Black Ops III's Free Run Mode Channels Mirror's Edge And Titanfall

Not only does Call of Duty : Black Ops III have all of its campaign content unlocked from the start, it has content that looks as if it comes from other games unlocked from the start as well. Check out the new multiplayer parkour-flavored “Free Run” mode.

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Introduced in yesterday’s live stream alongside the new Loyalty Program that grants special perks to special players, “Free Run” is a mode that spawned from a game designer’s desire to understand Black Ops III new movement system.

Borrowing a page from Titanfall the latest entry in the series adds vertical movement and wall-running, and in order to get his head around it lead level designer Phil Tasker started creating these strange floating spaces reminiscent of some of Mirror’s Edge’s challenge modes, only not as white. Eventually those spaces evolved into a series of increasingly difficult courses that players will be able to race against each other on when the game drops in November.

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Check out the video below at around 7:55 for a demo of the mode.

I’m up for any new Call of Duty multiplayer mode that doesn’t involve me trying to aim while people kill me over and over again. Perhaps this shall be my place to shine!

Probably not.

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DISCUSSION

Is CoD trying to be a new games platform at this point or something? Does it exist to simply slowly accumulate ideas from other game series and try to roll them all up into one big product? Is the hope that the people out there who are not into the 2 mainstays of the franchise (campaign and multiplayer deathmatch) would buy the game anyway if there are enough secondary modes to pique their interest? It is just weird overall.