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Call Of Duty: Black Ops III - Awakening

Treyarch, Activision
Feb 2, 2016 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
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7.5 / 10
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7 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Call Of Duty: Black Ops III - Awakening

Metro GameCentral

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7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A solid start to Black Ops III's DLC schedule, with two standout maps and only one actively bad one.

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As Nikolai even remarks during Der Eisendrache, "will there ever be an end to this nightmare?" Not as long as Activision keeps selling DLC, there isn't! But one man's nightmare is another man's video game, and the good news is that each Call of Duty developer has been pushing itself harder in recent years to justify the price. If you still play Black Ops III, you can't really go wrong with Awakening -- especially since the new maps are now built into normal playlists from the get-go.

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A competent map pack featuring two that are very good, one that's extremely popular, and one not very good map.

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[R]egardless of how one happens to feel about the cast switch, Awakening still makes for a pretty attractive bit of DLC for anyone who's still playing – and would like to keep playing – Call of Duty: Black Ops III. If future DLC drops keep pace, season pass holders should feel like they're getting their money's worth.

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Awakening is a solid start for Black Ops 3's DLC catalogue, with some moments of excellence punctuated with patches of dull dreariness. Gauntlet and Skyjacked provide excellent, fast-paced fun in most modes, while Splash could also become a favourite in time. Rise deserves no praise for its cookie-cutter style, but Der Eisendrache is easily one of the most unique and fun Zombies experiences to date, despite its occasional shortcomings. All in all, despite its slightly steep price, Awakening provides the pep pills needed to keep Treyarch's latest alive and kicking.

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I used to consider the zombies mode an afterthought. Something I'd tackle when I am bored or just tired of getting slaughtered online. Now; however, it is almost my immediate go to mode.

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So that's it! you'll get 4 great maps and while I definitely have my preference I can honestly say I'm never disappointed with which map is picked in the rotation. They are all good in their own way, just like the kid at school who licked the chalkboard when no one was looking.

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For those not interested in the franchise, Awakening will do little to change your mind. However, for fans of the series, the first DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops III features a solid collection of maps and an excellent Zombie mode addition that more than justify the cost of the pack.

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