Call of Duty Black Ops Three: The Midnight Release

Gamers waiting in line for the highly anticipated midnight release of the new game, "Call of Duty Black Ops." Photo By Jeremiah Rivera.
Gamers waiting in line for the highly anticipated midnight release of the new game, “Call of Duty Black Ops.” Photo By Jeremiah Rivera.


Activision’s latest first person shooter was released this past week. “Call of Duty Black Ops Three” has already caught the attention of many gamers. Fans of the first person shooter camped out for the midnight release of the video game at local Gamestop and For Your Entertainment (FYE) stores.

“Setting up for the release was a little hectic.” Gamestop employee Samantha Torres said “We have a pretty small store so we had to control how many people we let into the store at a time.”

Torres also went on to describe some of the perks for anyone who attended the midnight release. All Gamestop employees had to give each customer “pre-rings” which is a wrist band with a group number that holds the customer’s place in line while camping out.

Attendees of the midnight release were also treated to a surprise tournament where at least four players were able to play at a time and assassinate each other. The last man standing would be the victor of the midnight release event. Customers were also allowed to challenge employees in a round of gaming.

After attending the event, players rushed home to play all throughout the night online, or finish the story mode before attending school or work.

“Midnight release was kicked off by playing around 1 a.m.,” Queens native Nick Camacho said. “For some people the servers weren’t cooperating so they couldn’t get on.” Some players had to wait for the software from the Call of Duty disc to download onto their gaming systems which could take up to one hour to three, depending on the type of console.

“Gameplay” is different from previous games in the franchise like “Advance Warfare” and “Ghost.” Camacho also went on to add that the game had balanced guns to all the customization options offered during online play and offline.The game also fixed major problems that previous Call of Duty games had in the past.

“I don’t have to worry about people jumping around to dodge,” said Queen College student, Alejandro Moteka. “I can’t  stand when people do that, and its why I stopped playing Call of Duty for a while. It’s good that problem is fixed.”

Forbes magazine is already calling Black Ops Three the best campaign game in years. According to Forbes’ website, Call of Duty is has an interesting and substantial campaign story without revealing any spoilers.

The emphasis on character customization is what sets this addition to the franchise on a higher scale than the previous games. The latest feature which has fans really excited is the fact that the ability to choose gender is now available. This accommodates all the female fans of the franchise and shows Activision is always able to reinvent and outdo their previous title.

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