I didn’t think I could possibly get interested in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s Zombies mode, until the sods at Treyarch released a trailer and it was everything I want. They had me at Jeff Goldblum and Ron Perlman, and once the doo-wop jazz music kicked in and I knew I’d found a new home.
All that futuristic guff has been thrown out the window in favour some of 1940s noir stylings, as tommy-gun equipped gangsters lay into hordes of monsters and one or two beastly surprises. Black Ops 3’s Zombies mode is playable in up to four-player co-op, featuring four different characters - The Magician, The Femme-Fatale, The Cop and The Boxer, all overseen by a mysterious mastermind dubbed Shadow Man.
The all-star cast includes Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough, and Ron Perlman. It looks legitimately great in this trailer, and a thorough shake-up of what we were expecting from Zombies. There’s only so many jetpacks you can see before novelty wears off, you know?
This time around it’s an actual narrative experience for gamers to play through. The 1940s setting also lends itself to vintage weaponry, including tommy guns and revolvers, accompanied by some more off-the-wall choices like a rocket-powered riot shield.
Interestingly, there’s a new power-up which looks to be ripped straight out of The Darkness, grant the player writing tentacles to cause massive damge with.
"Treyarch has crafted a totally unique and face-melting gameplay experience for our loyal Zombies community, with Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Zombies - Shadows of Evil," said Mark Lamia, studio head at Treyarch. "The development team has packed Shadows of Evil with more gameplay and fun than any other experience before it, and has an appropriately twisted and deep narrative, performed by fantastic acting talent, that will keep our fans spinning."
Zombies mode is packed in with Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which launches on November 6th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.