Video game debuts round out holidays

November was a popular month for the video game industry, with new additions to major franchises in “Call of Duty” and “Fallout,” as “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” and “Fallout 4” have been stocked on store shelves.

Bryce Benlian, sophomore applied statistics major, shared his first impressions on playing the newest “Call of Duty” installment, noting that he preferred older titles in the long–running franchise.

“I bought it just because it’s a ‘Call of Duty’ game. I didn’t expect the futuristic spin,” Benlian said. “Maybe I’ll like it more as the campaign goes on. The zombie map is big and interactive with a bunch of twists and turns, which is one of the reasons the game is so fun.”

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” is a franchise effort to tap into the futuristic market of first- person shooters that franchises like “Halo” have previously explored earlier this year.

Nick Fiegener, sophomore business major, believes the production of “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” was rushed and said his high expectations might have resulted in his disappointment.

The new installment has an additional 10-hour campaign completing the package also shipped with multiplayer and zombie modes.

“Gameplay never really changes so all there is to look forward to is new maps and better graphics,” Fiegener said. “The game fell short of what I wanted from it in terms of a visual standpoint.”

Bethesda Softworks kept fans in mind while developing the new installment of the franchise, “Fallout 4.”

Ethan Asuncion, freshman kinesiology major, said “Fallout 4” is the best entry in the series to date and said Bethesda Softworks has greatly improved the game to satisfy fans.

“The game is definitely more immersing in terms of customization,” Asuncion said. “The graphics and facial recognition is amazing and the voice acting is phenomenal. They kept everything the fans liked and improved on it.”

Many have noted the deciding factor for the success of “Fallout 4” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3” is improved graphics.

These are only two titles shipping in November. Other releases this holiday season include “Rise of the Tomb Raider”  and “Xenoblade Chronicles: X.” and “Star Wars: Battlefront.”

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