'Black Ops III' to stand on the shoulders of giants


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  • Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015

THINGS IN COMMON: Black Ops III might not have retained the unusual asymmetrical combat of 2014's Titanfall but has a shared pursuit of sci-fi agility in common.

The studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops III is starting to show how its latest game doesn't just have themes and concepts with other recent sci-fi shooters but will innovate upon them as well. We glance at four other titles that share the genre with November's blockbuster-in-waiting. 

Titanfall
Founded and primarily staffed by ex-Call of Duty developers, Respawn's debut Titanfall embraced a sci-fi setting and encouraged a greater fluidity of movement with nimble foot soldiers capable of impressive wall-runs and giant two-footed tanks that added considerable weight to combat. 

Black Ops III might not have retained the unusual asymmetrical combat of 2014's Titanfall but has a shared pursuit of sci-fi agility in common, just as the same year's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare did – the dusty colour schemes aren't too dissimilar either. 

 

Warframe
Embracing agility even more than Titanfall, free-to-play combat game Warframe has a number of outrageous manoeuvres that players can pull off – wall runs, edge grabs, slides – and, like Black Ops III, allows skilled players to chain several moves together for the ultimate in battleground coverage. 

What Blops III has been talking up in abundance is its own ‘guns up' philosophy, letting players fire weapons regardless of the particular acrobatic feat they're currently engaged in. 

Destiny
Activision stablemate Destiny launched to considerable hype in 2014, being the first non-Halo game from its acclaimed studio Bungie in 13 years. Though Acti's Call of Duty teams now integrate with plans for Destiny, the full-face helmets of Call of Duty III remind viewers that this latest iteration is as up-to-date as anything else on the market from a big name studio. 

Just don't mention Star Wars: Battlefront – it launches two weeks after the Nov 6 release of Blops III.  

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The Black Ops III teaser released on April 24, a future-set shockumentary about the dangers of cybernetic enhancement, invited swift comparisons to a set of clips released in advance of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

The game's own Twitter account made light of the similarities with a very Photoshopped screenshot comparison, its art director making light of the commonalities; "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided actually takes place on the Eastern Front during World War 2," he joked, referencing his studio's upcoming sequel and the Call of Duty series' origins. – AFP Relaxnews

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