Let’s Play CoD: Black Ops III – Ep. 1 (Black Ops)

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is our game of November, and Brian will be doing a let’s play series on the single-player campaign. This first installment is the opening mission of the campaign, entitled “Black Ops.”

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III is Our Game of November

Every month here at Co-Op Critics we choose a game to highlight for discussion. Over the course of the month we post gameplay videos on the YouTube page, and we cap off the month with a podcast discussion of that game.

November’s game is Call of Duty; Black Ops III. The latest installment of the mega-franchise launched on Friday, and we’ll be spending quite a bit of time with it over the next few weeks (and months, probably).

Like many gamers, we’ve got a long history with the call of Duty franchise, and we spent literal weeks of our lives playing Modern Warfare multiplayer. In fact, some of the friendships that make up the Co-Op Critics crew today were solidified over that game. So, while we haven’t always dug every iteration of the series, it does hold a special place in our hearts.

As usual, we’ll continue to talk, write and post videos about a slew of other games as well, but Black Ops III is this month’s spotlight game. If you picked it up yourself, we’d love to hear what you think about it so far. Comment here on the site, hit us up on twitter, or respond to the vids on our YouTube channel!

 

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Why the PS4 Has Become My Go-To Console

Even though I have no time to play them all, for the past two generations I’ve purchased all three major consoles. And like many others, last generation I was primarily an Xbox 360 gamer (though I loved my PS3). But as we are about to enter year three of this generation (four if you count the year lead the WiiU had), there is one console that I spend the majority of my time with–the PlayStation 4.

There are a few reasons for the PS4 becoming my console of choice. There are exclusives like Until Dawn, The Order: 1886 and Bloodborne, and console exclusives like SOMA and the upcoming No Man’s Sky. And there’s the PlayStation Plus service, which has consistently given me hundreds of dollars of games a year for the price of one game.

But the biggest reason I’ve become more of a PlayStation gamer this generation is because of this:

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The ‘Share’ button.

But it’s not just the button, it’s what it represents. Sony had a clear vision when they designed this console, and it’s one they’ve stuck to throughout it’s life so far. Sharing the gaming experience in a variety of ways has been something Sony touted from the get go, and they continue to deliver.

I like to keep things simple. While Nick and I both have capture cards (and Nick uses his for most of his videos), I was psyched when both Microsoft and Sony announced that the new consoles would have built-in streaming capabilities. And in fact, both do have the ability to stream, but in my experience, PlayStation 4 is superior in terms of its flexibility and the user experience.

I can forgive the fact that the Xbox One and it’s ‘snapping’ of the Twitch app is a clunky process. But there are three things that make the PlayStation 4 experience better, in my opinion.

k2-_76254b32-aef9-44f4-abc0-42aa0e92511c.v11. External Mics–If I want to use and external mic to stream with the PS4, I just plug it into the usb slot on the console. That’s it. My Snowball mic works perfectly for the Minecraft series my son and I do. Xbox One still doesn’t have support for external mics, forcing us to use the mic on the Kinect for couch co-op streaming. As you might imagine, the audio quality is less than desired.

2. Party Chat Streaming–On PS4, Sony added the ability to stream party chat a year ago, while we are still waiting for this feature on XBox One.  Destiny allows you to enable the feature in its audio settings, but most games do not. On Xbox One, we’ve been forced to use Skype to record party chat and then edit it into videos later.

3. YouTube Streaming–The latest PS4 firmware update added direct streaming to YouTube to the existing sharing options. This is potentially huge for Co-Op Critics, both because most of our audience is on YouTube instead of Twitch, and because of the newly launched YouTube Gaming app.

Now, I am well aware that using a capture card with either console offers a great deal more customization options, and can provide better quality on the output side. But as I said, I’m a fan of keeping things simple. And the PS4 has made streaming and sharing very simple, just like they said they would when the PS4 was announced.

More, flexibility, more options, and a smoother user experience. For those reasons, the PS4 has become my console of choice so far this generation.