Sound BlasterX H5 Review

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My favorite sound clip for analyzing headset performance is the Virtual Barbershop, a five minute YouTube video that simulates realistic spatial awareness. I usually use this clip as a starting point to test a headset’s ability to pick up minute details as your character (the person getting the haircut) becomes enveloped by increasingly complex shifts in frequency. I’m bringing this up because Creative’s new Sound BlasterX H5 stands as a perfect example of why a proper stereo headset can still compete with most modern 7.1 and 5.1 virtual surround sound models.

The virtual simulation of many new surround sound headphones (with a few exceptions) tends to do a lot of guesswork when it comes to splitting channels, and as a result, you oftentimes hear audio cues coming from wrong directions. For multiplayer gaming, this can be more harmful than beneficial, and unless you have a top of the line model, you’re better off with high-end stereo for the most accurate experience. 

"Creative’s new Sound BlasterX H5 stands as a perfect example of why a proper stereo headset can still compete with most modern 7.1 and 5.1 virtual surround sound models."

Creative’s new Sound BlasterX H5 is remarkable in just about every way. From its sturdy build and sleek design, to its crisp sound and deep bass, the BlasterX H5 is one of Creative’s best stereo models to date. The last Creative Sound Blaster headset I tested was the Recon 3D Omega Wireless, and while I absolutely adored its audio, the construction was rather flimsy and cheap. With the BlasterX H5, Creative has delivered a headset that feels as strong as it sounds. 

The H5’s steel headband frame is a stark contrast to the plastic material used in the Omega. The earcups are firmly attached to the body, and even though the overall headset has a more industrial feel, the cushioning encasing the steel makes the H5 incomparably comfortable during prolonged use. The entire headset has been treated with a matte coating, including the brushed steel framing. There are no shiny surfaces like in many of Creative’s previous builds, which ensures fingerprints and dust are kept to a minimum. It’s a beautiful looking piece of tech, and I really hope Creative continues to push this aesthetic with their future models. 

"Being able to gauge the precise distance and location of enemy footsteps, while surrounded by gunfire and other environmental sounds, is imperative when playing on hardcore mode and the BlasterX H5 brings an unquestionable advantage to the playing field."

When it comes to raw sound quality across different media (movies, music and games), the BlasterX H5 impresses through and through. Regardless of what type of content I feed through the headset, the sound is delivered very naturally without overemphasizing any particular frequency. This is particularly noticeable when experiencing sudden volumetric shifts in games or action-packed films. At no point do the drivers go overboard on the bass or treble, instead the heavier sounds are slightly subdued in order to keep the details as prevalent and clear. 

The H5 comes with the Sound BlasterX Acoustic Engine Lite Software, a program similar to Sound Blaster’s E-Series Control Panel. Here you can further tweak audio settings by choosing from five different presets: Adventure and Action, Driving Simulation, First Person Shooter, Real Time Strategy and Effects off. You can also adjust the Surround, Crystalizer, Bass Mgmt, SVM and Dialog Plus dials to further fine-tune the H5 to your liking. The software does a good job of adjusting frequencies according to the kind of game you’re playing, but personally, I still prefer the classic Sound Blaster Control Panel as it provides more detailed EQ settings. Since I almost always use a DAC for all my audio equipment, I ended up using the Control Panel that came with my previously reviewed Sound Blaster E5 AMP.

"Creative’s Sound BlasterX H5 is currently my favorite stereo headset. Period. It looks great, performs beyond expectations and it’s the most comfortable headset I’ve tested all year."

Most of my testing consisted of multiplayer sessions in Black Ops III, Halo 5 and a few hours of Forza 6. Since the H5 are advertised as competitive gaming headphones, I wanted to see whether there’s an advantage to using this over other models when gaming online. To get the most accurate results, I focused on the hardcore team deathmatch mode in Black Ops III as it removes all HUD elements and forces you to rely on sound for pinpointing enemies. Within the first two hours, My K/D ratio improved tremendously. Being able to gauge the precise distance and location of enemy footsteps, while surrounded by gunfire and other environmental sounds, is imperative when playing on hardcore mode and the BlasterX H5 brings an unquestionable advantage to the playing field. Even when you’re not playing competitively, the H5 manages to outmuscle even some of the higher-end models. The roaring engine sounds in Forza 6 are more realistic than ever, and playing more atmospheric titles, like Outlast, just goes to show how well the H5 handles more serene moments in gaming. 

