Black Ops 3's new Shadows of Evil trailer makes Zombies mode look like the game's best feature | PCGamesN

Black Ops 3's new Shadows of Evil trailer makes Zombies mode look like the game's best feature

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There really is a lot to like about Black Ops 3's new Shadows of Evil trailer. There are the lingering, pore-inspecting shots of Ron Perlman's face, the accomplished 1940s ambience, and the fact that at no point does the trailer pretend to be reporting on a real-world terror attack. For Call Of Duty marketing, that's progress.

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A star-studded cast join forces for the four-player co-op Zombies mode in the imminent Black Ops 3: Heather Graham, Jeff Goldblum, the aforementioned Mr Perlman, and Neal McDonough.

The world-building on show thus far in all Shadows of Evil's teaser footage has been genuinely impressive, showcasing smoky mid-century alleyways, femme fatales, grizzled cops, seedy boxing matches, and Jeff Goldbum with magnificent facial hair performing a murderous knife-throwing act. To reiterate: this is Call Of Duty. 

It remains to be seen how all the obvious efforts the developers have made towards world-building and character development - not to mention that formidable roster of voice/perforance capture talent - feeds into your Zombies experience, but already it looks like the most progressive, experimental, and interesting feature of Black Ops 3.

And what of that terror attack Twitter stunt? I feel conflicted saying positive things about a game with that fiasco in its recent history. Treyarch's Jason Blundell has at least offered an apology (via IGN), though he makes clear that he's not involved in the marketing at all. " I personally am very sorry for anyone who looked at it and got the wrong idea because it genuinely wasn’t meant that way," he said, which is a bit like saying 'I'm sorry you feel that way,' isn't it? 

There's been no comment or apology from Activision yet. 



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2 Years ago

So, I have a bit of a quibble. And, don't stop reading after this, but I'm going to try to sorta defend COD.

I'm all for attacking the stupid media stunt they pulled, because it should never happen again. But I have issues attacking a game that hasn't come out yet, in that if we just keep insulting it, they'll stop making them eventually. And whether you're a fan or not, you must accept that for many people, there is a great deal of joy to be had in the COD games one way or another.

It's the whole argument of 'if you don't want to play it, don't play it', but this time the issue with the constant insults is that it could affect hundreds of thousands of people negatively, by removing the game entirely.

Must everyone say that it will be the same as all Call Of Duty's? That's just negativity. How about, instead of flat out insulting it, you say "this could be improved with more diversity", or something to that effect.

I know this wasn't the point of your article, but I felt it should be said somewhere.

Thanks, guys!