It's easy to look a lot of the DLC for some AAA games and think that the only thing most companies care about is what they can take out and sell back to you, but sometimes they manage to give back to the community in unexpected ways... sort of like with a sequel to Dead Ops Arcade in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
The hidden mode seemed like a throwaway at first but after going through the three rounds for the first level, it opens up to show that the game has 16 different levels, and the progression is similar to old-school arcade titles like Mercs and Shock Troopers.
The twin-stick, top-down design lends itself well to the old-school design scheme that rocked the arcades a few decades ago. The first level also reminds me a lot of that one short story in the Heavy Metal movie with the zombie soldiers.
The mode features power-ups and buffs, special weapons and a focus on score. One of the power-ups allows players to go first-person and blast the zombies down just like in the other Call of Duty zombie modes. The addition of the 16-bit music and silly storyline just adds to the retro flair.
It's nice to see that Treyarch and Activision still have a sense of humor and a sense of fun. I mean, these are video games after all? This particular Dead Ops Arcade reminds me a heck of a lot of the old Reflexive titles I used to review many years ago. They were chock full of isometric shooters and top-down arcade games with twin-stick controls and sometimes an abundance of blood and gore, similar to the classic Alien Shooter: Vengeance from the incomparable indie studio, Sigma-Team.
Part of me is just completely blown away at how much detail and dedication Treyarch put into this secret little mode in Black Ops 3. The one segment that seemed to come out of nowhere is the driving sequence near the end of the video. It was kind of a zombie-rendition of an Off-Road rally race. The segment was strangely similar to Off-Road 64 on the N64, which was a really fun game by the way.
I may not be much of a fan of Call of Duty or the Black Ops series, but I do have to admit that this is a really nice touch to add to the game to give gamers an extra reason to go back and play the title. It reminds me a lot of the arcade mini-game that Rockstar shoved into The Warriors way back in the day for the Xbox and PS2.
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