Creative’s Sound BlasterX H5 is currently my favorite stereo headset. Period. It looks great, performs beyond expectations and it’s the most comfortable headset I’ve tested all year. If you don’t care for surround sound support, you aren't likely to find a better stereo headset that’s so well designed in both its acoustics and build quality. And if you’re lucky enough to have a DAC like the Sound Blaster E5 or the Sound Blaster X7, then you’re in for an unparalleled auditory experience.  

Review by: Tin Salamunic


The Best of Fall and Winter: The Games You Should Be Playing

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Fall is in full swing, and winter is rapidly approaching. As the weather turns cold, the opportunities for outdoor fun start to dwindle. Good times must be had indoors, and that means you can and should clock in some quality gaming time. Because what’s more fun than tearing up the Commonwealth, such as you can in the all-new, recently released Fallout 4? At least there’s no cold winters after nuclear fallout…

The All-Platform Games That Will Keep You Warm this Winter
The season’s most anticipated games are for consoles. This includes the recently launched Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. What’s new this time around? Two all new zombie storylines with an all-star cast that includes Jeff Goldblum (Nero) and Heather Graham (Jessica Rose). Released in October, Minecraft: Story Mode is basically a mix of classic crafting and The Walking Dead. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is out, and has received numerous accolades for its representation of Victorian London. There’s also SOMA, which launched in September and is an entertaining fictional survival horror game.  

If you’re looking forward to new releases, Just Cause 3 is launching on December 1st. A heart-pounding adrenaline game, the game’s creators have promised there is very little you can’t blow up. ADR1FT is the perfect cure for the doldrums, which set in sometime after Christmas. The first-person interactive fiction game should hold your interest until the snow begins to melt.

Platform Exclusive Games to Help You Pass the Time
Bloodborne was one of this year’s most anticipated games for the PlayStation 4 (PS4). If you haven’t played it, this winter is the perfect opportunity to try the highly rated title. If you have played it, another go around is just what the weatherman ordered.

This winter, the computer holds the key to more than just addicting platforms. Online betting, such as daily fantasy and casino gambling are more popular than ever due to looser restrictions and intelligent algorithms that make play safer. Before you pony up and make a bet, check out Grizzly’s #1 Gambling Guide, which will ensure you play only at sites with the best reputation and rewards.  

Overall, no matter what system you use, there’s something exciting to play. Exclusively on the PC, the long awaited Dreadnought is releasing to PC and MAC sometime in early 2015. Fable Legends is releasing to Xbox One, but if you were lucky you’ve already been chosen for the free beta edition for a sneak peek at gameplay. If you’re not ready to shell out funds for a new title, Let it Die is PS4’s free-to-play, hack-and-slash action title.

The Best of The Winter Classics
The eternally awesome games are remembered for their strong protagonists, and big winter scenes with snowy adventures or levels of icy awesomeness. Remember Mega Man X from 1993? The Chill Penguin Stage is worth revisiting if you still have a Super NES or Super Famicom.

If you don’t have any old consoles gathering dust on the shelves, that’s okay. There’s plenty of new classics to revisit, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. There’s more game than can be completed in a single winter, so there’s enough content to keep you busy until all the snow has melted. Other wintery titles are Rayman Origins: Ice-Fishing Folly, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: Cliffhanger, Lost Planet, and Uncharted 2: Heart of Ice.

If you’re a gamer gearing up for winter, rest assured there’s plenty to keep you occupied. You have nearly unlimited options for quality gaming, so go ahead and take your pick. You can take a break in spring.

Article by: Ravinder Sahu

Fallout 4 Review

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2015 has been an amazing year for gamers. With titles like The Witcher 3, The Nathan Drake Collection, Forza 6, Project Cars, Dying Light, Bloodborne, Rise of the Tomb Raider and now Fallout 4 (and there are many others), I’m going to have a hard time picking my top ten favorites next month. I may have to go with a top twenty list instead this time around. One thing is for certain, Bethesda’s latest masterpiece is unquestionably making my top five list. Fallout 4, like the recent Witcher, is absurdly vast in scope and detail. It’s the kind of game worthy of locking yourself away for weeks, and cutting all communication to the outside world. Well, that’s how I typically like to pay my RPGs.

