ve had numerous robotic bits inserted in you. Ow! Cue a war against Singaporean criminals, which is just the beginning of your RoboBond world tour.

It’s all smooth-as, maintaining the CoD sheen while embracing added mobility with the likes of wall-running, super-slides and boosted jumps. These features carry on to the ever-popular multiplayer. 12 maps, nine specialists for assailment, and all with unique strengths and weaknesses.

Zombies return, and not only have they gone all noir on our arses, ‘Shadow of Evil’ also features Hellboy, Felicity Shagwell and Jeff Goldblum! Need we say more? OK we will. You can transmogrify into a tentacled beastie. It’s cool.

As solid a CoD package as ever, fusspots may find single player lacking – while our major issue was flaky internet making it unplayable, bouncing back to the menu and trying to start a new campaign whenever our PS4 couldn’t latch onto the world. It made our head spin around...

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