This past weekend Megarom and PlayStation South Africa hosted a tournament for the latest Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta that was currently running on the PlayStation 4. The tournament, which took place at Internet Solution in Bryanston, saw the public (who won tickets) team up with one press player, one pro player, and went into the battlefield against a random team on the net. The top 3 teams with the most points at the end of all the matches earned their place as the winners and walked away with some rather nifty prizes.
What did the public think?
As it was a beta event, technical issues were sure to arise. We went from the plan of playing against another team at the event, to playing against a random online team. This was due to the issue that the two teams could not find each other and the party would be kicked when they got close to forming a full team.
At the end, even though I went up against what felt like an immortal team from some other faraway eSports world, and we lost the match 45 – 75. The public enjoyed the event, they commented on the game’s new features like the wall run, and specialist classes, saying that they were a new direction in the series. Players also mentioned that the maps were very small and that with the jump and boost mechanic they feel even smaller. This was a complaint for some and feature for others depending on the type of gamer I had a chat with.
The players took well to the specialist classes, mentioning that many of them not only brought out their own personal play style, but a few forced them to use specialist weapons that they never thought would be their choice.
The beta was praised for being fairly large, the three maps with the added fourth map later gave player enough room to try out the multiplayer and get a good feel for what is to come. We had typical concerns of lag and high ping from players, many mentioning that in the past releases this was normal and brought down the overall experience of the game. Many of them mentioned how the bow call sign would be next to impossible to use due to the precision required to aim and fire, and that under high ping circumstances, this would prove difficult.
At the end of the tournament the top teams were rewarded prizes compliments of KontrolFreek and were the latest analogue attachments to hit the market. These analogues attach to your controller and extend them outwards to adapt to your thumb for better precision. They are comfortable and feel sturdy when playing with them. The merchandise comes in different branding with Call of Duty: Black Ops III versions out now. You can grab these specific ones right now off Evopoints
Call of Duty Black Ops III releases on 6 November 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360