Fallout 4 doesn’t break new grounds like Fallout 3 or Skyrim did, instead, it combines the best bits and pieces of past Bethesda titles into one of the best experiences the developers have crafted to date. Is it perfect? No. This is Bethesda we’re talking about, and like every Bethesda release, Fallout 4 is plagued with bugs and glitches across all platforms. But, even with its technical shortcomings, this is a journey worth exploring multiple times, especially on the PC due to superior visuals and smoother gameplay. 

By now, there are over fifty Fallout 4 reviews on Metacritic, so most of you have a general grasp of the game’s narrative and gameplay fundamentals. So, to keep things more interesting, I’m primarily discussing the things I personally enjoyed, and didn't enjoy, without regurgitating the same information many other reviewers have already covered.

"Fallout 4, like the recent Witcher, is absurdly vast in scope and detail. It’s the kind of game worthy of locking yourself away for weeks, and cutting all communication to the outside world."

Fallout 4’s most notable difference is its smoother gunplay and more dynamic VATS system. The shooting itself is tighter and more precise, unlike the wobbly controls seen in its predecessors. VATS no longer freezes time, ,instead it slows it down, forcing you to make choices more rapidly. This gives combat a greater sense of emergency and challenge, especially  when surrounded by pouncing animals. Guns and armor don’t require repairs anymore, and while this may seem like a step down at first, it actually made the overall experience more enjoyable. Instead of repairing your inventory every couple of minutes, you can now spend more time modifying and improving your gear, which is unquestionably more fun than searching out repair kits constantly. 

Having a voiced protagonist makes Fallout 4 far more immersive, since you no longer have characters just talking “at you,” instead they’re speaking “with you.” Courtenay Taylor and Brian T. Delaney have done a superb job, and I personally think the voice acting gives your avatar more personality and depth. Dialogue options also don't feel as black and white anymore, and knowing how your responses will play out down the road isn't as clear anymore. This makes conversations more engaging and realistic.

"Like every Bethesda title, Fallout 4 has its issues. However, none of them are serious enough to deter from what is an otherwise spectacular adventure."

Structurally, Fallout 4 is nearly identical to past Bethesda titles. There are quests around every corner, and the sense of exploration and discovery is as exhilarating as always. One of the biggest improvements is the companion AI. Regardless of who you choose to accompany you on your journey, your partners no longer feel like generic NPCs like in Skyrim. In fact, some of the most exciting quests are given by your companions should you choose to develop your relationship with them further. 

Of course, not everything is perfect in the world of Fallout 4. I tested  the game on both the Playstation 4 and PC platforms, and both are plagued with serious performance issues. The console version can barely keep a consistent 30 fps, and the asset quality is equivalent to low (or lower) settings on the PC. The PC is unquestionably  more stable and better looking, although even with our MSI 970 and i7 6700k, I experienced major fps dips in dense areas, some of which appear to be directly related to poor Godray optimization. But, even with all the technical hiccups, Fallout’s art direction is sublime, and it’s one of the most enjoyable open worlds  since the Witcher 3.

Like every Bethesda title, Fallout 4 has its issues. However, none of them are serious enough to deter from what is an otherwise spectacular adventure. I enjoyed every second of Fallout 4, and I’m already excited for my second playthrough just to see a different outcome and explore other paths. It’s another win for Bethesda, and another superb release in what’s been an amazing year for the industry. 

Review by: Tin Salamunic | Reviewed on: PC


Edifier Luna Eclipse HD Review

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Very few audio manufacturers can compete with Edifier’s unique engineering. Their product design is exemplary, showcasing some of the most aesthetically diverse audio hardware on the market. Today, I’m taking a look at Edifier’s new Luna Eclipse HD, one of the best looking speakers I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in years. The Luna Eclipse HD not only look fantastic, but deliver remarkable audio performance despite lacking any extra tweaking options. As far as small-sized PC and entertainment speakers go, this may be my favorite pair since the Sound Blaster E-MU XM7.

Pictures don’t do the Luna Eclipse HD justice. They may look great in all the marketing shots and ad videos, but seeing them in person is something different altogether. I review audio tech on a weekly basis, and have done so for many years now, and there have been very few instances where the unboxing was as thrilling as with these speakers. They look like something that’s been teleported from a sci-fi film or Syd Mead’s very own drawing board. The spherical, egg-shaped design is brilliant, and I wish more manufacturers were willing to experiment with unique shape like Edifier.

