I had the game pre ordered and the Game store in the city centre was opening at eleven so I got my fat ass down there for about twenty past.
People were already forming a que and I made around number thirty.
The que got steadily longer as midnight approached and the smell of spot cream also got somewhat stronger as I found myself surrounded by people who were nerdier than myself.
It was like a scene from the Walking Dead except with NERDS!!!
A few of us at the front of the que got some free swag in the form of a Black Ops 3 lanyard, not much but better than a poke in the eye with a donut I guess.
So around 45 minutes later I got online and got me some game time in for a while.
I have played for a total of around 5 or 6 hours so far so this is just my early impression of the game to date.
I was very disappointed to find that there was no Hardcore (HC) Domination game mode as this was my staple game from AW and so it was to Core Domination I tried first of all.
Hmmmm, As usual even after playing it for a few days now the majority of players seem too hung up on their precious KDR to actually go for the objective leaving myself and maybe one or two others to do the work.
Seriously the amount of people who had 2 captures was pretty high and so I have been for the most part been playing TDM and a few games of Kill Confirmed.
My Netduma R1 Gaming Router pretty much worked out of the gate but there have been a few issues which I think are game related more than anything else.
Time to kill is quite long as the base weapons that you have unlocked are really not that good and this can lead to people thinking they are lagging when they are not.
That said I have seen a couple of examples on youtube of some pretty bad lag and rubber banding but the majority of people complaining will not put up a full two or 3 minutes of game play to show what they are getting so I am guessing some of it is not lag but simply lack of time with the game and weak guns.
Previous Black Ops games became more and more unplayable for me as more patches rolled out so I will not hold my breath on the longevity of me playing this one but for now it is a lot of fun especially if you are in a party with at least 1 friend.
I have only just made level 20 so do not have many decent guns unlocked yet but have been trying the low level ones and have come to the conclusion that for me there are 3 to choose from at lower levels.
Not had much success with SMG's for a couple of releases now but the KUDA SMG is a powerful gun and feels like a cross between an ACR and an MP5 from previous games.
Lots of people are raving about the Gorgon Light Machine Gun which is pretty much a 2 hit kill at any range so I gave it a go but find the BRD is a better more versatile LMG.
The problem I found with the Gorgon was simply that whilst it is 2 shot kill it takes so long for that second bullet to leave the barrel the enemy had fired a clip reloaded and were firing again.
The specialist I could actually happily leave out of the game. You see I am not sure if they have any counters at all and whilst I can see they have tried to balance them a couple of them are in my humble opinion slightly overpowered. The sparrow thing which fires explosive arrows seems to be able to fire faster than a SMG and if it comes within a few feet of you explodes killing you, as a result there are lobbies filled with people spamming this shit all over the place and I know its there for everybody to use but it's getting old fast as the saying goes.
So all in all for a release weekend I think it has gone quite well and in my opinion the game is much more fun and tolerable when playing it with friends than solo.
It has certainly improved 10 fold since the beta and as long as my trusty R1 keeps connecting me to those low ping lobbies and the Devs don't screw things up with all the patches then I can see me playing this game right up to the next release. It is with out a doubt much more fun and playable at the minute than Adavanced Warfare.
In other news I only had 1 large Whisky to drink last last night and I think my body has gone into shock as it usually receives between 1 and 2 bottles of red on an evening.
The weather is a paler shade of shite outside and blowing a gale too so I think staying here in mission control is the answer to that and maybe some sort of smelling salts to get the smell of that damn spot cream out of my nostrils.
Peace out Yall, THE BAGSTAXXXX