Yes, we all despise the Call of Duty series because it's essentially the same game re-released every year, and Activision are exploiting fans' loyalty to the series, and it's lazy, and other routine moaning. But pushing aside these nebulous grievances about the world's best-selling shooter series, you have to admit that ol' Cod BLOPS offers a great bang-buck ratio.
The amount of offline multiplayer content in Black Ops III is outstanding. From classic four-way deathmatches to playing through the entire campaign with a buddy by your side, everything is accounted for. Perhaps the best feature is the option to use bots in offline matches, filling out the maps with decent AI opponents with adjustable skill levels. Alongside all the classic modes like Deathmatch, Domination, Capture the Flag, and the ever-brilliant Search and Destroy (in which teams take it in turns to try to detonate a bomb the other team's defending), there is also an imaginative new Zombies mode.
Set in a moody 1940s-style steampunk city, complete with a vague story and jazzy soundtrack, the mode sees you and your friends control several unique characters, setting traps, building defences, and of course shooting wave upon wave of gentrified-looking zombies. This is the best offline multiplayer package released by a AAA publisher in years, and hopefully it inspires others to do the same.
Are there any other multiplayer XBO games that are best enjoyed with a roomful of friends, a few beers, and some hummus-and-carrot-sticks? Let us know with a comment!