"Edifier’s new Luna Eclipse HD are one of the best looking speakers I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in years."

The speakers are packed in a protective, scratch-resistant cloth bag that can be reused when transporting them around. Edifier even includes a little microfiber cloth for keeping the shiny surface clean. There are enough cables in the package to satisfy a variety of setups. The box contains an RCA to 3.5 mm adapter, a 3.5mm-3.5mm audio input cable and an optical fiber input (tosh-link) cable. For best audio quality, the optical cable is the way to go as it deliver crisper sound and higher volume levels. The Luna Eclipse HD are also Bluetooth compatible, allowing you to pair compatible devices without the need for any wiring. There’s even a nifty remote control included, although if you’re using the speakers on a desktop, you can control volume and power via the touch buttons on the active speaker’s side. 

The Edifier Luna Eclipse HD boast some rather impressive specs. The speakers deliver a power output of RMS 15W X2 (treble) and 22W X2 (bass). They have a signal to noise ratio of 85 dBA and a frequency response of 50Hz~20KHz )+/-6dB). The treble unit is a 19 mm silk dome and the bass & mid-range unit is 82mm. Even though the treble and bass can’t be tweaked independently, they’re flawlessly balanced, and I never felt the need for further adjusting whether I was gaming, listening to music or watching movies.

"The Luna Eclipse HD are remarkable, and I can’t think of another speaker set with such excellent out-of-the-box performance."

I tested the Luna Eclipse HD on my Desktop PC for the most part, and I used the optical cable for maximum performance. I used the 3.5mm connection briefly to analyze the difference, and despite the older connector delivering solid audio, the improvements from using the tosh-link are unparalleled. It’s also worth pointing out that the Luna lets you switch between sources with a single click of a button, and each source is indicated by a corresponding color. This is particularly useful when switching from optical to Bluetooth without the need to reconnect or disconnect anything.

"Voice clarity in music and spoken dialogue in films are crystal clear, and I was surprised to find such even audio leveling during sudden volumetric shifts."

I’ve yet to hear poor audio from an Edifier product. The Luna Eclipse HD are remarkable, and I can’t think of another speaker set with such excellent out-of-the-box performance. I spent an entire week switching between gaming, music and movies, and I just can’t get enough of the speakers’ superb sound richness and depth. Voice clarity in music and spoken dialogue in films are crystal clear, and I was surprised to find such even audio leveling during sudden volumetric shifts. This is particularly noticeable in video games. While revisiting The Last of Us, there are frequent moments of serenity followed by loud creature roars or explosive gun fire. The Luna HD speakers balance low and high frequencies with flawless precision, making these sudden auditory changes much more effective. 

The same can be said for games that rely on constant action where rumbling sounds steadily envelop the player. Games like Call of Duty or Battlefield are oftentimes overbearing with their overuse of bass, losing finer details in the process. With the Luna Eclipse HD, all levels are properly mixed, allowing minute details to get as much attention as its bass-heavy counterparts. 

Edifier’s Luna Eclipse HD are without a doubt some of my favorite speakers I’ve ever used. They look stunning, sound phenomenal and retail for a rather reasonable $200 (at the time of this review). If you’re seeking a set of speakers that offer audiophile quality, but don’t really want to fiddle around with equalizer settings, then the Luna Eclipse HD offer some of the best default sound quality you can find. Edifier has recently announced that they’re releasing a 5.1 surround sound version of the Luna speakers, the Luna E 5.1 (E255), and I can’t wait to see how the same tech will perform with a more expansive setup and an external bass. 

Review by: Tin Salamunic


How Online Gaming Is Shaping the Industry

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Thanks to online gaming gaining such rapid popularity, it has never been easier to connect with other gaming enthusiasts from around the world. Better networking has allowed developers to be more in tune with what gamers are really looking for in a game. Players can even pre-order games on popular platforms and have the title automatically downloaded or arrive at their home on release day. We are also seeing an expansion of interest in games from people who previously never considered themselves gamers. 

Online gaming has not only made traditional shooters like Call of Duty or Halo more accessible and popular, but the more traditional games like card games, casino games and bingo games are now more readily available to anyone without the need to take trips to dedicated venues. Check this website for online bingo as an example of  how far online gaming has evolved.

