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Here's how to play the top-down shooter hidden in Black Ops 3

Everything about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (opens in new tab) is meant to be bigger and more ludicrous than its predecessors, including the secret arcade shooter minigame. Dead Ops Arcade 2: Cyber's Avengening is another Smash TV-inspired shoot-em-up, though this time it takes extra care to establish its arcade cred with a pixelated story of love and loss before dropping you into the top-down arena.

Just like in the original Black Ops, you'll need to bust out your video game hacking skills to access the secret mode - by which I mean you need to click on the Data Vault icon on the main screen. We're in.

For all the serious (and mysterious) hype around Black Ops 3 (opens in new tab), it's good to see that Activision and Treyarch are still putting some of their vast resources toward some really bizarre stuff - like making a "first-person mode" power-up for the twin-stick shooter hidden inside their first-person shooter.

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Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.