People who read the last page of a book before anything else are the scum of the Earth in this author's opinion, but Treyarch has a different view. Speaking with Eurogamer.net on the back of a single player blow out, the developer has revealed that you'll be able to play Call of Duty: Black Ops III any way that you like – and that includes backwards if you so desire it.
Unlike previous entries, the game will have all of its levels unlocked from the outset, meaning that you'll be able to skip straight to the end if you so choose. "The unlocking level system is an archaic mentality that we've had since we did bedroom development back in the day – you do this, then go on to the next one," director Jason Blundell told the website, likening its approach to Netflix series House of Cards.
"If you see the end you'll say, I need to understand this more," he explained. "When Netflix release House of Cards and do all of the episodes, does everyone just jump to the end and go and play the last episode? Sure you can. But it's about the journey, though, right?" We preferred the book analogy, but apparently people aren't so keen on words anymore.
Of course, this approach makes sense given that the single player campaign in Treyarch's latest first-person shooter will be playable entirely in co-op. In fact, you'll be able to lend bigger and better weapons to less experienced players when you invite them to your game, levelling the playing field across the board. They'll have to be given back, but it's a measure of the accessibility that the outfit's targeting.
As appealing as all of this may be, though, we're concerned that it'll come at the expense of the bombast and tightly woven stories that the series is known for. Alright, the Call of Duty games have never had amazing plots, but we've always enjoyed the roller coaster-like nature of them. With the emphasis on co-op this time around, we can't help but wonder whether the set-pieces will take a back seat.
I don't read the last page of the book first. I read the entire final chapter first and THEN I read it straight through in order.
How about reservoir dogs, and pulp fiction. These were two of the greatest stories told in my opinion, I'm sure someone said beyond two souls is out of sequence.
There's nothing archaic about playing through a game as intended, I'm guessing it doesn't have much in the way of a story because it may not make much sense. I hope nobody else follows this ridiculous idea. Imagine playing TLOU and selecting the level with the giraffes, it would have zero impact. Or playing the last level and wondering why when rescuing this young girl from certain death she was less than impressed. Where is the sense of achievement, ooh look I've got to the last level, it didn't take long I just pressed right on the controller a few times. No thanks
"Scum of the earth" a bit harsh son, I don't read the last page first , I've also got some scum of the earth living in my street, I doubt wether they read at all(or if they can)
"Call of Duty: Black Ops III Only Playable If Backwards"
Fixed that for you!
@Neolit Now I would definitely buy into something like that it sounds amazing, it'll need some talented scriptwriters to pull it off. I think that would work well in a Heavy Rain/Until Dawn type game where perhaps we already know the outcome and therefore the ending. Then when we play the proceeding events in the order we choose, the questions of who did what and our perceptions of character motivations would change depending upon the order we played. Maybe even make us choose a guilty party at the end based on our experience, but rather than give us a right or wrong answer we simply play again in another order to see if we come to the same conclusion.
Any games developers reading this and wanting to steal our ideas feel free, just make sure the cheque is made payable to myself and @Neolit
@Neolit my imagination is running wild with other ideas around this structure. Let's hope they do take inspiration from this very thread (however unlikely) for the rumoured sequel to Until Dawn.
Memento is told backwards and it's one of the best movies ever
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