Going in to the fall gaming season, if you ask an average gamer what the biggest game in the shooter genre is going to be, you're likely to hear either Modern Warfare 3 or Gears of War 3. These games certainly are going to be blockbuster hits when they are released, but there's another "3" coming out this fall that should be on your radar.
The Battlefield series has been around for nearly ten years, and has taken many forms during that time. Battlefield started out as a simplistic WW2 shooter and has evolved over time into a modern combat simulator with Battlefield 2 and the Bad Company sub-series. Battlefield even briefly went into the MMO world with Battlefield Heroes and Battlefield Play4Free.
It could be argued that because of all these variations over the years, the Battlefield series has had a bit of an identity crisis. If you asked most people what the Battlefield series is about, you'd probably get quite a few answers. Battlefield 3 looks like it is going to be the game to finally give Battlefield a concrete identity. So why does this matter? Well I've got five reasons why you should be excited for Battlefield 3.
5. Better Visuals
It's one thing to be excited for a game with pretty graphics. However, Battlefield 3 won't just be pretty. The game is using a whole new engine known as Frostbite 2 to deliver the most realistic-looking shooter ever produced. Don't believe me? Hop on to CheatCC's video section and check out the Battlefield 3 trailer. (Here's a direct link. http://videos.cheatcc.com/player.aspx?id=4927)The visuals in this game are truly amazing, and must be seen to be believed.
Battlefield 3 will feature a fully-destructible environment, complete with dynamic animation, a new character modeling system designed to make soldiers look more realistic. Battlefield 3 will also be the first non-sports title to use the ANT character animation technology. In case you were wondering, ANT has been used quite a bit in the FIFA series to make players in the game look like they do live. Battlefield will use this technology in conjunction with Frostbite 2 to make soldiers move more realistically and make animations as fluid as possible.
All the new technology being packed into Battlefield 3 is certainly something to be excited about. If you are wondering about what the future holds for the world of video games, Battlefield 3 should give you a good idea of what's to come in the waning days of this console generation.
4. Explosive Gameplay
One of the things I enjoyed most about the Battlefield: Bad Company spinoff was the destructible environments. Though the different locations were a bit thin at times, the fact that I could equip a grenade launcher and take down a building to kill all the baddies inside was a tremendous feeling. In Battlefield 3, destruction is going to be even more integral to the gameplay.
As I mentioned before, the Frostbite 2 engine is going to allow for even more destructive possibilities in the game. From what we've played so far, it looks like it's going to change the way you approach your objectives. Though destruction is hardly a new element of the gameplay in Battlefield 3, the scale of what you can pull off with some explosives will be unprecedented, and will help this game stand out.
3. PC Gamers Get Respect
When I play shooters, I am most comfortable on a console. I know that might sound a bit like blasphemy, but it's true for me. Besides, shooters have become more popular on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 then they ever have been on the PC platform. But it's important to remember that the FPS genre started on the PC, and those who grew up playing these shooters have been increasingly agitated when PC versions of shooters are created as console ports and lack the attention given to console gamers.
Battlefield 3 will not give PC gamers the short stick. In fact, the game will probably be at its best on the PC, as the multiplayer modes will allow for up to 64 people to play simultaneously (which is something the console versions cannot support yet). It's hard to be a PC gamer sometimes, but games like Battlefield 3 take advantages of the best facets of the platform. If you are one of those people that prefer a keyboard and mouse to a controller, Battlefield 3 will not fault you for it.