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A Hollywood cast takes the stage in the latest story trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. I have no idea what the actual plot is of the game other than the fact that there's a rise of augmentations and some sort of biomechanical war being waged between some indiscernible factions, but the graphics and the gravitas of the trailer help masks the questions surrounding the story.
You can check out the trailer below that was posted on the official Call of Duty YouTube channel.
Right away I spotted Nolan North's voice (funny how that goes these days for recognizable voice actors), but he's masked behind someone else's face; Christopher Meloni, however, is not.
The Law & Order: SVU alum makes an apparent and undeniable appearance in the trailer near the end. I hobbled on over to the IMDB page to check the cast of characters for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 but only saw the people listed that you would expect, including Nolan North, Steve Blum and the cast of characters who were revealed to be a part of Treyarch's lauded zombie mode.
It's a little funny how Activision hides some well known actors in their games without using their star power to help sell the title.
Also, the voice-over for the character John Taylor in the trailer above sounds an awful lot like Dominic Purcell. However, scurrying to his IMDB page reveals nothing. Even the brief glimpses of Taylor looks a lot like Purcell, but all the smokey cutaways makes it hard to tell.
With the game's release so close at hand I'm a little surprised Activision hasn't done more to play up the star power in the game. Instead they seem to be relying on cheap parlor tricks and publicity stunts.
I think part of the problem is that a lot of gamers are worn and torn on Call of Duty at this point. The game had been growing stale since 2012 but Activision has been pumping them out left and right each year with a buttload of accompanying DLC to keep the money train rolling. I mean, if it makes $1 billion alone each and every single quarter, and gets about the same amount of viewership as a Hollywood summer blockbuster, why wouldn't they keep pumping them out?
The only drawback at this point, however, is that the series has become tiresome and it's hard to get people hyped each year with a lot of the same content. Although, to be fair Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 actually has one of the most innovative features in a Call of Duty game since Black Ops 2, with Treyarch having implemented a four-player cooperative story mode for the first time in the history of the series. How well the co-op will interfere with the story mode remains to be seen, but hopefully it doesn't disrupt their storytelling abilities.
You can look for Black Ops 3 to go live on November 6th, for the Xbox, PlayStation and PC platforms.