Preview: Battlefield 3

Not sure if this guy could be any more badass.

The war between the Battlefield and Call of Duty series is well underway. This year, the DICE team over at EA is really putting the pressure on not just Call of Duty, but all other future FPS’s.

The DICE team has really started out swinging by really giving us a full in-depth look at the brand new Frostbite 2 engine. This new engine is bringing a whole new sense of real to the video game world including faster rendering, enhanced in game destruction, and better physics than ever before. This engine will also allow for gigantic maps, kick-ass destruction, and in your face firefights that is so unlike any other FPS before.

One major improvement Battlefield 3 is bringing to this game is blurred vision. Now, that may not sound all that great, but at second glance, this improvement can make this game the most realistically portrayed war game ever. This blurring of the vision occurs when you are being suppressed by an enemy team with a barrage of bullets. This, as the DICE team calls it, is where your player’s adrenaline is really pumping fast and with that comes blurred vision and obscured aim. When I played the ten minute demo at E3, I quickly noticed how this feature is shown off to its best abilities. Jumping right into a firefight isn’t going to be as easy as it was before, where you could just blindly strafe across a map and successfully fight the other team. This could easily make or break their beautiful game where on one hand, you have beautiful, realistic war; or on the other, a pain in the ass feature that just eventually becomes annoying. From what I played through though, they seemed to have already masterfully perfected this feature, as it wasn’t too overdone.

Another feature is being able to see your own feet! By god, this has made me the happiest man in the world. Since when are men in war unable to see their own damn feet? It’s just been a personal pet peeve of mine in past FPS games where you look down and it appears that your own legs have been blasted off! End of my rant.

Classes are now receiving the appropriate loadout.

DICE has also switched around a few of the classes of soldiers you can now be, appropriately giving each class their correct load out. For example, the support class now “supports” other classes by handing out ammo to teammates while carrying a machinegun.

Battlefield 3 will be hitting all your main consoles, Xbox360, PS3, and the PC on October 25th, 2011.

All in all, Battlefield 3 is turning out to be quite the game and more than likely, FPS of the year if not Game of the Year. Come back soon as we’ll have updated news and features on Battlefield 3 as soon as it’s released!


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