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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Campaign Levels Are Unlocked From the Start

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 campaign will feature four-player co-op play at launch, but even those who pick up the game a few weeks after can join in with their friends at any point in the game as all campaign levels will be unlocked from the start.


Essentially, the developer decided to open up all of the campaign levels for play so that players can jump in for co-op play at any point in the campaign regardless of how far their friends are in the game.

Furthermore, if the player is “underpowered” and doesn’t have the proper guns to perform well in  the mission, they can borrow and share guns from their friends so that they can head straight into the any level.

“To that end, the whole of Black Ops 3’s story is unlocked from the start, meaning you can jump into any level with your friends and start playing right away. If you’re underpowered, they can even share guns with you, so you could – in theory – buy the game and head straight into the last level, fully pimped out with the best weaponry,” writes Games Radar.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Campaign Co-op and Cyber Core Tutorial Trailer

During E3 2015, at the Sony press conference, Activision and Treyarch showcased the first gameplay of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s four-player co-operative campaign.


Earlier today, the developer uploaded an extended cut of the gameplay of the “Ramses Station” mission shown at the E3 PlayStation press conference, along with a tutorial of the “Cyber Cores” feature in the campaign.

“Take a deep dive into the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 cooperative campaign with the Cyber Core tutorial and an extended cut from “Ramses Station” as seen exclusively at the Sony Playstation E3 booth. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a dark, gritty future where a new breed of Black Ops soldier emerges and the lines are blurred between our own humanity and the cutting-edge military technology that define the future of combat.”

“Designed for four-player online co-op or solo play, players will encounter epic cinematic moments and open-area gameplay, allowing players to approach the game with a different strategy each time they play. And now your campaign character is completely customizable: from weapons and loadouts, to abilities and outfits, all with full progression systems and a personalized armory to show off accomplishments. With these and many more exciting new features, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 aims to deliver a constantly-evolving campaign experience.” 

See the campaign co-op playthrough trailer after the break.  Read more »

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ramses Station” E3 Co-Op Campaign Demo

During the Sony E3 press conference today, Activision and Treyarch showed off the first gameplay of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 co-operative campaign.


For the first time, Call of Duty was shown at the Sony E3 press conference as part of the new partnership between PlayStation and Activision. Activision made an announcement revealing that all Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC and the multiplayer BETA are both coming to PlayStation first.

Earlier this year, Treyarch announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feature a four-player co-operative campaign. Fans got a first look at the game’s new co-op play at the Sony press conference. Treyarch studio head, Mark Lamia presented the gameplay demo of the “Ramses Station” mission, which can be seen after the break (or a HD version at IGN). Read more »

Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch to Feature in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Earlier today, Activision announced that NFL player Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks is going to appear in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and will portray a villain in the game’s campaign.


This news comes from ESPN The Magazine’s special eSports issue. The cover feature confirmed that Seattle Seahawks’ running back, Marshawn Lynch will be an in-game character in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Lynch recently visited Activision’s motion capture studio for facial scanning and performance capture.

“Marshawn Lynch is the perfect match for Call of Duty,” Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said. “I mean, he’s a guy who fills stadiums, crushes competitors, and has a Beast Mode. What could be more CoD than that?”

According to Lynch, “the whole game is Beast Mode.” For the entire story, check out the full ESPN article.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Gets Details on Campaign, Features Four Player Cooperative Play

Treyarch’s upcoming shooter, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, takes place in the year 2065, 35 years following the events in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and the devastating drone strikes that occurred.


Following these events, the strongest countries around the world developed the DEAD (Directed Energy Air Defense) systems, basically to prevent another drone war. DEAD is an umbrella defense system created to make air superior useless, shifting military strength and the focus of combat to “boots on the ground.”

