Black Ops 3 vs Advanced Warfare: 10 Key Differences

The Call of Duty Black Ops 3 beta is over and there are some important things that Advanced Warfare players should know about Treyarch’s upcoming game. Here we take a look at a few of the key differences that we think you should be aware of ahead of the Black Ops 3 release date in the fall.

Last year, Activision and Sledgehammer games released Call of Duty Advanced Warfare on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. The game introduced a new story mode with Kevin Spacey, new maps, a new leveling system, new weapons, and a jetpack.

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The game remains a top seller thanks to its replayability, new additions to its Zombie Mode, and a collection of new gear and maps.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare will be joined by a new Call of Duty game from developer Treyarch later this year. Treyarch is known for the Black Ops series but it was also responsible for Call of Duty World at War.

Black-Ops-3_Specialist-ProphetThe Black Ops 3 release date is confirmed for early November but the developer has already given Black Ops fans and Advanced Warfare players a taste of what’s to come.

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In August, Treyarch launched a Black Ops 3 beta for PS4, Xbox One and PC that let gamers try out a limited portion of its multiplayer mode ahead of its release. The Black Ops 3 beta was important to gamers but it was also important for Treyarch. The company will use feedback from the beta to squash problems.

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With Advanced Warfare still relevant for many people and a Black Ops 3 release date coming up, we want to use our experience with the Black Ops 3 beta to outline some of the key differences between the two games.

We’ve been playing Advanced Warfare since it came out last November and we’re also huge fans of the Black Ops series. Here’s what we discovered during our time with the Call of Duty Black Ops 3 beta for PS4 and Xbox One.

Black Ops 3 Specialists

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Black Ops 3 Specialists

One of the biggest differences between Black Ops 3 and Advanced Warfare is the addition of Specialists in Black Ops 3. 

In Advanced Warfare, you choose a stock character. The person you select doesn't impact how you play the game though. You look like the person and that's it. There are no advantages or disadvantages to Advanced Warfare's characters.

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This is not the case in Black Ops 3. In Black Ops 3, you select from a set group of characters called Specialists. Each Specialist comes with their own personality and more importantly, their own set of unique weapons and perks. As a reminder, here are a few of the Black Ops 3 specialists:

Battery: Battery operates ahead of the front lines. Her War Machine fires salvos of bouncing grenades, while her Kinetic Armor can deflect enemy bullets when active… though she remains vulnerable to headshots and non-bullet damage.

Ruin: A reckless infantry soldier who prefers to surprise his enemies. He rushes into battle with his Overdrive ability, and can deliver a devastating shockwave with his Gravity Spikes.

Outrider: A hunter-tracker who stalks her prey from afar before moving in for the kill. Use her Vision Pulse ability to reveal the location of nearby enemies or her Sparrow compound bow with its deadly explosive bolts.

Prophet: Prefers to disrupt opponents’ tactics before moving in for the kill. His Tempest is a charge-shot weapon that delivers chain electricity to all nearby enemies. He can confuse enemies with his Glitch ability, which flashes him back to a previous position.

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Seraph: Known for extreme focus and discipline in combat. Her high-caliber Annihilator revolver fires powerful rounds with increased bullet penetration taking out enemies with one shot. She’s also able to earn Scorestreaks more quickly using her Combat Focus ability, which triggers a brief bonus multiplier.

Nomad: Prefers to turn the environment against his enemies. Case in point: His H.I.V.E. weapon, which deploys trap pods filled with deadly nano-drones. When near death, Nomad can recover using his Rejack ability.

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Coming from Advanced Warfare, this new setup will take a bit of an adjustment and you'll need to unlock and play with different specialists and different weapons/perks before settling on one that you like. For instance, Battery and her Kinetic Armor are great for taking points in Domination. 

There will be nine specialists available in Black Ops 3 though only six were available in the Black Ops 3 beta on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. 

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