Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is delivering wall-running for the first time in series’ history and with it will come new play styles and strategies for players. Treyarch has added in wall-running and subtracted the boost-dash, and both of those moves will indeed make a difference in how players perceive and play online.
During my very first session of online multiplayer in Team Deathmatch, I ventured off into my first sprint of wall-running and by some divine miracle, double-jumped and got a hip-fire kill once I landed for First Blood. That was a pretty cool moment and is a tiny preview of the game’s possibilities.
When you think about what will frequently be done with the wall-running when the true expert players get their hands on the game for the long-term, it’ll be exciting to see the clips and footage that come as a result. That is what we saw from Advanced Warfare and the debut of the exo-suits that are still alive and well in Black Ops 3.
Balance is a very interesting thing when it comes to wall-running, as Treyarch has done an interesting job of not making the speed at which you wall-run too fast. Time and players will tell if the current pace is too slow or fast because I can see how there are moments when a player is in the middle of a run and some other player shoots them down without them reacting, but then again, that’s the strategy and skill of it all.
That said, the pace of wall-running feels like it has ultimately been fine-tuned as it provides players with a decent amount of time to survey the area to their left or right as they continue to wall-run. This allows for more decision-making on the part of the player, albeit very quick, instantaneous decision-making.
Wall-running may be able to take you from one side of a map to the other faster, but ironically, it can also leave you quite vulnerable if you do not know the exact points to observe as you wall-run. There are a lot of long walls for players to see, but that’s part of the decision-making process: do you risk dying in order to gain better positioning or even a kill?
Wall-running may increase the speed of Black Ops 3 at times, but I do believe it will make the game more grounded as some players will be a bit less impulsive to sprint across walls whenever they see them. There is certainly a time to use the wall-running skill, and then again, there is a time not to use it.
We’ll all see how players and play styles evolve as Black Ops 3’s beta continues to run this week on PS4 and next week on Xbox One and PC. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be launching on Nov. 6 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.