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IGN (Nov 06, 2015)
From its four-player co-op campaign to the brand-new powers and a fleshed-out Zombies mode, Black Ops 3 meaningfully pushes the Call of Duty series forward on several fronts. Even where it doesn't innovate, it still meets the high bar Call of Duty fans should expect. Black Ops 3 isn't the best Call of Duty game ever, but it's the biggest and most feature-packed game we've seen out of the series yet.
Destructoid (Nov 06, 2015)
At this point, at least two of the Call of Duty developers (Treyarch and Sledgehammer), have it figured out. They now have a three-year development cycle, which means that technically, each individual game is not a rushed "annual" iteration. While the campaign could certainly be a lot stronger, Black Ops III is living proof of that concept.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 26, 2016)
You can even play solo against an army of CPU-controlled bots! If that's not enough there's a slew of bonus games including Bioshock-inspired zombie mode and Smash TV-inspired "Dead Ops 2" overhead shooter (complete with pixelated cut-scenes). These bonus modes aren't especially fun but it sure was nice of Activison to include them. The Call of Duty formula may be running on fumes, but the sheer amount of play value in Black Ops III is of the charts
74 (Nov 11, 2015)
Spielerisch bleibt mir Treyarch aber zu konservativ: Angenehm verwinkelte Areale und zahlreiche Gadgets machen die Action zwar variantenreicher, das Level-Design fordert die coolen Spielereien aber viel zu selten. Stattdessen verlässt sich die Kampagne zu oft auf simple Schießbuden-Gefechte mit schwacher KI und wilde Railshooter-Einlagen, die bei weitem nicht mehr so beeindrucken können wie früher. Auch der Mehrspieler-Part erzeugt gemischte Gefühle: Von kleinen Technik-Problemen abgesehen laufen die blitzschnellen Gefechte meist sauber und flüssig. Trotz Akrobatik und motivierender Experimente mit den neuen Spezialfähigkeiten der Specialists fühlt sich die Action aber nicht so aufregend an wie z.B. das gewagtere "Kriegsgebiet" in Halo 5.
Giant Bomb (Nov 05, 2015)
You'd think a game with this many modes and features would be more exciting than it is.
The Jimquisition (Nov 07, 2015)
It hit me, while playing through Black Ops III, how little any of it matters. This one game, for all its marketing and hype, for all the people currently screaming and yelling throughout its servers as they taste crushing defeat alongside triumphant victory, will be worth less than nothing twelve months from now. It will not stick with us, because that’s not what Call of Duty does. Not anymore, anyway.
Diehard GameFan (Nov 19, 2015)
If you’re here for the zombies, you know what you’re in for. If you’re here for the campaign, you should probably just go elsewhere.