Year after year, Call of Duty is known for bringing some impressive visuals to the world of fast-paced, first-person shooting. It's just kind of expected at this point that each entry in the series will look great and play even better.
One gamer, however, decided to see just how terrible he could make the latest entry in the franchise look, and the results speak for themselves.
The story goes that TheCircuitChaser was trying to play the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta on PC, but his computer wasn't running it particularly well. Because the beta doesn't feature configurable settings like the finished game will, that meant if TheCircuitChaser wanted to "improve" performance, he would have to go into the game's configuration files and modify the game's visuals himself.
So he did. And it looks truly, truly awful. Instead of detailed textures, game maps are nothing more than a series of colors splashed on the screen. The game doesn't even approach the coveted 60 frames-per-second that the high-settings version of the game strives for. TheCircuitChaser says he "wasn't trying" in the gameplay footage he recorded, as the game's frame rate jumped between 20 and 30 fps.
Gamers in the comments are remarking how the game looks like Call of Duty on the Nintendo DS, while others sadly remark that this is how they are forced to play many PC games due to their lack of a capable gaming rig. If that's not depressing, I don't know what is.
The good news is that the final version of Black Ops 3 will look great and will come with tweakable settings on PC so players can easily adjust for their computer's performance: no hours spent in the game's configuration files required.
For more Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, be sure to check out our first-hand impressions of the game's multiplayer beta.