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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 adds a multiplayer-only version on Steam for two weeks only

There's a certain crowd out there that only cares for Call of Duty's multiplayer mode and could not care less about its other game modes. Today is your lucky day, soldier, assuming you're on PC!


After nearly ten years, it's safe to say there's a sector of Call of Duty fans that buy the annualized release solely for the multiplayer. So while Call of Duty: Black Ops III offered several full-length game modes, there were those that just wanted the multiplayer. Today, Activision is aiming for that particular crowd on the PC platform with a special Black Ops III Multiplayer Starter Pack.

The Black Ops III Multiplayer Starter Pack is a Steam-exclusive package that features solely the Black Ops III multiplayer game. That includes access to ranked multiplayer matches, as well as the Weapon Paint Shop, Gunsmith, Arena, Freerun, Theater, and Black Market. However, it won't quite include everything from the multiplayer experience, as the ability to Prestige will not be included. Nor will these players be able to access custom games, mod tools and content (which are still coming later this year), or unranked server browsers.

The Starter Pack appears to be simply that: a starter pack for anyone looking to get a quick start on multiplayer without paying the full price or more casual users that want to get a quick CoD multiplayer session in without having to pay $60 to do so. The option will be there to upgrade to either the full PC version of the game, at which point the user can simply pay the remaining difference.

The Black Ops III Multiplayer Starter Pack won't be around forever. It'll be available starting today and goes away forever on February 29. For more information, check the Steam listing.

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      February 16, 2016 8:49 PM

      I picked this up, should be good enough for me

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      February 16, 2016 8:54 PM

      I got BLOPS3 for coop zombies with my friends, and damn if that isn't one hell of a ride. But I simply do not have the skillset to play the regular MP anymore. In BLOPS1 and 2, I held my own even though I was often outclassed by younger, twitchier people. In this version I just get creamed. Dudes wallriding and then doing 360 sniper headshots. Even if I get the first shot off in a close encounter I always lose.

      I played a match last weekend where I had 1 kill to 14 deaths, and that kill was with an rcxd or whatever the new hovercraft version is called.

      The problem isn't universal, though. I am consistently above average in Destiny MP. I don't know exactly what it is about BLOPS3 but I absolutely suck at it.

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