Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but it’s advanced. Way, way advanced. The reveal trailer gives us a glimpse into the crazy war-plagued future that awaits us all. This future, which again has no connection to the world of Advanced Warfare, has walking mechs like in Star Wars.
That’s pretty advanced, but what really makes Black Ops 3 more advanced than advanced is the Robo-soldier. Yes, half-man, half-machine, all soldier heeding the call. He doesn’t need to pick up weapons because he is the weapon. That’s advanced.
He’s also fighting droids. Yes, cyborgs versus droids. Like Star Wars. There’s even a droid that rolls around and pops up and smacks you – just like Star Wars! But these aren’t the Star Wars droids that say cute things. They’re more like Battlestar Galactica Cylon droids. I’m talking the new Battlestar Galactica not the old one, though the old-school Cylons are gnarly, too.
Black Ops 3 is also Star Wars in its Darth Vader-ness. Not only do we have the cyborg like Mr. Vader (“he’s more machine than man now”), but it also has His Darkness’s inner turmoil, bipolar craziness. At 1:02 of the trailer, we have our soldier’s Hamlet moment, kneeling down, pull-and-push of the soul. The real battle isn’t fought with guns and rockets – it’s fought within oneself. Profound. Very profound.
But then again, Star Wars fans know fighting droids isn’t that difficult. Just hit the OFF switch. But apparently the COD soldiers didn’t get that memo because they got The Call. After Modern Warfare, one would think they’d stop answering the phone, but all good because COD keeps developers, voice actors, producers, et al, et al, employed. It also gives bloggers something to write about. So everyone wins – even the common grunt robo-soldier.
Oh, and there are also zombies. They’re advanced, too.
Black Ops 3 is out on Black Friday, November 6.