My Favourite Black Ops III Feature So Far Is Theatre Mode

My Favourite Black Ops III Feature So Far Is Theatre Mode
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Because official screenshots wouldn’t dare get us this close to Jeff Goldblum’s majestic virtuosity, there is Theatre mode. Giving players free access to gameplay footage and virtual camera controls is nothing new — games that pride themselves on their visual flair have been letting players show off their stuff for years. Perhaps one day it will be a standard feature in all 3D games.

In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, any online multiplayer match you participate in is available for download and replay. That includes Zombies matches…

…and regular competitive multiplayer.

Once the data is downloaded you you hop into the match and let it play through from multiple angles. First-person and third-person are fine, but free camera is where it’s at.

Free camera lets you wander all about the map, seeing who is doing what where and when. Fast forward, skip backwards or pause whenever you want. Then spend 20 minutes finding the perfect angle.

But beyond that you can analyse your multiplayer performance to see where you made mistakes, how the enemy was tracking your movements, and why you probably shouldn’t have tried competitive multiplayer in the first place because you suck.

This is a person I was shooting at. Note the lack of blood or any signs of pain. This is because I shoot like a Pulp Fiction miracle and everybody knows it.

I mainly use the Theatre mode to admire the game’s visuals.

Not only is this character an attractive fellow, he has stuff to read on his armour.


I’m not obsessed with this guy. As one of four initial unlockable Specialists, he just shows up everywhere.

So that’s where Skullomania ended up.

I was playing this character. She is disgusted by this.

Was that Goldblum close-up not close enough for you?

Neal Mcdonough, or as my coworkers called him in last night’s Zombies session, “that boring guy.”

The facial hair is definitely not boring.

Heather Graham could use some lower dental work.

As could this guy.

And a bonus shot explaining how Totilo, Hamilton and I fared in last night’s Zombies session.

I expect Black Ops III‘s Theatre feature to be a source of never-ending amusement over the next couple of months.


  • So… Something that’s existed since Halo 3?

    I never understood why the theater mode in Halo 3 didn’t seem to get much recognition at the time. I was blown away by it, and probably spent as much time watching previous multiplayer matches than playing them.

    • Pretty sure you mean Counterstrike.. about 7 years earlier.
      A 15 year old feature.
      I get sick of “new” “features” that are just things that were cut, or not included on earlier iterations that are just things that already existed.

      • It’s not a new feature at all anyway – it was in Black ops 2 – It’s a returning feature, yes, but not even new for Black Ops which is what they’re suggesting here!!!!

  • 6th and 8th image down, that specialist looks an awful lot like Ragnar Lothbrok from Vikings (Travis Fimmel)!
    Also, that’s some really nicely detailed facial hair.

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