In the past, many people would meet up at locations to play games. LAN parties still exist to some degree and are much easier to arrange due to newlyy developed social platforms on consoles and mobile devices. It is more common for players to meet up on fan forums or Facebook pages. Players can use the event function to arrange times to meet up online and play games together. 

Developers need to have good ways to let gamers know about games before and after they are released. Online gaming makes it easy for developers to directly engage with their audience within their own game, and share news and updates about upcoming releases. Gaming enthusiasts often reshare information, so they are actually helping developers advertise.

Since advertising this way is so inexpensive, game developers can keep prices lower, so games are more accessible to people on a budget. The lower cost encourages fans to buy more games. It is also proven that if the cost of trying something new is lower, then more people will try it. This means that more people will become gamers if they see it as an affordable hobby.

Console and PC games are popular, but many people are finding out about the pleasures of mobile gaming. There are many people that have a smartphone already, so it is easy for them to try out mobile games such as Angry Birds. Social media plugins allow them to recruit friends to play, announce milestones they have reached in the game, and get regular updates. Mobile games are popular because they can be played almost anywhere, require no extra equipment, and are highly affordable. They're also allowing a more casual audience to engage with their friends. Now you can play card or Bingo games virtually with your friends from the comfort of your home.

If you like to game, you should think about creating your own game day with your friends from around the world. If you haven't played much with others, then now is the time to start. Online gaming makes it easy to meet new friends and encourages you to set aside some time to do something you love. If you have a good friend that games, you can even set up a tournament. Online gaming is shaping the industry in many exciting ways, and we can't wait to see where the industry goes as tech continues to develop, and online service become faster and more stable. 

Top Apps & Games for the iPhone 6s/Plus

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Chances are good that a lot of people will be opening up Apple's classic white boxes this holiday season to find a shiny new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. The numbers back it up. According to a survey conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association, two thirds of Americans plan to give the gift of the latest technology this holiday season, and 70 million to 75 million of those gadgets will be the latest iteration of the iPhone. 

The natural next step for those many millions of new iPhone owners is what to do with the devices. Hopefully holiday generosity will inspire lots of people to stuff stockings with iTunes gift cards so giftees can load up those new iPhones with apps. Here are just some of the best apps and games for the ones lucky enough to have received a brand new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.

Pinnacle Studio Pro: DIY movie makers will love this mobile video editing app that easily supports 4K content and cloud-based media plus comes with a retooled professional audio mixer and access to tunes from Triple Scoop Music. 

ooVoo: Yes, it's another app that lets users send text, voice and video over wi-fi, but there's a twist. Contact up to 12 people at a time, turn texting sessions into video calls with a touch and don't worry about populating a contact list because it can pull your address book from other apps. 

Sky Guide: It has been called not only the most beautiful but also the most useful sky-gazing app out there. Packed full of facts, it's also fully optimized for the new larger iPhone so what you see on the screen looks almost as amazing as what you see in the sky. 

Browsecurely: Keep your newly immersive mobile web experience safe and secure with this app that prevents other apps from tracking your browsing and usage habits. It's free, but the developer is open to receiving tips. 

Dub Dash: Firing up a game with intense graphics is a great way to take the newest big screen iPhone for a spin. This fresh take on Geometry Dash will give your eyes a feast and your brain a real workout. 

Flipboard: Never has your own personal magazine looked as good as it will on the latest iPhone's bigger, better screen. Keep up with the topics and news that interests you in readable text and gloriously rendered pictures.  

Hulu: The picture-in-picture feature of iOS 9 will get plenty of play with this app, which has released an update that lets users make the most of it. Keep watching on that big screen while you answer texts or take on the never-ending challenge of reaching inbox zero. 

Pinterest: The big reason to download the now classic pin board app is that it's been optimized for 3D Touch, making it easier to get to trending boards with a touch and to create boards of your own. 

If you're giving the gift of a new iPhone 6s – whether to someone on your list or to yourself because you've been extra good this year – know that T-Mobile's price structure is one of the best deals out there for new iPhone devices. And don't forget! While it's going to be a while before you see tons of apps and games truly optimized for the 6s and 6s Plus' laundry list of new features, chances are your old favorites will run super smoothly on this device's upgraded processor – so download freely and enjoy.

