Black Ops 3 Adds New Content 3 Years Later

With the newest Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4, fast approaching, Activision has apparently seen fit to give the series an update – three years late.

Despite having a new game only a couple months from launch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has just received a variety of new content via a patch. The reason for this was not given by Activision, speculation being few and far between from those in the know. This decision is made even more confusing given that Call of Duty: WWII is currently the latest game in the franchise, making this an update for a game significantly out of date both in age and edition.

Whatever their reasoning, Activision and Sledgehammer Games haven’t cut any corners with the update, supplying a surprisingly extensive amount of content entirely for free. First among these updates is a new game mode known as Prop Hunt.

Prop Hunt originates in Steam games like Gary’s Mod and Team Fortress 2, involving teams of players that take turns becoming props or hunting for props. Half the players will select an interactable item found on the map, which their character model will become as they try to hide somewhere and fool the hunters. Hunters, in turn, will try to find which items are actually other players in disguise.

In total, Prop Hunt is playable on ten of the game’s different maps. Additionally, a special addition was made to the Prop Hunt mode when played on the map Nuk3town. As all props on this stage are mannequins distinguished by their poses, prop players are given nine total decoy mannequins to plant around the stage as opposed to the standard three lookalike items on other maps.

Finally, two more guns have been added to the game. The RPK, originally featured in the original Black Ops, will be making its return alongside the World War II-era Sten. Both of these guns will be part of the Operation Swarm event, in addition to new skins, a nighttime version of the Fringe map, and double XP playlists.

‘Call of Duty’ Returns to Roots

If you grew up with video games in the last decade or so then ‘Call of Duty’ has been a staple of your world. In fact the series, which is often shortened to just COD, has been on an almost yearly release for awhile now — always pushing the envelope in terms of multiplayer scope. Now we are seeing the legendary series return back to its roots: WWII. The announcement was recently made that Call of Duty will be turning away from the modern warfare that we are used to, no pun intended, in order to focus on the Golden Era — the men and women who risked all to prevent the greatest evil the world has ever known from overcoming us all.

 

Many folks are going to raise an eyebrow over Activision’s decision to roll back the clock and return to WWII. In fact, the cynical among us will even call their decision a ploy for nostalgia — recalling CoD 2 and the days of laying down sniper fire in France. We’re okay with the decision, even if it is a ploy to pull on the greatest real life drama that the world has ever seen. We’re ready to return to Normandy and storm the beaches. We’re ready to go back to Europe and see a war front first hand that has never been replicated, and hopefully never will.

 

We suppose the biggest risk that Activision is taking is that they could be treading the same ground that we’ve run over, over and over again. How can Call of Duty, a series which was built on the Golden Generation, return once again and come up with something fresh? Well, Activision’s response seems genuine and simple: they are going to focus on the mortality and vulnerability of the soldiers who fought in that war. Nowadays, it is easy to get lost in the almost super-human characters that have populated the CoD landscape. We’re too used to high tech weapony, super muscle bound dudes, and seemingly super human feats of strength in the face of hordes of enemies. For our taste, we’re ready to go back to the days where a single determined sniper could keep you planted in your spot. We’re ready to experience that feat in the newest installment of Call of Duty.