Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Eclipse

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Call of Duty continues to be a informative phenomenon, yet mostly with a disastrous connotation. It sells like hotcakes sure, yet we have difficulty tracking down people in my tangible life that play those games. At this point, a array has started to overstay a acquire with prior hardcore fans that were bending by Call of Duty 4, and a tired and ubiquitous awfulness of Ghosts didn’t assistance matters.

But we constantly hear a same thing from people: “Treyarch’s still got it.” Whether they still play a array or not, bend for one of a 3 Call of Duty studios is palpable; that couldn’t have been some-more clear with Black Ops III, that packaged in a Jeff Goldblum-ridden Cthulu zombies mode and an aged propagandize arcade shooter with duck love.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Eclipse (PC, PS4 [reviewed], Xbox One)
Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Activision
Released: Apr 19, 2016 (PS4) / TBA (PC, Xbox One)
MSRP: $14.99 ($50 Season Pass for 4 packs)

Much like a initial DLC’s “Splash” map, Knockout is a manifest feast. Looking off into a distance, players can see islands and birds drifting about, and even a wharf next is visible. Cherry freshness petals dot a locus on a colourful map that eschews a standard shooter-brown hues.

As a mostly outside affair, a blueprint is a tad scrunched, and sadly, a indoor areas are too tight-knit for their possess good. Having pronounced that, there’s copiousness of impression afoot, including a Bruce Lee Game of Death nod and a musty disco room.

Rift, on a other hand, is a apparent diseased mark of a Eclipse DLC as it feels like a map that’s already packaged into 2014’s Advanced Warfare (specifically, Horizon). It’s your standard exquisite blueprint packaged with plane tunnels, despite Black Ops III‘s ubiquitous concentration on verticality.

There’s still some emergence of bid here, given notwithstanding a general layout, it has a cold theme. As a hulk lifted height over a horrible landscape, it’s neat to demeanour down during a imminent lava next and watch a trains go by on a sides. In other words, it’s not a finish disaster.

With one of a wildest layouts to date, Spire is extraordinary to travel around and demeanour at. An airfield that is housed wholly above a clouds, it’s dirty with unconventional outfit like suitcases and even depart and attainment interfaces. It’s unequivocally sleek, roughly like it belongs in a sci-fi film. 

The blueprint consists of a array of high walls that lead to chokepoints, creation it ideal for objective-based games. I’m not crazy about it now that a wow-factor of fighting in what is radically an cerulean Bespin is gone, yet it’s a good turn that I’m happy to play when it comes adult in a rotation.

Then there’s Verge, that is a reconstitute of Bonzai from World during War. Where bringing behind maps as partial of a $15 DLC is customarily a punch in a gut, a diversion is scarcely 10 years aged during this point, and this one was value re-creating as it’s nearby unrecognizable.

Treyarch went all out here, framing a turn around dual tribes that quarrel over a singular H2O source, Mad Max-style. we adore that there’s even a little spirit of story involved, as we don’t typically see this arrange of bid put into say, Halo maps. There’s also a lot of cold design in a form of tags opposite a arena, and a executive cavern that creates for some moving firefights.

And what would a map container be though a zombies stage? Zetsubou No Shima stairs adult to a image here, as a “mysterious island off a Pacific.” Stop me if you’ve seen this before, but Shima unequivocally deserves credit for committing to a jungle theme. Players will have to condense by webs and cut by vines instead of merely opening doors, and a uncanny bucket filling/seed planting automechanic will keep we invested over seeking out a expostulate of scrutiny and combat.

It’s not as considerable as Der Eisendrache or a aforementioned Shadows of Evil though. This is mostly due to tired from a same expel that has been around given World during War, as there’s usually so many times we can hear Steve Blum call a zombie a “freakbag” before your eyes start to hurl in a behind of your head. we unequivocally favourite saying Heather Graham flog Lovecraftian donkey in a bottom Black Ops III map.

Let’s see some-more of that Treyarch.

[This examination is formed on a sell build of a diversion supposing by a publisher.]


Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Eclipse reviewed by Chris Carter

GOOD

A plain diversion that really has an audience. Might miss replay value, could be too brief or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, yet a knowledge is fun.
How we score:  The Destructoid Reviews Guide

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