Sorry, ‘Call of Duty’ fans: There’s no ‘Black Ops 3′ story mode for older consoles

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

COD: Black Ops III is multiplayer only on Xbox 360 and PS3.

‘The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player co-op campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware,’ claims Activision.

Activision has announced that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III will launch without the single-player campaign mode included. While multiplayer is a huge part of the Call of Duty experience — just yesterday Activision announced a new global e-sports league for the series — the bombastic campaigns can also be a great deal of fun. The weather is becoming even more beautiful, and Aussies are heading outside to put shrimps on barbies, hunt rogue koalas and play their homicidal version of football. The fall video game flood has already begun; it unofficially kicked off with the late-August release of Madden NFL 16 and the Star Wars-themed Disney Infinity 3.0. So far this month we’ve seen Mad Max, the bizarre and wonderful Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the massive Destiny expansion The Taken King, the car porn-lover’s Forza Motorsport 6 and, of course, NHL 16.

Activision says that by adding the ability for players to team up with their friends during the Campaign it made the game to resource intensive for the Xbox 360 and PS3 to handle. The explanation as many games coming out this year include campaign co-operative multilayer and huge battle zones, but abandon last-generation consoles entirely. Everything from Scooby Doo to the Simpsons to Back to the Future to The Lord of the Rings gets mashed together in Lego’s entry into the “toys to life” game category. It’s the annual opening tip between rivals 2K Sports and EA Sports, as they go head to head for the hearts and thumbs of roundball lovers. 2K Sports has been dominant on the virtual court, but EA’s offering has made some vast strides in improvement in recent years. This breathtakingly detailed remake of 1984’s groundbreaking space combat and trading simulation makes its console debut on the Xbox One, for those who haven’t yet waded into the PC version.

The once-popular Rock Band series – which flamed out after consumers got tired of the glut of multiple versions and plastic instruments littering their homes – makes a cautious comeback this year. While we patiently await next March’s release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, developer Naughty Dog has given the original trilogy of games a new coat of digital paint and packaged them together for the PS4.

Guitar Hero is also on the comeback tour this year, hoping that enough time has passed to whet fans’ appetites for shredding on plastic instruments. Master Chief is back with the first Halo sequel for Microsoft’s current-generation console, and the expectations (and marketing push) behind this game are enormous. The evergreen racing franchise is going back to its roots with a reboot of sorts, cherry picking fans’ favourite elements from the various games over the years and putting a brand new engine under the hood. The Black Ops backstory is getting nearly as confusing as Metal Gear Solid’s, but all you really need to worry about is shooting bad guys in the face.

Lara Croft was a little unsure of herself in 2013’s very solid Tomb Raider reboot, but now she’s learning the skills she needs to survive and thrive as a globe-trotting plunderer of crypts. The over-the-top destruction of the Just Cause series meets the pretty pictures and powerful physics of the current generation of gaming machines, and we cannot wait to run amok. The intense tactics of the Rainbow Six series are heading in a slightly new direction with this online-focused spinoff that challenges players to find creative ways to fortify (or assault) strongholds.

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