Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - hands-on with the multiplayer beta


Last week, it was time for PlayStation 4 owners to take aim with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 with the first opportunity to play around with the game's multiplayer. The beta period is a significant moment for Treyarch, simply because it's one of the first times that a Call of Duty game has offered this kind of early hands-on with its multiplayer. There were clearly high hopes and there are definitely encouraging signs for fans of the series, while there are also a couple of areas to be concerned about.

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wakeNbake1148d ago

It was alright, not day one, but good enough to warrant a purchase later on.

Lazyeye791147d ago

I haven't played a Call of Duty game in quite some time, so can't compare it to the recent ones, but I thoroughly enjoyed the new mechanics and gameplay.

IamTylerDurden11147d ago

The beta was great on PS4 with no lag and awesome wall running.

Kombatologist1147d ago

No lag? Were you playing the same game as me? There was the occasional lag spike before the beta went public. It was a lot more frequent after that.

IamTylerDurden11147d ago (Edited 1147d ago )

NO LAG, none whatsoever on PS4, i played a number of different matches and no lag. It felt like the release version, felt smooth.

Extra point: i specifically was looking for lag, scrutinizing it closely.

2 point conversion: maybe my 25mbps make a difference, perhaps it's your isp.

Kombatologist1147d ago

If your 25mpbs makes a difference, then I suppose my 85mbps should also, eh? It wasn't my ISP or anything on my end. It was also happening to 3 of my friends -- one who lives near me, another who lives in Canada, and another who lives on the opposite side of the country. That probably means it's the game. ;) Maybe you just got lucky, or didn't notice.

There's different kinds of lag, you know. When I say lag, I'm talking about frame rate stutters. It happened every few matches or so, but then it got progressively worse once the beta went public, probably due to server load. Shooting people felt fine. I didn't notice any lag there.

NWOslave1147d ago

I watched a couple of hours of recorded live feeds on ps4. I have to say all in all it really didn't look too band and did have a very fluid nature about the movements. I already feel like i know one of the maps by heart. I really am liking the "glitch" specialist. my only complaint from watching is the plain jane gun sounds when firing. it sounds just like bo/2. the game seems to play better than AW which was total junk and i never bought it after my two days of renting. i will probably rent this like i did AW and see if it is as hot as it looks. but it will take a lot to pull me off of mw3 on ps3 and batman and battlefront when i get my ps4. but so far i do like what i see out of treyarch.

Kombatologist1147d ago (Edited 1147d ago )

I was highly looking forward to Treyarch's entry, but it didn't suck me in as much as WaW, BO1 and BO2 did.

My subjective thoughts:


+ It's better than Advanced Warfare in nearly every way.
+ Almost every gun is effective. Maybe too effective.
+ The class system is kind of neat.
+ You can paint your guns.
+ No dashing, which slows the pace down a bit, making game types like S&D relevant again (curse you AW).


- The damage on Core is way too high. As soon as you start getting shot, you have approximately zero time to react. Granted it's only a beta. But after Advanced Warfare, I doubt this will change.
- No character customization.
- Sliding is not as fun as diving.
- You now punch when you melee unless you equip the knife. I guess enough people cried about panic knifing.
- Wall running doesn't feel as good as Titanfall's.
- The beta maps weren't all that great.

On a side note: Is it just me, or does the announcer sound like the "Next on AMC" guy?

objdadon1147d ago

I loved the maps and sliding is actually better than the diving to me because it is more fluid movement, no delay when shooting out of the sliding animation. Makes a big difference.

IamTylerDurden11147d ago

Wall running was excellent imo.

Kombatologist1147d ago


Like I said, objective thoughts. :) I'm sure people will like a lot of the things I don't. I personally feel the sliding gives the game too much of a run and gun feel. They could've easily allowed you to shoot during a dive. I had a blast diving through second story windows in previous BO games.


It's not bad, and I don't really have any issues with it. It just doesn't feel as fluid as Titanfall's.

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