Black Ops III hands-on preview (from a guy that has no idea what he’s doing)

By GamingNexus On 28 Aug, 2015 At 12:00 AM | Categorized As Gaming Industry News | With 0 Comment

There’s a first time for everything. My first time stepping into a multiplayer first-person shooter map happened just this past week, in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta. For real, in my 30-some years as a gamer, I’d managed to avoid all of those FPS arenas. Sure, I’ve played plenty of single-player shooters throughout the years (BioShock, Half-Life 2, Halo, et al), but playing against other human beings on the other side of a T.V. screen? Nuh-uh.

So, take my impressions of the Black Ops III multiplayer beta as you will. If you want someone that knows what they’re talking about and has a history with the series (or with multiplayer FPSes in general), that ain’t me. You know where to find the back button on your browser. But, if there really is a first time for everything, and if somebody else’s first time is something worth reading about, well, here we are.

I went in blind, obviously. Without prior-existing knowledge of what happens on a Call of Duty map, I came equipped with nothing but my fear. It locked itself like an iron maiden around my brain. I can fail over and over on my own and not be bothered. But knowing that my morbid lack of experience could let down my entire team? That’s what I was afraid of. That was the root of my fear.

I got to the beta’s front page. It wasn’t actually a main menu—just a guy in modern-warfare armor, sitting with his back against the fiery outline of the Roman numeral III. Yep. Black Ops III. I was in the right place. But this dude looks like the bad guy. I know we don’t want to run around looking like a bunch of Spaceball troops, but honestly, if this fella is supposed to be the good guy, then I don’t want to see the bad guys.


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