Call of Duty: Black Ops III
COD BLOPS III is definitely one of my favorite games hands down. As an FPS fan since the days of Perfect Dark on the N64, I've played almost every multiplayer FPS game post y2k; including: COD/Battlefield/L4D/Unreal/Halo games, Titanfall, Star Wars Battlefront etc. Although nothing can beat the classics in my mind, COD BLOPS III is truly the best multiplayer FPS game released this decade imo. I do have to admit I am rather biased towards COD games in general, but to be fair, I did very much dislike the multiplayer aspects of COD: Ghosts, Advanced Warfare, and World at War (ugh). The major reason why I enjoy BLOPS III so much is due to the amount of game modes that are available - a truly complete package. A short explanation of each mode is listed below (all modes can be played in online coop):
Campaign: The traditional story mode contains 11 missions that will take around 10 hours to complete. The modern feel to it is very similar to the Advanced Warfare campaign with all sorts of fancy scanners, gadgets, futuristic weapons/vehicles that you can utilize, along with a linear yet complex level design. I have to admit the campaign is truly BLOPS III's weakest aspect, with very little gameplay variety. There are a few missions and scripted events that are really memorable and fun, enough to compel you to progress, but overall, it was a bit of a drag to complete.
Nightmares: This game mode is essentially the traditional story mode with zombies as your only enemy type. The missions are re-arranged with new voice-overs to create a "plot", but really it is just another way for you to kill zombies.
Dead Ops Arcade II: This game mode is a top down twin stick shooter where you go through a multitude of levels and areas (endless) to beat your high score. There is a rogue-like progression system utilizing power-ups and stat bonuses. Dead Ops Arcade II is surprisingly extremely fun. It's a great break from traditional game modes, and there is a power-up that will make all players shoot in first-person mode (super freaking cool).
Zombies: The new zombies mode can truly be a standalone game - immersive, complex and fun enough that many people only play this mode. Essentially you are dropped in a massive map, with many connecting paths and shortcuts you can unlock (Dark Souls style), and you must survive the apocalypse. You have power-ups in this mode too, and you can even turn into The Beast which grants you certain powers to aid in killing zombies/creating shortcuts. Puzzle elements keep the mode fresh. So far, zombies mode only has 1 map in the base game; however, 2 other maps are provided if you purchase the season pass (or 1 map if you buy the Awakening DLC).
Multiplayer: The heart of COD. As a Hardcore objective player, I'm a bit saddened by the fact this it is a bit difficult to pickup games that are not TDM/Domination modes, but I truly love the levels and games I've played so far. A new gameplay mechanic is introduced in this iteration of COD, known as Specialists. These Specialists are unlockable "professions" of a sort that each utilize a Specialist Ability. These abilities are akin to ultimate moves that you need to charge up and can use to gain an edge. BLOPS III also introduced the Black Market - a system to receive vanity unlockables. The Black Market is one of the major reasons that piss off a lot of people. I don't want to get into the politics of it, but for a casual player, it's an extremely fun system that helps keep you engaged for a long time.
Although it seems I might be praising this game too much, I do notice a lot of issues too. One of the biggest is its relatively poor optimization (you can view my PC specs in my other reviews). I get semi-frequent fps drops in campaign mode, especially during cutscenes, and minor texture pop-ins every now and then. The game is also a huge resource hog, making it very difficult to run many simultaneous programs/Alt-Tab out to do other tasks.
Even so, I truly enjoy BLOPS III and believe that it is one of the best COD releases so far (only below COD4: MW). I hope that other players give it a chance and try it out.