Essentially, wars are now fought by cybernetically-enhanced soldiers. During the single-player game’s campaign, there are two major factions that are fighting against each other – the Common Defense Pack and the Winslow Accord. Robotics and biological augmentation have become pervasive, and are the main means of combat. Soldiers are given access to tech called DNI (Direct Neural Interface) that connects the soldier’s retina and nervous system to their combat armor and weapon system.  Read more »

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Will Offer a “Gender Neutral” Story, Lets You Play as a Female Lead

For the first time in franchise history, this year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feature a playable female lead character in the game’s single-player campaign.


Female soldiers were originally introduced back in 2013’s Call of Duty: Ghosts as playable characters in multiplayer, and it appears that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will go one step further, allowing players to choose between male and female protagonists in the game’s cooperative campaign.

During a recent interview with Polygon, Treyarch’s studio head, Mark Lamia, explained that the studio wrote a “gender-neutral” script for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, so that the game’s campaign can be played with either a male or female protagonist. Essentially, the story will be the same for both perspectives, “a bit of character” will come through in how both the male and female actors portray these characters.

Essentially, to explain Treyarch’s approach on this, Lamia cites Sigourney Weaver’s script in the first Alien movie. For the movie, the script was originally written for a male as the main role, and then, when the actress got cast, the script stayed the exact same, making no changes to what was originally planned.

Furthermore, Lamia was also careful to point out that the female character won’t simply be a tweaked version of the male model, that it isn’t just a “female head on a male body.” For the female character, “we had a female rig and a whole animation set,” he confirmed.

“You can be male, and you can be female. And by the way, that means you’ve got a full female track for the whole thing as well. So male track, female track,” said executive producer Jason Blundell.

“Traffic” Campaign Level Revealed For Advanced Warfare

Part of their month-long coverage of Sledgehammer Games’ upcoming shooter, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, IGN First presents an exclusive premiere of “Traffic,” another one of the game’s campaign missions.


During this exclusive, Sledgehammer Games’ co-founder and co-studio head Glen Schofield presents a first-look at a single player campaign mission named “Traffic.” Traffic is set is Lagos, Nigeria, and sees the player in a high-speed chase across the city. See it after the break.  Read more »

See Advanced Warfare’s “Collapse” Gameplay With Developer’s Commentary

Earlier today, GameStop unlocked another piece of exclusive content as part of their “Advanced Training” promotion – gameplay of Advanced Warfare’s “Collapse” mission with Developer’s Commentary by the Sledgehammer Games co-founders.


During the video, Sledgehammer Games’ co-founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield provide their commentary on the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare single-player campaign mission, “Collapse,” which takes place on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Essentially, this is the same gameplay of “Collapse” that Sledgehammer Games showcased at Gamescom but with added commentary from the developer’s themselves. Check it out after the break.  Read more »

Advanced Warfare’s “Collapse” Gameplay Shown at Gamescom

During the Microsoft presentation at Gamescom this morning, Sledgehammer Games’ co-founders Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey took the stage to showcase another one of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s campaign missions, “Collapse.”


Back in June at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, this campaign mission was shown to the press behind closed doors. Earlier today, Sledgehammer Games unveiled the mission to the public at Gamescom and it is now available online for all to watch.

Taking place in San Francisco, “Collapse” sees Sentinel forces pursue a van on the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out the entire mission for yourself after the break.  Read more »

Advanced Warfare Campaign Story Trailer and Multiplayer World Reveal Announced

Earlier today, Sledgehammer Games and Activision posted a brand-new campaign story trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and announced the date for the multiplayer reveal.


“With nations brought to their knees by a global terrorist attack, the world turns to Atlas, the largest private military company on the planet. Power, though, changes everything,” reads the trailer description.

During the end of the trailer, Sledgehammer also left a small surprise for fans, by announcing the date for the Advanced Warfare multiplayer world reveal as well as a quick sneak peek at the mode. The Advanced Warfare multiplayer reveal will take place on August 11, so stay tuned. Check out the trailer following the break.  Read more »