Call of Duty: Black Ops III Reviews

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is ranked in the 79th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
IGN
Top Critic
9.2 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2015

From its four-player co-op campaign to the brand-new powers and a fleshed-out Zombies mode, Black Ops 3 meaningfully pushes the Call of Duty series forward on several fronts. Even where it doesn't innovate, it still meets the high bar Call of Duty fans should expect. Black Ops 3 isn't the best Call of Duty game ever, but it's the biggest and most feature-packed game we've seen out of the series yet.

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75 / 100
Nov 11, 2015

The graphics get a little prettier, the story gets a little darker, and another Call of Duty counts time as we march together toward death.

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Recommended
Nov 10, 2015

Where Treyarch's single-player struggles, the deftly tuned multiplayer soars, delivering a Call of Duty that's rich with options.

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7 / 10
Nov 10, 2015

Call Of Duty's most concerted effort to break the usual formula is unfortunately the most unsatisfying sequel in years, especially the badly flawed story campaign.

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Nov 5, 2015

This massive, wonderfully diverse Call of Duty theme park is best enjoyed with a friend (or three). Going alone dampens the fun, but either way it's still worth the price of admission.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2015

What begins as a mundane campaign pleasantly diverts into wild territory. While the campaign elements are the weakest of what Black Ops III offers, the amount and quality of non-campaign offerings carry the title beyond the finish line

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7 / 10
Nov 5, 2015

Black Ops III presents fine-tuned multiplayer, engaging fights against the undead, and a boring campaign.

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Polygon
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2015

Black Ops 3 doesn't meaningfully move the series forward

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Nov 5, 2015

You'd think a game with this many modes and features would be more exciting than it is.

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Kotaku
Top Critic
Yes
Nov 11, 2015

The campaign is great. The multiplayer is good. The zombie mode is lovely.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2015

While the campaign could certainly be a lot stronger, Black Ops III is living proof of that concept.

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Nov 13, 2015

Call of Duty: Black Ops III continues the evolution that began in last year's Advanced Warfare. The current-generation of the mega popular war shooter series  impresses with (some) freedom of choice and fun abilities. So much so that most of the time, the rather pedestrian visuals and unmemorable story won't be a deal breaker. Especially, when you consider all the extra content like a second zombie themed campaign.

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8 / 10
Nov 5, 2015

From the big marquee features to the small touches and hidden modes, Black Ops 3 features an awful lot of content, and every aspect of it is designed with cooperative play in mind. It can feel a bit disjointed in places, but it's a broad and expansive game with plenty to enjoy, especially so when playing with friends.

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9.2 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2015

There's a lot going on in Black Ops 3, and all of it is a blast to play.

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88 / 100
Oct 12, 2018

Blackout is a great addition to the formula, and the game has the best multiplayer in years, with some elements from "hero shooters", but the engine is getting old and we miss the solo campaign.

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Erik Kain
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Jan 1, 2014

While both the story and the multiplayer will likely be divisive—we're a long, long ways from Modern Warfare or the original Black Ops here—I'm glad to see Treyarch taking risks, trying something different, and impressed that even with all the changes, the core game still feels very much like Call of Duty.

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8 / 10
Nov 5, 2015

Treyarch has clearly packed a lot of effort into Black Ops 3 and while not all of it necessarily hits, there's enough to keep both solo players and social butterflies active. While the campaign story itself feels silly, co-op is a marvelous addition and a far better way to experience the narrative for those that don't feel like killing zombies. Meanwhile, multiplayer feels like a huge difference from previous CoD games and much of it is for the better. With a faster pace, more fluid movement, and cool Specialist ablities, it feels like a refreshing twist on the CoD multiplayer formula.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2015

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a good third chapter for the Black Ops series and features a long story mode that could have been just a little better in details. The game offers a lot of content, but suffers from the balancing of weapons, abilities and specialists across all the game modes.

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Nov 5, 2015

While three years has given us some time to possibly forget how masterfully crafted Black Ops 2 was, Black Ops 3 is both the biggest and best Call of Duty game we've seen since then.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2015

A phenomenal multiplayer along with a larger, improved zombies mode mean that, although the solo campaign is a slight misstep, Black Ops is the best call of Duty on the current gen consoles.

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