Article by: Jessica Oaks

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Review

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While working on my Black Ops III review, I began wondering whether I was playing the same game as the rest of the media. Many of my fellow game critics are praising the latest Black Ops entry for taking COD to new heights, and for finally bringing innovation to what’s been a derivative franchise for many years now. I can’t say I agree with those claims. To me personally, Black Ops III is no different from previous COD entries, aside from developer Treyarch swiping gameplay mechanics from other, more robust, FPS titles. 

The campaign is still a brief, and embarrassing, venture through linear corridors and excessive explosions. And no, small open areas with respawning mini-bosses don’t count as “breaking linearity.” The Zombies mode is identical to previous reiterations save for a new setting and a few gameplay tweaks. And the Multiplayer is precisely what you’d expect from a COD title, even if the gunplay is now more akin to Titanfall and Crysis.

"To me personally, Black Ops III is no different from previous COD entries, aside from developer Treyarch swiping gameplay mechanics from other, more robust, FPS titles."

Having said that, none of these things make Black Ops III a particularly bad game. In fact, I’ll continue playing the multiplayer for several weeks to come, but I feel it’s important to get the misconceptions about everyone’s claims out in the open. For one, where is the 12-15 hour campaign the developers boasted about? I completed the eleven story missions in a little over five hours on the normal difficulty setting, and while there’s a second Zombie-themed campaign unlocked after completion, it’s still the same experience with some aesthetic changes and Zombies instead of robots. 

Secondly, none of the gameplay revisions are new or innovative. Most of the special abilities are ripped straight from Crysis and Bioshock, and the wall running is clearly taken from Titanfall. I see nothing wrong with being inspired by other developers, but a big company like Treyarch could’ve done a little more to set themselves apart. Maybe if COD’s marketing wasn’t so damn pretentious and bloated, this wouldn’t bother me too much. But, every year we’re led to believe that change is coming, and every year we end up with the same product. 

"But, every year we’re led to believe that change is coming, and every year we end up with the same product."

I, like many other gamers, am partially guilty of COD remaining stagnant. I continue to play the multiplayer, I continue purchasing the map packs, and I continue to enjoy myself, despite my frustration with the series. In a way, that’s somewhat of a compliment towards Treyarch, as their formula still carries a certain appeal. As far as multiplayer shooters go, COD is unquestionably unparalleled in delivering a technically sound experience. 

Like many fans have argued before, COD needs to take the Titanfall route and completely ditch the single player. The campaign in Black Ops III is the worst so far, and I’d go as far as saying it’s more laughable and disorderly than Ghosts. After five hours, I still have no idea what the narrative is about, nor do I care to find out. Black Ops III feels like it was written by a bunch of college dropout frat boys who’ve watched nothing but Michael Bay movies their entire lives. The writing is beyond cringe worthy. To make matters worse, the script wasn’t written to match the female character. Seriously.

Even the visuals don’t impress like they used to. Everything is polished to perfection, but everything also lacks creativity and identity. Looking back at the campaign, I can’t think of a single aesthetically unique level or location, and the same goes for the generic-looking characters. Multiplayer maps are far more interesting in comparison, but the fact that the Nuk3town map is being offered as a bonus just goes to show how much more creative Treyarch used to be only a few years ago.

"I feel like a broken record whenever I review COD games, and frankly, that’s very symptomatic of what the series has become."

Fortunately, the multiplayer continues to be one of the strongest in the industry...that is if you are a fan of these kind of things. Personally, COD has always been the kind of game I play for a few weeks each year, then move on without ever thinking about it again. The same is true this time around. I admit, I’m enjoying the multiplayer for its frantic action and smooth gameplay, but with Fallout 4 and Tomb Raider releasing today, it’ll be hard to imagine Black Ops III getting as much playtime from me until I completely run out of other options. 

I feel like a broken record whenever I review COD games, and frankly, that’s very symptomatic of what the series has become. It’s a paint by the numbers product in every way, and I’m just saddened that Treyarch is so hesitant to move the series forward. Unfortunately, it just doesn't matter at this point. COD is there for COD fans, and COD fans are certainly going to enjoy what Blops III has to offer. For everyone else, there are literally countless alternatives that offer much better FPS action and more longevity and depth. 

Review by: Tin Salamunic | Reviewed on: Playstation 4